4 things learned: Trump Jr's meeting with the Russians

17 May, 2018, 07:00 | Author: Charlene Valdez
  • Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

"House Intelligence Committee rules that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation", he tweeted after the House Intelligence Committee released its report.

Members of Donald Trump Sr.'s presidential campaign at the June 2016 meeting in New York City ― including Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner, Ivanka Trump's husband and now a senior White House official ― expected damning evidence from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya against Clinton, according to thousands of pages of interview transcripts released by the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday.

Based on the first-take news accounts, however, I'm going to go out on a limb and say I infer there is nothing in them to refute President Trump's denial of "collusion" in purported Russian efforts to assist in his election.

Goldstone said that Trump Jr. told Veselnitskaya to raise her concerns about the Magnitsky Act "to the Obama administration because they actually are in power" before ending the meeting.

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The current status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, part of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broad counterintelligence and criminal inquiries into Russia's election interference, is unclear.

Last December, Trump Jr. told House lawmakers that he couldn't answer questions about what he told his father after the meeting, citing attorney-client privilege, Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said afterward.

"I did not collude with any foreign government and do not know of anyone who did", the president's son said in the interview with the committee's staff on September 7, 2017.

"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner continued. Officials asked if Goldstone tricked him into the meeting under "false pretenses", Trump, Jr., said, "I imagine there was an element of showmanship involved, yes". Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump, was invited but did not appear. "He was nearly like lying there, like, you know, on his phone, and it's through the whole meeting", Akhmetshin said. One of suspicions is if he came from his parent a call from a secret number he received after speaking with Emin Agalarov, Russian musical star linked to lawyer and who promoted meeting. "And I can tell you there was absolutely nothing there".

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It was unclear whether Agalarov delivered the letter to Putin or whether Putin responded.

"And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, nearly word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more", Goldstone said of Kushner's reaction.

"A lot of Russian words" were exchanged, Mr Goldstone recalled.

But the Senate disputed the House report as it wrapped up its investigation, with a bipartisan group of senators affirming the FBI's findings on Russian influence in the election. Peskov invited Trump to attend the Olympic Winter Games in February 2014 in Sochi "and said he'd be happy to meet him there or at any future time", Goldstone said, an offer Trump did not accept.

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When asked if he remembered details of the calls, Mr. Trump replied, "I don't".

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.

Agalarov was a partner of Trump's in staging the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.

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