Trump Jr. says he can't recall discussing Russia probe with his father

Trump Jr. says he can't recall discussing Russia probe with his father

A U.S. Senate committee on Wednesday released hundreds of pages of transcripts and other details from its investigation of a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with Russians who claimed to have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, President Donald Trump's Democratic rival for the presidency.

Goldstone fretted that by asking the Trumps to connect with the Russians, he'd be using up one of his favors with the well-heeled family.

The committee said that Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, declined to be interviewed but submitted material relevant to the investigation.

Grassley had said in January he wanted to release the transcripts of the interviews.

The transcripts and notes reaffirm accounts of the meeting that people involved already have given - that Donald Trump Jr. and his compatriots sought "dirt" offered to them on Hillary Clinton and received at least one political intelligence tip but nothing as explosive as they had hoped.

The almost 2,000 pages of interviews do not appear to contain information that would change the course of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's team and Russian Federation.

And when the damaging information didn't materialize, as Veselnitskaya focused on United States sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the USA passed to punish Russian human rights abuses, the testimony gives new insight into how Trump's team reacted.

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But there is also discrepancy between the meeting participants about how long Kushner was present.

Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating.

The announcement of the completed review of the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) on Russian activities in the 2016 US elections was announced in a press release from committee chairman Sen. The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

And Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who arranged the Trump Tower meeting, said he was expecting a "smoking gun" from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya when he urged Trump Jr.to take the meeting, even though he thought it was a "bad idea and that we shouldn't do it". Trump Jr. told both House intelligence committee and Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that he spoke with someone who had a blocked number but that he couldn't remember whom.

President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about "adoptions", then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread showing he received his offer of help from the Russians. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.

"After a few minutes of this labored presentation, Jared Kushner, who is sitting next to me, appeared somewhat agitated by this and said, 'I really have no idea what you're talking about".

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