Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee released a document on Wednesday that claims they have evidence suggesting Russian Federation may have used the National Rifle Association (NRA) to "secretly fund" President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
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. He told the committee that he didn't alert his father to the meeting beforehand.
It has fueled speculation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and is believed to be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the election. "I love it, especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. had written.
They also show the disappointment of Trump Jr. and other campaign figures, including brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, when the meeting failed to yield the harmful Clinton information they thought they'd get - as well as the increasing panic of one of the meeting participants who feared his reputation would be ruined by his role in setting it up. His initial explanation of the meeting suggested it was primarily about adoptions, though that explanation quickly fell apart.
If there's a single big takeaway from the almost 2,000 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others by congressional investigators, it's that Trump Jr. never thought twice about meeting with people tied to Russian Federation promising dirt on his father's political opponent. They show that Trump Jr. says he doesn't remember ever discussing the Russian Federation investigation at all with his father. To put it another way, the documents strongly suggest that the Trumps-or at least Trump, Jr. -were nearly certainly willing to collude with the Russians if they really had the goods on Clinton.
The transcripts answer some questions - and raise new ones - about the circumstances surrounding the Trump Tower meeting, which has been a focus of the congressional investigations into Trump and Russian Federation as well as special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
"I have today been interviewed by attorneys for the second time about it", Goldstone wrote to Emin Agalarov.
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Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russian Federation investigation with his father.
Goldstone, who arranged the meeting at the request of Azerbaijani-Russian pop singer Emin Agalarov, said, "I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it".
Emails and texts showed coordination - and a hint of panic - as Goldstone, Emin Agalarov, and Trump Organization lawyers sought to contain the fallout after the meeting was revealed by emails released by Trump Jr. and the New York Times published an account on July 8, 2017.
The Committee's investigation remains incomplete, including review of this meeting.
Trump reportedly believed the meeting could open doors to lucrative developments in Russian Federation. Trump employee Rhona Graff responded to Goldstone that she doubted the candidate could make it, to which Goldstone responded that Trump might "welcome a meeting with President Putin, which Emin would set up".
"Top Story right now" Goldstone wrote, apparently referring to another story related to a hacking attack on Democratic National Committee. Admits that his far may have participated in drafting of a White House statement that meeting had been proposed as part of Russian effort to help omitted election campaign.
Trump Jr. also met behind closed doors with the Senate Intelligence Committee.
The newly released documents include testimony from five of the people who were there on June 9, 2016: Trump, Jr.; Goldstone; Irakly (Ike) Kaveladze, the employee of the Agalarovs; Rinat Akhmetshin, the consultant; and Anatoli Samochornov, the interpreter for Veselnitskaya.