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U.S. senate committee agrees Russian Federation backed Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton

U.S. senate committee agrees Russian Federation backed Donald Trump against Hillary Clinton

The leader of the Senate intelligence mark Warner said: "Russia has interfered in elections in 2016-ohms to help Trump and to attack Clinton".

The intermediary, Rob Goldstone, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he proposed a second meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and members of Trump's team in November 2016.

"The next step on this on to get a document out to try to continue to educate the American people", Warner told reporters assembled outside the meeting room.

There is a four-minute mystery phone call - which took place just prior to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians - that Donald Trump Jr. claimed he couldn't remember much of anything about. The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out to be not about what was represented.

The transcripts also reflect an aggressive Russian outreach to Trump before and after the NY meeting, including an effort to arrange a follow-up get-together that November with a member of the transition team.

It has fueled speculation about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and is believed to be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian meddling in the election.

Donald Trump Jr. and the White House misled the public about the June 9 meeting with Russians and other campaign contacts with Russia.

Kaveladze works for Agalarov's father, a Russian developer who partnered with Donald Trump to host the Miss Universe contest in Moscow in 2013. Trump employee Rhona Graff responded to Goldstone that she doubted the candidate could make it, to which Goldstone responded that Trump might "welcome a meeting with President Putin, which Emin would set up". But then the Russian president canceled.

Moscow denies its interference in the American election campaign. "We've had all the Obama officials; we've had all the Trump officials". "Seems eerily weird based on our Trump meeting last week with the Russian lawyers etc".

One line from Donald Trump Jr.'s emails stood out: "I love it".

From Russia, the Agalarovs tracked the campaign.

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In an email to Trump's executive assistant Rhona Graff the next day, Goldstone said he ran into Trump's bodyguard, who he identified as Keith. Agalarov told Goldstone the lawyer was "well-connected".

Q: "Potential incriminating information on Hillary Clinton?".

"I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it".

"He said, 'It doesn't matter. You just have to get the meeting, '" Goldstone recalled. But if that possibility fazed Trump Jr., it didn't show in the transcripts. The lawyer, he wrote, had "very high level and sensitive information" that was part of "Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

"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 past year. A Clinton supporter, Kaveladze testified he considered backing out when he got wind that it was meant to hurt the Democrat's campaign. One of Junior's blindspots included the presence of Russian lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, who is suspected of having ties to the Kremlin.

The bulk of records released are transcripts of the committee's interviews with that meeting's participants, including the president's son, Donald Trump Jr.; his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner; and members of the Russian contingent led by Veselnitskaya.

By consensus, the meeting did not go well.

"I don't know what would be deemed 'damaging, ' but I didn't hear anything that I would deem to be damaging", Goldstone said.

Details of the meeting were first reported by the New York Times in July 2017.

Phone records shared with the committee show that the younger Mr. Trump called a blocked number before and after calls with Emin Agalarov, a pop star in Russian Federation whose family is friendly with the Trumps, to arrange the meeting, and again on the night of the meeting.