The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday released transcripts from a series of interviews with people present at the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and key members of the Trump presidential campaign in June 2016.
Publicist and music promoter Rob Goldstone "arranged the meeting at the request of pop singer Emin Agalarov", who told Trump, Jr., what they may receive.
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. Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the Senate's No. 2 Republican, said the assessment was "by and large well done".
Goldstone, who promised Trump jnr over email that Veselnitskaya would provide dirt about Clinton in June 2016, said he made the offer because he had been assured the Moscow attorney was "well connected" and had "damaging material". "Their efforts to hide the meeting and its true objective are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation".
It could not be more obvious that Trump Jr. was asking a foreign source for information to help his father win an election.
"I wouldn't have wasted his time with it", Trump Jr. testified.
"In the transcript from Trump Jr.'s testimony, he says, "(I) n his email to me Rob suggested that someone had official documents and information that would incriminate Hilary Clinton and her dealings with Russian Federation and that the information would be very useful to the campaign". "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton".
He refuted Republicans on the House committee who said Russian Federation did not aim to assist Mr Trump, saying they now stand in "lonely isolation".
Their backing of intelligence agencies' findings contrasted with the assertion weeks earlier by House of Representatives Republicans that Russian Federation had not sought to boost then-Republican candidate Trump, who went on to win the election.
Trump Jr.'s wife, Vanessa, has since filed for divorce.
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. Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended in hopes of leaving with dirt on failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
With that in mind, Trump Jr.'s "maybe" answer on the issue of if he talked to his dad about the meeting leaves little confidence in the idea that he didn't.
Trump Jr. told the Russians he was too busy with the campaign to look into the story they proposed, but he offered to discuss possible changes to the Magnitsky Act if his father won the election, according to Kaveladze.
The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.