Senate Releases Transcripts From Don Jr.'s Trump Tower Meetings

In what appears to be yet another ill-advised attempt to revive the Russia hysteria of early 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee has released more than 1,800 pages of interview transcripts with Donald Trump Jr. and others who attended a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower that has become a key focus of the Mueller probe. However, instead of damning the Trumps, the transcripts offer more proof that Don Jr.'s account of the meeting - that Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya used the opportunity to lobby against the Magnitsky Act, prompting Trump, who had been promised dirt on Hillary Clinton, to end the meeting after 20 minutes - is, in fact, what happened.

Indeed, an excerpt published by the Washington Post notes that the attendees who answered the committee's request to testify largely corroborated Trump's story.

The excerpted testimony shows that attendees at the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting largely agreed with Trump Jr.’s long-standing contention that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, did not transmit dirt about Clinton. She has denied she was acting on behalf of the Russian government.

According to the Associated Press, Trump Jr. appeared to evade questions about discussions he'd had with the president - including whether the two men ever discussed the Russia probe. he also said he didn't think it was wrong to seek "dirt" on his father's rival, Hillary Clinton, even if the information came from Russian sources.

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The Senate testimony also reaffirmed that Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin had never met in person, despite what certain liberal conspiracy theorists would have you believe, before Trump became president.

Putin had apparently agreed to attend a rehearsal for Trump's Miss Universe pageant when it was held in Moscow in 2013, but the Russian leader canceled at the last minute.

The testimony also includes new details about Trump’s long interest in building business ties to Russia and a relationship with President Vladi­mir Putin.

An Agalarov employee testified to the committee that the Russian mogul tried to get Trump a meeting with Putin when the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump owned, was held in Moscow in 2013.

The employee told the committee that Agalarov "secretly requested" the meeting through a Russian government official.

Putin agreed to attend a pageant rehearsal, but canceled at the last minute. Though Trump periodically claimed during the campaign that he knew Putin, there is no evidence the two men met until after Trump took office.

Trump Jr. told the Committee that he was disappointed when Veselnitskaya failed to come through with the dirt she had promised.

The president’s son acknowledged he too was disappointed that the Russian lawyer did not provide more information that could be used in the campaign: "All else being equal, I wouldn’t have wanted to waste 20 minutes hearing about something that I wasn’t supposed to be meeting about," he told the committee.

Though panel Republicans conferred with their Democratic counterparts on point-by-point issues during the preparation of the transcripts, their release is expected to touch off a new wave of partisan bickering.

The committee interviewed several people who had attended the meeting eventually provided at least some testimony to the committee. UK Publicist Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and Russian businessman Ike Kaveladze all testified before the committee. While Don Jr. testified, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort rebuffed the committee's requests.

Veselnitskaya only agreed to provide written answers from Russia to the panel’s questions. Neither Kushner, now a top White House aide, nor Manafort, who has been charged with a series of financial crimes related to his work before joining the campaign, sat for interviews. But the committee interviewed the five other men who took part in the session, including a Russian American lobbyist who once served in an Soviet counterintelligence unit.

Here are Paul Manafort's notes from the meeting...

The testimony also purportedly showed emails sent by Goldstone, who initially organized the meeting at the behest of Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star and developer, saying the Trump Tower gathering was a "bad idea."

Music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting at the request of pop singer Emin Agalarov, said he thought the meeting was a “bad idea.”

"I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn’t do it. And I gave the reason for that being that I’m a music publicist. Politics, I knew nothing about," Goldstone said, adding that neither did Emin Agalarov nor his father, Aras.

Trump Jr. also said he wasn't aware of his father's role in drafting a White House statement that said the meeting was primarily focused on reversing Russia's restrictions on Americans adopting Russian children. According to Bloomberg, Trump Jr. said he also didn't tell his father about the meeting before it happened, adding that his "skepticism" about the "value" of the meeting was eventually proven to be justified.

The release of the transcript marks the first time that Trump Jr.'s account of the meeting has been released.

But mostly, the transcripts are a giant nothing burger - which will only reinforce the public's belief that there's "no 'there' there".

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Smack StackShinyStuff Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:13 Permalink

Does the average Joe in this country realize that the Dems have tried to take over this fucking country like a hostile enemy.

Does the average Joe in this country realize under the Obongo administration hundreds of judges/generals were put into place in an etemp to take over this fucking country.

Does the average Joe in this country realize that the Dems are still out there fighting to regain power even in a hostile way, not for we the people but for their agenda.

People wake up and see the enemy, they have breached the walls !

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pogeybait yrad Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:24 Permalink

Actually, before the meeting, Trump substituted Russian salad dressing on his cobb salad instead of red-wine vinaigrette. However, the decision to delete the Roquefort cheese from the cobb salad could very well be an affront to the French. In fact, it was only after the meeting that FBI, CNN, ABC, CBS, NPR learned that Vladimir Putin may have ties to Russia all along.

 

 

 

 

 

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MoreFreedom JimmyJones Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:30 Permalink

When will the government interview and question Clinton and Obama about their meetings with Russians, and release the material to us?  I'll bet anything they say, will just as quickly be shown to be lies, just like the Steele Dossier.  Heck, let's find out about what happened the 22 times (why so many?) the Russian ambassador visited Obama's White House.

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bh2 Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:57 Permalink

"largely agreed"

If others substantially disagreed in any way with DTJ's retelling, who did not? Nobody.

Weasel words.

Jim in MN insanelysane Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:06 Permalink

No longer important.  The traitors are being caught, in slow motion, using the full apparatus of the police state against a domestic political opponent.  That is a botched coup, folks, and it is the last act in this melodrama.

Unless the last act involves about a hundred million firearms.

Let's hope that Justice prevails and the Republic, preserved for our children with as little 'furor' as possible.

This is still our last peaceful chance for change.

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I Am Jack's Ma… Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:58 Permalink

Browder is a Russia and Putin hating Clintonite pos and I can promise you he played a larger role in trying to ‘set up’ Trump’s campaign than has been revealed.

 

 

E.F. Mutton Wed, 05/16/2018 - 09:58 Permalink

Ahh the U.S. Congress...90% of their feeble efforts are to gain more power for self or party

8% of their time spent thinking about what's for dinner or their mistress

1% spent naming monuments and Post Offices

1% actual legislation

Mike Masr Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:02 Permalink

I am so sick of hearing about this stupid fucking BS.

Sick of hearing about Mueller's senseless Witch Hunt.

Sick of all the manipulated twisted MSM news about Russia

Sick of all the fucking Russophobia!

Thordoom Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:31 Permalink

Vaselnitskaya nas nothing to do whatsoever with government . She is a lawyer who is going after Bill Browder,a notorious globalist who works for major banks like HSBC as their front guy who looted Russia in 90s. All you need to know is listening to Bill Browders Deposition where is clearly states that his "lawyer" Magnitsky  had no education or licence in Russia when comes to being lawyer. It is all made up shite to push pressure on Russia to get rid of Putin. They want the 90s back so bad. IF those f..king senators had some resemblance of justice they would immediately demand prosecution of Browder because he lied in front of Congress and the whole "Russia= evil" and together with many globalist would fall apart. 

66Mustanggirl Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:39 Permalink

If this FUBAR of an investigation/coup is supposed to be a shining example of what the collective powers of the once terrifying  “Deep State” are capable of, I think calling them a paper tiger at this point would be too flattering.  More like a paper kitten.  Meow.  Someone toss a match.  Lord, what a joke!

RumpleShitzkin Wed, 05/16/2018 - 10:41 Permalink

Question for McCabe:

 

Please take the oath before the court. Do you understand the oath you’ve made and do you, in fact, understand the legal meaning and ramifications of perjury before the court in regard to the testimony you are asked to give today? Are you absolutely clear about that? Do you require a refresher on the legal definition of perjury?

 

 

1) Mr. McCabe, were you in NYC the day of Don Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya? I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply truthfully and in all candor.

 

2) If so, what was your business purpose to be there that day? I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply

truthfully and in all candor.

 

3) Have you ever had any communication of any kind, voice, electronic mail or by proxy... with 

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, before or after her meeting with Don Jr. at Trump Tower? If so, please describe the nature, specific purpose and details of this communication. I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply

truthfully and in all candor.

 

4) Did you, Andrew McCabe, advise Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya prior to her meeting at Trump Tower with Don Jr and associates? I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply truthfully and in all candor.

 

5) Did you debrief Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya immediately after this same meeting that day? I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply truthfully and in all candor.

 

6) If you replied in the affirmative to question #6, what was your SPECIFIC purpose, prior to and following, for your meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya the day of Don Jr.’s meeting with her that day, at Trump tower...in your official capacity with the FBI? I’d like to remind you that you are under oath and to reply truthfully and in all candor.

 

 

Again, I’d like to remind you that you are under oath. I’ve reminded you 6 times, so misremembering, lack of candor will not be acceptable as anything other than perjury before this court.

 

 

Dead Indiana Sky Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:20 Permalink

I just HAD to see the CNN spin on this......I'll save you guys the trouble (and pain), here it is.  "Thousands of pages of interview transcripts with the participants of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting shed new light in how eager Donald Trump Jr. and senior members of the Trump campaign were to obtain damaging information on Hillary Clinton — and how frustrated and angry they were that the material did not come to fruition."

Arctic Frost Dead Indiana Sky Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:43 Permalink

 

Astonishing, whereas the DNC’s entire reasoning behind funding the dossier is “simply” opposition research (obtaining damaging information on your opponent) and they solicit Russians to provide supposed intelligence that turns out to be unverifiable hyperbole. They actually think that is going to be lost on the American public? They actually think Americans won’t see this as more nonsense? Their supporters had been counting on the HUGE revelations of the “secrets” and “evil” behind this meeting. How many times are their supporters going to run around in forums screaming of big expectations only to be disappointed before they realize they’ve been had?

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Rex Andrus Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

(Whips out Mueller puppet and starts pointing to different parts) Mr. Podesta, Please tell the jury about your work for the CF involving Uranium One. Who did you report to?

tedstr Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:59 Permalink

The good news is that CNN has now deteriorated into an echo chamber for the left.  I haven't watched it in a year.  They are the left screaming at themselves.  Once the whole timeWarner merger thing settles down, they will jettison CNN.

CNN is like wiping your ass with your watch.....acomplete waste of time

LaugherNYC Reaper Wed, 05/16/2018 - 13:26 Permalink

No, Putin has no place telling anyone anywhere in the world about any corruption except his own. Some simple Questions for the President for Life:

Q:  Emperor Putin, tell me, if you would, what brand label of suit is it that you are wearing today?

EP: Ah! Is Brioni! Most beautiful fabrics!

Q: Yes, that is a lovely gabardine. Tell me, what is the cost of such a suit?

EP: In filthy dollars, imperialist Euros, or God's currency, the Roble?

Q: Whatever you like.

EP: I have no concern for money.

Q: Let the court record, the cost of a Brioni suit is between $6,000 and $9,000 filthy dollars. How many such suits, by Brioni or similar, so you own?

EP: Perhaps 30, perhaps 50. I have many houses. I do not count.

Q: Let the court record Emperor Putin has been photograohed in the past 5 years in no fewer than 40 such suits, and 25 sportjackets. Emperor, can you tell me about the rest of your wardrobe?

EP: I have no idea.

Q: How many Loro Piana $3500 gym jumpers do you own? Will you stip to 5? You handmade Lobb shoes? 50? Your subdued, manly Valentino neckties? 250? Your custom $500 trainers? 20?

EP: They are all gifts from admirers.

Q: Yes, like your $50 million yacht, your 25 non-government private aircraft including your helicopters, valued at over $400 million? Your $25 million dacha? Your $500 million palace? All gifts?

EP: Yes.

Q: From whom? Men who have plundered the Russian nation for its wealth, under your egis and protection? Whom you reward with contracts and ownership of national monopolies? Whose competition you arrest and eliminate?

EP: This is what is meant by STRENGTH.

Q: Ah, so an American is corrupt, but YOU are STRONG?

EP: Why, thank you. (Preening) Yes, have you seen my great naked chest, the manmuscle boobs, the firm nips? I would kick fatso Trump's ass! I am King of Joodo!

Q: Joodo?

EP: Yes! Whatever goes wrong in world, is easy! The Joodo it!!!

Q; Jesus, no further questions...

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FreeEarCandy Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:01 Permalink

Ah? This story failed to mention that Don Jr accepted an offer that was specifically described as being put on the table by the "RUSSIAN GOVERNMENT".

In his emails to Trump Jr., Goldstone referred to Veselnitskaya as a “Russian government lawyer” who had damaging info on Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone in one email.

If one is a pedophile looking for illegal meat on the internet, and one gets caught, like Anthony Weiner, it doesn't matter if you didn't touch the forbidden fruit, or if the so called forbidden fruit is an adult cop in disguise. The intention and attempt is all law enforcement needs to put ones ass in jail, just like Weiner.

Just like a pedophile sting operation, Don Jr took the bait and ignored that little bit of information that should have stopped him dead in his tracks, and prompted a call the the FBI. He did neither. He is guilty of the attempt, just like any pedophile caught in a sting operation.