White House: Trump Jr. did not collude with Russia

White House: Trump Jr. did not collude with Russia
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally MORE’s son, Donald Trump Jr., did nothing inappropriate by meeting with a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBlumenthal calls for declassification of materials detailing Russian threat to US elections Hillary Clinton roasts NYT's Maureen Dowd over column Hillary Clinton touts student suspended over crowded hallway photo: 'John Lewis would be proud' MORE, a White House spokesperson said Monday.

"Don Jr. did not collude with anybody to influence the election," Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters during an off-camera briefing. "Don Jr. took a very short meeting from which there was absolutely no follow-up.” 

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Trump’s eldest son met with the Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016. The disclosure has roiled the federal investigation into Russian election interference, which is examining whether any Trump associates cooperated with Russians in the effort.

The president only learned of the meeting, which took place in his Manhattan high-rise, "in the last couple of days," Sanders said on Monday.

She added that it was routine for people to contact political campaigns offering opposition research on opponents.

"The only thing I see inappropriate about the meeting was the people that leaked the information on the meeting after it was voluntarily disclosed,” she said.

Sanders pointed to an effort by Ukrainian officials to help the Democratic National Committee (DNC) expose ties between then-candidate Donald Trump and Russia.

“If you’re looking for an example of a campaign coordinating with a foreign country or a foreign source, look no further than the DNC,” she said.