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Trump Tower transcripts released

Trump Tower transcripts released

Asked Wednesday about the discrepancy between the two panels' conclusions, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the House Intelligence Committee's chairman said: "That's nice".

After the meeting ended, Goldstone apologized profusely to Trump, Jr., "for what he believed was wasting our time".

In an interview a year ago with the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump Jr. downplayed his father's role in the entire matter.

A new wrinkle in that statement came about on Wednesday after Senate testimony from Trump Jr. on the meeting was released to the public.

Trump Jr. thanked the members of the committee for "their courtesy and professionalism".

In a list of findings, the Democrats say that Trump jnr's willingness to take the meeting with Veselnitskaya "confirms that the Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance".

"The public has a right to know and the public can go through these 2,000 pages (of transcripts) and make up their own mind and draw their own conclusions".

In what other ways did the Trump campaign reach out to them? The meeting that was pitched by music publicist Rob Goldstone as "part of Russian Federation and its government support for Mr. Trump", to which Junior replied, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer"? Trump Jr., however, knew nothing about the USA sanctions on Russian Federation going into the meeting.

Consider this: had Veselnitskaya actually had information worth sharing with Trump Jr., is there any doubt in anyone's mind that he wouldn't share that with his father?

The statement's drafting has been under scrutiny by the committee and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Committee Democrats said the details about the meeting revealed in the new trove of documents confirm an inappropriate relationship between Trump campaign aides and the Russian government. "We gave you the idea, ' and continued talking about the Magnitsky Act".

Following Wednesday's statement, several top Republicans also voiced support for the intelligence community's findings. That offer does not appear to have translated into an actual digital campaign. Contradicting the House Intelligence report, the Senate committee found - just as our intelligence community said - that Russian Federation intervened in the election to facilitate Trump's victory.

According to Fox News, the Committee is expected to interview former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, former NSA Director Michael Rogers, and possibly former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump, was invited but did not appear.

All three were deeply involved in issuing the intelligence assessment of Russian meddling in the election. WikiLeaks has denied that Russian Federation was the source of the stolen emails.

The president's eldest son also deflected multiple questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, responding to dozens of queries by saying he could not recall.

Phone records shared with the committee show that the younger Mr. Trump called a blocked number before and after calls with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russian Federation whose family is friendly with the Trumps, to arrange the meeting, and again on the night of the meeting. Among those attending was lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

The Democrats say the transcripts do not tell the full story of the meeting because some participants were not interviewed and Grassley was unwilling to subpoena them.

The committee did not interview Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the centre of the meeting.

The Senate Judiciary Committee for months has been conducting a sprawling investigation into the 2016 election.

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russian Federation investigation with his father. The letter states it should have been reported as a campaign payment past year.

But the committee released a short page of notes Mr Manafort took on his phone during the meeting.