Seven things we learned from the Trump Tower transcripts

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Seven things we learned from the Trump Tower transcripts

The documents also illuminated several new aspects of the case, including Donald Trump Jr's testimony to Congress and possible ties between Russian agents and the National Rifle Association (NRA).

"One of the blatant potential untruths here is about his conversations with his father about this Trump Tower meeting".

The meeting Goldstone arranged inside Trump Tower has become one of the most scrutinized aspects of the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials.

The sitdown was requested by Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer who was working to overturn the Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S.to freeze the assets of certain Russian officials.

Mr Peskov invited Mr Trump to attend the Olympic Winter Games in February 2014 in Sochi "and said he'd be happy to meet him there or at any future time", Mr Goldstone said, an offer Mr Trump did not accept.

Nonetheless, the records reveal some new details about the players involved and what happened after the meeting was reported by The New York Times last summer. "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump-helped along by Aras and Emin", Goldstone wrote. He wrote that Agalarov hoped the document would be delivered to "the appropriate team". "They are concerned because it links Don Jr.to officials from Russian Federation - which he has always denied meeting".

"You know, Jeffrey Dahmer was famous", Goldstone responded, referring to the serial killer. He told the committee that he didn't alert his father to the meeting beforehand. He said he supported Clinton politically.

"He may have entered a minute or so after we all entered, but I believe he was".

Recent revelations show Manafort was so unimpressed with Veselnitskaya's presentation that he is said to have spent much of the meeting fidgeting with his phone, the Russian's lawyer's translator, Anatoli Samochornov, said. He says he thinks the only time he responded was to say, "Hey, when (am I) going to receive the next leak"?

"As it later turned out", he continued, "my skepticism was justified".

10 moments from Don Jr.’s testimony on the Trump Tower meeting that are bonkers even for Don Jr
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Though the early contacts described a meeting with a "Russian government attorney" and an "ultra sensitive" matter, Goldstone after the fact suggested the meeting was "in no way connected with the Russian Government or any of its officials". "Emin simply said that all he knew was that there was some potentially damaging information re: Hillary, which could be of interest to the Trumps", Goldstone told Davis.

"It was the gorilla in the room that had to be addressed, but there seemed to be no answer to address it", Mr Goldstone told the committee.

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. "Could you please focus a bit more and maybe just start again".

"And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, nearly word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more".

The committee on Wednesday released about 2,500 pages of interview transcripts and other documents tied to the NY meeting, which Trump Jr. attended with the expectation of receiving compromising information about his father's Democratic opponent. 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 House Intelligence Committee majority's assertion that Russian Federation did not aim to assist Trump or that the Intelligence Community fell short in applying rigorous analytical tradecraft now stands in lonely isolation - rejected by the Intelligence Community, by the findings of the Mueller investigation and by Intelligence Committee members in both chambers who have objectively reviewed the facts", he said.

The Agalarovs had bonded with the Trumps during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. While Senate Judiciary Democrats have sought to conduct a robust and independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are more questions than answers given the lack of cooperation by numerous individuals involved.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has interviewed Kushner and Manafort, and they may have even more information about the Trump Tower meeting still locked in their panel's secure Capitol Hill offices, as that investigation is ongoing.

Ken Dilanian, Garrett Haake, Leigh Ann Caldwell, Rebecca Shabad reported from Washington, and Tom Winter, Tracy Connor, Rich Gardella, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Courtney McGee, Anna Schecter and Kenzi Abou-Sabe, Noah Levy and Benjamin Pu reported from NY.

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