What We Now Know About Trump Jr's Infamous Air Force 1 Statement

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Politico extracts the botched public relations about the meeting once revealed ("Attorneys for Donald Trump Jr. sought to coordinate public statements for attendees of a June 2016 meeting between a Kremlin-connected lawyer and top Trump campaign aides after news broke of the controversial sitdown, according to transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee").

The interview took place on September 7, 2017. He said he was skeptical about the value of such a meeting and "as it later turned out, my skepticism was justified".

Notably, according to the AP, Trump Jr.

The Senate panel released thousands of pages of transcripts from interviews conducted as part of the congressional investigation of Russian Federation election interference, including an hours-long interview with the president's eldest son.

The meeting is under scrutiny in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

The committee did release one page of notes that Manafort took during the meeting.

"I appreciate the opportunity to have assisted the Judiciary Committee in its inquiry", Trump Jr. said Wednesday in a statement. "The public can now see that for over five hours I answered every question asked and was candid and forthright with the committee".

The newly released Senate interviews provide the most detailed look to date into what happened at the June 9, 2016 meeting in the offices of Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr. Sen. Among those attending was lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin.

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President Trump and Trump Jr. initially said the meeting was about "adoptions", then modified their stories after Trump Jr. released the email thread showing he received his offer of help from the Russians.

Asked to account for the evolving statements, Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that "they're all very consistent with each other".

"I wouldn't have wasted his time with it", he said.

His notes mention "Russian adoption by American families" and Bill Browder, a British citizen who has spearheaded a USA sanctions law -known as the Magnitsky Act- that targets Russian officials over human rights abuses.

Committee Democrats said the details about the meeting revealed in the new trove of documents confirm an inappropriate relationship between Trump campaign aides and the Russian government.

During his interview, Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, was asked about communications from Goldstone about offers of support from "important" Russians as Trump emerged as the front-runner for the Republican nomination during the primaries. Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he arrived to the meeting late and left early after he determined that "my time was not well spent at the meeting". They worked out who should sit where, and I sat next to Mr. Kushner. But the panel released her written responses to a letter that Grassley sent her previous year.

"I mean, obviously he's aware of it now because he's read it, it's been in the papers, but that's the extent of my knowledge of his knowledge about it", Trump Jr. testified. The meeting, and the administration's initial response to reports of it, have been one focus of the probe.

"It did not talk about what got them into the door, and I didn't expand on it because I didn't think it was relevant to discuss what the meeting was not actually about", Trump Jr. said of the initial Air Force 1 statement.

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