Donald Trump Jr. Didn’t ‘Love’ Hillary Clinton Dirt, According to his Senate Testimony

President Donald Trump’s eldest child stated he did not actually “love” the prospect of obtaining potentially damning information about Hillary Clinton, and described his use of the word as a “colloquial term,” according to testimony released Wednesday morning by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Donald Trump Jr., who now runs the president’s company with his brother, spoke to the committee in September and was grilled on the setting up of, and what actually occurred at, the infamous June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York.

Publicist Rob Goldstone approached Trump Jr. about possibly having dirt on Clinton from the Russians. “I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. said in response to Goldstone’s overture in an email exchange.

But when asked several times about his response, Trump Jr. downplayed the perceived enthusiasm in his email and stated the campaign was more focused on the upcoming Republican National Convention.

“As I said in my statement, it was a colloquial term used to say, hey, great thank you,” Trump Jr. said. “I didn’t want to deal with anything right now. We had other stuff we had to worry about, namely a potential contested convention. We were in the process of replacing Corey Lewandowski, who as the campaign manager, with Paul Manafort. There was a lot of stuff on our plate.”

He was asked another time about the “love it, especially later in the summer” line in the email, and Trump Jr. again said there was just too much going on with the campaign for him to “focus” much on Goldstone’s offer.

“It means this wasn’t something that I wanted to give much focus to, again, given the fact we were dealing with a potential contested convention and they very reality of having to replace a campaign manager mid primaries,” he said.

When the meeting was revealed last summer in a series of stories by The New York Times, Trump Jr. originally stated that a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin had spoken about adoptions of Russian children and later admitted the meeting was set up in order to possibly gain political opposition research on Clinton.

Trump Jr. also told the committee that he never told his father about the meeting, and that he did not know if his father had any involvement with the initial statement made to The Times about the nature of the meeting. He stated “counsel” had been creating the response but that President Trump “may have commented” about the statement to him through former White House official Hope Hicks.

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