Donald Trump Jr. in the Russiagate hot seat: Editorial Board Roundtable

Posted July 15, 2017

Chuck Grassley of Iowa, said he wanted to speak with Kushner, as well as former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who also attended a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer.

White House staffers are said to be pointing fingers at each other as the fallout from Donald Trump Jr.'s emails with a Russian lawyer roiled the Trump administration this week, CNN reported on Thursday night.

Trump said on Wednesday he had asked Putin last week if he was involved in Russian interference in the campaign.

The lobbyist is suspected by some American officials of maintaining ties to Russian intelligence, but he denied such ties to NBC.

The meeting, which took place at Trump Tower, was also attended by Paul J. Manafort and Jared Kushner who submitted confidential government documents to confirm their presence during the meeting.

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Manafort has denied any coordination with Russian Federation and has said his work in Ukraine was not related to the campaign. Donald Trump Jr. has said he is willing to testify voluntarily, but Grassley said he would be subpoenaed if need be.

He was speaking to reporters on Air Force One during a flight from the United States to France in comments released by the White House on Thursday.

Trump Jr. has since stated that the attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was expected to deliver opposition research on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but instead focused on adoption policies. He accepted the meeting on the premise that he would be offered damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Additionally, it is interesting to note that Jared Kushner recently revised his list of foreign agents he had met, adding over 100 individuals, and this individual was not included.

Kushner has been under increased scrutiny since May when it was revealed that he sought to establish back-channel communications between Trump's inner circle and Russian Federation.

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Agalarov allegedly proposed the meeting between Trump's son and the Russian lawyer.

"My son is a wonderful young man", the president said.

Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, told NBC News on Friday that his client hadn't been aware of the lobbyist's background at the time of the meeting and had believed the individual was simply a friend of the intermediary who set up the meeting.

"They couldn't wait for the meeting to end", Akhmetshin said.

Meanwhile, the Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said he would call on Mr Trump Jr to testify as part of investigations into Russian meddling in last year's election and subpoena him if necessary.

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