US Senate intelligence leaders: Russians schemed to help Trump

US Senate intelligence leaders: Russians schemed to help Trump

US Senate intelligence leaders: Russians schemed to help Trump

The Senate judiciary panel released thousands of pages of transcripts of interviews and notes from eight people who attended the Trump Tower meeting.

The special counsel is investigating the Russian meddling in the election, whether Trump's campaign was involved and possible obstruction of justice.

Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner appeared agitated and disinterested after it became clear that the Russians in the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting could provide little of value, according to testimony from those who attended the meeting released on Wednesday.

Michael Moore, who served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, said the documents don't contain much new information about the meeting itself, but it is interesting to see the steps that were taken to hide that the objective of the meeting was to obtain dirt on Clinton.

Some of the questioning of Trump Jr. centered on a statement drafted just as news of the meeting was about to break.

Watch the "Daily Briefing" segment above. Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians and three Russian companies in February for an alleged complex online scheme to sow discord in the 2016 US presidential election and help elect Donald Trump, activity covertly set up and organized by a Putin-connected oligarch. Richard Burr, the Republican chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in a statement Wednesday.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has determined that the US intelligence community was correct in assessing that Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election with the aim of helping then-candidate Donald Trump, contradicting findings House Republicans reached last month.

In the interview conducted by Senate committee staffers, Trump Jr. left open the possibility that his father might have known about the meeting ― something the White House has firmly denied. Kaveladze told investigators how Agalarov tried to arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin while the USA tycoon was in Moscow. Trump, Jr., replied, "I$3 f it's what you say I love it".

In an email to Donald Trump, Jr., that was copied to his father's personal assistant, Rhona Graff, music publicist Rob Goldstone - who acted as an intermediary - shared the proposal to build candidate Trump a page on Russia's popular Facebook equivalent VK.

The bipartisan conclusion from the Senate Intelligence Committee leaders is a sharp break from Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, who disputed the intelligence community's findings that Russian President Vladimir Putin was trying to help Trump. As Veselnitskaya moved on to discuss Russian adoption it was "palpable" that Trump Jr. was no longer interested in the meeting, Akhmetshin added.

Regardless of whether or not any "dirt" on Hillary Clinton actually materialized after the Trump Tower meeting, any effort on the part of Donald Trump or Trump Jr.to mislead investigators (including through the issuance of public statements) about the nature of the meeting could certainly be used as evidence of the Trump campaign's coordinated effort to obfuscate the story of what actually took place.

Of course Trump, Jr., salivated at the prospect of holding dirt on Hillary.

Trump was reportedly hoping that the Miss Universe contest could open doors to a major development deal in Moscow. He said he reported back to Emin Agalarov that "this was the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do".

Agalarov responded: "That should give you mega PR".

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