Donald Trump Jr.’s attorneys tried to coordinate statements for several of the people who attended a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian-linked lawyer and other Trump campaign associates after news reports revealed the sitdown.
Donald Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort met on June 9, 2016, with Natalia Veselnitskaya who claimed she had incriminating information about Hillary Clinton that would damage her presidential campaign.
Alan Futerfas, Donald Jr.’s lawyer, reached out to three other people who attended – music promoter Rob Goldstone, Russian pop singer Emin Agalarov and Russian business executive Ike Kaveladze – to determine what they remembered, according to testimony from Goldstone and Kaveladze released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
On July 10, 2017, two days after the New York Times reported on the gathering, Goldstone forwarded Agalarov and Kaveladze a proposed “statement drafted by Trump lawyers, which they have asked me to release,” documents from the Senate panel show.
In the email to Goldstone, Futerfas told him, “if you feel comfortable with this statement and are comfortable saying nothing more, at least for the time being, that would be our preference.”
The meeting, which Donald Jr. said ended up being about adoption policy, is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller, who’s probing Russian influence during the campaign.
President Trump personally helped draft a statement following the news reports of the meeting to say it had been about a program about the “adoption of Russian children” and had no connections to the campaign.
Several days after the statement, an email from Donald Jr. emerged showing he took the meeting after being promised damaging information about the Clinton campaign.