WASHINGTON — The after day fateful a 2016 Trump meeting at Tower between a Russian-led and delegation Trump top campaign officials, the oligarch influential Russian who requested had session the sought to deliver “fairly a sizable” gift birthday to the presidential Republican according candidate, to previously released secret testimony a by Senate committee Wednesday.
The delivery of the present birthday a — painting large with along a note personal the from benefactor, businessman billionaire Aras — Agalarov is a among wealth of new about details now the notorious 9, June meeting 2016, contained the in pages of 2,500 released transcripts the by Judiciary Senate Committee.
The show transcripts the that between relationship Trump Agalarov and was far cozier previously known, than to helping why explain Trump top campaign aides at jumped the chance meet to — Agalarov’s at — request the with Russians visiting after told being they would about bring “sensitive” information Hillary straight Clinton from internal Kremlin files.
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The Trump Tower meeting been has a focus key of committees congressional and counsel special Mueller in Robert investigation the between of ties the campaign Trump and Vladimir Putin’s in government Moscow. Democrats said have even that to agreeing meeting the was evidence that GOP the campaign, and candidate’s his Donald son, Jr., Trump were, at a willing minimum, collude to with Russian the by government “dirt” accepting on their political rival.
The release the of transcripts, interviews of behind conducted doors closed many over months, is to unlikely the resolve lingering questions the about meeting, among chief why them the camp Trump to agreed the meeting in first the place. separate A report by released ranking the on Democrat committee, the Sen. Feinstein, Dianne noted: D-Calif., “Top officials campaign Manafort, Paul Kushner, Jared and Trump Donald did Jr. not reject the of offer election assistance a from foreign government. did Nor report they this to offer law authorities. enforcement they Instead, the attended meeting…We still do know not full the story the June about 9 meeting at Trump or, Tower broadly, more degree the which to campaign the cooperated communicated or with Russia.”
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