Russian Federation used the NRA to influence the U.S. election, Senate Democrats believe

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

Senate Intel Panel Agrees Russia Intervened In 2016 Presidential Election

The announcement came hours after the Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of transcripts regarding a June 2016 meeting that included representatives of Trump, including his son Donald Jr., and a group of Russians who promised damaging information about Clinton, the eventual Democratic presidential nominee.

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

House committee Republicans concluded their investigation with a finding that the Trump campaign had committed no wrongdoing in 2016 and that its contacts with Russians were simply "ill-advised".

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner say they trust the conclusions of the Intelligence Community Assessment.

In that committee, Conservatives issued ir own report-without support of Democrats-in which y exonerated Republican president from any Conchabanza with Kremlin, and also rejected idea that Moscow's goal was to help New Yorker Get to White House.

Trump Jr. also testified that he had no reason to believe Russian Federation supported Trump before getting a message from Goldstone that the promised information was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

Trump Jr., said he was at the time not aware of this supposed offer, and that he was not aware of any other instances in which Goldstone sought to arrange meetings between Russian government officials and the Trump campaign. "I don't recall, but she may have".

Akhmetshin said that [Natalia] Veselnitskaya, the Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer at the center of the meeting, began discussing some wealthy contributors to the Clinton Global Initiative. Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he arrived to the meeting late and left early after he determined that "my time was not well spent at the meeting".

Though the witnesses were not under oath, they were nonetheless required to tell Congress the truth. House Democrats also roundly disagreed with those findings.

Mr Goldstone e-mailed Mr Trump's personal secretary, Ms Rhona Graff, on July 22, 2015, just six days after Mr Trump launched his presidential campaign, inviting Mr Trump to attend Mr Aras Agalarov's 60th birthday party on Nov 8 of that year in Moscow. The committee was also not able to question Kushner or Manafort, although it disclosed one page of notes that Manafort took during the session.

His notes mention "Russian adoption by American families" and Bill Browder, a British citizen who has spearheaded a US sanctions law -known as the Magnitsky Act- that targets Russian officials over human rights abuses.

Manafort is facing more than a dozen unrelated criminal charges related to his overseas lobbying activities, including conspiracy to launder money and evade income taxes.




Russian Federation has denied seeking to interfere in the election. I don't think he was part of the initial meet-and-greet.

The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an initial statement after news of the meeting broke previous year.

According to USA media, parts of the Senate report highlighted the relationship between the NRA and the Russian government. "I never spoke with my father about it". "I am just a Russian lawyer".

Testimony from Russian lawyer Natalie Veselnitskaya, who led the meeting from the Russian side and has acknowledged having some ties the Russian government.

"In the call at the end, [I said] that I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it", Goldstone said. "And I gave the reason for that being that I am a music publicist". "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump-helped along by Aras and Emin", Goldstone wrote.

The Agalarovs had bonded with the Trumps during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

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.

"This was the most embarrassing thing you've ever asked me to do", he said he told him. "I've just sat in a meeting about adoption".

Matt Viser tweeted "Rob Goldstone, who set up the Trump Tower meeting, grew frustrated a year later and vents to his longtime client Emin Agalarov. Have you been watching the news!"

"You know, Jeffrey Dahmer was famous", Goldstone responded, referring to the serial killer. "So am painted as some mysterious link to Putin".

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

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