US Senate panel releases documents from probe into Trump Tower meeting

Leroy Wright
May 17, 2018

Senate Judiciary Democrats said the transcripts are just "one piece of a much larger puzzle" and do not tell the entire story because some meeting participants were not interviewed and Republican committee chairman Chuck Grassley did not subpoena them to compel their appearance.

Feinstein's statement also has to be read as we might that of a muckety-muck of the old Soviet Union.

The bipartisan conclusion from the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders is a sharp break from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who disputed the intelligence community's findings that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Trump.

Donald Trump Jr. struck an unapologetic tone during hours of congressional questioning past year, saying he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 presidential election or that the get-together might have been part of a Russian government effort to aid his father, according to transcripts released Wednesday.

Scaramucci's email was released Wednesday by Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, as a part of roughly 1,800 pages of documents stemming from closed-door interviews about the controversial meeting. On March 12, however, Representative Michael Conaway, in charge of supervising investigation of Russian plot in House of Representatives, rejected ory of support for Trump.

Fueled by opposition to Trump and his campaign's interactions with Russian officials, Democrats are hoping to win enough seats to take control of at least one of Congress's two chambers.

The House Republican report alleges there were "significant intelligence tradecraft failings" in that assessment from the intelligence community, which they argue "undermine confidence" in the conclusions about Putin's objectives in the 2016 election.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller took a keen interest in this meeting as part of his probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation. Comey declared shortly after having felt pressured to settle matter quickly.

But during that June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, Trump Jr. grew impatient and wound up "cutting off" the Russian lawyer, according to Goldstone's testimony.

Below is the relevant portion from the 224-page transcript, with Trump Jr.'s answers preceded by "A". And or people who participated in June 2016, five months after presidential elections, in a Meeting with a Russian lawyer in NY. So the argument that perhaps Trump Jr. was simply such a political neophyte that he may not have been aware of the laws surrounding campaign contributions doesn't hold up. "Russia's goals were to undermine public faith in the USA democratic process, denigrate Secretary Clinton, and harm her electability and potential presidency". For example, Trump Jr.

The Mother Jones report added that Donald Trump appeared to be "fixated" on the idea of meeting with Putin and was "bitterly disappointed" when Putin said he would could not attend the Miss Universe contest and would not be able to meet with the real estate magnate. Mueller investigates wher note may be a cover-up offense.

Q. So you did not pass the information along to your father. It is important that, in post of preparation for meeting, he said he was delighted to celebrate it.

The exchange in question was initiated by music promoter Rob Goldstone, who represented the Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, son of Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov.

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