Donald Trump Jr begins Senate interview over Russian interference

Donald Trump Jr begins Senate interview over Russian interference

Multiple congressional committees and special counsel Robert Mueller are tightening their focus on some of President Donald Trump's family members and campaign associates as probes into Russia's election-meddling enter a new and more aggressive phase.

The meeting in question took place in June 2016, more than a month after his father became the presumptive Republican nominee. Eastern time, according to CNN. The White House has acknowledged that President Trump had a hand in drafting that initial explanation Trump Jr. gave.

However, Donald Trump Jr insisted that neither he nor anyone else he knows colluded with any foreign government during the presidential campaign. Goldstone claimed Aras Agalarov had met with a top Russian Federation prosecutor and had some information that "would incriminate Hillary".

Trump Jr. released a thread of emails this summer that depicted an outreach that began with Russia's top federal prosecutor in Moscow.

Trump Jr. has said he did not find the information as useful as he would have hoped. And one way to get at that is to talk about how the meeting was set up in the first place. It's unclear if the phone call occurred.

"The meeting lasted 20-30 minutes, and Rob, Emin [Agalarov, a pop singer and acquaintance of both Goldstone and Trump's] and I never discussed the meeting again". That attorney would turn out to be Natalia Veselnitskaya.

This gets directly to the heart of the parallel FBI and congressional investigations: Did Trump campaign officials intend to collude with Russian Federation to help Trump win?




Trump Jr refuted the claim saying the meeting which was attended by the then campaign manager, Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was not in respect to the election and thus falsely reported.

Russian Federation has loomed large over the first six months of the Trump presidency.

But the meeting - which was also attended by Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort - has become a key focus for investigators trying to determine if the Trump campaign colluded with Russian Federation. Besides the Trump Tower meeting, Mr. Blumenthal said the staff would question Mr. Trump on the Trump Organization's financial dealings with the Russians and on his father's decision to fire Mr. Comey.

Donald Trump Jr.is connected to many of those spokes.

July 11, 2017: Trump Jr. opts to post the full email exchange on his official Twitter account just before a story was about to be published about the emails. "In short, I gave it no further thought", he said.

Senate Judiciary Committee investigators are questioning the younger Trump behind closed doors, but eventually he and Manafort could be questioned by senators in a public hearing.

July 31, 2017: While coming back from the Group of 20 summit in Germany on July 8, President Trump reportedly dictated his son's original statement to the Times about "adoptions", according to The Washington Post.

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