Donald Trump Jr. and Russia: What the Law Says

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WASHINGTON — The revelation that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., agreed to meet with a Kremlin-linked lawyer in June 2016 after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton has escalated discussion about whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia’s interference in the election.

An intermediary promised the younger Mr. Trump that a “Russian government attorney” would provide “very high level” dirt on Mrs. Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

“If it’s what you say I love it,” Mr. Trump’s son responded in an email exchange he made public on Tuesday after he learned The New York Times was about to publish an article about its contents. The younger Mr. Trump; his father’s campaign chairman at the time, Paul J. Manafort; and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and adviser, met with the lawyer on June 9, 2016. Donald Trump Jr. has said the lawyer had no meaningful information about Mrs. Clinton.

Here are questions and answers about legal issues raised by this disclosure amid the criminal investigation by a special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, into the Trump-Russia affair.

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