Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Sens. Burr, Warner: 'No doubt' Russian Federation tried to interfere in 2016 election

Sens. Burr, Warner: 'No doubt' Russian Federation tried to interfere in 2016 election

Congressional investigators released some 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr.

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.

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 Trump and Putin.

Goldstone said that Trump Jr. told Veselnitskaya to raise her concerns about the Magnitsky Act "to the Obama administration because they actually are in power" before ending the meeting. Their inquiries have overlapped with the criminal investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose findings have so far resulted in indictments against 19 people, including Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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. According to Trump, Jr., she only handed over "something about individuals connected to Russian Federation supporting or funding Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton or the Democratic National Committee".

Trump was reportedly hoping that the Miss Universe contest could open doors to a major development deal in Moscow. Of course, the culminating piece of evidence in any obstruction of justice case would likely be the firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. But Mr. Trump's memory was fuzzy when it came to who was on the other end of the calls.

After small talk about the view and a recent win in the primaries, the younger Trump got down to business, Akhmetshin said. "I did not even know that he had been to Russian Federation".

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Their statements affirmed the U.S. intelligence community's assessment, and departed from the findings of the House Intelligence Committee last month, which implied that Moscow's goal was to sow discord in the United States and not necessarily to help Trump.

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

Another meeting attendee, Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, a businessman from the former Soviet republic of Georgia, described the outfit in great detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

He said the information had come from the "Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation", which isn't an official government title in Russian Federation, but "crown prosecutor" is roughly the equivalent of the attorney general in Goldstone's native Great Britain. As Mother Jones noted, the testimony painted a picture of Trump "fixated" on meeting with Putin and crushed when the Russian president did not have time for him.

The Agalarovs, Mr Goldstone, Ms Shugart and bodyguard Keith Schiller gathered with Mr Trump in a conference room at Crocus, the exhibition centre where the pageant was being staged, as Mr Peskov explained to Mr Aras Agalarov that Mr Putin would not be able to meet with Mr Trump because his visit with the Dutch King was running late, Mr Goldstone testified.

Trump Jr. replied to the email, saying, "If it's what you say I love it".

"Q. So at the time you sent this email, did you have any reason to believe that the Russian Government was making efforts to interfere in the US presidential election?"

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