Documents on Trump Tower meeting released

Charlene Craig
May 17, 2018

That observation and others by Rinat Akhmetshin were disclosed in thousands of pages of transcripts, e-mails, and other documents released on May 16 by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Veselnitskaya also raised the issue of a Russian adoption ban, which was put into place by President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act.

The Wall Street Journal story on the release of the transcripts offers no news other than the release of the transcripts and an ominous statement of the meeting's alleged objective ("A Senate committee on Wednesday released thousands of pages of testimony concerning a 2016 meeting between representatives of Donald Trump and a group of Russians who promised incriminating information about his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton").

The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they agreed with intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Donald Trump's prospects of becoming president.

We've known Manafort took notes during the meeting, and now we know what they said.

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Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager told investigators Trump's "primary residence has a blocked [phone] line".

As the emails previously released by Trump Jr. revealed, members of the Trump campaign attended a meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several Russian businesspeople with the promise of damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Putin said in an interview in March that he did not know until after the fact that Trump had visited Moscow, despite efforts by Trump and his associates to arrange a meeting through Putin's staff.

Asked what Veselnitskaya was talking about regarding the damaging opposition research, Trump Jr said: "It generally started out as people with. perhaps general interest in Russian Federation".

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Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who declined to be interviewed by the committee, said in an 11-page statement that he had "hardly any" contacts with Russians during the campaign and that he "did not remember" the Trump Tower meeting. Of course, the culminating piece of evidence in any obstruction of justice case would likely be the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner. "I learned about it only afterwards, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation".

Steve Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, has said he believes the elder Trump likely knew of the meeting.

Mr Emin Agalarov informed them that an official request would have to me made in writing by Mr Trump and delivered through Mr Aras Agalarov.

The committee's Democrats, led by California Sen.

Veselnitskaya, who has long denied that she was acting on behalf of the Russian government, was a lawyer who also represented a Russian businessman whom US authorities alleged used some of the Russian tax-fraud proceeds to buy Manhattan real estate. Peskov invited Trump to attend the Olympic Winter Games in February 2014 in Sochi "and said he'd be happy to meet him there or at any future time", Goldstone said, an offer Trump did not accept.

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Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who acted as an intermediary between Trump Jr and the Russians, said no damaging information was presented to the campaign team. Moscow denies its interference in the American election campaign.

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