Friday 21 July 2017

'This is the greatest witch hunt in political history - President Trump defends son's meeting with Russian lawyer

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his son Donald Trump Jr. as he addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on April 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump introduces his son Donald Trump Jr. as he addresses the crowd during a campaign rally at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum on April 27, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana
(L-R) Vanessa Trump and her husband Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watch U.S. President Donald Trump cut a cake during the inaugural Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC
Donald Trump Jr. Photo: AP

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US President Donald Trump has once against come out in support of his son Donald Trump Jrin the wake of the news that he met with a Russian lawyer who promised him compromising information on rival Hillary Clinton.

The 39-year-old executive with The Trump Organisation is embroiled in controversy and a potential investigation after a New York Times report on the conversation.

An email exchange posted to Twitter by Mr Trump Jr showed him conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who supposedly had dirt on Mrs Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump".

The messages reveal that Mr Trump Jr was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Mrs Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Before the newspaper published the emails in its entirety, Trump Jr shared them on his Twitter account.

His father has praised his actions, also on Twitter, saying: "My son Donald did a good job last night. He was open, transparent and innocent. This is the greatest Witch Hunt in political history. Sad!"

Earlier this week, he described his son as "high quality" person, adding: "I applaud his transparency."

(L-R) Vanessa Trump and her husband Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watch U.S. President Donald Trump cut a cake during the inaugural Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC
(L-R) Vanessa Trump and her husband Donald Trump, Jr. and Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watch U.S. President Donald Trump cut a cake during the inaugural Armed Services Ball at the National Building Museum January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC

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