Donald Trump Jr. Is Literally a Cartoon Villain

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.

Heather Sawyer, a counsel for Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Committee, zeroed in on Trump, Jr.,'s e-mail reply to Goldstone, the one in which he said "if it's what you say I love it", and agreed to talk with Emin.

In testimony, Goldstone told the Judiciary Committee that he told Agalarov from the start that he thought the face-to-face was a "really bad idea". In emails sent to Trump Jr. The transcripts appeared to show that Don Jr. was hungry for damaging information on Donald Trump's political rival, Hillary Clinton, but that the Russians had nothing of use.

Several significant questions remain unanswered about this meeting and the numerous other contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian associates.

The committee previously released testimony from Veselnitskaya, who has also given extensive interviews to NBC News, and from Glenn Simpson, the founder of research firm Fusion GPS, who worked with Veselnitskaya on Magnitsky act matters and who also commissioned the infamous dossier that detailed Trump's alleged Russian links.

Akhmetshin told Senate interviewers that Trump Jr. led the meeting, telling them, "He was definitely in charge".

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.

On June 14, just days after the meeting, Goldstone wrote to Emin Agalarov and Ike Kaveladze, a California businessman who was born in Russian Federation. The president's son ultimately released a series of his emails that revealed the Trump team was seeking dirt on Hillary Clinton as reporters pieced together the story and pressed meeting participants for details.

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As Donald Trump Jr. greeted his Russian-speaking guests in a conference room high atop Trump Tower in June 2016, he cut to the chase. "I have no idea what this meeting was actually about". And or people who participated in June 2016, five months after presidential elections, in a Meeting with a Russian lawyer in NY.

Trump Jr. also reiterated, under oath, that the meeting was a waste of time: "All else being equal, I wouldn't have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn't supposed to be meeting about".

Donald Trump Jr. says he received direct messages via Twitter from WikiLeaks asking if he would leak his father's tax return. "Their efforts to hide the meeting and its true goal are consistent with a larger pattern of false statements about the Trump campaign's relationship with Russian Federation".

Goldstone told the committee that the president's son-in-law, Kushner, also seemed annoyed that Veselnitskaya's spiel didn't contain an obvious "smoking gun".

Donald Trump Jr.is acknowledging that his father may have been involved in drafting a press statement a year ago that attempted to explain a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian attorney.

The Senate committee's findings clash with the House GOP's determination that the intelligence community did not follow its own best practices in concluding the Kremlin favored Trump in the election. An Agalarov employee told the committee his boss tried to make the meeting happen, "secretly" requesting it through a Russian government employee.

At 4:04 p.m. on June 6, 2016, three days before the meeting, according to telephone records that the Committee obtained, Trump, Jr., spoke briefly with Emin Agalarov, who had just completed a show in Moscow. It is important that, in post of preparation for meeting, he said he was delighted to celebrate it.

Trump Jr. said the organization would "reach out on a few occasions sort of passing along news" and suggesting that he tweet it.

  • Adam Floyd