Senate Panel Agrees: Russia Meddled in 2016 Election

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Phone records shared with the committee show that the younger Mr. Trump called a blocked number before and after calls with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russian Federation whose family is friendly with the Trumps, to arrange the meeting, and again on the night of the meeting.

Trump has repeatedly denied any allegations of collusion with Russian Federation during the election campaign.

Jared Kushner was apparently not pleased when he attended a 2016 Trump Tower meeting that he expected would provide dirt on then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, according to recently released interviews with the man who arranged the meeting.

Corey Lewandowski, a former Trump campaign manager told investigators Trump's "primary residence has a blocked [phone] line".

Trump Jr said he couldn't remember if Veselnitskaya provided any names related to her allegations. Mark Warner - made after a meeting Wednesday with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers - amounts to a vote of confidence for the spy agencies.

"There were no questions". Goldstone wrote. "And because I am not able to respond out of courtesy to you and your father". Still, details about the American businessman's failed courtship of the Russian autocrat - some of which were freshly revealed in Goldstone's testimony and others that were reported by The Washington Post two years ago - illustrate the depth and tenure of Trump's infatuation, which predated the 2016 presidential campaign during which he routinely praised Putin.

"He has this unusual fascination not only with the strongmen, but the nearly retro male chauvinist culture that they have still in Russian Federation", said Ms Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russian Federation in the Obama administration.

"A lot of Russian words" were exchanged, Goldstone recalled. A US court case centering on that allegation was settled in May 2017 on the eve of trial, with Veselnitskaya's client admitting no wrongdoing.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of transcripts and documents about a June 19, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer.

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

Trump Jr. testified that his "I love it" email reply to Goldstone was "simply a colloquial way of saying that I appreciated Rob's gesture".

Trump later congratulated Agalarov, and suggested that a long-sought-after Trump-branded building project in Moscow could be finalized.

Warner said Monday that, "Everyone that we've ever had testify still stands by the full findings of the ICA, " referring to the intelligence community's assessment. The meeting never occurred, however.

Parts of the assessment were declassified in January 2017 and concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an influence campaign during the 2016 election to "denigrate" Hillary Clinton; the assessment also said that Putin and the Russian government "developed a clear preference" for Trump over the course of the campaign.

"I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting", Kushner told the House Intelligence Committee's Russian Federation inquiry, adding that he texted an assistant and asked for a call on his cell phone to excuse himself from the meeting. It's a predictable variation on the recent theme we've seen emerge over the past few weeks from team Trump's explanations regarding the Stormy Daniels hush money payment: inconsistencies abound.

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