Donald Trump Jr says he can not remember discussing Russian Federation probe with father
17 May, 2018, 02:04 | Author: Lucy Floyd
He has since been indicted as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation on charges related to money laundering, tax fraud, and violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
"There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections", the committee's Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr, said in a statement issued with its top Democrat, Senator Mark Warner, after a closed hearing with former top intelligence officials.
Lest there be any doubt about what Donald Trump Jr. was soliciting during the 2016 Trump Tower meeting, in his Senate testimony, the president's eldest son explicitly stated that he spoke with the Russians to obtain "potential information about an opponent". We now know that - despite her early denials of ties to Putin - Veselnitskaya is, in fact, a Russian informant.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California said evidence fully supports the intelligence agencies' determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Clinton and sow discord in the United States.
Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators he could not remember whether he discussed the meeting with his father.
Trump Jr. also said he did not speak with Trump about the misleading statement originally sent in defense of the meeting.
Perhaps the biggest one: what President Donald Trump knew about the meeting and when he was told about it.
In March, the Senate Intelligence Committee released election security policy recommendations, while last week it released an interim report on election security. Donald Trump Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner and marketing campaign chairman Paul Manafort all gathered with a Kremlin-connected lawyer and her entourage in Trump Tower in Manhattan after being promised damaging political "dust" on Hillary Clinton.
Music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting at the request of pop singer Emin Agalarov, said he thought the meeting was a "bad idea". He testified that he was embarrassed and apologetic when she instead used the session to press her view that the sanctions imposed on Russian Federation for human rights abuses, known as the Magnitsky Act, should be lifted.
"The Committee has found evidence of multiple contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian government officials or their intermediaries, including offers of assistance and purported overtures from Vladimir Putin, which warrant further investigation", they added. The panel is expected to.
The Democrats say the transcripts do not tell the full story of the meeting because some participants were not interviewed and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley was unwilling to subpoena them. Natalia Veselnitskaya's testimony came in the form of written responses to a questionnaire, which is a marvel of two sides talking past each other.
Warner alluded obliquely to the House committee's decision to break with the CIA and other spy agencies.
Wednesday's release also contains transcripts and notes from several other witnesses at the meeting.
Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats say the released interview transcripts are just "one piece of a much larger puzzle".
"There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections", Burr said in the statement.
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