The Senate argues that Putin interfered to help Trump win the election

  • The Senate argues that Putin interfered to help Trump win the election

The Senate argues that Putin interfered to help Trump win the election

Donald Trump Jr. has been taking L after L today after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a trove of his excruciatingly unconvincing testimony, emails, and other documents relating to the now notorious 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a group of Russian operatives who nearly certainly promised to deliver damaging oppo on Hillary Clinton.

After a thorough review, Senate Intel has found no evidence to dispute the intelligence community's conclusion that Russian Federation, on orders from Putin, carried out an unprecedented election interference effort to help the Trump campaign and hurt the Clinton campaign in 2016.

Mr Putin said in an interview in March that he did not know until after the fact that Mr Trump had visited Moscow, despite efforts by Mr Trump and his associates to arrange a meeting through Mr Putin's staff.

The Senate Judiciary Committee released thousands of pages of documents on a Trump Tower meeting between members of the USA administration and Russian officials.

The meeting is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

According to emails, Trump Jr. was promised dirt about Trump's opponent, Democrat Hillary Clinton. But the invitation shows the determination of Russians with close Kremlin connections to convince the Trump team that the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on a host of Russian officials for human rights abuses, was a mistake. The follow-up never happened.

Donald Trump one point "asked if they got anything on Hillary", according to Ike Kaveladze, an executive at the Agalarov-owned real estate company.

"I think that Trump thinks he sees some of himself in Putin, this macho facade of being in control". Kaveladze was at the meeting and also testified in private before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Mueller has indicated to Trump's attorneys that he wants to ask the President about the meeting, and about his role in the composition of a misleading statement that Trump, Jr., put out last summer, after the meeting's existence was revealed. He answered "No, I don't recall" when asked if he had spoken with his father about the Russian Federation investigation. Among those attending was lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

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.

Republican Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said Wednesday that there's "no doubt" Russian Federation tried to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Last month, the Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee released the final report of their year-long investigation of Russian interference in the election and the Kremlin's alleged collusion with the Trump administration, concluding over the protestations of panel Democrats that the Trump campaign did not cooperate with Moscow. It is important that, in post of preparation for meeting, he said he was delighted to celebrate it.

The follow-up overture is one of the kernels of new information contained in more than 2,000 pages of testimony and exhibits released by the committee, which has been conducting one of the investigations into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians. But the panel released her written responses to a letter the committee sent her.

Nearly immediately after the meeting, Goldstone called Emin Agalarov to vent. The White House has said the president was involved in its drafting.

The statement quoted Goldstone as saying Trump Jr.'s public account of the meeting was "100 percent accurate" and that Veselnitskaya "mostly talked about" a U.S. law sanctioning Russian officials for alleged human rights abuses and a subsequent Russian bar on Americans adoptingRussian orphans. "When asked if he knew if Trump had provided any "edits" or "input" to the statement, he said "(h) e may have commented through Hope Hicks".

"I have no confidence that he has told the whole truth", Blumenthal said.

Besides providing a timeline of the days leading up to the meeting, the transcripts also reflect misgivings about its appropriateness.

"If we remain consistent and united I don't envision any issues we can't ride out", Scaramucci wrote in a July 23, 2017, email to Goldstone, a publicist who represents singer Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov.