Donald Trump Jr told Senate investigators on Thursday (Sept 7) that he set up a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer because he was intrigued that she might have damaging information about Hillary Clinton, saying it was important to learn about Clinton's "fitness" to be president. Several congressional committees and a special counsel are also investigating allegations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.
Investigators are focusing on a June 2016 meeting the younger Trump held in the midst of the campaign at Trump Tower in NY, the president's business and political campaign headquarters.
President Donald Trump's eldest son is scheduled to make his first appearance on Capitol Hill Thursday as part of a Senate investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and a meeting he had with Russians during his father's campaign a year ago.
"Love it", the younger Trump responded in setting up the meeting.
Trump's statement that he planned to seek help from his lawyers "suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues", The Times wrote.
The Judiciary Committee, which has oversight authority over the Justice Department, is particularly interested in the circumstances surrounding Mr. Trump's firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director.
Separately, Susan Rice, who was national security adviser for former President Barack Obama, testified on Tuesday before the House Intelligence Committee, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Trump also has dismissed the allegations, suggesting instead that Obama might have wiretapped his Trump Tower in NY or that China may have been behind the cyber attacks.More news: Kylian Mbappe pens emotional letter to angry Monaco fans
But the reports immediately tweaked suspicions among Trump critics who believe the President has consistently sought to shut down investigations into the Russian Federation drama, including with his firing of FBI Director James Comey.
President Donald Trump's eldest son has arrived on Capitol Hill for a private interview with Senate staffers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
July 31, 2017: While coming back from the Group of 20 summit in Germany on July 8, President Trump reportedly dictated his son's original statement to the Times about "adoptions", according to The Washington Post.
The statement focused on the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower involving Trump Jr., the Russian lawyer and others.
The new Federal Bureau of Investigation director who replaced James Comey has revealed whether Trump or this administration interfere in the Russian Federation probe conducted by the special counsel.
A music publicist had told Trump Jr. that Veselnitskaya had dirt on Clinton, the Democratic nominee, that had been collected by the Russian government, emails released by Trump Jr. showed. But the Senate judiciary committee has ramped up its own inquiries in recent months. He could eventually also sit down with the House and Senate intelligence committees, but no dates have been set.
The intelligence committees have already spoken with Kushner and Manafort.