Trump Jr. arranged meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer during United States election

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President Trump's eldest son Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump Jr., Kushner, Manafort met Kremlin-linked lawyer previous year: report Trump Jr. gets in Twitter war with GOP strategist Trump Jr. shares video of president shooting down "CNN" in fighter jet MORE Jr. arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin at Trump Tower two weeks after his father clinched the Republican presidential nomination, The New York Times reported Saturday.

Representatives for Kushner and Trump Jr. confirmed the meeting with Veselnitskaya.

Present were Trump Jr., campaign chairman Paul J. Manafort, and Trump's son-in-law and now top aide, Jared Kushner.

Circa also reported that the meeting was short, lasting only 20 minutes.

As the Times highlights, last year's meeting marks the first confirmed private talk between a members of Trump's team and a Russian national. Trump Jr. says it was a short visit primarily about a child-adoption program ended by Russian Federation. On Thursday, before his first meeting with Putin, Trump cast doubt on intelligence community assessments that Russian Federation interfered with the election, saying "nobody knows for sure" what happened.

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The lawyer with whom Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort met is Natalia Veselnitskaya, who is best known for her campaigning against an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers.

The statement did not address if campaign issues were also discussed.

"I asked Jared and Paul to stop by", he said.

President Trump and his advisers have long maintained that there is no evidence that the campaign colluded with Russian officials to meddle with the outcome of the 2016 election. Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.

The Times reports that the meeting was not disclosed until recently, when Kushner filed a revised version of a form to obtain a security clearance.

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Kushner's advisers said at the time that the omissions were an error, and that he had immediately notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation that he would be revising the filing.

"As we have previously stated, Mr. Kushner's SF-86 was prematurely submitted and, among other errors, did not list any contacts with foreign government officials".

Manafort is another key target of the investigation, along with Michael Flynn, Trump's adviser on national security in the campaign and, for less than four weeks, in the White House.

Research, said the Times, shows Veselnitskaya to be a "formidable operator with a history of pushing the Kremlin's agenda".

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