Senate Investigators Confirm They Will Soon Grill Donald Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr. went to Capitol Hill to get grilled by the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday

Donald Trump Jr. went to Capitol Hill to get grilled by the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday

During the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between members of Donald Trump's campaign and Russian operatives close to the Kremlin, Donald Trump, Jr. reportedly asked for intelligence on "illegal donations" to the Clinton Foundation. Separately, Senate Democrat Richard Blumenthal on Tuesday wrote a letter to the chamber's Judiciary Chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, asking that Trump Jr.be subpoenaed to appear again before that panel.

Trump Jr. said the meeting did not produce any useful information about Trump's Democratic rival and soon shifted to a dispute over a US law that levied sanctions on some Russian officials and businessmen.

Given that Manafort has been charged under special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russia's interference in the presidential election, and Kushner has also been questioned by authorities, lawmakers will want to know more background on what these aides may have known.

The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, said that she had no such evidence to provide Trump Jr., according to the report, and blamed the Trump-connected music promoter who acted as an intermediary in setting up the meeting for the miscommunication.

The interview with President Donald Trump's eldest son comes as both the House and Senate intelligence panels are investigating a meeting that Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials held with Russians past year.

Veselnitskaya said there was no discussion at the Trump Tower meeting of hacked or leaked emails, social media campaigns or any of the other main aspects of Russian interference in the USA election.

Veselnitskaya, according the NBC News, said in the questionnaire that she was not at the meeting on behalf of the Russian government, and that her goal in the meeting was to lobby for a re-examination of the Magnitsky Act, which has resulted in sanctions against certain Russian individuals.

Trump Jr. continues to oversee the family's real estate business.

His appearance came after Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya's responses to a Senate committee's questions about their June 2016 meeting were revealed
His appearance came after Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya's responses to a Senate committee's questions about their June 2016 meeting were revealed

Lawmakers probing potential collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump presidential campaign will question the president's son about his direct contacts with Kremlin-connected officials Wednesday, in the first of two expected interviews before congressional intelligence committees.

The Senate intelligence committee also hopes to interview Trump Jr. before the end of the year.

The memo that Ms. Veselnitskaya brought to the Trump Tower meeting alleged that Ziff Brothers Investments, an American firm, had illegally purchased shares in a Russian company and evaded tens of millions of dollars of Russian taxes. That ban was the result of sanctions placed on Russia through the Magnitsky Act, a USA law that prohibits certain Russian officials from entering the US or using its banking system.

Democrats also are focusing on Trump Jr.'s private message exchanges with WikiLeaks during the campaign, at a time the website was publishing hacked Democratic emails.

The subpoenas concern "people or entities affiliated with President Donald Trump, according to a person briefed on the matter", the Wall Street Journal reported in an update to its story. No subpoena has been issued or received.

If you're keeping score, this matches with what Donald Trump Jr. said happened at the meeting when he went on Sean Hannity's show in July.

"We've confirmed this with the bank and other sources" that it is not true, Sanders told reporters at a press briefing on Dec 5.

An attorney for Sater, Robert Wolf, did not respond to a request for comment.

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