Trump Jr. untroubled by meeting Russian
- Author: Rogelio Becker May 17, 2018,
May 17, 2018, 14:35
That's according to transcripts released Wednesday.
"Now, as to the Trump Tower meeting, Congress has learned as much as we are likely to learn, unless some new information comes to light", Grassley added from the Senate floor.
Representative Adam Schiff of California said evidence fully supports the intelligence agencies' determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Mr Trump campaign, hurt Mrs Clinton and sow discord in the United States.
"We see no reason to dispute the [intelligence community's] conclusions", the committee's chairman, Sen.
The House committee said the intelligence agencies failed to use "proper analytic tradecraft" when they assessed Mr Putin's intentions. "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections".
"I fully concur with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the (intelligence community's) determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence", said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House committee.
Kaveladze said he was troubled by the "morality and ethics of the situation", more than potential legal issues.
Trump Jr. said he didn't recall, and dismissed a followup question about whether such support from Russian Federation would be "problematic".
The Senate committee, which remained bipartisan in its investigation, is still looking into whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The committee released more than 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Trump Jr. and others who attended the NY meeting at which they expected to receive compromising information about Trump's Democratic opponent.
That statement said the meeting primarily concerned a Russian adoption program, though Trump Jr. later released the emails showing he agreed to the sit-down after he was promised information on Clinton. Trump Jr. said he had no recollection of what was discussed.
Trump Jr. thanked the members of the committee for "their courtesy and professionalism". "I don't know", he said, when asked whether his father used a blocked number.
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.
Goldstone told Trump Jr. she wanted to share some information about Clinton as "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".
He said he was not aware whether anyone else on the campaign had contact with WikiLeaks.
Much of the information that the witnesses told the committee has been unearthed by the media already, such as the promise of "dirt" from Russian government sources and the President's involvement in the drafting of his son's misleading statement.
But there are also avenues that weren't investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The meeting is one of pillars of Mueller's research and of Judicial Committee itself, which has not yet announced its conclusions. But he later acknowledged that the president may have edited it through his close aide Hope Hicks.
Finding a final answer, though, will likely be left to the special counsel.
The congressional panel released Kaveladze's transcript from the November 2017 interview on Wednesday.
The gathering was brokered and attended by Rob Goldstone, a colorful music promoter who represented Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, the son of oligarch Aras Agalarov, who asked him to set it up on Veselnitskaya's behalf.
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.
He said Paul Manafort didn't look up from his phone and Jared Kushner asked aloud why they were there "listening to that Magnitsky Act story".
The statement released by Burr and Warner follows a report published by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee on April 27. Former FBI Director James Comey had been invited as well, but his attorney, David Kelley, said he had a "prior commitment" and could not attend.
The special counsel is investigating the Russian meddling in the US election, whether Trump's campaign was involved and possible obstruction of justice.
One line from Donald Trump Jr.'s emails stood out: "I love it".
Transcripts released Wednesday detail an interview the president's eldest son gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee previous year.
On Wednesday, Don Jr. said that the transcripts show that he had cooperated with the investigation. In their view, the Russians tried to attack the institution of power and the system of democratic elections. The meeting was being arranged at the direct request of Donald Trump, he testified.
That's according to transcripts of his interview with the panel a year ago.
United States intelligence agencies since January of 2017 are investigating a case of possible Russian interference in presidential elections in October 2016.
People are zeroing in on a four-minute mystery call between Donald Trump Jr. and a blocked number. But the transcripts, including Trump, Jr.,'s own testimony, which he gave on September 7th of a year ago, also confirm that the Trump camp was eager to hear out their Russian visitors and find out what damaging information they had to offer.