Trump Tower transcripts released

Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya

If investigators could establish that Trump Jr. and his father talked in June 2016 about the meeting, it would undercut President Trump's denials that he knew at the time about the delegation of Russians who visited NY and their offers of help to the campaign.

The 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.

"No, I did not", Trump Jr. replied.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement Wednesday that his staff has spent 14 months "reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions". In a 250-page report, House Republicans said they came to "concurrence with the Intelligence Community Assessment's judgments, except with respect to Putin's supposed preference for candidate Trump".

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President Trump has cited that finding and argued that the continuing investigations in Congress and by the Justice Department are just a "witch hunt".

The panel was also not able to interview Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, or Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, though both attended. 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.

And when the damaging information didn't materialize, as Veselnitskaya focused on United States sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the USA passed to punish Russian human rights abuses, the testimony gives new insight into how Trump's team reacted.

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.

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Manafort's notes also contain references to "tied into Cheney" and "active sponsors of RNC" without any further explanation.

Democrats on the committee have raised the possibility that father and son could have discussed the proposed meeting while Trump Jr. was in the midst of arranging it with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov and his British publicist, Rob Goldstone.

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting previous year, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing.

Trump Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday that he was glad the Judiciary Committee had released its record of his statements. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.

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"I just sent somebody an email that says I'm setting up a meeting for someone that is going to bring you damaging information about somebody who was running to become the President of the United States", Goldstone said.

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