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Donald Jr. almost didn't sign up to be a Trump

15 July 2017

Far from being a Kremlin agent, the Russian contact "comes off more as someone who wormed her way onto Trump Jr.'s schedule by dangling a vague promise of tantalising information, then denied she ever promised anything".

"Most people would have taken that meeting", Trump said.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on Wednesday that Sherman's resolution was "utterly and completely ridiculous".

The source said Chalupa was told "unless there is something public, there is nothing we can do" and that the DNC "never got anything from her" or "met with the Ukrainians".

"What's wrong is not the effort to beat Hillary Clinton, that's the central function of a campaign, what's wrong here is the use of information from a foreign government", she said, calling it "a bright line that can't be crossed".

He's a well-known Washington presence, lobbying for Russian interests trying to undermine the allegations of a lawyer who died in a Russian prison and is the namesake of a US sanctions law.

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"What [the emails] show is, as you said so well a minute ago, interest and enthusiasm, for working with the Russians on interfering in the election", he said.

The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, has been reported to have ties with Russian intelligence, though he denies the connections.

"Seems like a clear violation of protocol for this question not to go to an American journalist", Jonathan Lemire, a White House reporter for the Associated Press, tweeted. In response to the Magnitsky Act, Russia disallowed adoption of Russian children by USA citizens.

Pence was not aware of Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer during the campaign, a spokesman for the vice president said Monday, which came before he joined the ticket.

Levine said they've been in touch periodically over the years, including in brief email exchanges in recent days as Akhmetshin's name began to surface in media reports.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed on Tuesday that the meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Manafort and Veselnitskaya is a "grave development" in the investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. In its story on them, the Times said it sought comment from Trump Jr., but he didn't respond and then released the emails on his own. "Zero happened", Mr Trump insisted. But when they met, she instead lobbied Don Jr.to change an obscure anti-Russia law called the Magnitsky Act. Mrs. Clinton, after all, claims she reset the relationship with Russian Federation.

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The lawmakers spoke one day after Donald Trump Jr. disclosed on Twitter a series of emails that revealed his eagerness to hear negative material on Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

The congressman's recollection appears to be indicative of a coordinated Russian government effort to lobby influential Americans against the legislation. "And that would be a wonderful thing", Trump added.

But Trump also refused to dispute an assertion made by Russian President Vladimir Putin that Trump believed him when he said that Russia hadn't meddle in the election during their lengthy meeting in Germany last week.

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'I always had a policy that we should listen to everybody who wants to talk to you, especially if they think they have something that is important and determine if it is important and if it is, to follow up on it, ' the California Republican said.

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Donald Jr. almost didn't sign up to be a Trump