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A Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump jnr during the 2016 election campaign has said she had no compromising information on Hillary Clinton to offer him.

Her statement stands in contrast to what an email exchange released by the US President's eldest son suggests. Asked if she had potentially damaging information on the Democrat candidate, Natalia Veselnitskaya said that was "not true".

She added: "I never had compromising information and could not have had."

Earlier, Mr Trump said his son is "a high-quality person" as he applauded "his transparency".

It came in response to revelations that Mr Trump jnr agreed to hear apparently discrediting information on Mrs Clinton from Russian officials.

Mr Trump jnr posted his emails with publicist Rob Goldstone on Twitter yesterday. The email exchange represents the clearest sign to date that members of the President's inner circle were willing to meet during the campaign with Russians who wanted Mr Trump to prevail.

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