Donald Trump Jr., at a morning meeting with top campaign and Trump campaign members, announced “that he had a lead on negative information about the Clinton Foundation” in the days before the Trump Tower meeting, special counsel Robert Mueller wrote.
Then-deputy campaign manager Rick Gates, a top Mueller cooperator, recounted that Trump Jr. believed the information would come from a group in Kyrgyzstan — potentially a reference Aras Agalarov, the Azerbaijani-Russian who helped to orchestrate the meeting, according to the special counsel.
Mueller wrote that, according to Gates, Trump Jr., Eric Trump, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, then-White House communications director Hope Hicks, Ivanka Trump and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner all attended the meeting. Ivanka Trump and Kushner attended late, according to Gates, Mueller wrote.
According to the report, Gates said Manafort, however, cautioned the group to be careful and raised doubts the upcoming meeting would actually yield vital information.
Hicks later denied knowing about the meeting in advance, and Kushner said he did not recall knowing about it.