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CNN: Publicist in Trump Jr. Russia Meeting Later Sent Emails Pushing Ideas

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By    |   Thursday, 07 Dec 2017 05:32 PM

A British publicist who arranged a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian intermediaries sent follow-up emails to a Moscow participant and a Trump campaign adviser — including a suggestion the Republican candidate create a page on a Kremlin social networking site, CNN reported Thursday.

The cable network cited "multiple sources" in its report.

The emails, which had not been previously disclosed, were sent by Rob Goldstone — though none to Trump Jr. — and they were discovered by congressional investigators.

They were also discussed with Trump Jr. at his classified hearing Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee.

The president's eldest son told panel members he could not recall the email follow-up, sources told CNN, and Trump Jr. also declined to say what he told his father after news reports first disclosed the meeting.

Goldstone, who sent the emails later that summer, is expected to testify as early as next week in classified settings before House and Senate intelligence committees, according to the report.

In the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, Goldstone had arranged for Trump Jr. to meet with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had longstanding ties to the Kremlin, and others under the guise of obtaining negative information on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and senior adviser Jared Kushner, now a senior White House adviser, also attended the meeting.

In one of the follow-up emails, Goldstone reached out to Trump campaign aide Dan Scavino, now the White House director of social media.

He pitched getting the GOP candidate to create a page on the Russian social networking site VK, CNN reported.

Goldstone told Scavino that "Don and Paul" were on board with the idea, an apparent reference to Manafort and Trump Jr.

Goldstone told Scavino the site was a way to connect with the Russian-Americans who use the site, one source told CNN.

Bob Gage, Goldstone's lawyer, declined to comment as did the White House, according to the report.

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