Russian Federation meddled with goal of helping Trump, Senate Intel Committee says
- Alfred Griffith
One year earlier, Trump was invited to the 60th birthday party of a friend in Moscow at which the opportunity to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin was dangled. That's according to transcripts released Wednesday. "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections".
But, he added, "at the time, I thought I should listen to what Rob and his colleagues had to say".
Six months after the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and a self-described Kremlin informant, an intermediary contacted Donald Trump's office asking for a follow-up, according to documents released Wednesday by a Senate committee.
An attendee of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting told congressional investigators he was "concerned" about discussing negative information about Hillary Clinton.
But there are also avenues that weren't investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer who joined Trump in staging the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow, is on a list of Russian oligarchs close to Putin released by the White House in January.
Kaveladze said he was troubled by the "morality and ethics of the situation", more than potential legal issues.
"What concerns me is for a politician to try to decide this", Graham said.
Schiff said Trump Jr. invoked the privilege because his lawyers claimed that the discussion with his father took place in the presence of legal counsel, which Schiff and other Democrats argued is a situation not covered by the privilege.
Donald Trump Jr. says he was "candid and forthright" in answering questions by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Russian Federation investigation.
There was tons of detail in the 2,500 pages of documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday, but there are still key questions that haven't been answered. In emails sent to Trump Jr. In his Senate testimony, Donald Trump Jr. said he did not know whether his father, the president, had a role in drafting the statement.
Trump Jr. thanked the members of the committee for "their courtesy and professionalism".
Jared Kushner, who was next to Goldstone, grew agitated and said, "I really have no idea what you're talking about".
Warner alluded obliquely to the House committee's decision to break with the CIA and other spy agencies.
"At the time of the call, did you believe setting up this meeting was a good idea?"
Trump Jr. said the organization would "reach out on a few occasions sort of passing along news" and suggesting that he tweet it.
ANSWER: I don't think he did.
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This marks the first time that Trump Jr.'s account of what unfolded has been made public.
Donald Trump Jr. acknowledged that his father may have helped draft the statement that he put out to the press after the meeting became public.
"Q. And do you know if his comments provided through Hope Hicks were incorporated into the final statement?"
Others attending the meeting were Paul Manafort, then the chairman of Trump's presidential campaign; Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Ike Kaveladze, a California businessman who was born in Russia; Akhmetshin; and Anatoli Samochornov, serving as a translator for Veselnitskaya, who doesn't speak fluent English. But the overall absurdity of the Trump family story here has not, to my knowledge, been fully explored.
The Committee's investigation remains incomplete, including review of this meeting.
The Senate Intelligence Committee, of Republican Majority, argues that Russian Federation interfered in presidential elections of 2016 in order to favor victory of Donald Trump, a sis that was aligns with that of intelligence services of United States but That clashes with what was raised only two months ago by Republicans mselves of or chamber of Congress, that of Representatives.
And people who attended the meeting generally agreed that it didn't include the transmission of damaging information. The investigations also explore wher re was obstruction to justice by President of United States, who fueled this suspicion when in May previous year he dismissed James Comey as director of FBI, when he was on top of this case.
The House committee said the intelligence agencies failed to use "proper analytic tradecraft" when they assessed Mr Putin's intentions. "They are concerned because it links Don Jr.to officials from Russian Federation - which he has always denied meeting". Indeed, it appears that her pitch about Russian adoptions and overturning United States sanctions went nowhere because Trump's family members and campaign staff were expecting something much more actionable about Clinton.
Transcripts released Wednesday detail an interview the president's eldest son gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee previous year.
In his appearance, Trump Jr. says he does not remember many details and minimizes ors.
Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Iowa (R) Senator Chuck Grassley said he hasn't seen any signs of collusion. "In addition, without the cooperation of Republicans and the ability to subpoena witnesses, much of the truth remains hidden". "Their efforts to hide the meeting and its true objective are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation".
"I am specifically troubled by the possibility that Russian-backed shell companies or intermediaries may have circumvented laws created to prohibit foreign meddling in our elections by abusing the rules governing. tax-exempt organizations", Wyden wrote.
But nothing in the new documents appears to change the course of the Russian Federation investigations ongoing in the Senate Intelligence Committee and the special counsel's office.
That's according to transcripts of his interview with the panel past year. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has testified the president's primary residence utilizes a blocked number.
Don Jr.'s remarkable inability to remember hardly anything about what would seem like a pretty darn memorable development-the fact that Russian Federation was expressing interest in helping provide dirt on Hillary Clinton-has already been rightly and roundly mocked.
The meeting is under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.
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