Summary: The Senate Judiciary Committee released the Trump Tower transcripts on Wednesday.
Phone records shared with the committee show that the younger Mr. Trump called a blocked number before and after calls with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russian Federation whose family is friendly with the Trumps, to arrange the meeting, and again on the night of the meeting. "I made a flip remark", he told Patrick Davis, a senior counsel for the Committee.
The meeting is being investigated by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign. But the transcripts, including Trump, Jr.,'s own testimony, which he gave on September 7th of past year, also confirm that the Trump camp was eager to hear out their Russian visitors and find out what damaging information they had to offer.
"I am specifically troubled by the possibility that Russian-backed shell companies or intermediaries may have circumvented laws created to prohibit foreign meddling in our elections by abusing the rules governing. tax-exempt organizations", Wyden wrote.
If there's a single big takeaway from the almost 2,000 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr. and others by congressional investigators, it's that Trump Jr. never thought twice about meeting with people tied to Russian Federation promising dirt on his father's political opponent.
Akhmetshin recalled, "So Mr. Trump, Jr., said, 'So can you show us how does this money go to Hillary?' Like specifically, do you have paperwork?"
Trump Jr. testified that he did not recall telling his father about the meeting, but Democrats have pointed to Trump Jr.'s phone records to argue they aren't getting the full story from Trump's son.
The episode has been a centerpiece of Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
On June 14, just days after the meeting, Goldstone wrote to Emin Agalarov and Ike Kaveladze, a California businessman who was born in Russian Federation.
"I have no idea", Trump Jr. said when asked who had called.
Trump Jr. deflected multiple questions during the interview, saying he couldn't recall.
Asked whether he felt like he had been "duped" into attending the meeting organized by Goldstone under "false pretenses" to grab his attention, Trump Jr. said, "I imagine there was an element of showmanship involved".
The proposed statement read: "As the person who arranged the meeting, I can definitely state that the statements I have read by Donald Trump Jr. are 100 percent accurate".
"We further assess Putin and the Russian Government developed a clear preference for President-elect Trump", the ICA said.
And Goldstone himself said he thought he was bringing a "smoking gun" to the Trump team, even if he believed the meeting was a "bad idea". "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump-helped along by Aras and Emin", Goldstone wrote. "I never spoke to my father about it". The group also has said it is re-examining its relationship with Torshin, who was among 17 Russian government officials recently hit with Treasury Department sanctions that bar Americans from doing business with them.
Goldstone told the committee that the president's son-in-law, Kushner, also seemed annoyed that Veselnitskaya's spiel didn't contain an obvious "smoking gun". For example, Trump Jr.
The president's son said that, in the end, the information offered at the meeting didn't amount to anything, it was apparent they weren't representing the Russian government and he didn't discuss it beforehand with his father.
Trump Jr. said the organization would "reach out on a few occasions sort of passing along news" and suggesting that he tweet it.
"Q. So at the time you sent this email, did you have any reason to believe that the Russian Government was making efforts to interfere in the US presidential election?"
Trump was reportedly hoping that the Miss Universe contest could open doors to a major development deal in Moscow.