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"Could you please focus a bit more and maybe just start again?'" Goldstone recalled of the meeting, according to transcripts released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Veselnitskaya also raised the issue of a Russian adoption ban, which was put into place by President Vladimir Putin in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act.

The voluminous testimony and exhibits pertaining to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting - including 224 pages of Donald J. Trump Jr.'s testimony from September 7, 2017 - tell us much about two key prongs of interest in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee concluded on Wednesday that Russian Federation meddled in the 2016 election in an attempt to help the Trump campaign, supporting the findings of US intelligence agencies and breaking with the House committee's report.

In addition to Trump Jr., the meeting was attended by the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner; then-campaign manager Paul Manafort; Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya; Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin; Anatoli Samochornov, an American citizen who has translated for Veselnitskaya; Ike Kaveladze, a businessman from the former Soviet republic of Georgia; and British publicist and music promoter Rob Goldstone, who helped arrange the meeting.

"It's not illegal to meet with someone to find out what they have to offer", Smith said.

'After a thorough review, our staff concluded that the [intelligence community] conclusions were accurate and on point, ' Senator Mark Warner said.

"During the campaign, Mr. Torshin, Ms. Butina, and their intermediaries repeatedly offered the campaign back channels to Russian Federation and relayed requests from President Putin to meet with Mr. Trump", the Democratic report said.

Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, left, and pageant owner Donald Trump point to each other while posing for a photo after the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow on November 9, 2013. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was sacked by Trump, was invited but did not appear. "I never spoke with my father about it".




"Every billionaire who comes to Moscow wants to meet with Putin and a lot of them don't get the chance", McFaul said.

Senate Intelligence undertook one of three main congressional probes of Russian Federation and the 2016 election, along with the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee. "And I can tell you there was absolutely nothing there".

However, Veselnitskaya apparently spent most of the meeting alleging that she had discovered the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee (DNC), as well as inveighing against the Magnitsky Act, a USA sanctions law that prompted Russia to ban US adoptions of Russian children.

He said the information had come from the "Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation", which isn't an official government title in Russian Federation, but "crown prosecutor" is roughly the equivalent of the attorney general in Goldstone's native Great Britain.

Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone on the chain, "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".

When asked if he remembered details of the calls, Mr. Trump replied, "I don't".

Agalarov was a partner of Trump's in staging the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow in 2013.

Mr Goldstone e-mailed Mr Trump's personal secretary, Ms Rhona Graff, on July 22, 2015, just six days after Mr Trump launched his presidential campaign, inviting Mr Trump to attend Mr Aras Agalarov's 60th birthday party on Nov 8 of that year in Moscow.


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