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Senate panel releases documents from probe into Trump Tower meeting

Senate panel releases documents from probe into Trump Tower meeting

In Trump Jr.'s interview, investigators pointed to phone records in which Trump Jr. had two calls from Emin Agalarov, the Russian pop star who helped arrange the Trump Tower meeting, with a call from a blocked number in between.

"He said, 'It doesn't matter".

The 2,500 pages of documents the Senate Judiciary Committee released Wednesday show a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Trump Tower meeting, with lengthy interviews, text messages and other emails.

A Democratic Senate panel lawyer challenged him on the promise of Russian government help. He also claims that he did not communicate controversial meeting to his far.

The Agalarovs, Mr Goldstone, Ms Shugart and bodyguard Keith Schiller gathered with Mr Trump in a conference room at Crocus, the exhibition centre where the pageant was being staged, as Mr Peskov explained to Mr Aras Agalarov that Mr Putin would not be able to meet with Mr Trump because his visit with the Dutch King was running late, Mr Goldstone testified.

The president's son said that, in the end, the information offered at the meeting didn't amount to anything, it was apparent they weren't representing the Russian government and he didn't discuss it beforehand with his father.

The goal of RF interference in the campaign of 2016 was the undermining of public confidence in the democratic process in the United States, discredit the opponents of trump, Hillary Clinton and decrease its chances of winning.

Publicist Rob Goldstone approached Trump Jr. about possibly having dirt on Clinton from the Russians. Instead, he and others recalled, the Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, talked about the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that imposed sanctions on Russian officials.

Perhaps the biggest one: what President Donald Trump knew about the meeting and when he was told about it.

Though panel Republicans conferred with their Democratic counterparts on point-by-point issues during the preparation of the transcripts, their release is expected to touch off a new wave of partisan bickering. Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, said. The Committee's staff interviews reveal that top Trump campaign officials were frustrated and angry that the meeting did not produce enough damaging information on their opponent.

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Goldstone told the committee that the president's son-in-law, Kushner, also seemed annoyed that Veselnitskaya's spiel didn't contain an obvious "smoking gun". Neither Kushner, now a top White House aide, nor Manafort, who has been charged with a series of financial crimes related to his work before joining the campaign, sat for interviews.

And it's always possible there is in fact something in the transcripts that will spark new leads for those with subpoena power - or for new committee chairmen should Democrats win back the House or Senate in November.

The Senate committee's findings appear unlikely to give Mr. Trump much to crow about, unlike a parallel investigation by the House Intelligence Committee. Democrats strongly disagreed and continued to investigate on their own.

Across the Capitol, the Russian Federation probes have been winding down.

That's in contrast to the House intelligence committee, which agreed with the majority of the report but said last month that the agencies "did not employ proper analytic tradecraft" while assessing Russian president Vladimir Putin's intentions.

We will remind, after elections of the President of the United States in the fall of 2016, the Central Intelligence Agency came to the conclusion that hacker attacks from Russian Federation on formal institutions during the campaign were sent directly to support Donald trump. "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the Committee".

A bit later in the day, when Goldstone e-mailed Trump, Jr. -whom he had dealt with in the past, when Emin performed at a Trump golf course-he kept to himself any concerns he may have had. Trump then told an associate to spread a rumor that Putin had indeed stopped by for a visit, the report added.

Trump reportedly believed the meeting could open doors to lucrative developments in Russian Federation. The statement released on Wednesday by or committee, on or hand, has support from both parties. His initial explanation of the meeting suggested it was primarily about adoptions, though that explanation quickly fell apart. The transcripts highlight how lawyers for the Trump Organization tried to manage the fallout by coordinating the statement of Goldstone and others. "I never spoke with my father about it".

Meanwhile, Goldstone secretly fretted about the scrutiny he predicted would follow.

The documents provide a window into one of the most intriguing relationships at the center of the Russian Federation investigations: the friendships and business contacts between the Agalarovs and the Trumps - two fabulously wealthy and powerful families in their respective countries - and the improbable role of a middleman played by Goldstone. "It could blow up".


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