Lawmakers Intend To Question Trump Campaign Chairman

14 July, 2017, 00:33 | Author: Ora Austin
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Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, has requested information on why Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer, was allowed to enter the United States without a visa.

That came in response to Sen.

Trump Jr. released emails which showed that he was asked to meet with a "Russian government attorney" who wanted to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Donald Jr. accepted a meeting, along with Manafort, with a Russian lawyer claiming to have ties to the Russian government in June 2016.

Trump Jr. has said that while he would have probably handled the meeting request differently now, he believes he did nothing wrong by hearing out someone offering information about a political opponent during a heated political campaign.

The Senate Judiciary Committee is one of several congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the US election.

Manafort disclosed the meeting in a package of information he provided to the Senate and House intelligence committees, who have been investigating potential coordination between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, as is Robert Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director appointed by the Justice Department as the special counsel. Congressional committees are investigating, as is Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

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A lawyer for Donald Trump Jr. did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on whether his client would agree to appear before the committee.

The senator from the U.S. state of Iowa added that if necessary, he will subpoena Manafort.

Trump Jr. told the intermediary, a music publicist named Rob Goldstone, of the offer: "I love it".

Trump Jr. told Fox News' Sean Hannity Tuesday night that he would be willing to testify under oath about the meeting, which he said yielded no useful information and instead focused on adoptions.

Trump also questioned whether Putin was really gunning for his victory, as USA intelligence agencies have concluded.

House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi claimed on Tuesday that the meeting between Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Manafort and Veselnitskaya is a "grave development" in the investigation of possible collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign. Trump Jr. said the meeting "really went nowhere" and that he never told his father about it because there was "nothing to tell". "There was zero coordination" between his campaign and Russian Federation", he told Reuters, adding: "It's the dumbest thing I've ever heard".

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