Donald Trump Jr. is pushing back on The New York Time's claim that his account on Sunday of what happened at the meeting with the Russian lawyer is inconsistent to what he said one day before.
The Russian government, meanwhile, is disavowing knowledge of any meeting between Trump senior staff and the Russian lawyer, according to the Associated Press.
Donald Trump Jr. changed his account of the meeting with the Russian lawyer during the 2016 campaign on Sunday and told The New York Times that the lawyer had information about former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The meeting with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya took place with Trump’s son-in-law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. According to The New York Times Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting with the Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
In his statement to The Times Sunday, Trump Jr. said he was told the lawyer might have information that would be “helpful” to the Trump campaign. He said he was not told the name of the person ahead of the meeting.
His statement counters the statement he gave to The Times a day before, where he described the meeting as a "short introductory meeting” and claimed that they talking about a program to allow U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children.
The Times reported that Veselnitskaya's clients at the time of the meeting included state-owned businesses and the son of a senior government official whose company was under investigation in the United States.
Some say this hurts Trump Jr.'s credibility.
2 a newspaper gets the facts out there first. Son-in law and Manafort present. Trump story changes, as does Don Jr's. WH- no credibility— Colette Croft (@collywobbles54) July 10, 2017
Trump Jr changes his story...that sounds like squirming to me.— Brandon Nelson (@Article_1_fan) July 10, 2017
Telling the truth...only requires one telling.