Speed Reads


Watch Donald Trump Jr. vehemently deny Russian interest in his father's campaign a month after meeting with a Kremlin source

Just 51 days after Donald Trump Jr. received an email from publicist Rob Goldstone offering to arrange a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer to receive Russian government dirt on Hillary Clinton, and 38 days after that meeting took place, the president's son went on CNN and mocked reports that Russia had any interest in his father's campaign.

When confronted with a quote from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager claiming Russia was trying to swing the election for Trump, Trump Jr. said: "It just goes to show you their exact moral compass. I mean, they'll say anything to be able to win this."

Trump Jr. added in the July 24 interview: "Time and time again, lie after lie … It's disgusting, it's so phony."

Yet in an email to Trump Jr. on June 3, Goldstone had detailed the existence of "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful" to President Trump.

"This is obviously very high-level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump," Goldstone wrote. "If it's what you say I love it," Trump Jr. replied.