5 times Trump administration, family denied campaign contact with Russians

Donald Trump Jr.
Donald Trump Jr.

In a series of photos tweeted out by Donald Trump Jr. Tuesday, the president’s son provided some insight into a meeting between Trump campaign leaders and a “Russian government attorney” in June 2016.

The meeting, which Trump Jr. wrote that he planned to attend with his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, would share information about “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton].”

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. responded.


Trump Jr. tweeted that he released the e-mail exchange in an effort to be “totally transparent” about the meeting. He added that the woman was not a government official and “had no information to provide.”

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Nevertheless, the meeting — and the e-mail communication leading up to the meeting — seemed to contradict previous statements from Trump family members and senior administration leaders who insisted no communication existed.

Here are five times when members of Trump’s administration and family have denied any campaign contact with Russia.

1. Donald Trump Jr. on CNN

In response to the Democratic National Committee e-mails leaked last summer, Donald Trump Jr. told Jake Tapper on State of the Union that the allegations of Russian involvement are “disgusting” and “so phony.”


“I can’t think of bigger lies,” he told Tapper.

Trump Jr. added that the accusations show the true colors of the Clinton campaign and what they are willing to do to win.

“These lies and the perpetuating of that kind of nonsense to try to gain some political capital is just outrageous,” he said.

2. Paul Manafort on “CBS This Morning”

In a July 2016 interview with CBS This Morning, Manafort said the campaign has no relationship with Russia and that Trump has no financial relationships with Russian leaders.


“This is an absurd attempt by the Clinton campaign to try and get the focus off of what the real issue is,” Manafort said, adding that the “real problem” was Clinton’s own e-mail server.

3. Sean Spicer during his daily briefing on May 12

During the briefing, Spicer answered several questions about any communication or possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, noting that the “president’s comments about Russia and collusion have been very clear.”

Spicer said the allegation that collusion existed is simply a “hoax.”

“Obviously, this has been a subject that comes up over and over again when it’s been very clearly stated on multiple occasions that there’s no collusion that occurred, and yet this narrative continues to be perpetuated,” he said.

It’s a message Spicer said that both he and the president have continuously stated.

The same day, Trump tweeted: “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.’’

4. Kellyanne Conway on Good Morning America

In an interview earlier this year, Conway said it was her understanding that no one associated with the campaign met with any Russian officials before Election Day.

“And there would be no reason to. There would be no reason for us to. It’s not how we run this campaign,” she said. “It had nothing to do with Donald Trump’s historic win. And frankly, it has nothing to do with why Hillary Clinton lost.”

5. Eric Trump on ABC News

Ahead of James Comey’s testimony on Capitol Hill, Eric Trump told ABC News he planned to watch the testimony, calling it the “greatest hoax of all time” and adding that he was there throughout the campaign.

“We have no dealings in Russia. We have no projects in Russia. We have nothing to do with Russia,” he said.

Felicia Gans can be reached at felicia.gans@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @FeliciaGans.