Trump applauds son for 'his transparency' after revealing Russia emails

2017-07-11 21:43
(Evan Vucci, AP)

(Evan Vucci, AP)

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Washington - US President Donald Trump says his eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., is "a high-quality person", and he applauds "his transparency".

White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders read a brief statement from the president on Tuesday in response to revelations that Trump Jr. agreed to hear damaging information on Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government's effort to help his father.

Trump Jr posted his emails with music publicist Rob Goldstone on Twitter on Tuesday. The emails with Goldstone show that Trump Jr. was told that the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Virginia Sen. Mark Warner dismissed that Trump Jr.'s eager acceptance of help could just be naiveté. He said: "Lying is not a rookie mistake."

Warner also noted that Trump said in the exchange that the information could be good "especially later in the summer", and that Clinton's hacked emails were released around that time.

Republican senators are downplaying revelations that the president's son agreed to hear damaging information on Clinton as part of the Russian government's effort to help his father.

Senior Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah calls the matter "overblown", describing Trump Jr. as "a very nice young man".

Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina appeared at a news conference with seven other GOP senators, insisting that Republicans should not be "distracted" by the latest reports on Russia and instead stay focused on their agenda. None of the other attendees at the press conference responded to a question on the new emails released by Trump Jr.

Sen. David Perdue of Georgia said several congressional committees are already looking at the matter.

Meanwhile, Clinton's former campaign manager, Robby Mook, said the US is facing a "serious national security crisis".

"They called us liars; They called us disgusting for suggesting Russians were behind this. Then they met the Russians and talked about information about Hillary Clinton," said Mook.




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