Trump Jr. untroubled by meeting Russian

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Trump Jr. told the committee he was skeptical that the meeting would pay off.

At first, Trump Jr. told the panel he didn't know if his father was involved in drafting the statement. While Senate Judiciary Democrats have sought to conduct a robust and independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are more questions than answers given the lack of cooperation by numerous individuals involved. But the invitation shows the determination of Russians with close Kremlin connections to convince the Trump team that the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on a host of Russian officials for human rights abuses, was a mistake.

Q: "And what about the thing that says, 'It is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump.' Did you also love that?"

The statement's assertion that the meeting primarily concerned a program for adopting Russian children turned out to be false when emails revealed that Trump Jr. had agreed to the meeting after being offered damaging information on Clinton.

The transcripts also reflect an aggressive Russian outreach to Trump before and after the NY meeting, including an effort to arrange a follow-up get-together that November with a member of the transition team. After small talk about the view from Trump Tower and a recent win in the primaries, the younger Trump got down to business, Akhmetshin said, telling the Russian visitors, "So I believe you have some information for us".

But the documents provide the public's best understanding yet about the events that led up to the meeting, as well as the anxiety sparked in President Donald Trump's orbit a year later when the meeting became public knowledge and contradicted Trump claims that no one on his campaign had interacted with Russians.

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.

"I have today been interviewed by attorneys for the second time about it", Goldstone wrote to Emin Agalarov.

Seventeen minutes after Goldstone sent his e-mail, Trump, Jr., replied: "Thanks Rob I appreciate that".

Sawyer asked. After his counsel objected to the question, Trump, Jr., went ahead and answered it. But the story began to shift in subsequent days, and Trump Jr. eventually released emails between him and Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who helped coordinate the meeting with Veselnitskaya.




As Donald Trump Jr. greeted his Russian-speaking guests in a conference room high atop Trump Tower in June 2016, he cut to the chase.

Goldstone testified he immediately told Agalarov he believed the meeting was a bad idea.

"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. "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections". Veselnitskaya also submitted written answers to the committee.

"I look forward to completing the committee's inquiry and issuing our findings and recommendations to the American people", Burr said.

Donald Trump Jr.is 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.

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".

But there are also avenues that weren't investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

About six months later, just after the Trump Tower meeting, Goldstone reiterated his offer in an email to Trump Jr., Scavino and Graff.

"Q. So at the time you sent this email, did you have any reason to believe that the Russian Government was making efforts to interfere in the USA presidential election?"

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