Donald Trump Jr. said he released damaging emails about meeting “a Russian government attorney” to be “totally transparent.”
The real story is usually more complicated — in addition to, in which seems, more self-serving.
The fresh York Times had already reviewed copies of the emails in addition to asked Trump Jr. to comment when he decided to tweet out pictures of the email exchange.
Trump Jr.’s tweets arrived on the scene, seemingly out of nowhere, at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday.
By then, the Times was already on the verge of publishing. The newsroom already had a full story ready to go, so in which hit publish a few minutes later. A news alert sent by the paper arrived on the scene at 11:10 a.m.
Staffers at the Times confirmed in which they believe Trump Jr.’s Discharge was triggered by their reporting.
“@DonaldJTrumpJr posted these emails after being informed in which The fresh York Times was doing a story on them,” deputy managing editor Clifford Levy tweeted.
A newsroom source declined to say when exactly the story came together.
yet “we were preparing to publish” when Trump Jr. tweeted, the source said. “Don Jr. asked for more time when we contacted him” for comment, “in addition to then pre-empted us.”
The Times has been out front on the entire story of Trump Jr.’s June 9, 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
The paper’s first story revealing the existence of the meeting hit on Saturday. A bombshell followup on Sunday was titled “Trump Jr. Met Russian for Dirt on Clinton.” Then on Monday night came in which: “Trump Jr. Was Told in Email of Russian Effort to Aid Campaign.”
After Monday night’s story arrived on the scene, revealing the existence of the email yet not actually quoting via in which, Times reporter Adam Goldman, one of four bylines on the story, tweeted a late-night update: “I am still reporting.”
sy88pgw (fresh York) First published July 11, 2017: 12:58 PM ET