Trump Jr: I never told my father about meeting with Russian lawyer

Trump Jr: I never told my father about meeting with Russian lawyer

Donald Trump Jr. said Tuesday that he never told his father about a meeting last year with a Russian lawyer who reportedly offered the Trump campaign dirt on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonOvernight Defense: Trump tries to quell Russia furor | GOP looks to reassure NATO | Mattis open to meeting Russian counterpart Dem pollster: GOP women have a more difficult time winning primary races than Dems Mellman: (Mis)interpreting elections MORE.

"It was just a nothing. There was nothing to tell," the younger Trump told Fox News's Sean Hannity. "I mean, I wouldn’t have even remembered it until you started scouring through this stuff. It was literally just a wasted 20 minutes, which was a shame."

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE's eldest son released a chain of emails earlier Tuesday revealing that Trump Jr. had agreed to meet with a Russian lawyer who promised what an intermediary described as "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father."


Publicist Rob Goldstone, who acted as the intermediary to set up the meeting, told Trump Jr. that the information was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

But Trump Jr. said that he received nothing of value from the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and that she primarily talked about a Russian law barring American families from adopting Russian children.

Trump Jr. told Hannity that he thought the information offered was simply opposition research that could have helped his father's campaign. But that meeting provided no such information, he said.

"Someone sent me an email. I can’t help what someone sends me," he said. "I read it, I responded accordingly, and if there was something interesting there, I think that’s pretty common."