Perhaps the most significant difference, they note, is that Steele brought his findings about potential collusion between Trump associates and Moscow to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whereas Trump Jr. and the other campaign advisers present for the meeting with Veselnitskaya did not alert authorities to an offer by a "Russian government attorney" to help defeat Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee. And then just six days later, as Air Force One was returning from France, more news was breaking about Trump Jr.'s shifting account of the meeting, again launching a bad news cycle and straining the credibility of the president's defense team.
"I think from a practical standpoint most people would've taken that meeting. It's absolutely ridiculous that he should have. that clearance", she said. Veselnitskaya denies the meeting had anything to do with information she might have about 2016 Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton or that it was coordinated with the Russian government.
And then with Donald Trump Jr., the Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, Trump's son-in-law and future Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner.
"Zero happened from the meeting". "I haven't talked with Donald Trump about Russian Federation since then". Witnesses who refuse to comply with subpoenas risk being held in contempt.
Instead, Trump Jr. jumped at the chance to meet a shadowy figure connected to the Kremlin.
"It is totally bogus to suggest that somehow it was okay because they didn't actually obtain any useful information in it", Josh Earnest, former White House Secretary in the Obama administration, said. The panel's top Democrat, California Sen. He said that Trump Jr.
Around June 1, 2016, he said he was appointed Director of Communications for the Caucus Operations at the Republican National Convention. A spokesman for the Senate Judiciary Committee said the letter hasn't been sent.
Donald Jr. says she never talked about any such ultra-sensitive info but instead just talked about her longtime effort to get rid of sanctions concerning a controversy over adoptions of Russian children by US couples. The FBI reportedly did not act on the information quickly enough, so it was passed along to Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina, hasn't said whether the secretive committee will call him in. "I'm happy to participate in any investigation". It is interesting that the same liberal mainstream media calling this a "smoking gun" never managed to report with any degree of depth on any of the box full of smoking guns showing that Clinton had ties to Russian Federation and is clearly guilty of being an enemy of America. We have a probe going forward on the Russian Federation piece.
Anatoly Samochornov and Rinat Akhmetshin - were identified by news outlets Friday as having accompanied Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to the meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. originally said was just to talk about a Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian children.
And this week, the McClatchy newspaper group reported that congressional and Justice Department investigators were looking into whether the Trump campaign helped Russian cyber operatives bombard key voting districts with "fake news" about Clinton.
As an attorney, Veselnitskaya was involved in a Justice Department lawsuit against a Russian investment law firm where her access to the USA became an issue.
The White House has seized on Chalupa's work and a Politico story in January that said Ukrainian government officials worked with at least one staffer at the DNC during the 2016 campaign to help Hillary Clinton and undermine Trump.
"Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democrats", the Associated Press reported.
"For the objective of security or otherwise, the names were reviewed", he said. "You're in a campaign, somebody says we have opposition research, would you like to see it?"
On January 6, 2016, Judge Thomas P. Griesa of the Southern District of NY heard arguments over Veselnitskaya's request to remain in the U.S. According to a court transcript, he asked the government's attorney, Paul Monteleoni, if the Justice Department would agree to grant a one-week extension of Veselnitskaya's immigration parole status.