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Donald Trump Jr. to Meet in Private With Senate Judiciary Committee

08 September 2017

In the initial email to arrange the meeting, Goldstone wrote that a client of his "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

The Senate Judiciary Committee is not the primary venue on Capitol Hill to dig into the Russian imbroglio, but it nonetheless has ramped up its investigatory efforts as well.

Investigators are also likely to be interested in reports by The Washington Post that the President was involved in May in drafting a statement about the meeting on behalf of his son about the meeting, while flying home from the G20 summit in Germany.

"To the extent they had information concerning the fitness, character or qualifications of a presidential candidate, I believed that I should at least hear them out", Trump Jr. said in the statement.

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Trump Jr. met privately with the committee to answer questions about the Manhattan meeting previous year, when he worked for President Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has been highly scrutinized since it was revealed earlier this year.

In his new statement, he said he was skeptical of the outreach by music publicist Rob Goldstone, who said he had information that could be damaging to Clinton. Goldstone claimed Aras Agalarov had met with a top Russian Federation prosecutor and had some information that "would incriminate Hillary". "I had no way to gauge the reliability, credibility or accuracy of any of the things he was saying", Trump Jr. said in his statement Thursday.

Blumenthal said that Mr. Trump mostly spoke for himself, instead of his lawyers speaking for him. "What number could he call?"

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September 7, 2017: nearly two months later, Trump Jr. appears and tells the committee's staffers that he took the meeting to determine Clinton's "fitness" for office. "Let's try to set up a meeting and see what happens, and that it was going to be interesting information".

Trump Jr. does not mention Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, who has told multiple news outlets, including the AP, that he attended the meeting at Veselnitskaya's invitation.

In the meantime, here are four critical questions about the investigations that Trump Jr. can help shed light on. "I simply do not remember". The Senate Intelligence Committee and its House counterpart are both conducting inquiries into Russia's interference in the 2016 election, while special counsel Robert Mueller is overseeing the FBI's probe. One of the participants in the meeting had said that a document was left behind by the Russians.

Another spoke on the collusion wheel is any financial ties connecting Russian Federation and members of the Trump campaign.

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He also says that neither he nor anyone he knows colluded with any foreign government. "I am grateful for the opportunity to help resolve any lingering concern s that may exist".

Thursday's closed-door interview was expected to be conducted by mostly staff, though a handful of Democratic senators, including Blumenthal, Dick Durbin of IL and Chris Coons of CT, were expected to attend.

"He's supposed to come back for a hearing". Lawmakers have indicated that some of them could be called to testify in public hearings. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., sat in on the meeting. He told reporters he expected the interview with Trump, Jr. would continue into the afternoon.

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Donald Trump Jr. to Meet in Private With Senate Judiciary Committee