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>> I'm Donald Trump Jr.>> Donald Trump Jr confirming, Monday, he's hired a criminal defense attorney to represent him as more Democrats and Republicans voice concerns about his meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer during the US presidential election. New York attorney, Alan Futerfas, retained by the US President's oldest child.
Telling Reuters, quote, I look forward to assisting Donald Jr., and, quite frankly, there is nothing to all of the media buzz about the June 9th, 2016 meeting. That will be proven to be the case. The news of Don, Jr., hiring legal counsel coming after Republican Senator Susan Collins was among those calling for Trump, Jr., to be interviewed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, on which she serves.
The President's son tweeting his quote, Happy to work with the committee to pass on what I know. The New York Times reporting that Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer who promised him damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton. The first indication that someone in the President's inner circle was open to receiving help from Moscow during the election.
Reuters criminal justice correspondent, Julia Edwards Ainsley, on the potential legal ramifications of Don Jr's meeting.>> Right now, there's a debate, obviously, among experts of federal elections law over whether or not Donald Trump Jr. got anything of value from this meeting with the Russian lawyer. A thing of value is part of a statute that prohibits foreign nationals from contributing or getting involved with US elections.
So that thing of value and the intent is going to be something that will determine whether or not this meeting was legal in the first place. And then could also add into the wider probe of whether or not there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.
>> Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also attended the meeting, according to The Times. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on Monday, playing down the whole affair.>> Don Jr took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up. The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed.
>> Allegations of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia have plagued the President's first five months in office. The Justice Department hiring former FBI Director Robert Muller to spearhead the investigation.