Sens. Burr, Warner: 'No doubt' Russian Federation tried to interfere in 2016 election

Lucy Bush
May 17, 2018

Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the House intelligence panel's ranking member, said in a statement that he "fully concur [s] with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the ICA's determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence". This prepared statement backs up Donald Trump Jr.'s original story regarding the Veselnitskaya-Trump Tower meeting.

After publicist Rob Goldstone promised Trump Jr.

The two, plus a handful of others from the Trump campaign (including the president's son-in-law Jared Kushner) met with the lawyer at Trump Tower in NY.

Up to this point, the president could play ignorant about the issue.

An email sent to one of the eight participants in the infamous Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya accuses Donald Trump Jr. of "admitting to collusion".

Following the publication of the documents, Trump Jr. said they showed that he "answered every question asked" by the committee.

Trump Jr. says he never communicated with Julian Assange, the head of WikiLeaks. "The words he used were 'the Trumps, '" Goldstone told the committee, according to the transcripts.

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That's a far cry from a definitive "no" answer, and should trouble every American about whether our president had indeed been attempting to collude with Russian Federation.

"Numerous" people were involved in the statement, including counsel, and the President "may have commented through [then-communications staffer] Hope Hicks", Trump Jr. continued.

The Senate judiciary committee released thousands of documents Wednesday that detail accounts of a meeting two years ago at Trump Tower from Donald Trump Jr., White House adviser Jared Kushner and a Russian attorney.

Trump Jr. said the organization would "reach out on a few occasions sort of passing along news" and suggesting that he tweet it. "First in my business and now in public service, I have worked on achieving goals", Kushner said in his statement.

Department of Justice Special Counsel Robert Mueller is also looking into the matter.

The congressional panel released Kaveladze's transcript from the November 2017 interview on Wednesday.

"Thank you very much for coming", Trump Jr. then told Veselnitskaya, according to Goldstone's transcript, and ended the meeting.

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Burr and Warner held a closed hearing on Wednesday to wrap up a review of the ICA on Russian activities during the election, following a hearing the committee held in January 2017.

The Senate Judiciary Committee for months has been conducting a sprawling investigation into the 2016 election.

That's according to transcripts of his interview with the panel past year.

In a supplemental interview, Goldstone also told investigators that Russian President Vladimir Putin was not able to meet Trump during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow, but invited him through a phone call with his spokesman Dmitry Peskov, organized by Agaralov, to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi instead.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly honed in on both the meeting and the varied explanations the Trump team has offered about it as he investigates possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation, as well as possible obstruction of that probe by the President.

The committee did release one page of notes that Manafort took during the meeting.

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