President Donald Trump Jr.’s emails reveal that he discussed the “dossier” that purported to be damaging to Hillary Clinton with then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The emails, obtained by the Washington Post, were first reported by Axios.
The story goes on to detail that the “Dossier” was a compilation of information about Trump and Russia that was supposedly compiled by a former British intelligence officer.
The email exchanges also suggest that Manafort was not aware of the existence of the “document” and that the president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, was the one who sought to make contact with the intelligence agencies about the claims.
Manafort, who now serves as the President’s special adviser on national security, has denied any involvement in the dossier.
Manafort has not commented on the emails and has not responded to a request for comment from Business Insider.
A spokesperson for the White House did not immediately respond to a Business Insider request for clarification on the timing of the emails.
The Washington Post article states that Trump Jr., Kushner, and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manfort discussed the dossier with a Russian lawyer and a “senior intelligence official” during a March 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.
Trump Jr told the Post that he and Manafort discussed the allegations in the “unrelated context of an acquaintance of mine who has close ties to Russia and its government.”
Manafort has denied that the information in the document was damaging to Clinton.
The New York Times story claims that the Russian government had information about Manafort’s financial ties to oligarchs who were helping the president-elect, and it also said that the meeting was recorded and provided to the FBI by a “high-level intelligence official.”