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Friday, January 26, 2018

A US Senate committee plans to release transcripts of interviews with Trump aides who attended a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. The transcripts include an interview with Donald Trump Jr, who confirmed he attended the meeting after he was promised dirt on Hillary Clinton. The interviews are part of one of several inquiries into possible Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. It was not immediately clear when the transcripts would be released. Republican Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley said the panel would start releasing "all witness interviews that we have done related to that meeting" right away and "get them out to the public for everyone to see". Dianne Feinstein, the ranking chairwoman, said she was "delighted" by Mr Grassley's decision.




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The committee, which leads one of four inquiries into Trump officials, has interviewed other participants at the meeting, including music promoter Rob Goldstone, Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin and Anatoli Samochornov, the translator for Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

When the meeting was first revealed, Mr Trump Jr said in a statement that he attended to discuss US adoptions of Russian children.

But he later changed his story to say that he had attended the meeting after he was promised information that would help defeat Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

It was later reported by several media outlets that President Trump has personally dictated the first misleading statement, claiming the meeting regarded adoptions.

Critics say Mr Trump's involvement may constitute obstruction of justice.

Former White House Chief strategist Steve Bannon, who served Mr Trump during his campaign and throughout the first seven months of his presidency, has called the meeting "treasonous".


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That would put Trump right up there with Nixon, Reagan, and GW. He must be proud.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-25 02:39 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

But Corky, we do have a tradition of allowing Republican President to commit treason with impunity. Why should we now change that just for Trump? We won't. And has any Democratic President done similar crimes, I've never heard even the accusation, but Bill Clinton did get a BJ.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-01-26 09:56 AM | Reply

This, the "Mueller; you're fired!" news, etc. The pressure on the trump camp is building so fast that even our resident traitors here on the DR have their panties particularly bunched lately.

#3 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-01-26 02:42 PM | Reply

The GOP will never dare release anything that would embarrass their God of Tax Cuts, so either the transcripts are as head-hitting as a pillow fight, or someone will gin up some left-handed excuse about 'national security' or 'privacy' and the documents will never see the light of day...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2018-01-26 04:48 PM | Reply


The god of tax cuts already signed the bill. They have no more use for him, at least not to the degree they did before the bill was passed. Besides, they still have Pence ready and waiting. Taking down Trump will not place any weight upon Congressional GOP. In fact, it may lend them some legitimacy with those outside Trump's base; as in the other 66% of voters.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-26 05:06 PM | Reply

Oh! That meeting with the Russians?

You know...I do seem to recall it now that you mention it.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-01-26 07:47 PM | Reply

#7 Oh, yes, and now that you do mention it, I seem to recall it was about adoptions and a big waste of time.

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-01-26 07:59 PM | Reply

1. I never met with any Russians.
2. Okay, I met, but it was about adoptions.
3. Okay, I tried to collude, but I failed, so it doesn't count.

Junior is the guy with beer & condoms, and Mueller is Chris Hansen.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2018-01-26 08:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 4

If Jr. or Jared ever do any time they're going to have to build the world's tightest chastity belt around their asses.

#9 | Posted by uncle_meat at 2018-01-26 09:04 PM | Reply

the transcripts are as head-hitting as a pillow fight

You were right the first time.

#10 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2018-01-26 09:09 PM | Reply

Senate to Release Transcripts on Russian Lawyer Meeting

Then stop the drama and release the transcripts. Why does there need to be an announcement that they're going to be released?

#11 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-01-26 10:04 PM | Reply


To get the naggers off their backs.

"Alright. Alright! ALRIGHT!!! We'll release the fnckÍn' transcripts!" is how I think it went down.

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-01-26 10:41 PM | Reply

My prediction.... a majority of the pages will probably be blacked out, to protect the treasonous and guilty.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2018-01-27 01:29 AM | Reply

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