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Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

A music publicist who helped arrange a Trump Tower meeting between members of the Trump campaign and Russians who were offering opposition research on Hillary Clinton also said that he could get Donald Trump a personal audience with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In addition to Mr Trump Jr, the committee interviewed four other people who attended the Trump Tower meeting in NY - publicist Rob Goldstone, who set up the meeting with the promise of dirt on Mrs Clinton; Rinat Akhmetshin, a prominent Russian-American lobbyist; Ike Kaveladze, a business associate of a Moscow-based developer, and a translator.

Buried in more than 1,000 pages of documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is testimony in which Rob Goldstone recalls offering Trump an invitation to Russian Federation.

Trump Jr. deflected multiple questions during the interview, saying "No, not that I recall" when asked if he discussed the Russian Federation probe with his father.

Anatoli Samochornov, a Russian translator who attended the meeting, said that no one present had said the Russian government either supported Trump or opposed Clinton for president.

He said he was not aware whether anyone else on the campaign had contact with WikiLeaks.

Trump jnr also met behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

As more damaging details about the true goal of the meeting trickled out, Trump Jr. on July 9 issued a new statement admitting that he had actually sought damaging information on Clinton from these Russian actors. Trump Jr. said that he neither offered his father advance warning that he'd been invited to learn about Russian government "dirt" on Clinton, or informed him after the fact that the conversation had instead mostly focused on reinstating a program allowing Americans to adopt Russian children.

But lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya did not provide documentation or conclusive proof about the Ziff brothers, according to the new material, and Trump Jr. did not appear interested in doing the additional investigating required to substantiate the claim. That matter came to a head in early July 2017 as Trump and his top officials were flying back to the US from the G20 summit in Germany.

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At first, Trump Jr. told the panel he didn't know if his father was involved in drafting the statement.

Contacted by reporters from the New York Times, Trump Jr. and the White House were asked to explain how the June 2016 sit-down came about. But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Senate judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley sent her previous year.

Asked to account for the evolving statements, Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that "they're all very consistent with each other".

Donald Trump Jr. shut down the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower by telling his Russian guests perhaps they'd revisit the discussion about lifting sanctions legislation should his father win the election. "I've just sat in a meeting about adoption". Without interviews of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, adviser Jared Kushner and others, Democrats say "much of the truth remains hidden".

Mr Manafort, who was the campaign manager at the time of the meeting, took brief notes during the meeting, which included words like "Offshore - Cyprus", "133m shares" and "Illici".

In a list of findings, the Democrats say that Trump jnr's willingness to take the meeting with Veselnitskaya "confirms that the Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance".

According to the transcripts, Trump Jr. also said he didn't think there was anything wrong with attending the Trump Tower meeting in which he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton.

The meeting is under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation, and at least one of the participants has provided testimony to a grand jury in Washington.