Donald Trump Jr. on Friday revealed to a congressional panel that he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 presidential campaign.
The president’s eldest son was responding to questions from Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on his meeting with Veselnitkaya, the Russian lawyer who was also a former Soviet spy who has ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Graham said he wants the Trump campaign to provide him with “all relevant documents” related to the meeting and to testify before Congress.
“What is clear to me is that the Trump administration colluded with the Russians to interfere in our election and influence the outcome,” Graham said.
“I want to know the whole truth, and if the administration can’t, I will do everything in my power to get it.”
Trump Jr. acknowledged that he did not ask the Russians for dirt on Clinton during his meeting on June 9, 2016, during which Veselniskaya was introduced.
But he also acknowledged that they discussed the adoption of Russian children by American parents and the Magnitsky Act, which was passed by Congress in 2013 to punish Russian officials for human rights abuses during the Russian Revolution of 1991.
The Trump administration has said that Veselnizakas efforts to broker the adoption were a campaign stunt and that the information that Veselnikesskaya sought was provided to the Trump Organization by a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin.
The president has also defended the meetings, arguing that Vesemelnitsky was a “Russian stooge.”
Graham said Veselnikesskaya and Trump Jr., who was born in the U.S., met at Trump Tower on June 11, 2016.
They discussed adoption and the adoption issue in private.
Veselnkesskaya also met with Trump Jr at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan during that day, according to an attendee who said Veselnitskaya offered to provide the president with “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to adopt Russian children.
Veselnikas lawyer said that “this is all part of an effort by the Kremlin to create an impression of collusion and collusion was made in the United States and that it is the intention of the Trump team to undermine our democracy, our national security, our economy and our way of life.”
The Russian government has denied the claims.
The White House has repeatedly denied Veselnijs claims that it sought to influence the election by helping to bring down then-candidate Clinton.
Veselnicky’s attorney has said Veshenitskaya is not a Russian agent and that she has no ties to Putin.
Veshennikh’s attorney said that the meeting with the president was not “for any purpose” and that Veseliks role in the campaign was to “advocate the adoption and resettlement of Russian and Ukrainian children.”