Talks with Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016 appear to be the earliest known private meeting between key aides to US president and a Russian

Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with a Russian lawyer shortly after Donald Trump won the Republican nomination, it has emerged, in what appears to be the earliest known private meeting between key aides to the president and a Russian.

Representatives of Donald Trump’s eldest son and son-in-law confirmed the June 2016 meeting after the New York Times reported on Saturday on the gathering of the men and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower. Then-chairman of the campaign Manafort also attended, according to the statement from Donald Trump Jr.

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