This is the first indication that the Trump campaign – specifically Trump Jr. – may have lied about what was discussed at that June 9 meeting, or the fact that he may have continued communicating with the attendees later.
For months, Trump Jr. has contended that he attended the meeting under the false pretense that he would be receiving compromising information about then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. You know, there is nothing there.”
According to one of the emails obtained by CNN, Goldstone forwarded a CNN story on June 14, 2016 about the Russian hacking of the Democratic National Committee to his client, musician Emin Agalarov, and Ike Kaveladze, a Russian translator who attended the June 9 meeting with Trump Jr., senior adviser Jared Kushner, and campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Goldstone describes the article as “Eerily weird” given the discussion they had at Trump Tower just five days prior.
A second email from Goldstone to senior Trump campaign aide Dan Scavino, who is now the White House social media director, “Encourage[s] Scavino to get candidate Trump to create a page on the Russian social networking site VK”, according to CNN. In it, Goldstone claims that “Don and Paul” were on board with the idea during the June 9 meeting.
One of the sources familiar with the content of Goldstone’s email has since tried to downplay the coincidence expressed in the interaction, saying news of a DNC hack was “Eerily weird” because in the days leading up to the Trump Tower meeting, the Russian participants of the meeting had promised information about Russian funding of the DNC. But if the public believes Trump Jr., that information was never provided to him, as he told Hannity, nor was the topic of a DNC hack ever discussed.