Senate Intel Panel Endorses US Spies' Finding That Russian Attack Aided Trump

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Russian Federation didn't just interfere in the 2016 US presidential election; it used the National Rifle Association to do it, Democrats on a US Senate Committee alleged today.

Other transcripts released by the Judiciary Committee included interviews with Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who said he had proposed a second meeting between Veselnitskaya and members of Trump's campaign team in November 2016.

But King, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, concluded that "really nothing at all happened" in that meeting because nothing "of substance" appears to have been discussed.

"I've heard nothing to contradict anything from the [intelligence community assessment] particularly in terms of the fact Russian massively intervened in our elections to the goal of helping Mr. Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner told reporters, according to Politico.

The report focuses on Alexander Torshin, a Putin ally and deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russian Federation, and his assistant Maria Butina. Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he arrived to the meeting late and left early after he determined that "my time was not well spent at the meeting".

Still, newly-revealed details about the American businessman's failed courtship of the Russian autocrat illustrate the depth and tenure of Mr Trump's infatuation, which predated the 2016 presidential campaign during which he routinely praised Mr Putin. The report says the matter "needs examination".

The investigation of interference of Moscow in legislative chambers has been developed in parallel with one initiated nearly a year ago by special prosecutor Robert Mueller, and which tries to clarify if re was said Conchabanza between Kremlin and circle of Trump.

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, and the administration's initial response to reports of it, have been a focus of the probe.

The 40-year-old son of the president told Congress he does not remember informing his father of the meeting before it was reported by The New York Times a year later.

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"I don't know what would be deemed 'damaging, ' but I didn't hear anything that I would deem to be damaging", Goldstone said. The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

Trump Junior said he doesn't remember discussing the Russian Federation investigation with this father.

In the lead-up to the meeting, Goldstone had told Trump Jr that Veselnitskaya would provide dirt on Clinton from Russian sources.

"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", Goldstone said of Kushner's reaction.

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting past year, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing.

Lawmakers asked Trump Jr. about the first call between Agalarov and Trump Jr., which took place at 4:04 p.m. ET on June 6, 2016.

"It's not illegal to meet with someone to find out what they have to offer", Smith said.

"All else being equal, I wouldn't have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn't supposed to be meeting about", he said.

In a series of increasingly panicked messages to Emin Agalarov, which were released alongside the testimony, Goldstone said his career was imploding. Goldstone wrote. "And because I am not able to respond out of courtesy to you and your father".

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