April 22, 2018

Donald Trump Jr questioned by Senate investigators

08 September 2017, 12:55 | Marta Robbins

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Trump Jr. to testify in Senate, Manafort lawyer subpoenaed: CNN

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday that he planned to speak to his lawyers about the propriety of a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer if it yielded any damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Ahead of his appearance, Democrats on the committee said they would focus on the now infamous June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting during Trump Jr.'s first appearance in front of a congressional panel investigating Moscow's influence on the 2016 election.

A grand jury used by Mr Mueller as part of his investigation has already heard testimony about the meeting, which besides Mr Trump Jr, included the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

The closed door meeting will be held Thursday in connection with the panel's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. US intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow worked to tilt the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

Potentially facing hours of grilling from Senate staff, Trump Jr. reportedly opened the meeting with a 15- to 20-minute statement.

The statement also provided additional detail in how Trump Jr. knew Goldstone, whom he said he met through the family of Aras Agalarov, the Trump Organization's partner on a special event in Moscow.

Donald Trump Jr., in a prepared statement to Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, said it was important to learn about Clinton's "fitness" to be president, the paper said. But emails revealed that the Russian businessman who organized the meeting told Trump Jr. that the lawyer had incriminating information about Clinton.

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"We want to do this in a thorough way that gets the most information possible", Sen Warner said.

The Russians who met with Trump Jr. are longtime workers on behalf of overturning the sanctions. Instead, this dummy gleefully put Donald Trump's campaign manager and senior advisor on the email chain and sent out an Outlook invite.

Committee staff is expected to focus on the 2016 meeting but could also probe any possible Trump family connections to Russian Federation.

He initially said the meeting was to discuss adopting Russian children - a statement the President reportedly help him craft. He released emails this summer that showed it was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for [President Donald] Trump".

But when Trump Jr. was asked in an interview by Fox News host Sean Hannity in July whether he was told by phone what kind of damaging information he would receive about Clinton, he replied: "No".

The letter was signed by the committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who stepped back from the Russian Federation investigation this year after he was criticized for being too close to the White House. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) - will be in attendance, according to the Washington Post.

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