Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Tower transcripts detail quest for dirt on Hillary Clinton

Trump Tower transcripts detail quest for dirt on Hillary Clinton

The committee on Wednesday released more than 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Trump's son and others who met with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower ahead of the 2016 election. While the House Republicans' report also concurred with the bulk of the intelligence community's findings about Russian meddling, it accused officials of not following their own best practices in determining that Moscow hoped Trump would win.

But the day after the blocked call - and two days before the Trump Tower meeting - the elder Mr Trump announces that he would be making a "major speech" the following week "discussing all of the things that have taken place with the Clintons".

The Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday split from their colleagues on the House Intelligence Committee, agreeing with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence assessment that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election to help then-candidate Donald Trump and hurt Hillary Clinton. But lawmakers pressed further: Did Trump Jr. know about the meetings when they occurred?

Like Trump Jr. and Kushner, who released a public statement about the meeting previous year, Goldstone said the meeting was disappointing. That offer does not appear to have translated into an actual digital campaign.

Trump Jr. deflected multiple questions during the interview, saying "No, not that I recall" when asked if he discussed the Russian Federation probe with his father.

"I was aware of none", said Trump Jr., in a seemingly definitive statement within his I-don't-remember-filled interview. "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the committee".

Goldstone fretted that by asking the Trumps to connect with the Russians, he'd be using up one of his favors with the well-heeled family.

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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. WikiLeaks has denied that Russian Federation was the source of the stolen emails.

Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating.

The meeting is a part of an ongoing probe by the US Department of Justice into alleged Russian Federation meddling in 2016.

In January, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said he planned to release the transcripts because the committee's interviews connected to the Trump Tower meetings had wrapped up.

"After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the (intelligence community) conclusions were accurate and on point", Senator Mark Warner said.

But that last determination - that Russian Federation meant to help Trump - sets up a clash within the GOP over which record of events is most accurate, a dispute that could complicate the party's messaging surrounding the Russian Federation investigations as it heads into the 2018 election season. Trump Jr. has told House investigators that he did not communicate with his father about the meeting before it happened. The president cheered the House Intelligence Committee's findings and report on Twitter, claiming it vindicated him by finding there was no evidence of collusion or coordination with Russian Federation.

The allegations, and multiple investigations into the matter, have shadowed the first 16 months of Trump's presidency.

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