Manafort Notes from Trump Jr. Russia Meeting 'Not Seen as Damaging'

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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, California Rep. Adam Schiff, released a statement responding to reports of the meeting and said Trump Jr.'s statement "raises more questions than it answers" and "highlights how significant the campaign viewed the promise of dirt on their opponent from the Russian government".

After the session, the President's son tweeted: "I answered every question posed by the Committee. until both sides had exhausted their lines of questioning".

Trump Jr. spoke to the Senate Judiciary Committee for about five hours, leaving in the midafternoon, out of view of reporters.

Nothing was considered off-limits, the source said, despite the Judiciary Committee having a limited scope. Trump Jr. also said he couldn't recall details of any White House involvement in crafting his initial misleading public response to that meeting. As Colbert reveals, Trump, Jr. snuck his way in through the "bowels of the Capitol"... where all of America's leaders are "pooped out". "I am thankful for their professionalism and courtesy".

Politico reports the notes from Manafort are about financier Bill Browder, a key champion of the Magnitsky Act, which sanctioned Russian officials for human rights abuses and which Russia wants repealed.

'I trust this interview fully satisfied their inquiry, ' he added. If they did, that call nearly certainly involved Agalarov explaining to Trump Jr. why the meeting was worth his time.

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It carries a 5-year federal prison sentence, which can be increased to 8 years if a lie concerns terrorism or a list of other topics.

Emails between Trump Jr. and Rob Goldstone, a British publicist who said he brokered the meeting on the Agalarovs' behalf, mentioned arranging calls between the two men, while Trump Jr. acknowledged in his prepared statement that his phone records documented those three conversations.

Donald Trump Jr.'s description of the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in NY, delivered in a statement at the outset of a Senate panel's staff interview, provided his most detailed account yet of an encounter that has drawn close scrutiny from Congress and special counsel Robert Mueller.

The explanation was further clarified when relevant e-mail correspondence was published online by Donald Trump Jr. himself, and in which the verbiage of the e-mails made clear that the meeting was taken after a business colleague had told Donald Trump Jr. the information was part of the Russian Government's efforts to aid President Trump's campaign. One of Goldstone's clients was a performer named Emin Agalarov, who is also the vice president of a development company in Moscow that partnered with the Trump Organization in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant in that city.

"As it turned out, my skepticism was justified". The interviews would seek to clarify who actually played a role in the drafting, what they knew at the time about the details of the June 2016 meeting, and to what extent there was any deliberate effort to hide material information from being included in that initial press statement.

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