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Donald Trump Jr. posts email chain on alleged Russian offer for Clinton information

WASHINGTON (AFP): Donald Trump Jr. on Tuesday posted an email chain on Twitter over Russia’s alleged offer to provide information on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton during 2016 US presidential campaign.

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. said on Tuesday she had no Kremlin ties and wanted to discuss US sanctions on Russian officials, not Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton,” Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News in an interview in Moscow. “It was never my intention to have that.

The New York Times reported on Monday that Trump Jr. was told in an email before the meeting that the lawyer´s offer of information that might damage Clinton was part of a Russian government bid to aid his father´s presidential campaign.

Allegations of Russian activities designed to sway the 2016 presidential campaign to Donald Trump have shadowed the Republican president´s first months in the White House.

Congressional committees and a federal special counsel are investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow.

Veselnitskaya said she did not know why Trump Jr. believed she was planning to offer damaging information about Clinton.

“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such information,” she told NBC.

“They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.” She said Trump Jr.

Veselnitskaya, who has represented Russian officials in courts, denied links to the Russian government in the interview.

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