According to Goldstone, Veselnitskaya's lawyer opened the meeting with Trump Jr. with a few comments on campaign contributions before going over to the issue of USA ban on Russian children adoption, in which Trump stopped the meeting, the New York Daily News reported.
Trump said on Sunday he and Putin had discussed forming a cybersecurity unit, an idea harshly criticized by Republicans who said Moscow could not be trusted after its alleged meddling in the 2016 USA election.
Goldstone represents Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, whose father was President Trump's business partner in bringing the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow in 2013.
"If what Donald Trump Jr. said was true. then they should have never had the meeting in the first place", Nick Akerman, an assistant special prosecutor during the Watergate investigation who now specializes in data crime, says.
But even if the lawyer was somehow representing Russian Federation, and even if she passed on national security information, legal practitioners told NBC News that it would be hard to see a prosecutable case. "It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information", he said, saying he concluded that claims of helpful information for the campaign had been a "pretext" for setting up the meeting.
US President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. has hit back at reports he met a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering dirt on political opponents, branding the "expose" as a "big yawn".
These developments mark the first evidence that the Trump family sought electoral assistance from someone in Russian Federation, after months of allegations that officials from that country stole and distributed emails to influence the US election.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Monday that "sanctions specific to election meddling were discussed" in Friday's meeting with Putin.
At a pre-inaugural press conference, Donald Trump himself said no one from his team was in contact with Russians during the campaign.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, added July 10 that the body would "want to question everyone that was at that meeting", Politico reported. Trump Jr. Says the meeting was also attended by Paul Manafort, Trump's campaign chairman at the time, as Jared Kushner, the President's son in law.
After the email was described to the New York Times, the report said efforts to reach Goldstone for further comment were unsuccessful.
Trump Jr. more or less claimed he had no idea who he was meeting with when he agreed to it. The shoes are beginning to drop, and there is a good reason why the White House can't stop the steady drip of Russian Federation information. Yet we have absolutely no indication whatsoever that Donald Trump even cares about this. He said he and Trump Jr. were the last to leave the room, and "I turned to him and said: 'I'm really embarrassed". Bob Bauer said it's illegal to assist foreign nationals seeking to influence a federal election, illegal to solicit their help, and illegal to co-ordinate with them. He also downplayed the Trump Tower meeting, noting in a tongue-in-cheek fashion that it's common for members of campaigns to seek damaging information about opposing candidates. "Obviously", he wrote in a tweet, "I'm the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent. went nowhere but had to listen".
Veselnitskaya has fought against the Magnitsky Act in both her home country and in the United States, and it was the topic of discussion during her Trump meeting.
However, after widespread ridicule, Trump had changed his tune by Sunday evening.