Donald Trump Jr.'s emails raise a big question about Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. published what he said is the full email chain between himself and Rob Goldstone, the music publicist who arranged a June 2016 meeting among Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, then-Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and a Russian attorney with ties to the Kremlin.

But the correspondence also raises new questions about past statements Trump Jr. made about the meeting — and how deeply Kushner and Manafort were involved.

When The New York Times reported over the weekend that Trump Jr. met with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to accrue information that could hurt Clinton's candidacy, he said in a statement that he had asked Kushner and Manafort to attend, "but told them nothing of the substance."

However, Kushner and Manafort are copied on the email thread Trump posted to Twitter on Tuesday.

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The emails also seem to validate reports that Trump Jr. was told the meeting with Veselnitskaya was part of the Russian government's efforts to prop up Trump's candidacy.

These latest revelations about Trump Jr. have reignited the question of whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia during the 2016 election in an effort to win the presidency. The campaign is currently under multiple congressional investigations, as well as an FBI counterintelligence investigation.

Trump Jr. posted the emails to Twitter on Tuesday after he was told the Times had obtained them and was going to publish them. He also hired a lawyer this week to represent him in any ongoing Russia-related inquiries.

Read the full thread below:

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Politicians, pundits sound off on Donald Trump Jr.'s emails
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Politicians, pundits sound off on Donald Trump Jr.'s emails
If this isn't treasonous, I'm not sure what is.
Is this Hillary Collusion??
Quick reminder: something doesn't have to be illegal for it to be foolish, wrong and un-American. @DonaldJTrumpJr
.@LindseyGrahamSC on CNN: I know Don Jr and Jared Kushner are new to politics but this is going to require a lot of questions to be answered
.@realDonaldTrump’s son & aides met w/ Russian agent to influence our election. That is a fact.…
.@MerriamWebster definition of #collusion: secret agreement or cooperation especially for an illegal or deceitful p…
Liberal media in a frenzy because Donald Trump Jr released all his emails. Should've just deleted them. We know that's fine with them!
What seems interesting: Email tells Trump Jr. the effort is part of Russia government's efforts to help Trump. He doesn't ask questions.
"On its face, this email chain is proof of a willingness expressed by @DonaldJTrumpJr to collude with Russia" --@JakeTapper on @CNN
So...this is it right?
I consider my friend @DonaldJTrumpJr a honorable man in every sense of the word . 🇺🇸✌️
Former Watergate prosecutor Nick Akerman says Trump Jr. emails are "almost a smoking cannon." Told me "there's no question this is treason."
.@matthewamiller: I don't know how anyone can come out and defend what is in these emails, whether republican or democrat #AMR
Graham: Trump Jr. "definitely has to testify"
Sen. Hatch says the Don Jr. emails are not "relevant" and "all this stuff about Trump's sons and daughter -- it's a bunch of bunk."
Statement from @VPPressSec on Donald Trump Jr meeting and @VP's knowledge
There's NO way Don Jr, Jared & Paul Manafort met w/ the Russian Gov't operative without advising Donald Trump in advance. HE'S GUILTY, TOO!
Tapper: "This can't be dismissed as people out to get Donald J. Trump Jr. or fake news. This is evidence of willing…
So, I just talked to Mark Warner:
Sen @ChrisMurphyCT on Don Jr: "For a long time we saw a lot of smoke but no fire, you're seeing the fire today."

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