This marks the first time that Trump jnr's account of what unfolded has been made public.
Newly released interview transcripts from the Senate Intelligence Committee show Donald Trump Jr. struggling, in real time, to keep his story straight. "When asked if he knew if Trump had provided any "edits" or "input" to the statement, he said "(h) e may have commented through Hope Hicks".
The Senate Intelligence Committee's leaders said Wednesday they believed that the intelligence community's 2017 assessment of election meddling was correct, breaking with Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who questioned the conclusion that the Russians were trying to help President Donald Trump get elected. Among those attending was lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.
Trump Jr.: I don't know.That statement said Trump Jr. originally took the meeting to talk about an adoption program for Russian children. Trump Jr. wrote Goldstone over email about the opposition research. "He said, 'it doesn't matter".
"I said to him, 'Don, I really want to apologize, '" Goldstone said.
In a supplemental interview, Goldstone also told investigators that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not able to meet Trump during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, but invited him through a phone call with his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, organized by Agaralov, to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi instead.
His notes mention "Russian adoption by American families" and Bill Browder, a British citizen who has spearheaded a USA sanctions law -known as the Magnitsky Act- that targets Russian officials over human rights abuses.
Trump jnr acknowledged he too was disappointed that the Russian lawyer did not provide more information that could be used in the campaign: "All else being equal, I wouldn't have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn't supposed to be meeting about", he told the committee.
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The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father Aras this morning and In their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and Information that would Incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father. But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Grassley sent her.
"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Sen.
The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an initial statement after news of the meeting broke past year.
Trump Jr. said he was "skeptical" going into the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the goal of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner stated, referring to Russia's leader Vladimir Putin. That testimony falls squarely within the campaign finance law statutes and at least suggests that there was a willingness on the part of Trump Jr.to engage in preliminary discussions "regarding the acceptance of such information, which could be considered a "thing of value" under the law". James Lankford, a Republican member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley sent her a year ago. Without interviews of Manafort, Kushner and others, Democrats say "much of the truth remains hidden".