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The Senate Judiciary Committee released more than 2,500 pages of documents on Wednesday related to its investigation about a meeting in 2016 between top Donald Trump aides and a delegation of Russians who promised to help their campaign.
The material, which includes interview transcripts and other “exhibits,” is available here.
The transcripts and notes reaffirm accounts of the meeting that people involved have already given — that Donald Trump Jr. and his compatriots sought “dirt” offered them on Hillary Clinton and received some political intelligence tip but nothing as explosive as they’d hoped.
The June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower is one of several known contacts between Trump campaign workers and people connected with the Russian government at a time when Russia was waging a campaign of active measures against the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump Jr. convened the meeting with his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and the campaign’s then-chairman, Paul Manafort. He did so after receiving emails that described an outreach, via a series of intermediaries, from Russia’s top federal prosecutor, Yuri Chaika, offering help to the Trump campaign.
President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about “adoptions,” then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread in which he received his offer of help from the Russians.
Members of Congress and the Justice Department are investigating. Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, authorized the release of the new material following interviews or other interactions with several of the people involved with the Trump Tower meeting.
The House intelligence committee cited Trump Jr.’s denials in completing its report about the Russia imbroglio with a finding that there had been no collusion between the Trump camp and the Russian active measures.
President Trump has cited that finding and argued that the continuing investigations in Congress and by the Justice Department are just a “witch hunt.”