Trump Tower transcripts give Mueller more fodder


"There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections", Senate committee Chairman Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican, said in a statement.

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

Schumer called the decision to release transcripts of interviews with Trump Jr. and others at the meeting a "perfunctory move, apparently meant to signal the end of the committee's on-again, off-again halting investigation".

Their backing of intelligence agencies' findings contrasted with the assertion weeks earlier by House of Representatives Republicans that Russian Federation had not sought to boost then-Republican candidate Trump, who went on to win the election. We now know that - despite her early denials of ties to Putin - Veselnitskaya is, in fact, a Russian informant.

Russian Federation has denied seeking to interfere in the election and Trump has disputed suggestions that Moscow was working on his behalf.

According to Fox News, the Committee is expected to interview former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA director John Brennan, former NSA Director Michael Rogers, and possibly former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. Of course, the culminating piece of evidence in any obstruction of justice case would likely be the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee agreed.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday released transcripts from a series of interviews with people present at the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and key members of the Trump presidential campaign in June 2016.

According to the transcripts, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya never presented any information regarding Clinton to the group present at the meeting.

The June 2016 Trump Tower meeting has been central to those probes. "I knew of something", said Trump Jr.

Donald Trump Jr. told lawmakers during his testimony last September that he only recalled seven participants at the meeting, as opposed to the widely reported eight attendees cited by The Washington Post and other media outlets.

President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about "adoptions", then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread showing he received his offer of help from the Russians.

Q. Does your father used a blocked number on his cell phone or on any phones that you call him on?
Most notably, the President's eldest son minimized how involved Trump was in crafting a July 2017 statement aboard Air Force 1 that served as the family's initial public comment on the Trump Tower meeting.

The panel was also not able to interview Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law, or Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman, though both attended.

Asked if he thought it was problematic to take a meeting described to him as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign, Trump Jr. said no.