Trump campaign paid Trump Jr.’s lawyer weeks before Russia meeting revelation
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President Trump’s official campaign paid Donald TrumpDonald TrumpWhy Donald Trump flipped a Dem county in blue Connecticut Dem rep: Trump can't deliver on promise because of Russia probe Trump turns up heat on AG Sessions over recusal 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 ClintonTrump and Sessions no longer speaking to one another: report Top aides urging Trump to stop public criticism of Sessions: report Poll: Nearly three-quarters of US Muslims view Trump as unfriendly to them 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.