Trump Jr 'can't recall' discussing Russian Federation probe with father

US Senator Chuck Grassley speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington US

US Senator Chuck Grassley speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington US

President Donald Trump may have weighed in directly as his lawyers crafted an initial response to news reports that his top campaign aides met in Trump Tower with Russian emissaries during the 2016 campaign, his son Donald Jr. said during his interview with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The material, which includes interview transcripts and other "exhibits", is available here.

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting previous year, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing. Democrats had pressed Grassley to subpoena Kushner for his testimony or schedule a public hearing for Trump Jr., but he chose not to do so following Feinstein's decision to release the Simpson transcript.

Trump Jr. has told House investigators that he did not communicate with his father about the meeting before it happened.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry", he said in a statement. "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the Committee".

Others attending the meeting were Paul Manafort, then the chairman of Trump's presidential campaign; Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Ike Kaveladze, a California businessman who was born in Russian Federation.

In addition, the transcripts reflect an aggressive Russian outreach to Trump both before and after the June 2016 meeting, including an effort to arrange a follow-up get-together that November with members of his transition team.

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Following the publication of the documents, Trump Jr. said they showed that he "answered every question asked" by the committee.

As more damaging details about the true objective of the meeting trickled out, Trump Jr. on July 9 issued a new statement admitting that he had actually sought damaging information on Clinton from these Russian actors.

Asked to account for the evolving statements, Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that "they're all very consistent with each other". He did so after receiving emails that described an outreach, via a series of intermediaries, from Russia's top federal prosecutor, Yuri Chaika, offering help to the Trump campaign.

Mr Trump Jr also said he received direct messages via Twitter from WikiLeaks asking if he would leak his father's tax return.

Goldstone had set up the meeting on behalf of Russian musical artist Emin Agaralov, the son of a wealthy Russian businessman, but revealed in his interview that he later told Agaralov that the meeting was "the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do" given that it ended up having nothing to do with Clinton.

The Senate panel released thousands of pages of transcripts from interviews conducted as part of the congressional investigation of Russian Federation election interference, including an hours-long interview with the president's eldest son.

In another indication that the meeting was not supposed to be a top-secret attempt for the Trump campaign to collude with Russia, Goldstone also revealed that he "checked in" to Trump Tower on Facebook when he arrived. But the transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee fill in new details about how Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were expecting a bombshell from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Trump dismisses any talk of collusion.

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