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Sens. Burr, Warner: 'No doubt' Russian Federation tried to interfere in 2016 election

Sens. Burr, Warner: 'No doubt' Russian Federation tried to interfere in 2016 election

Summary: The Senate Judiciary Committee released the Trump Tower transcripts on Wednesday.

The Senate Judiciary Committee interviewed nine people connected to the meeting to obtain hundreds of pages. "I made a flip remark", he told Patrick Davis, a senior counsel for the Committee. While Senate Judiciary Democrats have sought to conduct a robust and independent investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are more questions than answers given the lack of cooperation by numerous individuals involved.

A bit later in the day, when Goldstone e-mailed Trump, Jr. -whom he had dealt with in the past, when Emin performed at a Trump golf course-he kept to himself any concerns he may have had.

They also show the disappointment of Trump Jr. and other campaign figures, including brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, when the meeting failed to yield the harmful Clinton information they thought they'd get - as well as the increasing panic of one of the meeting participants who feared his reputation would be ruined by his role in setting it up. Republicans will point to the hours of testimony to argue Trump Jr. might have been unwise to accept the meeting but that he did not collude with the Russian government.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has interviewed Kushner and Manafort, and they may have even more information about the Trump Tower meeting still locked in their panel's secure Capitol Hill offices, as that investigation is ongoing. They show that Trump Jr. says he doesn't remember ever discussing the Russian Federation investigation at all with his father.

"Their efforts to hide the meeting and its true objective are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation", they said in a statement.

The transcripts reveal some new details about how the meeting - a key point of interest in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign - came to be arranged and efforts afterward to mitigate the political damage arising from its disclosure.

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.

The Mother Jones report added that Donald Trump appeared to be "fixated" on the idea of meeting with Putin and was "bitterly disappointed" when Putin said he would could not attend the Miss Universe contest and would not be able to meet with the real estate magnate.

Perhaps the biggest one: what President Donald Trump knew about the meeting and when he was told about it.

Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr

"The Committee has requested an interview and documents related to efforts by Mr. Torshin to arrange a meeting between President Putin and then-candidate Trump and possible use of the National Rifle Association (NRA) by Russian Federation to contribute money to the Trump campaign", it said.

The meeting was a central focus of Mueller's probe into whether or not Russian Federation helped Trump win the 2016 election.

The document also noted that Butina "refused to cooperate" when she testified before other committees.

"I didn't think that listening to someone with information relevant to the fitness and character of a presidential candidate would be an issue, no", he said.

Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin said the Russian lawyer leading the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was "disappointed" and "embarrassed" and felt like her efforts fell flat.

Trump Jr. said the organization would "reach out on a few occasions sort of passing along news" and suggesting that he tweet it.

Trump pushed repeatedly for the Agalarovs to get him a meeting with Putin in connection with the pageant, Goldstone testified. Mueller is also reported to be probing the White House response to the meeting, focusing on an initial misleading statement.

The Senate committee's findings clash with the House GOP's determination that the intelligence community did not follow its own best practices in concluding the Kremlin favored Trump in the election.

In the email exchange, Veselnitskaya was identified as a "Russian government attorney".

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