Just days after his father secured the Republican nomination, Donald Trump Jr. appeared on CNN to rebut what had become a frequent charge of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign— Russians were seeking to help his father’s presidential campaign. “It’s disgusting. It’s so phony,” the younger Trump said on July 24, 2016.
But the younger Trump has since admitted that he was not saying everything he knew at the time. Weeks earlier, Trump had met with a Russian lawyer with ties to Kremlin, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had promised she “might have information helpful to the campaign,” according to a statement released Monday by the younger Trump’s attorney, Alan Futerfas. The New York Timesreported hours later that Trump Jr. was told in an email that the Russian government was the source of the information Veselnitskaya would present.
The new revelations fit a pattern that has dogged President Donald Trump and his aides through the first months of their administration. Time and again, those close to the President, and the President himself, have had to change their stories about their proximity to Russian officials during the election campaign and shortly afterwards, as new contradictory information comes to light.