The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee says it agrees with an assessment by the country's intelligence agencies that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 presidential election with the goal of hurting the candidacy of Democrat Hillary Clinton and to help Donald Trump. The short statement by the Senate committee leaders did not address the issue.
The Committee's investigation remains incomplete, including review of this meeting.
"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", said Sen.
The information in the transcripts is unlikely to shift public perceptions of the meeting.
The controversial Russian meeting of Trump Jr.
At 4:04 p.m. on June 6, 2016, three days before the meeting, according to telephone records that the Committee obtained, Trump, Jr., spoke briefly with Emin Agalarov, who had just completed a show in Moscow.
The gathering was brokered and attended by Rob Goldstone, a colorful music promoter who represented Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, the son of oligarch Aras Agalarov, who asked him to set it up on Veselnitskaya's behalf.
Trump Jr. also reiterated, under oath, that the meeting was a waste of time: "All else being equal, I wouldn't have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn't supposed to be meeting about".
In the email exchange, Veselnitskaya was identified as a "Russian government attorney". Goldstone claims he "cautioned" Trump to "perhaps look at the words to the song before he enjoyed it so much", it seems that Trump didn't heed his warning.
Russian Federation has denied seeking to interfere in the election and Trump has disputed suggestions that Moscow was working on his behalf. "We've had all the Obama officials; we've had all the Trump officials".
Following the pageant, Trump's new Russian friends stayed in touch.
Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone on the chain, "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
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From Russia, the Agalarovs tracked the campaign.
The Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance. Butina and Paul Erickson, a Trump supporter and adviser, formed a limited liability company in February 2016 in South Dakota, where Erickson lives. Goldstone then asked Emin about the nature of the information that had been passed to his father. The bodyguard told Goldstone that any packages would have to go through "TSA-style scanning", Goldstone wrote in a reference to the Transportation Security Administration.
Top campaign officials made clear their frustration that more damaging information was not produced at the June 9 meeting in Trump Tower.
Goldstone testified he immediately told Agalarov he believed the meeting was a bad idea.
"He said, 'It doesn't matter. Could you please focus a bit more and maybe just start again?'" Goldstone said. The lawyer, he wrote, had "very high level and sensitive information" that was part of "Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Trump Jr. Said in Senate that he doesn't remember who he spoke to at time.
Trump Jr. said he didn't recall, and dismissed a followup question about whether such support from Russian Federation would be "problematic".
Among the documents released on Wednesday were transcripts of closed-door interviews with Goldstone, and other participants in the Trump Tower meeting, including Trump Jr., Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist, and Ike Kavaladze, a US-based Agalarov representative.
That's despite another attendee recalling that Akhmetshin was dressed in hot pink jeans and a hot pink shirt that day.
"I said to him, 'Don, I really want to apologize, ' " Goldstone said.
(A pop-music promoter? Please.) But the Trump Tower meeting is now a topic of endless conjecture, as well as one of the focal points of Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
Even Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee who staunchly rejected that portrayal criticized the decision to take the meeting as poor judgment. It misleadingly stated that it had been "primarily" about the adoption of Russian children by Americans.