Seven things we learned from the Trump Tower transcripts

Seven things we learned from the Trump Tower transcripts

The Republican-led committee released a collection of testimony, notes and other information that were compiled from the eight people who attended the meeting at Trump Tower in NY.

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee past year he did not recall ever discussing the Russia investigation with his father and said he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to transcripts released Wednesday of his interview with the panel.

Senior adviser Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, also partook in a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who has close ties to the Kremlin.

"It means this wasn't something that I wanted to give much focus to, again, given the fact we were dealing with a potential contested convention and they very reality of having to replace a campaign manager mid primaries", he said.

Wednesday's announcement comes amid growing Republican scrutiny of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose team also is examining whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Kremlin and if the president obstructed justice in a bid to limit the probe's scope.

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Phone records shared with the committee show that the younger Mr. Trump called a blocked number before and after calls with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russian Federation whose family is friendly with the Trumps, to arrange the meeting, and again on the night of the meeting.

'The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President (Vladimir) Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton, ' Warner said.

Trump was reportedly hoping that the Miss Universe contest could open doors to a major development deal in Moscow. During his two years as ambassador, Mr McFaul recalled, only three Americans outside of the government got an audience with Mr Putin: former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger; then-ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, who would become Mr Trump's first secretary of state; and actor Steven Seagal, known for his outspoken support for Mr Putin. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.

'After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the [intelligence community] conclusions were accurate and on point, ' Senator Mark Warner said. "I learned about it only afterwards, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation".

"The House Intelligence Committee majority's assertion that Russian Federation did not aim to assist Trump or that the Intelligence Community fell short in applying rigorous analytical tradecraft now stands in lonely isolation - rejected by the Intelligence Community, by the findings of the Mueller investigation and by Intelligence Committee members in both chambers who have objectively reviewed the facts", he said. "I never spoke to my father about it".

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

Trump Jr. testified that his "I love it" email reply to Goldstone was "simply a colloquial way of saying that I appreciated Rob's gesture".

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, welcomed the Senate Intelligence Committee's findings.

In another email, Goldstone referred to Veselnitskaya as "the Russian government attorney". 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. Admits that his far may have participated in drafting of a White House statement that meeting had been proposed as part of Russian effort to help omitted election campaign.

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