Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Trump Jr.: Can't Recall Discussing Russia Probe With Father

Trump Jr.: Can't Recall Discussing Russia Probe With Father

He continued: "I've heard nothing to contradict anything from the [assessment], particularly in terms of the fact that Russians massively intervened in our elections to the objective of helping Mr. Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton".

If there's a single big takeaway from the almost 2,000 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others by congressional investigators, it's that Trump Jr. never thought twice about meeting with people tied to Russian Federation promising dirt on his father's political opponent.

The statement's drafting has been under scrutiny by the committee and special counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump Jr. famously said "I love it" when he was briefed ahead of time that the meeting could produce "incriminating" information about Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton that could hurt her campaign.

Trump Jr. spoke by phone several days before the meeting took place with a caller with a blocked number, but said he didn't recall who the person was and didn't know if his father used a blocked number.

Kaveladze works for Aras Agalarov, a Russian developer who helped organize the meeting with his pop singer son, Emin.

Of course, if there was some sort of corrupt exchange at the meeting, the key players involved would not likely willingly reveal that to congressional investigators.

He said Paul Manafort didn't look up from his phone and Jared Kushner asked aloud why they were there "listening to that Magnitsky Act story".

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.

Former National Intelligence Director James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan and former National Security Agency director Mike Rogers headed into a classified meeting Wednesday with members of the committee. None has wavered from the conclusions about Russian interference in the election, according to senators who were in the room. WikiLeaks has denied that Russian Federation was the source of the stolen emails.

A declassified version of the ICA - whose information was collected and coordinated by the CIA, FBI and NSA - was publicly issued on January 6, two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration.

Transcripts released Wednesday detail an interview the president's eldest son gave to the Senate Judiciary Committee a year ago.

The special counsel is investigating the Russian meddling in the USA election, whether Trump's campaign was involved and possible obstruction of justice.

That's despite another attendee recalling that Akhmetshin was dressed in hot pink jeans and a hot pink shirt that day.

Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House panel, said he agreed with the Senate panel's conclusion.

The Democrats say the transcripts do not tell the full story of the meeting because some participants were not interviewed and Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley was unwilling to subpoena them.

One key question is whether Manafort or Kushner might have alerted Trump, in the thick of the 2016 campaign, to the potential of receiving incriminating information on Clinton via Russian Federation.

There are other questions too, that the transcripts raise but don't answer, including a discrepancy about how long Kushner was at the meeting as well as followup between the meeting participants -- they had denied any followup but the transcripts are the latest piece of evidence to contradict that assertion.

But nothing in the new documents appears to change the course of the Russian Federation investigations ongoing in the Senate Intelligence Committee and the special counsel's office.

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he couldn't remember whether he had discussed the Russian Federation investigation with his father.

But during that June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, Trump Jr. grew impatient and wound up "cutting off" the Russian lawyer, according to Goldstone's testimony.

The transcripts reveal some new details about how the meeting - a key point of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - came to be arranged and efforts afterward to mitigate the political damage arising from its disclosure.

On Wednesday, Don Jr. said that the transcripts show that he had cooperated with the investigation.

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