Jared Kushner's Story About Trump Tower Meeting Is Contradicted By Multiple Witnesses

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"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated and ordered by (Russian) President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner said.

Goldstone, a streetwise Lancastrian who left school at sixteen to train as a journalist, was taken aback. "And he said, connected".

After about 20 minutes, Trump Jr. cut Veselnitskaya off and ended the meeting by saying they should take up concerns about adoptions up with the Obama administration.

"I believe some may have been, but this was an effort through lots of people, mostly counsel", Trump Jr. said.

"I'm a music publicist".

It's clear Trump Jr. meant to get opposition research from Veselnitskaya in the meeting, but part of his defense has always been that he was unsuccessful in doing so - that the meeting was a bust. "Did you also love that?" the lawyer asked.

Shortly after his election, President Trump's spokeswoman had said that no campaign officials had dealings with Russians during the campaign. Days earlier, according to an email released by the committee, Goldstone wrote in an email that Trump lawyers were anxious about how disclosures about it would look.

Mr Peskov invited Mr Trump to attend the Olympic Winter Games in February 2014 in Sochi "and said he'd be happy to meet him there or at any future time", Mr Goldstone said, an offer Mr Trump did not accept. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. "'I did say at the time this was an very bad idea and a terrible meeting'".

That is when "it first reared its ugly head", he recalled.

Trump Jr. made a phone call after speaking with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about the meeting, but we don't know who it was to because the number was blocked.

If this were the plot of an airport thriller written before 2016, it would never have been published.

Both the House and Senate intelligence panels have produced reports on their own Russian Federation investigations.

Following Wednesday's statement, several top Republicans also voiced support for the intelligence community's findings.

Mr Goldstone testified to the Senate committee that when the deal was almost completed to bring the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow following meetings in Las Vegas in June of 2013, there was an immediate effort to "determine if and when a meeting could or would take place" between Mr Trump and Mr Putin.

They also show the disappointment of Trump Jr. and other campaign figures, including brother-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort, when the meeting failed to yield the harmful Clinton information they thought they'd get - as well as the increasing panic of one of the meeting participants who feared his reputation would be ruined by his role in setting it up. Don Jr. has said that his father was not aware of the meeting ahead of time.

Intelligence services secured in its report partially disseminated in early 2017 that Vladimir Putin's government had tried to help Republican win elections to detriment of Hillary Clinton.

"I don't know that it alarmed me, but I like I said, I don't know and I don't know that I was all that focused on it at the time", Trump Jr. told the Senate Judiciary Committee in the closed-door interview previous year. "I don't know what that was about". And while it's really fun to envision Donald Trump listening to YG and Nipsey Hussle's "Fuck Donald Trump" and not realizing the song is about how much the Los Angeles rappers hate him, that song didn't come out until 2016, so it's not that one either.

Trump Jr for his part described the meeting as a waste of time.

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

"I think that Trump thinks he sees some of himself in Putin, this macho facade of being in control".

Q: "Potential incriminating information on Hillary Clinton?"

Q. "Did you understand that that would be problematic?"

On Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee released testimony that Trump pressed for the meeting ahead of the Miss Universe contest, which was being held in Russian Federation that year. The meeting was being arranged at the direct request of Donald Trump, he testified.

But on a number of other questions, he drew a blank, including whether his father uses a blocked phone number.

At a reception at Nobu, a trendy Japanese restaurant in Moscow, Mr Trump was asked about his views on Russian Federation, its economy and its President.

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