US Senate to call on Trump's son to testify

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Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting with a Russian lawyer aimed at obtaining derogatory information about Hillary Clinton in June 2016 had another, previously undisclosed participant: a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer.

The president defended Mr. Putin when a reporter asked him to respond to Mr. Putin's assertion, at a news conference, that Mr. Trump had accepted his denial of Russian involvement.

Following the meeting with Trump in Germany last Friday, Putin told reporters the US president seemed to accept his denial - and on Thursday, a reporter asked if Putin was lying, The Hill reported.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons said, "I look forward to asking Donald Trump Jr. what the heck he was thinking in embracing a meeting with someone who said they were representing one of our foremost adversaries in the world?"

"I understand the other side", he said. Absolutely not.' I then asked him a second time in a totally different way.

It also quoted Trump Jr.'s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, as saying Trump Jr., who now runs the family real estate business, did not know anything about the man's background at the time of the meeting.

"We don't know anything about this person", Peskov told the AP.

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Besides his eldest son, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, 36, is expected to testify in closed session.

The president's son was accompanied at the meeting by his brother-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The emails were the most concrete evidence that Trump's campaign might have been willing to accept Russian help to win the election, a subject that has also prompted an investigation by a federal special counsel.

"It's called opposition research or even research into your opponent".

In one particular exchange, Goldstone, who represents the son of a businessman linked to the Kremlin, asserts the information is "part of Russian Federation and its government's support of Mr Trump". It was a short meeting.

Kushner didn't disclose the Trump Tower meeting - and multiple other foreign contacts - while going through the process to receive a security clearance. Kushner is a senior Trump advisor who has access to classified information.

"It now seems likely that the president had something to hide when he tried to curtail the investigation of (now-fired) National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the wider Russian probe", he added. The Magnitsky Act allows the USA to withhold visas and freeze the assets of Russians thought to have violated human rights. The five-member commission's three Republicans said they could not support moving forward because not all the facts were available.

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