On Tuesday, July 11th, Donald Trump Junior posted a controversial series of emails on Twitter leaving Washington and much of the country stunned. The exchange is between Trump Junior and a Russian intermediary. The emails detail arrangements for a meeting between Trump Jr. and a Russian, Kremlin-connected lawyer.
The first email sent on June 3, 2016 came from a former business partner of Trump Senior. It said the “Crown prosecutor of Russia” had “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia,” that would be “very useful to your father.”, also saying it had “very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump.”
Trump Junior responded in less than 20 minutes. “If it’s what you say, I love it, especially later in the summer.”
Several more emails were exchanged four days later. The meeting was scheduled for two days later. Trump Jr. said he intended to bring Paul Manafort, his father’s then campaign manager and Jared Kushner, his brother-in-law, and now senior advisor along.
On June 9, 2016, the trio met the Kremlin-connected, Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in New York. Trump Jr. says the meeting produced nothing incriminating about Clinton and quickly turned to a discussion on adoption of Russian children.
On June 9th, 2017, the New York Times first broke this story. Trump Jr. denied allegations that he knew what the meeting was going to be about. The New York Times provided him an extended deadline to respond to their story. On June 11th, he released the emails, proving he was aware of what the meeting would entail.