They called it "the gorilla in the room".
Five weeks after Trump launched his presidential campaign, he received an invitation to an oligarch's birthday party in Moscow where the prospect of a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin was eventually dangled.
Donald Trump Jr. has been taking L after L today after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a trove of his excruciatingly unconvincing testimony, emails, and other documents relating to the now notorious 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a group of Russian operatives who nearly certainly promised to deliver damaging oppo on Hillary Clinton.
On the weekend of the contest, there were plans for Putin to visit with Trump, Goldstone testified behind closed doors to the Senate committee.
Graff responded to Goldstone via email, saying any package would have to come through the building's sub-cellar, where it would be screened by the Secret Service. Excerpts from the newly released testimony show that the president's lawyers and associates were anxious about any reports on Trump Jr.'s meeting, which contradicted that claim. Trump still did not travel to Moscow, and a meeting between Trump and Putin did not occur.
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"The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton", Warner continued.
CNN said that the transcripts had no information in them that would "change the course of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Trump's team and Russian Federation".
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Trump Jr responded "I love it" when first offered the political "dirt" on Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
"The June 9, 2016, meeting is one piece of a much larger puzzle and confirms that the Trump campaign was willing to accept Russia's assistance".
But Mr Putin only rarely meets with Americans. Former FBI Director James Comey had been invited as well, but his attorney, David Kelley, said he had a "prior commitment" and could not attend.More news: Scotland set to vote against Brexit bill
"After a few minutes of this labored presentation, Jared Kushner, who is sitting next to me, appeared somewhat agitated by this and said, 'I really have no idea what you're talking about".
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".
"Donald came here to Russian Federation when he was not even nominated", Mr Putin told Ms Megyn Kelly of NBC News. "I don't know. I'm not interested in trying to figure it out. I learned about it only afterwards, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation".
That's according to transcripts of his interview previous year with the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday.
Via Twitter Direct Message, I reached out to Mac Miller for a response regarding this matter, but did not hear back.
Emails and texts showed coordination - and a hint of panic - as Goldstone, Emin Agalarov, and Trump Organization lawyers sought to contain the fallout after the meeting was revealed by emails released by Trump Jr. and the New York Times published an account on July 8, 2017.
"I noticed your campaign is covered positively nearly daily", in Russia, Goldstone wrote to Trump in an email.
Goldstone went on to relay that the Washington Post was reporting that the FBI was investigating the meeting. The meeting is one of pillars of Mueller's research and of Judicial Committee itself, which has not yet announced its conclusions.
Though Trump Jr. may have been dissatisfied with how the meeting turned out, the interview and his own emails make clear that he had high hopes going in.
"A lot of Russian words" were exchanged, Mr Goldstone recalled.
Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who acted as an intermediary between Trump Jr and the Russians, said no damaging information was presented to the campaign team.