Other attendees of the meeting provided a very different account of Kushner's role, however, according to transcripts of interviews released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday. "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the goal of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton".
House committee Republicans concluded their investigation with a finding that the Trump campaign had committed no wrongdoing in 2016 and that its contacts with Russians were simply "ill-advised". Trump, Jr., replied, "I$3 f it's what you say I love it". We now know that - despite her early denials of ties to Putin - Veselnitskaya is, in fact, a Russian informant.
Veselnitskaya, who has long denied that she was acting on behalf of the Russian government, was a lawyer who also represented a Russian businessman whom USA authorities alleged used some of the Russian tax-fraud proceeds to buy Manhattan real estate.
According to a transcript of his interview, Akhmetshin told Senate investigators how Veselnitskaya discussed with Trump Jr. the background of a complex Russian tax-fraud case that led to the passage of a 2012 US law known as the Magnitsky Act, named after Sergei Magnitsky, the Russian whistleblower who died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after exposing the tax fraud.
The published testimonies underpin Trump Jr. The meeting, and the administration's initial response to reports of it, have been a focus of the probe.
The Washington Post has reported that the president dictated some of the misleading explanations for the meeting - which aides anxious could open him up to charges of a coverup.
If Trump did have anything to do with his son's statement, Trump Jr. said he "may have commented through Hope Hicks", the former White House communications director at the time.
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But she added that the interrogation program "ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world". McCain, who was captured and tortured during the Vietnam War, criticized Haspel on May 9.
"A. I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel".
Before Trump Jr. was set to meet with the Russian lawyer as his father campaigned for the presidency, Trump Jr. was told Veselnitskaya's potentially damning information about Clinton was from the Kremlin, according to emails he released.
Akhmetshin told Senate interviewers that Trump Jr. led the meeting, telling them, "He was definitely in charge". Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has testified the president's primary residence utilizes a blocked number.
But on a number of other questions, he drew a blank, including whether his father uses a blocked phone number.
Investigators: So you don't know whether this might have been your father?
"The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father", Goldstone said. Considering the meeting shows nothing significant happened, WHO CARES? "He was nearly like lying there, like, you know, on his phone, and it's through the whole meeting", Akhmetshin said. "It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information", Trump Jr said in a statement at the time. Moscow denies its interference in the American election campaign.
He said he could not recall the day the Trump meeting was arranged but insisted that he had never discussed the meeting with him. And or people who participated in June 2016, five months after presidential elections, in a Meeting with a Russian lawyer in NY. It shows again how far ahead Robert Mueller's team is of what we see being reported.