Donald Trump Jr. told Congress that he did not speak to his father in advance about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting where the Trump campaign hoped to get damaging information from Russians on Hillary Clinton.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Chuck Grassley, released its interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Moscow-based developer Ike Kaveladze.
In addition, the transcripts reflect an aggressive Russian outreach to Trump both before and after the June 2016 meeting, including an effort to arrange a follow-up get-together that November with members of his transition team.
The Senate intelligence committee says it agrees with a 2017 assessment by intelligence agencies that Russian Federation intervened in the presidential election earlier to hurt the candidacy of Democrat Hillary Clinton and to help Donald Trump. "Politics, I knew nothing about", Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras.More news: Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato release empowering collab 'Fall in Line'
Committee vice chairman Mark Warner (D-CA) agreed the ICA conclusions "were accurate and on point", adding Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the interference himself "for the goal of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton".
The committee said that Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, declined to be interviewed but submitted material relevant to the investigation.
Goldstone fretted that by asking the Trumps to connect with the Russians, he'd be using up one of his favors with the well-heeled family.
Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, authorized the release of the new material following interviews or other interactions with several of the people involved with the Trump Tower meeting.More news: Lachlan Murdoch to be Chairman/CEO at 'New Fox'
His notes mention "Russian adoption by American families" and Bill Browder, a British citizen who has spearheaded a USA sanctions law -known as the Magnitsky Act- that targets Russian officials over human rights abuses. The committee also included the formal release of the transcript of Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson, who was not at the Trump Tower meeting but whose transcript was unilaterally released in January by Sen.
"I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry", Trump Jr. said in a statement, "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the Committee".
Manafort's notes also contain references to "tied into Cheney" and "active sponsors of RNC" without any further explanation. Trump dismisses any talk of collusion. "If I could scratch my last statement", Trump Jr. said, "yes, I did read about that after the fact". They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.More news: Villanova, Michigan to meet in November in national championship rematch