The latest evolution in Trump Jr's Russian Federation scandal story

Trump Jr. to testify in Senate, Manafort lawyer subpoenaed: CNN

Trump confronts accelerating Russia probes

Trump Jr. said during an interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators that the meeting was unfruitful, and maintained that he did not collude with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign, according to a prepared statement obtained by the New York Times. "Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration".

Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, the top Democrat on the committee, said the panel wants to speak with others who attended the June meeting before interviewing Trump Jr.

"We look forward to a professional and productive meeting and appreciate the opportunity to assist the committee", Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., said in a statement. He said he was skeptical about taking the meeting in the first place and that, "as it later turned out, my skepticism was justified".

July 23, 2017: Both Trump Jr. and Manafort came to an agreement with the Senate Judiciary Committee to hand over documents "and be interviewed.prior to a public hearing", ABC News reported.

Trump Jr. on Thursday reportedly told the committee's senators he was too much of a political novice to mastermind a major collusion scheme.

Trump Jr. and the White House have offered evolving explanations of the 2016 meeting, which first came to public light in July.

"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump", music publicist Rob Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr.


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

CNN reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it obtained permission from Manafort's attorney to view the transcript, but the committee says it was instructed to not disclose the document.

That's according to Taylor Foy, spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee. Emails released in July show that Trump Jr. was told the session at Trump Tower in NY was part of a Russian government effort to aid his father, the Republican nominee. The congressman, who has suggested that Republicans and Democrats on the House intelligence panel might produce two separate final reports, said he never believed work could be wrapped up this year. "Every single day I fielded dozens, if not hundreds, of emails and phone calls", Trump Jr. said.

Russian Federation has loomed large over the first seven months of the Trump presidency.

Committee staff members met last month with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the strategic research firm that commissioned the unsubstantiated dossier that claims Trump conspired with Russian Federation to win the election.

President Donald Trump's eldest son has arrived on Capitol Hill for a private interview with Senate staffers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Russians who met with Trump Jr. are longtime workers on behalf of overturning the sanctions.

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