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Donald Trump Jr has released an email chain proving he tried to collude with Russian government officials to damage Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid.

Posting the email chain on Twitter, Trump Jr said he was hoping “to be totally transparent” about a meeting in June 2016 with a lawyer he believed possessed “very high level and sensitive information” that was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr Trump”. Trump Jr responded: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer”. A New York Times article on the meeting notes that Trump Jr released the emails after the Times “informed him that it was preparing an article” about them.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper