The Senate recognized the intervention of Russian Federation in election 2016

The Senate recognized the intervention of Russian Federation in election 2016

The transcripts reveal some new details about how the meeting - a key point of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - came to be arranged and efforts afterward to mitigate the political damage arising from its disclosure.

Democrats, still hoping for a smoking gun on collusion, will rejoice at the revelations that Trump's team was willing to take dirt from the Russians, and were angry when the goods never came through. The statement described the meeting as being about Russian adoption but left out that Trump Jr. had been told it was part of a Russian government effort to aid the campaign.

Besides providing a timeline of the days leading up to the meeting, the transcripts also reflect misgivings about its appropriateness. Kushner asked her to "focus a bit more" and start over, Goldstone said.

Music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting at the request of pop singer Emin Agalarov, said he thought the meeting was a "bad idea".

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released his own statement about the meeting previous year, Goldstone considered the meeting disappointing.

Lawmakers on that committee said they agreed that Putin had wanted to hurt Clinton, but did not agree that meant he wanted to help Trump.

"There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections", the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr, said in a joint statement with the committee's top Democrat after a closed hearing on the issue.

Of course, if there was some sort of corrupt exchange at the meeting, the key players involved would not likely willingly reveal that to congressional investigators. That's according to transcripts released Wednesday.

Trump Jr. testified that he did not recall telling his father about the meeting, but Democrats have pointed to Trump Jr.'s phone records to argue they aren't getting the full story from Trump's son.

Throughout the private Senate interview, Trump Jr. appeared unapologetic about having taken the meeting, saying at one point, "I didn't think that listening to someone with information relevant to the fitness and character of a presidential candidate would be an issue, no". But if that possibility fazed Trump Jr., it didn't show in the transcripts.

Donald Trump acknowledging that his father may have been involved in drafting a press statement past year that attempted to explain a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney.

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That's according to transcripts of his interview with the panel previous year.

That's according to transcripts of his interview previous year with the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday.

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russian Federation investigation with his father.

The panel was also not able to interview Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, or Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, even though both attended. "I don't know about phone calls, I don't know who called who, that's why we got Mueller", said Sen.

House committee Republicans concluded their investigation with a finding that the Trump campaign had committed no wrongdoing in 2016 and that its contacts with Russians were simply "ill-advised".

The panel has released more than 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Trump Jr. and others who attended a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian Federation lawyer. He said he supported Clinton politically. "I don't know. I'm not interested in trying to figure it out".

The Senate intelligence committee is questioning top Obama administration intelligence officials about the intelligence agencies' assessment about Russian meddling in the 2016 president election.

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.

Trump Jr. did testify that he never alerted his father ahead of the Trump Tower meeting, even with its promise of Clinton dirt. Why?

Asked what was driving those concerns, a Senate aide told The Hill that Republicans on the committee "have indicated" to Democrats "that was part of the intent of the release".

What Wednesday's document dump adds is a better understanding of the thoughts and feelings of the meeting participants before, during and after the infamous encounter at Trump Tower.

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