US Senate panel reveals details from Trump Tower meeting probe

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Democrats on the committee released a nine-page list of pending requests for the investigation, including a public interview with Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Stephen Bannon and Trump's personal attorney Michael Cohen.

The statement's assertion that the meeting primarily concerned a program for adopting Russian children turned out to be false when emails revealed that Trump Jr. had agreed to the meeting after being offered damaging information on Clinton. She has denied she was acting on behalf of the Russian government.

"The Committee has requested an interview and documents related to efforts by Mr. Torshin to arrange a meeting between President Putin and then-candidate Trump and possible use of the National Rifle Association (NRA) by Russian Federation to contribute money to the Trump campaign", it said.

Goldstone and Kaveladze also testified about two attempts to set up a meeting between the senior Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Russia's efforts were wide-ranging, technically challenging and adopted by the order of President Putin in support of Donald trump and obstruction of Hillary Clinton", - said the Vice-Chairman of the Committee, democratic Senator mark Warner.

Mr Trump's attraction to strongmen is not limited to Mr Putin.

They also show the disappointment of Trump Jr. and other campaign figures, including brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, when the meeting failed to yield the harmful Clinton information they thought they'd get - as well as the increasing panic of one of the meeting participants who feared his reputation would be ruined by his role in setting it up.

In 2017, Trump Jr. tweeted out an email he'd sent to Goldstone prior to the Trump Tower meeting in which he responded to the possibility of getting Clinton dirt with, "If it's what you say I love it". But the invitation shows the determination of Russians with close Kremlin connections to convince the Trump team that the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on a host of Russian officials for human rights abuses, was a mistake.

Pressed on whether he asked Trump to provide assistance, Trump Jr. said, "No. [Hicks] asked if I wanted to actually speak to him, and I chose not to because I didn't want to bring him into some thing that he had nothing to do with".

Following the pageant, Trump's new Russian friends stayed in touch.

Months have gone by since committee chairman Republican Sen.

Senate Intelligence undertook one of three main congressional probes of Russian Federation and the 2016 election, along with the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Asked to account for the evolving statements, Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that "they're all very consistent with each other".

Across the Capitol, the Russian Federation probes have been winding down.

The committee's finding on Wednesday is the second of four interim conclusions that the panel plans to release before it issues its final report, which will most likely take place this year.

"There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 election", Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in a statement.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry", Trump Jr., said in a prepared statement.

But the participants said Veselnitskaya did not, in fact, provide dirt on Clinton, instead focusing on overturning the USA sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the United States passed to punish Russian human rights abuses.

Mr Trump and Mr Putin did not end up meeting because, according to Mr Goldstone, Mr Putin was too busy receiving the new King of Holland.

CNN said that the transcripts had no information in them that would "change the course of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's team and Russian Federation".

Trump himself contributed to an initial statement about the meeting and released by his son, Trump Jr. told the committee. The Kremlin halted adoptions in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act, the policy issue that appeared to be at the heart of Veselnitskaya's presentation.

Contacted by reporters from the New York Times, Trump Jr. and the White House were asked to explain how the June 2016 sit-down came about. "And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, nearly word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more".

Meanwhile, Goldstone secretly fretted about the scrutiny he predicted would follow.

"All you need to do is get the meeting", Emin Agalarov told Goldstone in a call.

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