The Senate Judiciary Committee has released more than 1,500 pages of documents as part of its investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The documents are mostly transcripts of interviews with some of the participants of a June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between senior officials from now-President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russians. Previously released emails show Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, agreed to take the meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer after being promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton.
The committee released transcripts of its interviews with Trump Jr. as well as music publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting, Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin, translator Anatoli Samochornov, and Ike Kaveladze.
Though she was not interviewed by the committee, Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of the meeting, provided written responses to the panel’s questions, which the committee also released on Wednesday.
The committee released materials submitted by two more of the meeting participants: Paul Manafort, then Trump’s campaign chairman who now faces a host of charges as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s criminal probe into potential collusion between the campaign and Russia, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son in law. The committee says both refused an interview.
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