Donald Trump Jr. told congressional investigators he was interested in "listening to information" from a Russian lawyer that could damage Hillary Clinton's campaign, but he said he did not discuss the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with his father.
The documents establish in the most detail yet that the Russian attorney who briefed Trump Jr. and his compatriots did offer them at least one political tip for use against Democrats: charges that investors Dirk and Robert Ziff may have funneled money out of Russia to the Democratic National Committee.
Lawmakers on that committee said they agreed that Putin had wanted to hurt Clinton, but did not agree that meant he wanted to help Trump.
The committee said that Trump's son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his former campaign manager, declined to be interviewed but submitted material relevant to the investigation.
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.
President Trump has cited that finding and argued that the continuing investigations in Congress and by the Justice Department are just a "witch hunt".
But there is also discrepancy between the meeting participants about how long Kushner was present.
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.
The committee's documents also included responses from Veselnitskaya, as well as a statement from Kushner and a page of notes from Manafort.
Trump Jr. said in a statement on Wednesday that he was glad the Judiciary Committee had released its record of his statements. The emails also show he accepted the meeting despite it being described as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father's campaign.
"I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it", Robert Goldstone told the Senate Judiciary Committee on December 15, 2017.
Rob Goldstone, the British music publicist who arranged the Trump Tower meeting, told the committee he was anticipating a "smoking gun" from Veselnitskaya when he urged Trump Jr.to take the meeting, even though he thought it was a "bad idea and that we shouldn't do it". "He may have entered a minute or so after we all entered, but I believe he was".
"I just sent somebody an email that says I'm setting up a meeting for someone that is going to bring you damaging information about somebody who was running to become the President of the United States", Goldstone said.
"I work in music and it's FULL of Liberals and I am I am seen as some weird link to the kremlin".