Published: Fri, September 08, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Donald Trump Jr questioned by Senate investigators

Donald Trump Jr questioned by Senate investigators

The meeting is aimed at discussing a 2016 meeting he arranged with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton during last year's electioneering campaign.

The acknowledgment by the President's eldest son that he meant to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues.

Special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate Intelligence committees also are investigating that meeting, which was also attended by President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort. "The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out not to be about what had been represented".

Senate Judiciary Committee investigators are questioning the younger Trump behind closed doors, but eventually he and Manafort could be questioned by senators in a public hearing.

The committee also sought a private interview with the head of the firm behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier.

Mueller is investigating whether President Trump obstructed justice in firing former FBI director James Comey at a time he was heading the Russian Federation investigation before Mueller took over.

Sources are predicting new points of friction, because aides to each of the panels spent the August recess pouring over more than 20,0000 pages of documents from the Trump campaign about communications involving Russian Federation, which probably will result in new witnesses and leads. This is of interest to the Mueller because Trump may have tried to "corruptly persuade" a witness into giving false testimony, which is a crime.

Donald Trump Jr. gives a television interview at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio U.S. July 19, 2016.

But Trump Jr. explained that, as he considered the offer, "I thought I should listen to what Rob and his colleagues had to say". The session was not classified and Trump Jr. was not under oath. Despite releasing his own emails on the subject, Don Jr. keeps giving varying reasons for the meeting, including a new story to Congress. The interview was being conducted by staff, but a handful of Democratic senators attended.

Trump Jr., who entered the Capitol out of sight of reporters, also denied that he had colluded with Russian Federation during the campaign, the paper reported.

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 investigative efforts as well.

"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 letter was signed by the committee chairman, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., who stepped back from the Russian Federation investigation this year after he was criticized for being too close to the White House.

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