Trump Jr. saw no is­sue in meet­ing with Rus­sian

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD - BY ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK AND CHAD DAY

WASH­ING­TON — Ques­tioned in­tently by a Se­nate com­mit­tee, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s son struck a firmly un­apolo­getic tone, de­flected many queries and said he didn’t think there was any­thing wrong with meet­ing a Rus­sian lawyer at Trump Tower in hope of elec­tion-sea­son dirt on Hil­lary Clin­ton, ac­cord­ing to tran­scripts re­leased Wed­nes­day.

Asked if he was trou­bled by the idea that the meet­ing in June 2016 was part of a Rus­sian gov­ern­ment ef­fort to help his fa­ther in the presidential race, Don­ald Trump Jr. said he didn’t give it much thought.

“I don’t know that it alarmed me, but I like I said, I don’t know and I don’t know that I was all that fo­cused on it at the time,” Trump Jr. told the Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee dur­ing closed ques­tion­ing last year.

The com­mit­tee re­leased more than 1,800 pages of tran­scripts of in­ter­views with Trump Jr. and oth­ers who at­tended the New York meet­ing at which they ex­pected to re­ceive com­pro­mis­ing in­for­ma­tion about Trump’s Demo­cratic op­po­nent. The panel also re­leased more than 700 pages of ex­hibits in­clud­ing nu­mer­ous emails, heav­ily redacted phone logs and de­po­si­tions.

Mean­while, the Se­nate In­tel­li­gence Com­mit­tee said it stands be­hind a 2017 as­sess­ment by U.S. in­tel­li­gence agen­cies that Rus­sia in­ter­vened in the elec­tion to hurt Clin­ton and help Trump. Chair­man Richard Burr, R-N.C., said in a state­ment that his staff had spent 14 months “re­view­ing the sources, trade­craft and an­a­lytic work, and we see no rea­son to dis­pute the con­clu­sions.”

The tran­scripts re­veal some new de­tails about how the meet­ing came to be ar­ranged and ef­forts af­ter­ward to mit­i­gate the po­lit­i­cal dam­age aris­ing from its dis­clo­sure.

They also show the dis­sat­is­fac­tion of Trump Jr. and oth­ers, in­clud­ing brother-in-law Jared Kush­ner, when the meet­ing didn’t yield harm­ful Clin­ton in­for­ma­tion

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