Trump Jr. Says He Didn't Tell His Dad Before Meeting Russians


Jared Kushner's account of showing little interest in an infamous Trump Tower meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer promising "dirt" on Hillary Clinton was contradicted by multiple witnesses who also attended the June 2016 meeting.

The material, which includes interview transcripts and other "exhibits", is available here.

"I proceeded to quickly and politely end the meeting by telling Ms. Veselnitskaya that because my daughter was a private citizen that there did not seem to be any point for having this discussion", Trump Jr. said.

Trump Jr. - who had emailed Goldstone ahead of the meeting about the dirt, "if it's what you say I love it" - told congressional investigators he was interested in "listening to information" about Clinton in the June Trump Tower meeting.

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Trump Jr. deflected multiple questions during the interview, including whether he discussed the Russian Federation probe with his father.

"I was aware of none", said Trump Jr., in a seemingly definitive statement within his I-don't-remember-filled interview.

Asked to account for the evolving statements, Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that "they're all very consistent with each other". "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the committee".

About 2,500 pages of documents were released on Wednesday, including the interviews with Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who arranged the meeting and said in text messages it was part of a Russian government effort to aid the Trump campaign.

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Others attending the meeting were Paul Manafort, then the chairman of Trump's presidential campaign; Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and Ike Kaveladze, a California businessman who was born in Russian Federation.

Schiff said Trump Jr. invoked the privilege because his lawyers claimed that the discussion with his father took place in the presence of legal counsel, which Schiff and other Democrats argued is a situation not covered by the privilege. He did so after receiving emails that described an outreach, via a series of intermediaries, from Russia's top federal prosecutor, Yuri Chaika, offering help to the Trump campaign.

Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating. The White House has said the President weighed in on a misleading statement his son issued after the meeting became publicly known, more than a year later.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Republican Chuck Grassley, released its interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, and Moscow-based developer Ike Kaveladze. "These materials, taken in their entirety, provide the most complete public picture of the events surrounding the meeting to date". "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".

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According to Trump Jr.'s testimony, he never spoke to his father about the meeting he held with then-campaign manager Paul Manafort, his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, and a handful of Russian businesspeople including Kremlin-linked attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.

"The committee's staff interviews reveal that top Trump campaign officials were frustrated and angry that the meeting did not produce enough damaging information on their opponent", the 10 Judiciary Committee Democrats, led by California Sen. Trump dismisses any talk of collusion.

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