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Trump Jr to face Senate panel over ties with Russian officials

Trump Jr to face Senate panel over ties with Russian officials

Donald Trump Jr. told the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Thursday that he planned to speak to his lawyers about the propriety of a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer if it yielded any damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Special counsel Robert Mueller and his team, who are tasked with investigating any potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, are "keenly interested" in the president's involvement in crafting the statement.

But he provided new details about the June 2016 meeting he held at Trump Tower with a Russian lawyer and several others, while saying he had "no advance knowledge of who would attend".

Trump also said the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others in Trump Tower in NY provided no meaningful information.

"Love it", the younger Trump responded in setting up the meeting.

In the initial email to arrange the meeting, Goldstone wrote that a client of his "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

Trump Jr's brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, painted a similar picture during an interview with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Donald Trump expected to face hours of questioning by the Senate Judiciary Committee staff.

Senators don't send out copies of statutes about making false statements to Congress on the same day that the President's son testifies about the Russian Federation scandal as a coincidence. This is of interest to the Mueller because Trump may have tried to "corruptly persuade" a witness into giving false testimony, which is a crime.

Recall that after the USA elections, intelligence agencies concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin had ordered hacking of Democratic political groups to discredit the election and sway the voting towards Republican Trump, who won an upset victory in November.

Trump Jr.'s acknowledgement that he always meant to seek advice from his lawyers before he used any of the information he got from the Russian lawyer is the first clear indication that the president's son was aware that accepting damaging information on a political rival from a foreign source could run afoul of USA law.

But when Trump Jr. was asked in an interview by Fox News host Sean Hannity in July whether he was told by phone what kind of damaging information he would receive about Clinton, he replied: "No".

Trump Jr., who, along with his brother Eric, is now running the president's global business organization, arrived on Capitol Hill in Washington, and the meeting began around 9:30 a.m. He released emails this summer that showed it was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for [President Donald] Trump".

A handful of Democratic senators, including Sen. But the Senate judiciary committee has ramped up its own inquiries in recent months.

The intelligence committees have already spoken with Kushner and Manafort.



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