Trump Jr.: Worth Hearing Dirt on Clinton During Meeting with Russian Lawyer

08 September, 2017, 00:54 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Trump Jr. to testify in Senate, Manafort lawyer subpoenaed: CNN

The documents are related to a meeting that Manafort attended with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and two Russian lobbyists at Trump Tower last July.

Trump Jr. said he proceeded to "quickly and politely end the meeting".

Donald Trump Jr, in a prepared statement to Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, said on Thursday it was important to learn about the Democratic presidential candidate's "fitness" to be president, the paper reported.

Trump Jr. said in the statement that he would have consulted "with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration", depending on the information he was given.

If we think of the Russian Federation meddling/Trump collusion investigation as a wheel, there are about half a dozen spokes holding its structure: whether the Trump campaign colluded, whether they did it wittingly or unwittingly, whether the president or his team tried to obstruct justice afterward, and what, if any, financial ties members of Trump's campaign have with Russian Federation. Trump has repeatedly denied having any dealings with Russian Federation, but emails between a business associate and one of his lawyers showed that his company was pursuing a Trump Tower in Moscow while he was running for president. But it was Donald Trump Jr. who appears to have set up the encounter.

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Manafort met privately with staff on that committee in July.

"Since I had no additional information to validate what Rob was saying, I did not quite know what to make of his email".

Trump Jr.'s public defense of the meeting has changed over time, at first saying the sit-down was organized to address the adoption of Russian children and the Magnitsky Act, which directs sanctions against Russia over human rights violations.

As it later turned out, my skepticism was justified.

After three hours, Blumenthal described the atmosphere of the meeting as "cordial", and said committee staffers "covered a good deal of ground" with Trump Jr.

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Trump Jr. responded enthusiastically to Goldstone's meeting proposal by saying, "I love it!"

It's not clear what will come of the interview - or how much of it will be disclosed to the public. Nonetheless, Trump Jr. invited Manafort and Kushner to the meeting, "but told them none of the substance or who was going to be there, since I did not know myself", according to his statement.

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told NBC News she had no information about the Clinton campaign.

The meeting at Trump Tower in NY, in which the campaign team was promised dirt on Donald Trump's rival Hillary Clinton, was also attended by Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort. Slowly, details leaked out that a Russian-American lobbyist known for wily political tactics was there, as was the vice president of a Russian real estate company, who two decades ago was the subject of a congressional inquiry into Russian money laundering in US banks.

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