Trump Jr. Unapologetic About Russia Meeting

Trump Jr. Unapologetic About Russia Meeting

Trump Jr. Unapologetic About Russia Meeting

The Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday that it stands by the conclusion of the US spy agencies that Russia's attack on the 2016 election sought to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton - a break with the finding of the House intelligence panel.

The Senate committee also released transcripts from interviews with Irakly Kaveladze, a Georgian-born American businessman who works for Agalarov.

Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer in July 2016 after learning she had damaging information about Hillary Clinton, the Democratic opponent of now-President Trump.

FILE - Donald Trump Jr.is pictured at a Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, Feb. 23, 2018.

The Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of congressional testimony on Wednesday.

The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they agreed with intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Donald Trump's prospects of becoming president.

That finding contrasts with conclusions by the House Intelligence Committee, whose April report concluded that the Russian effort did not directly favor one candidate in the election.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting, along with a translator. The committee, which earlier this month released related findings on election security, is expected to publish a comprehensive final report this fall.

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After the meeting was disclosed publicly past year, Trump Jr. initially said its objective was to discuss Russian adoption policy. One of Junior's blindspots included the presence of Russian lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, who is suspected of having ties to the Kremlin.

The president's son admitted he didn't know whether or not his father had anything to do with Trump Jr.'s initial statement given to the media after after outlets learned of the Trump Tower meeting.

The Agalarovs, Goldstone, Shugart and bodyguard Keith Schiller gathered with Trump in a conference room at Crocus Expo, the exhibition center where the pageant was being staged, as Peskov explained to Aras Agalarov that Putin would not be able to meet with Trump because his visit with the Dutch king was running late, Goldstone testified. But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Grassley sent her past year.

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.

The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an initial statement after news of the meeting broke past year.

"The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", Goldstone said.

The House report said most of the intelligence community's assessment was correct.

Goldstone said that Trump Jr. told Veselnitskaya to raise her concerns about the Magnitsky Act "to the Obama administration because they actually are in power" before ending the meeting. Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California and the House intelligence panel's ranking member, said in a statement that he "fully concur [s] with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the ICA's determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton, and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence".

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