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July 17, 2017

Trump campaign paid $50,000 to Trump Jr’s lawyer before emails released

Payment to Alan Futerfass firm made 13 days before emails relating to alleged links to Russia were publicly released

Donald Trumps campaign committee paid $50,000 to the firm of a lawyer representing Donald Trump Jr 13 days before emails relating to alleged links to Russia were publicly released.

A campaign finance report filed to the Federal Election Commission on Saturday said the committee made the payment to Alan Futerfass law firm on 27 June.

The revelation of the payment suggests that although Trump did not know about his sons meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 until recently, his campaign committee knew before the president did.

Futerfas, a veteran New York criminal defence attorney best known for defending clients involved with mafia crime families, is Donald Trump Jrs attorney in the Russia investigations.

Trump Jr was forced to release damning emails revealing he eagerly embraced what he was told was a Russian government attempt to damage Hillary Clintons election campaign.

The emails show music promoter Rob Goldstone telling the future US presidents son that the crown prosecutor of Russia had offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.

Trump has described the political storm over his sons meeting with Veselnitskaya as the greatest witch-hunt in political history and sad!

Trump said 39-year-old Donald Jr is a good boy.

Hes a good kid. And he had a meeting, nothing happened with the meeting. It was a short meeting, as he told me because I only heard about it two or three days ago.

The Trump campaign committees finance filing also shows it paid $89,000 to the Trump Corporation, which is led by Donald Trump Jr and his brother Eric, for legal consulting.

It was announced on Saturday that Trump had hired Washington attorney Ty Cobb to serve as his special counsel to handle the White Houses response to the Russia investigations.

The move seemingly reflects the presidents growing acceptance that the investigations will linger over his tenure for months or even years.

Originally published at: http://www.theguardian.com/us