Senate Committee Releases 2500 Pages About 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

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.

During his interview, Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, was asked about communications from Goldstone about offers of support from "important" Russians as Trump emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination during the primaries.

Lawmakers on that committee said they agreed that Putin had wanted to hurt Clinton, but did not agree that meant he wanted to help Trump.

But lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya did not provide documentation or conclusive proof about the Ziff brothers, according to the new material, and Trump Jr. did not appear interested in doing the additional investigating required to substantiate the claim.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement Wednesday that his staff has spent 14 months "reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions".

Okay, let the record show that Trump Jr. knew about the meetings, but not until they were reported in the press.

President Trump has cited that finding and argued that the continuing investigations in Congress and by the Justice Department are just a "witch hunt".

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting has been central to those probes.

But there is also discrepancy between the meeting participants about how long Kushner was present.

The committee did release one page of notes that Manafort took during the meeting.

And when the damaging information didn't materialize, as Veselnitskaya focused on U.S. sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the USA passed to punish Russian human rights abuses, the testimony gives new insight into how Trump's team reacted. The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

Music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting at the request of Azerbaijani-Russian pop singer Emin Agalarov, said he thought the meeting was a "bad idea".

"I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it", Robert Goldstone told the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 15, 2017.

Asked in the interview if his father was involved in drafting the statement, Trump said: "I don't know".

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting a year ago, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing.

"After a few minutes of this labored presentation, Jared Kushner, who is sitting next to me, appeared somewhat agitated by this and said, 'I really have no idea what you're talking about". They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.