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Kremlin denies links to Donald Trump Junior's meeting with Russian lawyer

Moscow: The Kremlin has denied reaching out to a Moscow-based property developer and his son who arranged a meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr to discuss allegedly compromising information about Hillary Clinton.

The emails published by Trump Jr show publicist Rob Goldstone telling Trump that singer Emin Agalarov and his father, developer Aras Agalarov, had "helped along" the Russian government's support for Trump. In his email, Goldstone said that the "Crown prosecutor of Russia" offered to provide the information on Clinton to the Trump campaign in a meeting with Aras Agalarov.

A file image of Donald Trump Jr. AP

A file image of Donald Trump Jr. AP

Speaking to reporters Wednesday in Moscow, President Vladimir Putin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov, insisted that the Kremlin has not spoken to Agalarov and has no ties to the Russian lawyer who was at the meeting.

Meanwhile, US president Donald Trump is defending his son, writing on Twitter that his son was "open, transparent and innocent." The president is again calling the investigation the "greatest Witch Hunt in political history."

The president's lawyer also defended Donald Trump Jr on Wednesday, saying he did not violate any laws in his meeting with a Russian lawyer. Attorney Jay Sekulow said that the president was not aware of Trump Jr's June 2016 meeting and didn't find out about his son's email exchange until "very recently."

Trump Jr had revealed he was eager to hear damaging information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, disclosing a series of emails that marked the clearest sign to date that Trump's campaign was willing to consider election help from a longtime US adversary.

The email exchange posted to Twitter Tuesday by Trump Jr showed him conversing with a music publicist who wanted him to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who supposedly had dirt on Clinton as "part of Russia and its government's support for Trump." The messages reveal that Trump Jr was told the Russian government had information that could "incriminate" Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Published Date: Jul 12, 2017 18:40 PM | Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 18:40 PM

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