Donald Trump Jr. agreed in 2016 to meet with a Russian lawyer who was linked to the Kremlin after he was told she "might have information helpful to the campaign," the son of the president acknowledged in a statement Sunday.
He said his father knew nothing of the meeting.
The younger Trump said his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign boss Paul Manafort attended the June 9, 2016, meeting, which took place as the presidential contest was heating up.
The statement is significant because the Trump campaign is facing multiple investigations into whether it colluded with Moscow. The Kremlin last year used various means to try to influence the American election, according to official findings by the CIA, the FBI, the National Security Agency and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Trump Jr. on Sunday did not identify the Moscow-connected attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, but said he was asked to meet with her by "an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant."
"After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton," Trump Jr. said.
But if he was hoping for something of use, he was disappointed.
"Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information," he said.
"My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events," Trump Jr. said.