Trump campaign paid Trump Jr.’s lawyer weeks before Russia meeting revelation
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpFormer Watergate prosecutor: Trump taking the fifth would be political suicide Comey: I’m ‘embarrassed and ashamed’ by Republican party Comey, Anderson Cooper clash over whether memo release violated FBI rules MORE’s official campaign paid Donald Trump 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 Diane Rodham ClintonKim Kardashian West defends Kanye on Trump: 'He's a free thinker, is that not allowed?' Trump comments on Fifth Amendment resurface after Cohen filing The 'Handmaid's Tale' liberal feminists created 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.