Things the New Trump Tower Meeting Documents Tell Us
Things the New Trump Tower Meeting Documents Tell Us
Donald Trump Jr. Getty Images
17 May, 2018, 07:02
Democrats are "trying to make something out of nothing" from the transcriptreleased by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary of Donald Trump Jr.'s testimony on his Trump Tower meeting with Russian lobbyists, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said Wednesday on Fox News' "America's Newsroom".
Mark Warner, the committee's vice chairman, said. Veselnitskaya ― who has said she is a Kremlin "informant" ― started instead talking about USA sanctions against her country and a retaliatory ban on US adoptions of Russian children.
"During the campaign, Mr. Torshin, Ms. Butina, and their intermediaries repeatedly offered the campaign back channels to Russian Federation and relayed requests from President Putin to meet with Mr. Trump", the Democratic report said.
So the argument that perhaps Trump Jr. was simply such a political neophyte that he may not have been aware of the laws surrounding campaign contributions doesn't hold up.
The Senate Intelligence Committee isn't done yet.
Based on the first-take news accounts, however, I'm going to go out on a limb and say I infer there is nothing in them to refute President Trump's denial of "collusion" in purported Russian efforts to assist in his election.
However, on 27 April, the Committee on intelligence of the house of representatives of the United States Congress officially announced the completion of the investigation of Russia's intervention in the U.S. presidential election in 2016 and released a declassified version of the report.
Trump Jr. also told the committee that he never told his father about the meeting, and that he did not know if his father had any involvement with the initial statement made to The Times about the nature of the meeting.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to release a declassified version of its report on the ICA's findings in the coming weeks.
Goldstone said that he and Shugart worked through singer Emin Agalarov, who told them the meeting would have to be arranged by his father, Aras Agalarov, who Emin Agalarov felt had the necessary gravitas.
Asked if he thought it would be a problem to take a meeting described to him as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father, Trump Jr. said no.
"There are entities - at least subsets of other entities - that may have come up with another conclusion but. we've interviewed literally over 100 individuals that were directly associated with [the intelligence community assessment]", Warner explained.
"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.
"To the best of my knowledge, he was [there throughout]", Goldstone said of Kushner.
But the participants said Veselnitskaya did not, in fact, provide dirt on Clinton, instead focusing on overturning the USA sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the U.S. passed to punish Russian human rights abuses.
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. Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort attended in hopes of leaving with dirt on failed Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who declined to be interviewed by the committee, said in an 11-page statement that he had "hardly any" contacts with Russians during the campaign and that he "did not remember" the Trump Tower meeting.
"It means this wasn't something that I wanted to give much focus to, again, given the fact we were dealing with a potential contested convention and they very reality of having to replace a campaign manager mid primaries", he said. It said the ICA didn't meet intelligence standards in drawing the conclusion. Trump Jr. said he "wouldn't have wasted his time" by telling him about the meeting.
Some countries, among them South Africa and Turkey, have recalled their ambassadors to Israel over the violence. Nakba Day not only honors the displacement of Palestinians, but also advocates for their right to return.
Co-ordinated suicide bombings at three churches were carried out Sunday by a family of six that included girls aged eight and 12. Based on their remains, Karnavian said the mother and daughters were all wearing explosives around their waists.
A female of undisclosed age was killed, and three people were injured in the explosion at a medical building, authorities said. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy says 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to a 1:09 p.m.
Nearly eight years later, astronomers realized that an asteroid they temporarily called ZJ99C60 was actually 2010 WC9 returning. The 2018 GE3 asteroid was discovered just one day before it skimmed past Earth in what scientists called a "surprise" flyby.
Built at a cost of 223 billion roubles ($3.60 billion), the bridge will be the longest dual-purpose span in Europe. After Russia's annexation of Crimea in March 2014, the peninsula found itself between a rock and a hard place.
Zuckerberg had made its clear that any app that either refused or failed an audit would be banned from Facebook . Yet another instance of a Facebook app putting innocent users' sensitive private data at risk has been uncovered.
Both forecasts top Friday's $70.70 close in USA crude oil prices, which trade at a roughly $5 to $6 discount to Brent crude. And reports suggest markets anticipate a sharp fall in Iranian crude supply once US sanctions bite later this year.
German exports to Iran totalled almost €3bn (£2.6bn) in 2017, while French exports soared from €562m in 2015 to €1.5bn in 2017. Germany, the United Kingdom , and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement.
Hamilton hails 'rejuvenating' Spanish GP win
We were just not quick enough and even at the end I was not in a healthy shape with the tires even though mine were the freshest. Mexican Sergio Perez was ninth for Force India and Monegasque rookie Charles Leclerc took the final point for Sauber.
Swiss Tesla accident: crash may have sparked battery fire
Tesla said it was working to gather all the facts about the Swiss case and was fully cooperating with the local authorities. Last week, the NTSB opened a probe into an incident in which a Model S caught fire after crashing into a wall in Florida.
Taliban 'Pushed Back' In Farah City: Governor
The Ministry of Defense (MoD) claims that the Taliban militants have suffered heavy casualties during the attack on Farah city. The Taliban issued a statement warning residents to remain inside their homes and called on people to "stay calm".
Lyft follows Uber's shift on sexual misconduct
In addition, Lyft said it will no longer require confidentiality agreements in exchange for settlements - a change Uber also made. There is no publicly available data for the number of sexual assaults by Uber, Lyft , or other rideshare companies.
Top Senate intel Dem says he supports Haspel
McCain said last week he found it "disturbing" that Haspel had a role overseeing torture and could not back her nomination. John McCain , who was tortured while in captivity during the Vietnam War, to announce his opposition to her nomination.
Gotham Renewed for One Last Season 5 This Fall
Having gained a final season, fans are excited to see the show finally transform Bruce Wayne into the iconic superhero. TV Series "Gotham" has been renewed for a fifth and final season .
Dallas School Board okays $38.6 million preliminary budget
The law limits to $10,000 the amount of state and local taxes that property owners can deduct on their federal income taxes. Heather Soroka, now serves as vice president of the school board and is seeking a second term on the Board of Education.