Documents on Trump Tower meeting released

Sergio Conner
May 17, 2018

Trump Jr has said since that no "meaningful information" was offered and the meeting focused mostly on the issue of adoptions of Russian children.

The episode has been a centerpiece of Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

(CNN) - What can we learn about the Russian Federation probe from the thousands of pages released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday?

Trump Jr. famously said "I love it" when he was briefed ahead of time that the meeting could produce "incriminating" information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that could hurt her campaign. 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. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner. Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer.

"Obviously he's aware of it now because he's read it, it's been in the papers, but that's the extent of my knowledge of his knowledge of it", he said. And or people who participated in June 2016, five months after presidential elections, in a Meeting with a Russian lawyer in NY.

The published testimonies underpin Trump Jr. "I don't know", he said, when asked whether his father used a blocked number. But he later acknowledged that the president may have edited it through his close aide Hope Hicks.

The publicist who set up the meeting offered to arrange for Russia's largest social network to promote Trump's candidacy to more than 1.6 million Russian-American members of the network, according to some of the documents.

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. "That is exactly what occurred here", he wrote, adding that lawyers interviewed those who attended the meeting.

The congressional panel released Kaveladze's transcript from the November 2017 interview on Wednesday.

"The House Intelligence Committee majority's assertion that Russian Federation did not aim to assist Trump or that the Intelligence Community fell short in applying rigorous analytical tradecraft now stands in lonely isolation - rejected by the Intelligence Community, by the findings of the Mueller investigation and by Intelligence Committee members in both chambers who have objectively reviewed the facts", he said.

During the private meeting, the Committee members heard testimony from the former Director of national intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former Director of the NSA Mike Rogers.

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Mr Goldstone e-mailed Mr Trump's personal secretary, Ms Rhona Graff, on July 22, 2015, just six days after Mr Trump launched his presidential campaign, inviting Mr Trump to attend Mr Aras Agalarov's 60th birthday party on Nov 8 of that year in Moscow. WikiLeaks has denied that Russian Federation was the source of the stolen emails.

A declassified version of the ICA - whose information was collected and coordinated by the CIA, FBI and NSA - was publicly issued on January 6, two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration.

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.

That's despite another attendee recalling that Akhmetshin was dressed in hot pink jeans and a hot pink shirt that day.

Trump Jr. also told the committee that he never told his father about the meeting, and that he did not know if his father had any involvement with the initial statement made to The Times about the nature of the meeting.

Democrats on the House committee said Wednesday that they agree with the conclusion reached by the Senate panel. They did not interview Kushner or Trump campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, and did not issue subpoenas for documents or testimony to Trump Jr., as Democrats had urged.

In a list of findings, the Democrats say that Donald Trump Jr.'s willingness to take the meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya "confirms that the Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance". It is one of several inquiries that make up the committee's ongoing investigation into Russian election meddling.

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 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.

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