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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

A music promoter who promised Donald Trump Jr. over email that a Russian lawyer would provide dirt about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 made the offer because he had been assured the Moscow attorney was "well connected" and had "damaging material," the promoter testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Rob Goldstone told the committee that his client, the Russian pop star and developer Emin Agalarov, had insisted he help set up the meeting between President Trump's son and the lawyer during the campaign to pass along material on Clinton, overriding Goldstone's own warnings that the meeting would be a bad idea. "He said, 'it doesn't matter. You just have to get the meeting," Goldstone, a British citizen, testified.

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From Senator Feinstein:

Preliminary Findings About Trump Campaign's Effort to Obtain Incriminating Information on Secretary Clinton from Russia at Trump Tower Meeting

www.feinstein.senate.gov

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 10:53 AM | Reply

Here's a link to what was released:

Materials from Inquiry into Circumstances Surrounding Trump Tower Meeting

www.judiciary.senate.gov

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 10:56 AM | Reply

I've been looking for a statement from Senator Grassley, but so far, this is all I can find:

www.grassley.senate.gov

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 11:02 AM | Reply

It is just smart campaigning when Trump's team tries to get the results of Russia spying on Democrats.
When the US IC investigates a tip that Russia is conspiring with Trump's team, it is the deep state spying on Americans.
- twitlers in trumplandia

#4 | Posted by bored at 2018-05-16 11:09 AM | Reply

Trump Jr. says he can't recall discussing Russia investigation with father

www.chicagotribune.com

#5 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 11:16 AM | Reply

From the Feinstein.senate.gov link Page 12, Section D:
"...The New York Times reported that 'a small cadre of Mr. Trump's advisers' helped craft Mr. Trump Jr's. false statement while on board Air Force One..."
Trump Jrs statement was not false, it was misleading, but true (according to all witnesses statements). I wonder how much push-back the media will give to the false statement made in these preliminary findings?

#6 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-05-16 01:05 PM | Reply

Feinstein's report seems to be using both the terms "misleading" and "false" when it comes to Don Jr's statements:

"C. Trump Jr. and the White House misled the public about the June 9 meeting." (page 9)

"With the White House's assistance, Donald Trump Jr. issued misleading statements about the meeting." (page 11)

#7 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 01:23 PM | Reply

Also from page 11:

On July 8, 2017, The New York Times broke the story of the June 9 Trump Tower meeting.90 When The Times asked Donald Trump Jr. for comment before publication, Mr. Trump Jr. provided the following statement:

It was a short introductory meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to stop by. We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up. I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.91

This statement, which was drafted with assistance from President Trump and White House press secretary Hope Hicks,92 omitted the fact that the Trump campaign's purpose for attending the meeting was to obtain incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. The next day, July 9, The New York Times presented Mr. Trump Jr. with evidence that the campaign had accepted the meeting because it had been promised damaging information on Secretary Clinton.93 Only then did Mr. Trump Jr. modify his story and issue a new statement.94

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-05-16 01:26 PM | Reply

"The testimony also includes new details about Trump's long interest in building business ties to Russia and a relationship with President Vladi­mir Putin.

An Agalarov employee testified to the committee that the Russian mogul tried to get Trump a meeting with Putin when the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump owned, was held in Moscow in 2013.

The employee told the committee that Agalarov "secretly requested" the meeting through a Russian government official that the employee believed to be Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Putin agreed to attend a pageant rehearsal but canceled at the last minute. Though Trump periodically claimed during the campaign that he knew Putin, there is no evidence the two men met until after Trump took office."

Trump's bromance with Putin has been an ongoing business ploy to advance Lil Donnie's Dream of the Trump Moscow Hotel, the biggest in the world, and other hotels across Russia.... where bidness is done the old fashioned Trump Way.

#9 | Posted by Corky at 2018-05-16 01:30 PM | Reply

"It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign."
-Donald J Trump, Nov. 11, 2016

"I HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH RUSSIA - NO DEALS, NO LOANS, NO NOTHING."
-Donald J Trump, Jan. 11, 2017

"I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does."
-Donald J Trump, Jan. 16, 2017

"I don't know Putin, have no deals in Russia, and the haters are going crazy -- yet Obama can make a deal with Iran, #1 in terror, no problem."
-Donald J Trump, Feb. 7, 2017

"This is a non-story because to the best of our knowledge, no contacts took place, so it's hard to make a comment on something that never happened."
-Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Feb. 20, 2017

#10 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-05-16 06:55 PM | Reply

This was a dangle, nothing more, nothing less. The Russians never intended to divulge any revealing information, they were simply testing the Trump team's willingness to play ball on something both knew was against American law. The Trumpers never informed the FBI of the meeting, which is the first thing they should have done. From that point forward, the Russians knew the Trumpers wanted to play ball and the coordinated weaponization of the DNC Wikileaks began in earnest.

This has always been established Russian spycraft 'hidden' in plain sight. Taking and not reporting this meeting was the very definition of wanting to collude with a foreign government for domestic political gain. The fact that the Trumpers were upset because the 'dirt' divulged at the meeting wasn't what they believed they were promised is merely confirmation of their intent to collude and accept foreign help in their electoral efforts.

#11 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-05-17 08:20 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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