Russian Federation favored Trump in 2016, Senate panel says

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Witnesses disagree on Kushner timing at Trump Tower meeting

The committee released transcripts of five hours worth of testimony, taken in September of past year, where Trump Jr. painted himself as a hapless innocent with convenient bouts of amnesia who just happened to have wandered into a meeting with a group of foreign agents eager to tip an election in his father's favor.

The Senate intelligence committee said Wednesday that it stands by the conclusion of the USA spy agencies that Russia's attack on the 2016 election sought to help Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton - a break with the finding of the House intelligence panel.

Meanwhile, the Senate intelligence committee said it stands behind a 2017 assessment by US intelligence agencies that Russian Federation intervened in the election to hurt Clinton and help Trump.

They are incredulous that Mr. Trump would have taken a meeting with Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kushner, two top campaign lieutenants, about damaging information on Mrs. Clinton without telling his father.

Schiff said Trump Jr. invoked the privilege because his lawyers claimed that the discussion with his father took place in the presence of legal counsel, which Schiff and other Democrats argued is a situation not covered by the privilege.

The current status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, part of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broad counterintelligence and criminal inquiries into Russia's election interference, is unclear. "I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. said in response to Goldstone's overture in an email exchange.

As the emails previously released by Trump Jr. revealed, members of the Trump campaign attended a meeting with Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and several Russian businesspeople with the promise of damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

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Former FBI director James Comey had also been invited to testify about the findings to the panel but did not attend. One of suspicions is if he came from his parent a call from a secret number he received after speaking with Emin Agalarov, Russian musical star linked to lawyer and who promoted meeting.

Feinstein sent letters to Butina, Keene and Erickson requesting documents and asking them to appear for interviews, but they refused to cooperate, the report said. "I never spoke with my father about it". "And I can tell you there was absolutely nothing there". They walked into Trump Tower.

Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who declined to be interviewed by the committee, said in an 11-page statement that he had "hardly any" contacts with Russians during the campaign and that he "did not remember" the Trump Tower meeting. He wrote that Agalarov hoped the document would be delivered to "the appropriate team".

In another email, Goldstone referred to Veselnitskaya as "the Russian government attorney".

Democrats on the committee simultaneously released their own analysis of the information.

"And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, nearly word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more", Goldstone said of Kushner's reaction. As Mother Jones noted, the testimony painted a picture of Trump "fixated" on meeting with Putin and crushed when the Russian president did not have time for him. Admits that his far may have participated in drafting of a White House statement that meeting had been proposed as part of Russian effort to help omitted election campaign.

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