Jared Kushner's Story About Trump Tower Meeting Is Contradicted By Multiple Witnesses

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- Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee a year ago he did not recall ever discussing the Russia investigation with his father and said he didn't think there was anything wrong with meeting a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 presidential election, according to transcripts released Wednesday of his interview with the panel.

During his interview, Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, was asked about communications from Goldstone about offers of support from "important" Russians as Trump emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination during the primaries.

But lawmakers pressed further: Did Trump Jr. know about the meetings when they occurred?

The committee said that Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, declined to be interviewed but submitted material relevant to the investigation.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr said in a statement Wednesday that his staff has spent 14 months "reviewing the sources, tradecraft, and analytic work, and we see no reason to dispute the conclusions".

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Thousands of pages of interview transcripts with the participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting shed new light on how eager Donald Trump Jr. and senior members of the Trump campaign were to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton - and how frustrated and angry they were that the material did not come to fruition.

And when the damaging information didn't materialize, as Veselnitskaya focused on U.S. sanctions on Russia under the Magnitsky Act that the USA passed to punish Russian human rights abuses, the testimony gives new insight into how Trump's team reacted. Trump Jr. told both House intelligence committee and Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that he spoke with someone who had a blocked number but that he couldn't remember whom.

Committee Democrats said the details about the meeting revealed in the new trove of documents confirm an inappropriate relationship between Trump campaign aides and the Russian government.

Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who arranged the Trump Tower meeting, told the committee he was anticipating a "smoking gun" from Veselnitskaya when he urged Trump Jr.to take the meeting, even though he thought it was a "bad idea and that we shouldn't do it". "If I could scratch my last statement", Trump Jr. said, "yes, I did read about that after the fact".

Trump Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday that he was glad the Judiciary Committee had released its record of his statements. "I believe there was a meeting there. Politics, I knew nothing about", Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras. They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner.

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