Trump Jr. says nothing came of 2016 meeting with Russians

Trump Jr. says nothing came of 2016 meeting with Russians

Trump Jr. says nothing came of 2016 meeting with Russians

Donald Trump Jr. told congressional investigators on Thursday that he agreed to last year's controversial meeting with a Russian attorney promising dirt on Hillary Clinton because he was interested in any information on the Democratic candidate's "fitness, character or qualifications".

Trump Jr.'s Thursday interview with the Senate judiciary committee staff could be the prelude for other full-scale public hearings focusing on his role as an unofficial campaign aide to his father.

His description of a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, delivered in an opening statement at the outset of a closed-door Senate Judiciary Committee interview, provided his most detailed account of an encounter that has attracted the attention of congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller.

The president's oldest son is scheduled to speak privately Thursday with Senate committee staff investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. US intelligence agencies have concluded Moscow worked to tilt the 2016 presidential election in Trump's favor.

CNN reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it obtained permission from Manafort's attorney to view the transcript, but the committee says it was instructed to not disclose the document.

"I did not collude with any foreign government and do not know of anyone who did", he said.

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

The meeting was described to Trump emails as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

Another spoke on the collusion wheel is any financial ties connecting Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign.

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"After perfunctory greetings, the lawyer began telling the group very generally something about individuals connected to Russian Federation supporting or funding Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee", Trump Jr. said.

"I met with the Senate Judiciary Committee today". Despite his interest, he said, he always meant to consult with his own lawyers about the propriety of using any information that Ms. Veselnitskaya, who has ties to the Kremlin, gave him at the meeting.

"If it's what you say I love it", Trump Jr. replied.

He said the meeting quickly turned from a confusing allegation about Russian support for the DNC to the Magnitsky Act, which he had never heard of before that day, he said. "I had no way to gauge the reliability, credibility or accuracy of any of the things he was saying", Trump Jr. said in his statement Thursday.

Investigators are also likely to be interested in reports by The Washington Post that the President was involved in May in drafting a statement about the meeting on behalf of his son about the meeting, while flying home from the G20 summit in Germany.

She said staff interviews were meant to prepare their bosses for the public hearing, and "senators put a dent in it".

Trump Jr refuted the claim saying the meeting which was attended by the then campaign manager, Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was not in respect to the election and thus falsely reported.

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.

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