Senate GOP Finds Russia Meddled to Help Trump in 2016 Election

Senate GOP Finds Russia Meddled to Help Trump in 2016 Election

Senate GOP Finds Russia Meddled to Help Trump in 2016 Election

That inquiry ended abruptly last month when the Republicans on the panel issued their own report, absolving the Trump campaign of aiding Russia's election meddling and describing contacts between Trump associates and Russian officials or their intermediaries merely as ill-advised meetings. The eagerness of Trump campaign aides to accept offers of Russian assistance, they said, suggested "a consciousness of wrongfulness, if not illegality". The email he refers to is from Rob Goldstone, the publicist, to Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016, and that "someone" turned out to be Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting along with Trump Jr., Paul Manafort (Donald Trump's then-campaign manager), and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The president's son admitted he didn't know whether or not his father had anything to do with Trump Jr.'s initial statement given to the media after after outlets learned of the Trump Tower meeting. Trump Jr. had been seeking "dirt" on his father's political opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, which Veselnitskaya had implied over email communications she had.

"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by President Putin himself for the goal of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", said Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, the ranking Democrat on the committee.

But Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced in January that he wanted to release transcripts from his committee's interviews because people "deserve to have all the facts, not just one side of this story".

The Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday that it agrees with the US intelligence agencies' assessment that Russian Federation intervened in the 2016 presidential election to hurt the candidacy of Democrat Hillary Clinton and help President Donald Trump.

"I've heard nothing to contradict anything from the [intelligence community assessment] particularly in terms of the fact Russian massively intervened in our elections to the objective of helping Mr. Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", the committee's top Democrat, Mark Warner of Virginia, told reporters after the committee held a closed hearing with intelligence committee leaders.

Democrats on the committee joined the fray with a almost 100-page dissenting document, denouncing the Republicans' report as little more than a whitewash.

The published testimonies underpin Trump Jr.

Asked if Trump's comments through Hicks were incorporated into the final explanation of the meeting, Trump Jr said "I believe some may have been". The meeting was being arranged at the direct request of Donald Trump, he testified.

When asked to identify an unidentified phone number, Trump Jr. quipped: "That's my real boss". As Veselnitskaya moved on to discuss Russian adoption it was "palpable" that Trump Jr. was no longer interested in the meeting, Akhmetshin added. He insisted he was "skeptical" of the meeting from the beginning and noted the skepticism "was justified" because he received "no meaningful information" from the Russian lawyer.

Donald Trump (left) and Aras Agalarov at a press conference ahead of the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.

Q. Have you ever asked him if he was given this e-mail or told about this meeting?

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