Trump Jr. emails suggest he welcomed Russian help against Clinton

Donald Trump Jr. stands onstage with his father

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump’s eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have information incriminating Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as part of Kremlin support for his father’s campaign, according to an email chain released on Tuesday.The emails in the chain were between Donald Trump Jr., who posted it on Twitter, and Rob Goldstone, a publicist who helped to arrange the June 9, 2016, meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who says she is a private lawyer and denies having Kremlin ties.The email chain’s disclosures could provide ammunition for U.S. investigators probing whether there was collusion between the Kremlin and Trump’s Republican presidential campaign. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow sought to hurt Clinton and help Trump in the 2016 presidential election.”The Crown prosecutor of Russia … offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father,” said the June 3, 2016, email to Trump Jr. from publicist Rob Goldstone.”This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” according to the email Trump Jr. posted on Twitter.”If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. partly replied in the exchange, which he said represented the entire chain of his emails about the meeting.The exchange includes at least one error. Russia has a prosecutor general rather than a “crown prosecutor.” A spokesman for the prosecutor general declined to comment immediately.White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters that the president applauded his son’s transparency in releasing the emails and viewed him as a “high-quality person,” referring all other questions to Trump’s and his son’s lawyers.Trump Jr. and his younger brother, Eric Trump, run the Trump Organization, which their father headed before going to the White House.