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Russia Probe Turns to Kushner's Work With 2016 Presidential Campaign

15 July 2017

"It was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow up", he said.

The President has defended his oldest son, referring to the encounter as standard "opposition research" and "most people would've taken that meeting".

According to the documents, Trump Jr expressed interest in meeting a "Russian government attorney" who was said to possess "very high-level and sensitive information" relating to then presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.

The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the US, where he holds dual citizenship, according to NBC.

The reporter repeatedly asked Trump about his interaction with Putin regarding the Russian government's role in the USA election meddling.

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"Either Donald Trump is lying when he said he knew nothing about the meeting, or Jared Kushner failed to tell him about it", he added.

Representatives for Kushner and Manafort declined to comment when reached by NBC News, while a lawyer for Trump Jr. did not respond to "multiple requests", according to the network.

Rinat Akhmetshin participated in the meeting, he confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday after NBC News first reported that a Russian-American lobbyist was present when Trump Jr. met with Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Breaking from many of his ideological peers, conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer believes the bombshell surrounding President Trump's son this week is a watershed moment.

On July 11, Donald Trump Jr. released e-mails that showed he had accepted the meeting after being told Veselnitskaya had damaging information about Democratic Party candidate and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that was purportedly provided by the Russian government.

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Additionally, it is interesting to note that Jared Kushner recently revised his list of foreign agents he had met, adding over 100 individuals, and this individual was not included.

"My son is a wonderful young man", the president said.

Later yesterday, a spokesman for the president's outside legal team contended that participants in the June meeting "misrepresented who they were and who they worked for".

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released his emails with Rob Goldstone, a music publicist with ties to the Trumps.

Akhmetshin's presence was not previously disclosed by Trump Jr., who's come under fire for taking the meeting a year ago.

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Mr. Trump's former campaign manager denies any collusion.

Russia Probe Turns to Kushner's Work With 2016 Presidential Campaign