The Trump Tower meeting higlights: What you need to know

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That's according to transcripts released Wednesday.

"After careful examination, the Senate Committee found no evidence to contradict the conclusion of the intelligence community that Russian Federation, by order of (Vladimir) Putin, spent an unprecedented interference in the election to help campaign trump and harm (Hillary) Clinton in 2016", - stated the co-Chairman of the Committee, democratic Senator mark Warner.

The FBI is reportedly probing whether any of the $30 million (€25 million) the NRA donated to the Trump campaign came from Russian Federation. Senate Judiciary Democrats said the transcripts are just "one piece of a much larger puzzle" and do not tell the entire story because some meeting participants were not interviewed or subpoenaed.

Here are some key findings.

Trump Jr responded "I love it" when first offered the political "dirt" on Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

The objective of RF interference in the campaign of 2016 was the undermining of public confidence in the democratic process in the United States, discredit the opponents of trump, Hillary Clinton and decrease its chances of winning. 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.

The intermediary, Rob Goldstone, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he proposed a second meeting between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and members of Trump's team in November 2016.

Mr Goldstone said that he and Ms Shugart worked through Mr Emin Agalarov, who told them the meeting would have to be arranged by his father, Mr Aras Agalarov, who Mr Emin Agalarov felt had the necessary gravitas.

The Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance.

Last July, when the New York Times published a report about the meeting, a statement was crafted aboard Air Force One as the president returned from Germany. It misleadingly stated said the meeting had been "primarily" about the adoption of Russian children by Americans.

Mr Trump sent a personal letter to Mr Putin inviting him to the beauty pageant and, as The Washington Post first reported in March, the real estate magnate scrawled a postscript at the bottom of the typed letter that said he looked forward to seeing "beautiful" women during his trip to Moscow.

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"A. He may have commented through Hope Hicks".

"[Trump's lawyers are] concerned because it links Don Jr.to officials from Russian Federation, which he has always denied meeting", Goldstone wrote in an email to Emin Agalarov on June 26, 2017, a few weeks before the New York Times first reported on the meeting. A big question has been whether that was his father, and whether Trump Jr. might have informed his father about the meeting. We were in the process of replacing Corey Lewandowski, who as the campaign manager, with Paul Manafort.

"Does your father use a blocked number on his cell phone or on any phones that you call him on?"

Investigators: So you don't know whether this might have been your father? "I love it, especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. had written. So even if you believe the meeting represented attempted collusion with a Kremlin-aligned lawyer, the whole thing never actually came to fruition.

That's according to Ike Kaveladze, who told the Senate Judiciary Committee the sit-down between a Russian lawyer and top Trump campaign officials was dominated by talk of the Magnitsky Act.

Donald Trump Jr. says he received direct messages via Twitter from WikiLeaks asking if he would leak his father's tax return. "And I didn't see anybody react in a way that I believed people would react if they heard damaging information".

Trump Jr. also testified that he had no reason to believe Russian Federation supported Trump before getting a message from Goldstone that the promised information was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

Goldstone told the committee that the president's son-in-law, Kushner, also seemed annoyed that Veselnitskaya's spiel didn't contain an obvious "smoking gun". "He goes, 'Weak. We need a strong leader'".

Goldstone testified that he, like Trump Jr., attended the meeting expecting Veselnitskaya would deliver a "smoking gun" to help Trump's campaign.

But, he added, "at the time, I thought I should listen to what Rob and his colleagues had to say". "It continues to this very day, where the Russians are trying to sow the seeds of discontent in our society and take advantage of the polarization that exists and divide us further", Collins said.

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