Top Republican Senator Says There's 'No Doubt' Russia Favored Trump

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Throughout the private Senate interview, Trump Jr. appeared unapologetic about having taken the meeting, which Goldstone had told him would be a way to receive damaging Clinton information from a well-connected Russian government lawyer.

There's no set timetable for the Senate committee to release that chapter of its report, but much of the focus has been on special counsel Robert Mueller, who's conducting a parallel criminal probe into Russia's interference, as well as whether Trump attempted to obstruct the FBI's probe in its early stages.

Newly released transcripts of Donald Trump Jr.'s interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee last September reveal that the president's eldest son left some room for ambiguity about whether his father knew of a controversial 2016 meeting at Trump Tower.

However, Veselnitskaya apparently spent most of the meeting alleging that she had discovered the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as inveighing against the Magnitsky Act, a USA sanctions law that prompted Russia to ban US adoptions of Russian children. "But I just wanted to drop you a line to say if you ever need to pick my brains then my door is always open", Scaramucci wrote in the July 23, 2017 email to Goldstone.

British publicist Rob Goldstone asked Trump Jr.to attend the meeting, claiming a Russian prosecutor had "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father". Trump Jr. had been seeking "dirt" on his father's political opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which Veselnitskaya had implied over email communications she had.

"Goldstone was taking selfies of himself".

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Goldstone described the plan in his email, saying the company "had an idea to create a campaign page on VK for Mr. Trump and market it to the nearly 3 million influential Russian American voters living in the United States of America". "The meeting lasted about 20 minutes".

Veselnitskaya also raised the issue of a Russian adoption ban, which was put into place by President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act. "That was it. The meeting was over". "Politics, I knew nothing about", Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras. He insisted he was "skeptical" of the meeting from the beginning and noted the skepticism "was justified" because he received "no meaningful information" from the Russian lawyer.

"In the transcript from Trump Jr.'s testimony, he says, "(I) n his email to me Rob suggested that someone had official documents and information that would incriminate Hilary Clinton and her dealings with Russian Federation and that the information would be very useful to the campaign".

"Despite the short time frame they had to prepare it, the intelligence community did a very good job with the ICA", Warner said in a statement.

He argued that it would not make sense for Trump to be involved in drafting a statement about the meeting if he really had no idea about the meeting or what was discussed.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary committee in its inquiry". The statement released on Wednesday by or committee, on or hand, has support from both parties.

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