Trump Tower transcripts released

And now, the Trump Tower transcripts

And now, the Trump Tower transcripts

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Chuck Grassley, released its interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Moscow-based developer Ike Kaveladze.

So Trump Jr. didn't even know about the meetings between Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, then-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and senior adviser Jared Kushner? Trump Jr. has told House investigators that he did not communicate with his father about the meeting before it happened. He said he could not recall the day the Trump meeting was arranged but insisted that he had never discussed the meeting with him. "I thought that was worthy of the words 'smoking gun, ' yes".

In January, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he planned to release the transcripts because the committee's interviews connected to the Trump Tower meetings had wrapped up.

Indeed, rather than being puzzled and disinterested by the meeting, as Kushner had suggested, Goldstone described the husband of Ivanka Trump as being animated by what he heard from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Grassley sent her previous year.

But there is also discrepancy between the meeting participants about how long Kushner was present.

Committee Democrats said the details about the meeting revealed in the new trove of documents confirm an inappropriate relationship between Trump campaign aides and the Russian government.


And when the damaging information didn't materialize, as Veselnitskaya focused on U.S. 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 relatively cryptic notes appear to track with some of the details contained in a presentation that Veselnitskaya has given in an attempt to undermine the sanctions law.

Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating. The meeting, and the administration's initial response to reports of it, have been a focus of the probe. The White House has said the President weighed in on a misleading statement his son issued after the meeting became publicly known, more than a year later.

But lawmakers pressed further: Did Trump Jr. know about the meetings when they occurred? "I was aware of none", said Trump Jr., in a seemingly definitive statement within his I-don't-remember-filled interview. "I never spoke to my father about it". And I gave the reason for that being that I'm a music publicist.

"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.

The Agalarovs had bonded with the Trumps during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. He said he reported back to Emin Agalarov that "this was the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do". "He may have entered a minute or so after we all entered, but I believe he was". They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner. "So am painted as some mysterious link to Putin". Goldstone wrote. "And because I am not able to respond out of courtesy to you and your father".

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