A music promoter who emailed Donald Trump Jr. that a Russian lawyer would dump dirt on Hillary Clinton in June 2016 made the offer because he was assured that the Moscow lawyer was "well connected "and have" damaging material ". The promoter testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Rob Goldstone told the committee that his client, Russian pop star and developer Emin Agalarov, had insisted that he put the meeting between President Trump's son and lawyer during the election campaign, along with material about Clinton, Goldstone's own warnings ignored that the meeting would be a bad idea.
"He said," It does not matter. All you have to do is get the meeting, "said Goldstone, a British citizen.
The intensity with which Agalorov and his father, billionaire Aras Agalarov, sought the Trump Tower Meeting, which has become an important issue for Congress Robert S. Mueller III, was unveiled in more than 2,500 pages of convention papers and exhibits released by the Senate Justice Commission on Wednesday morning.
The testimony reveals that attendees voted Trump Tower on June 9, 201
But the new information explains why Goldstone is the son of the candidate Before the meeting had written that Veselnitskaya would bring "very high and sensitive information" that were part of "Russia" and the Government support for Mr. Trump "- and why Trump Jr. replied," if that's what you say, then I love it.
The testimony also highlights the fears that ran through President Trump's orbit each year Later, when the news of the meeting became known and his counselors and lawyers tried to manage the story.
The testimony also contains new details about Trumps long-standing interest in building business relations with Russia and a relationship with President Vladimir Putin.
An Agalarov employee told the committee that the Russian mogul was trying to get Trump to meet Putin, the Miss Universe pageant Trump had , which took place in Moscow in 2013.
The employee told the committee that Agalarov had requested the meeting "secretly" from a Russian government official.
Putin agreed to attend a pageant last minute dismissal Campaigning regularly claimed that he knows Putin, there is no evidence that the two M had men met after Trump's office.
Much of Wednesday's testimony revolves around the Trump Tower meeting when Trump Jr. took the sit-in with Veselnitskaya, inviting brother-in-law Jared Kushner and supreme campaign worker Paul Manafort.
Goldstone testified that, like Trump Jr., he attended the meeting, assuming that Veselnitskaya would provide a "smoking weapon" to support Trump's campaign. He testified that he was ashamed and apologetic when instead she used the meeting to suppress her view that the sanctions against human rights violations against Russia, known as the Magnitsky Law, should be lifted.
The president's son also confirmed that he was disappointed that the Russian lawyer did not provide any further information for the campaign: "If everything else was the same, I would not have wanted to spend 20 minutes listening to something What I was "Actually you should meet," he told the committee.
Although the Republicans discussed point-by-point with their Democratic counterparts in preparing the transcripts, their release is expected to spark a new wave of partisan bickering.  Months have passed since committee chair Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) promised for the first time that the committee will publish minutes of the interviews that led the panel to some of the participants in the Trump Tower meeting.  Veselnitskaya was only willing to give written answers from Russia on the panel's questions, neither Kushne r, now a high-ranking White House employee, or even Manafort, who was charged with financial crimes related to his work before joining the campaign, sat for interviews. But the committee interviewed the five other men who attended the meeting, including a Russian-American lobbyist who had once served in a Soviet spy intelligence unit.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) Has said she supports the publication of interview transcripts, but Panel Democrats claim Republicans do not press witnesses to answer any important questions and are preparing to terminate their investigation prematurely.
In a Statement, Committee The Democrats said the Trump Tower meeting was "a piece of a much bigger puzzle and confirmed that the Trump campaign was ready to accept Russia's help."
They said there were "more questions than answers given the lack of cooperation among many stakeholders" and urged that the committee's inquiry be continued.
On the other side of the Capitol, the Russian probes cooled off. Last month, Republicans of the House Intelligence Committee issued the final report of their year-long investigation into Russian electoral interference and the alleged collusion of the Kremlin with the Trump administration and concluded about the protesters' protests that the Trump campaign did not cooperate Moscow
It is expected that the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is continuing its investigation, will soon release the second of four interim reports, the final report of which is expected in the fall. "
President Trump has repeatedly insisted that his campaign did not interfere with Russian efforts to interfere in the election, including by hacking and distributing democratic e – mails.
" I appreciate the opportunity to join the Judiciary Committee on his Trump Jr. said a prepared statement, "The public can now see that I answered every question for more than five hours and was honest and outspoken with the committee."
Shortly after his election the Spokeswoman for President Trump said that no campaign officials negotiate with Russians during the election campaign, and testimonies from recent testimonies show that the lawyers and staff of the president were concerned about reports of Trump Junior's meeting that contradicted this claim.
"[Trump’s lawyers are] worried because it is Don Jr. with officials from Russl and Gold, which he always denies meeting, "Goldstone wrote in an email to Emin Agalarov on June 26, 2017, a few weeks before the New York Times. www.germnews.de/archive/projects/index_ger.html Ultimately, lawyers working for the Trump organization have formulated statements that ask other participants of the assembly to distribute them, a move that Mueller could investigate when communicating with witnesses or otherwise clarifying the true purpose of the meetings of Investigators
Trump himself contributed to a first statement about his son's published meeting, Trump Jr. told the committee. In a misleading way it is said that the meeting was "primarily" concerned with the adoption of Russian children by Americans. The Kremlin stopped adoptions in retaliation for the Magnitsky act, the political issue that was at the center of Veselnitskaya's presentation.
After Goldstone was interviewed by the Washington Post for the first time of his participation in the meeting in July 2017, The Promoter tried to assure two Trump lawyers that he had offered a similar account as well.
"I just said that the meeting apparently had adoption problems and ended quickly," he wrote in an e-mail at the time.
Meanwhile, Goldstone was secretly worried about the investigation he had predicted.
"I hope this favor paid off for your father," he wrote to Emin Agalarov. "It could explode."