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Donald Trump Jr.'s Emails About Meeting With Russian Lawyer, Annotated

Trump Jr. tweeted images of an email chain about the 2016 meeting in which an intermediary said he could connect Trump with damaging information about Hillary Clinton. NPR journalists add analysis.

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Donald Trump Jr., far right during his father's inauguration

Donald Trump Jr., far right during his father’s inauguration, has released an email exchange about setting up a meeting in 2016 with a Russian lawyer who he is told has damaging information about Hillary Clinton. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)

Donald Trump Jr. tweeted images of emails regarding his 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer on Tuesday. An intermediary said he could connect Trump Jr. with people who had information “that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] ... and would be very useful to your father.” Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting, which former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner also attended in June 2016. They met with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, who Trump Jr. said ultimately did not provide the promised material on Clinton.

In the emails, Trump Jr. corresponds with publicist Rob Goldstone, who represents the son of an Azerbaijan-born billionaire who has also done business with the Trumps. Trump Jr. forwarded the thread to Kushner and Manafort.

Here, the text appears in chronological order; headers were added by NPR. See the text as tweeted here, combined into one pdf. NPR journalists have annotated the text below with context and analysis.

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