Wednesday, 16 may, the select Committee on intelligence, U.S. Senate, issued a statement, which was agreed by the intelligence services that in the election campaign of 2016 Russian Federation interfered in the elections for the victory of the incumbent President Donald trump. While Senate Judiciary Democrats have sought to conduct a robust and independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are more questions than answers given the lack of cooperation by numerous individuals involved.
Lawmakers asked Trump Jr. about the first call between Agalarov and Trump Jr., which took place at 4:04 p.m. ET on June 6, 2016.
Asked in the interview if his father was involved in drafting the statement, Trump said: "I don't know". Republicans will point to the hours of testimony to argue Trump Jr. might have been unwise to accept the meeting but that he did not collude with the Russian government.
The panel has released more than 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Trump Jr. and others who attended a June 9, 2016, meeting with a Russian Federation lawyer. After small talk about the view from Trump Tower and a recent win in the primaries, the younger Trump got down to business, Akhmetshin said, telling the Russian visitors, "So I believe you have some information for us".
The initial meeting was organized on the premise that Veselnitskaya would deliver incriminating information on Hillary Clinton to support Trump's campaign.
Wednesday's announcement comes amid growing Republican scrutiny of the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, whose team also is examining whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Kremlin and if the president obstructed justice in a bid to limit the probe's scope. Publicist Rob Goldstone said his source could provide "official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russian Federation".
Seventeen minutes after Goldstone sent his e-mail, Trump, Jr., replied: "Thanks Rob I appreciate that".
Trump Jr. made a phone call after speaking with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about the meeting, but we don't know who it was to because the number was blocked.
Some of the questioning of Trump Jr. centered on a statement drafted just as news of the meeting was about to break.
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"If we remain consistent and united I don't envision any issues we can't ride out", Scaramucci wrote in a July 23, 2017, email to Goldstone, a publicist who represents singer Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov.
Donald trump neodnokratno questioned the fact vmeshatelstva Russian Federation in the presidential elections, Nasya it a "hoax".
The sitdown was requested by Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer who was working to overturn the Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S.to freeze the assets of certain Russian officials.
There are many new nuggets to take away from the Senate Judiciary Committee's transcripts, from Goldstone's assertion he thought he had a "smoking gun" on Clinton to the description of Kushner being "infuriated" as the meeting wore on.
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.
At 4:04 p.m. on June 6, 2016, three days before the meeting, according to telephone records that the Committee obtained, Trump, Jr., spoke briefly with Emin Agalarov, who had just completed a show in Moscow. 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".
"I have no confidence that he has told the whole truth", Blumenthal said.
"Q. So at the time you sent this email, did you have any reason to believe that the Russian Government was making efforts to interfere in the US presidential election?"