Regardless of whether or not any "dirt" on Hillary Clinton actually materialized after the Trump Tower meeting, any effort on the part of Donald Trump or Trump Jr.to mislead investigators (including through the issuance of public statements) about the nature of the meeting could certainly be used as evidence of the Trump campaign's coordinated effort to obfuscate the story of what actually took place. All three were deeply involved in issuing the intelligence assessment of Russian meddling in the election. And or people who participated in June 2016, five months after presidential elections, in a Meeting with a Russian lawyer in NY.
"Obviously he's aware of it now because he's read it, it's been in the papers, but that's the extent of my knowledge of his knowledge of it", he said.
"In the transcript from Trump Jr.'s testimony, he says, "(I) n his email to me Rob suggested that someone had official documents and information that would incriminate Hilary Clinton and her dealings with Russian Federation and that the information would be very useful to the campaign". "I wouldn't have wasted his time with it". "I don't know. I never spoke to my father about it", he said.
He also said, he doesn't recall several emails and phone calls leading up to the meeting.
Jared Kushner became "agitated" and "infuriate [d]" when a meeting arranged with a Russian Lawyer at Trump Tower in 2016 ended up focusing on US sanctions rather than promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton, a friend of the Trumps who helped set up the meeting testified to Congress. Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski has testified the president's primary residence utilizes a blocked number.
The current status of the Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry, part of Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broad counterintelligence and criminal inquiries into Russia's election interference, is unclear.
Democrats have speculated that the blocked numbers could represent communications back and forth between him and his father.
This is key because Trump Jr. wasn't completely clear about what he was talking about.
"Q. So you don't know whether this might have been your father?" The transcripts show that even before reports of the meeting surfaced in the media, Trump Jr. attorney Alan Futerfas started contacting a number of meeting participants to ensure their accounts were consistent.More news: Cargill has 'significant concerns' over US-China trade spat
Trump Jr said he couldn't remember if Veselnitskaya provided any names related to her allegations.
Following the publication of the Times report past year, Trump Jr downplayed the significance of the information offered.
"Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense".
He added that the information was "very high level and sensitive" but was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump". Warner (D-Va.) in a joint statement with chairman Sen.
The committee did not interview Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of the meeting. "I don't recall, but she may have".
Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone on the chain, "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
"He has this unusual fascination not only with the strongmen, but the nearly retro male chauvinist culture that they have still in Russian Federation", said Ms Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russian Federation in the Obama administration.
A spokesperson for Trump's outside legal team said Trump "was not aware of and did not attend the meeting". The committee was also not able to question Kushner or Manafort, although it disclosed one page of notes that Manafort took during the session.