Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats say interview transcripts detailing a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer are just "one piece of a much larger puzzle".
After a thorough review, Senate Intel has found no evidence to dispute the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation, on orders from Putin, carried out an unprecedented election interference effort to help the Trump campaign and hurt the Clinton campaign in 2016. Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended in hopes of leaving with dirt on failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly honed in on both the meeting and the varied explanations the Trump team has offered about it as he investigates possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as possible obstruction of that probe by the President.
Politico extracts the botched public relations about the meeting once revealed ("Attorneys for Donald Trump Jr. sought to coordinate public statements for attendees of a June 2016 meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and top Trump campaign aides after news broke of the controversial sitdown, according to transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee").
Trump Jr. told the Russians he was too busy with the campaign to look into the story they proposed, but he offered to discuss possible changes to the Magnitsky Act if his father won the election, according to Kaveladze.
Mr Trump Jr has repeatedly said he did not know of any direct involvement by his father in drafting an explanation for the meeting that subsequently turned out to be untrue. Noting that Trump Jr. also testified in the House Intelligence Committee, King said "there is nothing there" and the meeting lasted 20 minutes.
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Wednesday's release also contains transcripts and notes from several other witnesses at the meeting.
"Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet soldier and Russian-American lobbyist who attended the [June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower], told the committee that Trump Jr. had opened the session by getting straight to the point:'I believe you have some information for us, ' Akhmetshin recalled the president's son telling [Russian lawyer Natalia] Veselnitskaya". When asked about the House findings, he said: "Well, I'm not sure the House was required to substantiate every conclusion with facts". The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, purported to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton, which Trump Jr. said he would "love" to have. And I gave the reason for that being that I am a music publicist. He said he reported back to Emin Agalarov that "this was the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do".
"Until that day, I'd never heard of the Magnitsky Act and had no familiarity with this issue. Politics, I knew nothing about", Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras. Goldstone wrote. "And because I am not able to respond out of courtesy to you and your father".
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