Manafort Blocks FBI from Obtaining Transcript of Interview with Senate Committee

Marsha Scott
September 8, 2017

He had repeatedly said allegations of Russian connections to the US election and the ensuing investigations are merely an excuse by Democrats to explain Trump's upset win over Clinton.

Alan Futerfas, Attorney of Donald Trump Jr. has disclosed that his client would be meeting in private with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday for an interview.

Congressional investigators are questioning Donald Trump Jr. about Russian meddling in his father's presidential campaign a year ago, including a meeting the younger Trump held with a Kremlin-linked lawyer who purportedly was going to hand them "damaging information" about Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating that meeting, also attended by Trump's son-in-law and campaign chairman.

The Senate panel's leaders, Sens. "Every single day I fielded dozens, if not hundreds, of emails and phone calls", Trump Jr. said.

Trump Jr.'s acknowledgement that he always meant to seek advice from his lawyers before he used any of the information he got from the Russian lawyer is the first clear indication that the president's son was aware that accepting damaging information on a political rival from a foreign source could run afoul of USA law.

A copy of Trump Jr's statement was obtained by The New York Times.

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In a prepared statement during an interview with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, the younger Trump said he was initially conflicted when he heard that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, might have damaging information about Clinton.

Feinstein also clarified Trump Jr. will meet with committee staff for the interview Thursday - not the 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. At the time, Trump Jr. ostensibly sought damaging information about his father's opponent, Hillary Clinton, from Veselnitskaya.

"I did not collude with any foreign government and do not know of anyone who did", he said. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, told a town hall audience during August that he would consider releasing a transcript of the last marathon interview the Judiciary Committee conducted in this probe, with Fusion GPS chief executive Glenn Simpson.

His brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, told the Senate Intelligence Committee something similar when he met with its members during a closed hearing earlier this summer.

The president's oldest son is scheduled to speak privately Thursday with Senate committee staff investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Meanwhile Rice, who has come under fire from House Republicans over her handling of classified intelligence reports when serving as then-President Barack Obama's national security adviser, is meeting with the House intelligence committee Wednesday morning, a source with direct knowledge told CNN.

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