Trump Tower meeting interview transcripts released by Senate committee
- Author: Leroy Wright May 17, 2018,
May 17, 2018, 5:25
The congressional testimony, totaling 1,800 pages, provided rare insight on Wednesday into the June 9 2016 meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr and the USA president's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.
Wednesday, 16 may, the select Committee on intelligence, U.S. Senate, issued a statement, which was agreed by the intelligence services that in the election campaign of 2016 Russian Federation interfered in the elections for the victory of the incumbent President Donald trump.
Scaramucci says the email did not concern Goldstone's involvement in the controversial meeting.
In another indication that the meeting was not supposed to be a top-secret attempt for the Trump campaign to collude with Russia, Goldstone also revealed that he "checked in" to Trump Tower on Facebook when he arrived. While Trump Jr. and three other attendees have stuck by Kushner's claim, Goldstone and Veselnitskaya told committee members that Kushner stayed for all of the meeting.
Donald Trump Jr. says he was "candid and forthright" in answering questions by the Senate Judiciary Committee in the Russian Federation investigation.
In a separate email, Goldstone later wrote: "I don't even know for sure who these Russian people were".
The committee's review is not yet complete: On Wednesday (Thursday NZT), panel members huddled behind closed doors with former intelligence chiefs to discuss their impressions and conclusions.
That observation and others by Rinat Akhmetshin were disclosed in thousands of pages of transcripts, e-mails, and other documents released on May 16 by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Documents from the Russian Federation investigation involving potentially illegal actions from members of President Donald Trump's campaign (including his son Donald Trump Jr.) were released on Wednesday, which could spell trouble for the commander-in-chief.
The president's son told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he loved the idea of obtaining "potential information about an opponent" during the meeting.
Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who acted as an intermediary between Trump Jr and the Russians, said no damaging information was presented to the campaign team. The Senate Intelligence Committee staff will issue a report on the intelligence community's work for review.
Following the publication of the documents, Trump Jr. said they showed that he "answered every question asked" by the committee.
Q. So you don't know whether or not this might have been your father?
Trump Jr. convened the meeting with his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and the campaign's then-chairman, Paul Manafort.
Russian Federation denies trying to influence the election.
"The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out to be not about what was represented", Trump Jr. said in his testimony.
The June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower is one of several known contacts between Trump campaign workers and people connected with the Russian government at a time when Russia was waging a campaign of active measures during the 2016 presidential campaign. Donald Jr. seems pretty confident in this wisdom of his strategy, though-if you'll recall, he tweeted out screenshots of the entire email exchange in question a year ago, claiming that it exonerated him, upon learning that the New York Times was about to publish it.
LUCAS: They did, yes because Veselnitskaya nice guy gave them information on what she said were basically questionable potentially illegal campaign contributions from the Ziff Brothers, who are these billionaire investors. The meeting was being arranged at the direct request of Donald Trump, he testified.
The nature of the "dirt" the Russians had against Clinton was never made clear.
Kaveladze said he heard only part of this phone call.