Analysis: Seven things we learned from the Trump Tower transcripts


By Aaron Blake | Washington Post

The Senate Judiciary Committee released 2,500 pages of congressional testimony on Wednesday. The trove of information provides a new window into that ill-fated June 2016 Trump Tower meeting before which Donald Trump Jr. was promised damaging Russian government information about Hillary Clinton – from what turned out to be a Kremlin-tied lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The episode has been a centerpiece of Robert Mueller’s investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. And now we know much more about what the people who were there said under oath about it.

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Here are some key findings.

Trump Jr. confirms ‘I love it’ was about dirt on Hillary Clinton

One line from Donald Trump Jr.’s emails stood out: “I love it.” Publicist Rob Goldstone said his source could provide “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russia.” He said the information had come from the “Crown prosecutor of Russia,” which isn’t an official government title in Russia, but “crown prosecutor” is roughly the equivalent of the attorney general in Goldstone’s native Great Britain.

Trump Jr.’s response: “Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”

In his testimony to Congress, Trump Jr. confirmed he was talking about the opposition research when he said “I love it.”

This is key because Trump Jr. wasn’t completely clear about what he was talking about. It suggests Trump Jr. was anxious to have the meeting specifically because of the opposition research that would supposedly be supplied by officials sources in the Russian government. His initial explanation of the meeting suggested it was …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Politics

      

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