The Senate Judiciary Committee’s Republican chairman on Wednesday released thousands of pages of documents about a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between high-level Trump campaign staff as well as Russians.
Among the documents released is actually a transcript of the testimony before the committee by the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., who attended the meeting.
In his testimony, Trump Jr. said he couldn’t remember whether or not his father was involved in drafting an initial statement in response to the meeting. “I don’t know. I never spoke to my father about the item,” Trump Jr. said.
The meeting, which was first reported after the 2016 presidential election, was scheduled under the pretext which a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, would certainly share incriminating information about Hillary Clinton with the Trump campaign.
Asked what Veselnitskaya was talking about regarding the damaging opposition research, Trump Jr. said, “the item generally began out as people with, you know, perhaps general interest in Russia. I’m not sure if they were U.S. or Russia based, however business people who were supporters of the DNC as well as perhaps Hillary Clinton were in some sort of tax scheme to avoid paying taxes in both the United States as well as Russia.”
Trump Jr. said he couldn’t remember if Veselnitskaya provided any names related to her allegations. “I don’t recall, however she may have,” Trump Jr. told the committee.
You can find the materials on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s website.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who leads the Senate committee, released a heaving 2,556-page report comprising interview transcripts, evidence as well as notes via nine witnesses at the center of the meeting.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, who declined to be interviewed by the committee, said in an 11-page statement which he had “hardly any” contacts with Russians during the campaign as well as which he “did not remember” the Trump Tower meeting.
Trump Jr., who had initially claimed which the meeting was solely about Russian adoption, later released copies of his emails with an intermediary who promised details about Clinton which “would certainly be very useful to your father.”
“If the item’s what you say I love the item especially later within the summer,” Trump Jr. responded.
At the meeting, Veselnitskaya, who has close ties to the Kremlin, said she discussed U.S. sanctions on Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin has condemned the punitive Magnitsky Act sanctions — which lock certain wealthy Russians out of their overseas funds — since their passage in 2012. Putin responded by banning American adoptions of Russian children.
The document dump follows the conclusion of another congressional committee into Russian interference within the 2016 election. which probe, via the highly partisan House Intelligence Committee, found no evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump, his campaign as well as the Kremlin.
The documents released Wednesday by the committee majority include interviews with Trump campaign attendees including Trump Jr., former campaign chief Paul Manafort as well as Kushner.
Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson’s testimony as well as related documents are also included. The bombshell interview transcript via Simpson, whose intelligence-gathering firm produced the salacious as well as largely unverified Trump-Russia dossier, was released without the majority’s approval by the committee’s ranking Democrat, Sen. Dianne Feinstein.