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Trump Jr. says he didn't tell his Dad before meeting Russians

Trump Jr. says he didn't tell his Dad before meeting Russians

This document dump, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Mueller's appointment to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is providing more fodder for the special counsel to scrutinize the underlying motivations of both Trump himself and other key players in the saga, and to check the veracity of Trump Jr.'s statements against the actual facts.

The Trump campaign has dismissed the meeting as part of a bait-and-switch Russian lobbying effort to amend a 2012 law known as the Magnitsky Act that placed sanctions on Russians over human rights abuses.

When Aras Agalarov wanted Trump to come to Moscow for his birthday party in 2015, Goldstone e-mailed Trump's assistant Rhona Graff with the request.

Nonetheless, the records reveal some new details about the players involved and what happened after the meeting was reported by The New York Times last summer. "Politics, I knew nothing about", Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras.

The newly released documents include testimony from five of the people who were there on June 9, 2016: Trump, Jr.; Goldstone; Irakly (Ike) Kaveladze, the employee of the Agalarovs; Rinat Akhmetshin, the consultant; and Anatoli Samochornov, the interpreter for Veselnitskaya. WikiLeaks has denied that Russian Federation was the source of the stolen emails. Goldstone wrote. "And because I am not able to respond out of courtesy to you and your father".

"I don't know what would be deemed 'damaging, ' but I didn't hear anything that I would deem to be damaging", Goldstone said. He said he supported Clinton politically. He may have entered a minute or so after we all entered, but I believe he was.

"He said, 'It doesn't matter. I am just a Russian lawyer". Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he arrived to the meeting late and left early after he determined that "my time was not well spent at the meeting". He said he was skeptical about the value of such a meeting and "as it later turned out, my skepticism was justified".

But Mr Putin only rarely meets with Americans. The statement said the meeting was largely focused on a Russian adoption program.

Kaveladze told investigators his concern was assuaged in a pre-meeting lunch with Russian lawyer Natalia Vaselnitskaya who said the Trump Tower meeting would strictly stick to the Magnitsky Act.

Top campaign officials Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner accepted the offer of incriminating information on the campaign's opponent from a hostile foreign government.

There are many new nuggets to take away from the Senate Judiciary Committee's transcripts, from Goldstone's assertion he thought he had a "smoking gun" on Clinton to the description of Kushner being "infuriated" as the meeting wore on.

Asked in the interview if his father was involved in drafting the statement, Trump said: "I don't know. Could you please focus a bit more and maybe just start again?'" Goldstone said.

"Q. Does your father used a blocked number on his cellphone or on any phones that you call him on?"

The meeting is being scrutinized by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading an investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation to win the 2016 presidential election and into whether President Trump obstructed justice.

Members of the panel warn that the Russian threat they are examining is not a historical artifact but a continuing danger. He also said he had no memory of the calls with Agalarov, and thought they might have been exchanging voice messages.

Democrats on the committee joined the fray with a almost 100-page dissenting document, denouncing the Republicans' report as little more than a whitewash.

"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by (Russian) President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner said. Trump employee Rhona Graff responded to Goldstone that she doubted the candidate could make it, to which Goldstone responded that Trump might "welcome a meeting with President Putin, which Emin would set up".

The transcripts also raise serious questions about whether Trump, Jr., was telling the truth when he told the Judiciary Committee that he didn't inform his father in advance about the Trump Tower meeting.

Ken Dilanian, Garrett Haake, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Rebecca Shabad reported from Washington, and Tom Winter, Tracy Connor, Rich Gardella, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Courtney McGee, Anna Schecter and Kenzi Abou-Sabe, Noah Levy and Benjamin Pu reported from NY.

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