White House in political firestorm over Donald Trump Jr Russia emails

White House weathering political storm over Donald Trump Jr Russia emails

Donald Trump Jr's (centre) email disclosure has created a major political storm for the White House

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The White House remains under political siege as questions regarding emails disclosed by Donald Trump Jr on the subject of a meeting with a Russian lawyer continue to be asked.

On Tuesday, the son of the US President was forced to disclose a series of emails which revealed an apparent leap at the chance to receive reportedly incriminating information on Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. 

The first set showed a music promoter, Rob Goldstone, getting in touch with Trump Jr, revealing a Russian official's offer to provide the Trump campaign with the information. 

The future US president's son replied with a message containing the words "I love it."

A follow-up email suggests a meeting would take place in Trump Tower in New York City with a lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya last June, who was described as a “Russian government attorney”.

The disclosure also says Trump Jr. would be accompanied by Jared Kushner - a senior White House advisor married to Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka - and Paul Manafort - the boss of the US President's campaign. 

Trump himself is believed to be furious at this latest revelation regarding Russia - an issue he has not been able to shake from his tenure as of yet - and upset his family have been involved with it. 

Meanwhile, Trump Jr himself gave an interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News, where he aimed to justify his decision and claimed he could have handled the situation better in retrospect. 

The interview was praised by the President, who called his son "a high-quality person", but it has not quelled questions about whether US campaign laws were broken.