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That observation and others by Rinat Akhmetshin were disclosed in thousands of pages of transcripts, e-mails, and other documents released on May 16 by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Still, details about the American businessman's failed courtship of the Russian autocrat - some of which were freshly revealed in Goldstone's testimony and others that were reported by The Washington Post two years ago - illustrate the depth and tenure of Trump's infatuation, which predated the 2016 presidential campaign during which he routinely praised Putin.

Wednesday, 16 may, the select Committee on intelligence, U.S. Senate, issued a statement, which was agreed by the intelligence services that in the election campaign of 2016 Russian Federation interfered in the elections for the victory of the incumbent President Donald trump.

The leaders of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday they agreed with intelligence agencies' assessment that Moscow sought to interfere with the 2016 U.S. election to boost Donald Trump's prospects of becoming president.

Trump Jr. made a phone call after speaking with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov about the meeting, but we don't know who it was to because the number was blocked.

Goldstone said that Trump Jr. told Veselnitskaya to raise her concerns about the Magnitsky Act "to the Obama administration because they actually are in power" before ending the meeting.

Wednesday's announcement comes amid growing Republican scrutiny of the investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, whose team also is examining whether Trump's campaign coordinated with the Kremlin and if the president obstructed justice in a bid to limit the probe's scope.

Asked what Veselnitskaya was talking about regarding the damaging opposition research, Trump Jr said: "It generally started out as people with. perhaps general interest in Russian Federation". The email he refers to is from Rob Goldstone, the publicist, to Trump Jr. on June 3, 2016, and that "someone" turned out to be Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who attended the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting along with Trump Jr., Paul Manafort (Donald Trump's then-campaign manager), and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner.

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Senate Judiciary Democrats said the transcripts are just "one piece of a much larger puzzle" and do not tell the entire story because some participants were not interviewed and Republican chairman, Sen.

Steve Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, has said he believes the elder Trump likely knew of the meeting. "I've just sat in a meeting about adoption". "I learned about it only afterward, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation". They walked into Trump Tower.

The Senate committee's findings clash with the House GOP's determination that the intelligence community did not follow its own best practices in concluding the Kremlin favored Trump in the election.

He said the information had come from the "Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation", which isn't an official government title in Russian Federation, but "crown prosecutor" is roughly the equivalent of the attorney general in Goldstone's native Great Britain.

However, Veselnitskaya apparently spent most of the meeting alleging that she had discovered the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as inveighing against the Magnitsky Act, a USA sanctions law that prompted Russia to ban US adoptions of Russian children.

Trump Jr. testified that his "I love it" email reply to Goldstone was "simply a colloquial way of saying that I appreciated Rob's gesture".

Agalarov was a partner of Trump's in staging the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013. "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections".