Trump campaign paid Trump Jr.’s lawyer weeks before Russia meeting revelation
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President Trump’s official campaign paid Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump cheers on Senate GOP ahead of 'skinny' ObamaCare repeal vote Live Coverage: Senate edges close to passing scaled-down ObamaCare repeal Pete King defends ‘unorthodox’ Scaramucci after attacks on Priebus MORE Jr.’s lawyer roughly two weeks before it was revealed the president’s son had taken part in a meeting with a Russian lawyer, according to new FEC filings.

The FEC filing shows that Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. disbursed $50,000 for "legal consulting" to Alan Futerfas's law firm on June 27.

Reuters reported on Monday that Futerfas had been hired to represent Trump Jr. but the report did not reveal when he had been retained.

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The Hill has reached out to the Trump campaign and Futerfas for comment.

The news of the payment comes just a week after The New York Times revealed Trump Jr. had arranged a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya months ahead of the 2016 election.

Trump Jr. was promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonSessions says he doesn't regret recusing himself from Russia probe Judiciary Committee Republicans want a second special counsel: report Fusion GPS: White House trying to smear us on Russia MORE at the meeting, though he said earlier this week that it ultimately "went nowhere and it was apparent that that wasn’t what the meeting was actually about.” 

Democrats believe the emails amount to a smoking gun that proves Trump campaign officials colluded with the Russians in that effort.
 
Trump Jr., however, dismissed the notion the emails amounted to proof of collusion.