WASHINGTON (CBS News) — President Trump’s eldest son was promised information from a Kremlin-linked lawyer that would be helpful to his father’s campaign, Donald Trump Jr. confirmed Sunday
Representatives of Trump Jr. and Mr. Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, confirmed the June 2016 meeting to CBS News and The Associated Press after The New York Times reported Saturday that the men and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya got together at Trump Tower. The meeting occurred two weeks after Mr. Trump secured the Republican nomination for president.
In a statement on Sunday, Trump Jr. said he was asked by “acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant” for a meeting with someone who might have “information helpful to the campaign.” He said Veselnitskaya, whose name he said he was not told ahead of time, said she had information that “individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. But, he said she made statements that were “vague, ambiguous and made no sense.”
Trump Jr. said Veselnitskaya then changed the subject to Russian adoption and it “became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting.”
Trump Jr. said his father did not know about the meeting. The meeting was attended by Paul Manafort and Kushner, according to The New York Times. In his statement, Trump Jr. said he had asked Kushner and Manafort to attend, but “told them nothing of substance.”
The reason for the meeting was first reported by The New York Times.
Asked about the reports, Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday the Kremlin does not know who the lawyer is and added that the Kremlin “cannot keep track” of every Russian lawyer and their meetings in Russia or abroad.
Earlier,” in which he asked Kushner and Manafort to “stop by.” He said the three discussed a disbanded program that used to allow U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children. in response to American sanctions brought against the nation following the 2009 death of an imprisoned lawyer who spoke about a corruption scandal.
“We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at that time and there was no follow up,” said Trump Jr. in a statement to CBS News on Sunday.
Trump Jr.’s statement added, “I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
Additionally, Mark Carollo, a spokesperson for Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, told CBS News in a statement on Sunday, “We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for.”
The statement went on to say, “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier. ”
Fusion GPS issued a statement to CBS News on Sunday denying that they had anything to do with the meeting, saying “any claim that Fusion GPS arranged or facilitated this meeting in any way is absolutely false.”
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus called the meeting a “big nothing burger”, seemingly a nod to CNN anchor Van Jones, who once referred to the ongoing investigation into Trump associates’ ties to Russia as “a nothing burger.”
“Talking about issues of foreign policy, issues related to our place in the world, issues important to the American people is not unusual,” he said of the discussion.
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Six people, including at least four Greenpeace activists, were charged Sunday with raising a banner at the Trump Tower downtown protesting the administration’s stance on global warming.
Taylor Blevons, 27, of north suburban Deerfield; Wendy Jennings, 38, of Minneapolis, Minnesota; Jeremy Alpert, 43, of north suburban Glencoe; and David Khoury, 47, of Leslie, Arkansas, were all charged with one felony count each of criminal damage to property and a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct, according to Chicago Police.
The demonstrators were taken into custody “after causing a disturbance and hanging a banner from the 16th floor causing extensive damage to the building” shortly after 1:30 p.m. Friday in the 400 block of North Wabash, police said.
The environmental group sent out a statement at 1:27 p.m. Friday that “activists with Greenpeace USA are at Trump International Hotel in downtown Chicago, preparing to send a message that the Trump Administration can’t ignore.”
It said, “They are pulling a large banner from the ground to the giant ‘TRUMP’ letters on the building,” the advisory continued.
The sign, reading “RESIST DEFEND” was in the process of being raised when police started making the arrests.
In another statement issued after the arrests, Greenpeace said four of its members raised the 50-by-35-foot banner, “but were detained before they could lock it into place.”
“This action demonstrates that we will not accept the threats that the Trump administration poses to people here and around the world,” Blevons, identified as one of the activists who raised the banner, said in the statement.
“Ignoring the science of climate change and removing us from the Paris Climate Agreement is just another indication that the billionaires who have hijacked our democracy are putting the short term profit of corporations over people and the planet,” Blevons said.
Jessica Bryant, 31, and 54-year-old Shirley Sexton were also charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct, police said. They both live in the Lincoln Square neighborhood.
They were all expected to be appear in bond court Sunday afternoon.
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CHICAGO (CBS) — Activists with Greenpeace raised a banner reading “Resist” and “Defend” at Trump Tower on Friday afternoon, protesting what they called “disastrous policies” enacted by the Trump administration
The banner was hung from the south face of the tower, just below the Trump sign above the Chicago River. It was fastened to a cable from a balcony near the hotel’s restaurant and from the walkway along the river.
Police took down the banner in about 30 minutes and some bystanders booed. Five females and two males were placed into custody, police said. Charges for possible damage to property and trespassing are pending.
“We’re here to call for an end to Trump’s disastrous policies that are hurting people and our planet,” Kelly Mitchell, climate director at Greenpeace, said in a video posted on Facebook.
Mitchell explained the group wanted to send a message to resist the Trump administration’s policies, and defend the environment.
“In the last couple of months, the Trump administration has moved forward a number of disastrous policies. He’s appointed climate deniers to key spots in the Environmental Protection Agency, people like Scott Pruitt. He made the former CEO of ExxonMobil our Secretary of State. And he’s pulled the United States out of the Paris climate agreement, abdicating U.S. leadership on perhaps the most important issue of our time,” she said.
It appeared the activists were able to access the 16th floor rooftop restaurant Sixteen Chicago, and hang the banner from the side.
Police cut the banner down around 2:30 p.m., and it fell into the river. Officers along the riverwalk fished it out.
Police said five females and two males were taken into custody. Possible trespassing and property damage charges were pending.
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