Testimony gives look inside Trump's failed efforts to meet Putin in 2013

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Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley had announced in January he would release the transcripts of the private staff interview with Trump Jr. and others who attended the meeting.

Last month the President seized on the House Intelligence Committee's findings on Twitter, claiming vindication after that committee's report concluded there was no evidence of collusion, conspiracy or collaboration between his campaign and Russian actors.

Wednesday, 16 may, the select Committee on intelligence, U.S. Senate, issued a statement, which was agreed by the intelligence services that in the election campaign of 2016 Russian Federation interfered in the elections for the victory of the incumbent President Donald trump.

This document dump, on the eve of the one-year anniversary of Mueller's appointment to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, is providing more fodder for the special counsel to scrutinize the underlying motivations of both Trump himself and other key players in the saga, and to check the veracity of Trump Jr.'s statements against the actual facts.

Goldstone's testimony stands in contrast to what Kushner has said about the meeting.

We've known Manafort took notes during the meeting, and now we know what they said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller took a keen interest in this meeting as part of his probe into allegations of collusion between Trump campaign officials and Russian Federation.

After small talk about the view and a recent win in the primaries, the younger Trump got down to business, Akhmetshin said.

He said he reported back to Emin Agalarov that "this was the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do".

Steve Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, has said he believes the elder Trump likely knew of the meeting.

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A longtime lobbyist in Washington involved in murky lobbying efforts, Akhmetshin drew congressional scrutiny for his presence at the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower in NY with Donald Trump Jr. The email he refers to is from Rob Goldstone, the publicist, to Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016, and that "someone" turned out to be Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting along with Trump Jr., Paul Manafort (Donald Trump's then-campaign manager), and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

The Agalarovs had bonded with the Trumps during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. The investigations also explore wher re was obstruction to justice by President of United States, who fueled this suspicion when in May a year ago he dismissed James Comey as director of FBI, when he was on top of this case.

"Every billionaire who comes to Moscow wants to meet with Putin and majority don't get the chance", Mr McFaul said.

It was unclear whether Mr Agalarov delivered the letter to Mr Putin or whether Mr Putin responded.

Veselnitskaya, who has long denied that she was acting on behalf of the Russian government, was a lawyer who also represented a Russian businessman whom US authorities alleged used some of the Russian tax-fraud proceeds to buy Manhattan real estate.

The committee's Democrats, led by California Sen.

Goldstone said he reached out to Trump's executive assistant at the request of Russian-based billionaire Aras Agalarov, who has a personal relationship with Putin.

Mr Trump did not make it to Mr Agalarov's party in Moscow.

When asked if he remembered details of the calls, Mr. Trump replied, "I don't". The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.

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