WASHINGTON – The Senate Judiciary Committee, Chaired by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), today released materials from its inquiry into the June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower between Trump Campaign officials, Russians and a British music promoter who had offered derogatory information on Hillary Clinton.
“Since revelations of the June 9, 2016, meeting between Trump Campaign officials and Russians surfaced last summer, the Judiciary Committee has been working to get to the bottom of what actually happened. We’ve reviewed thousands of pages of documents and obtained independent accounts or materials from everyone present at the meeting, as well as the head of Fusion GPS, who both commissioned the anti-Trump dossier on behalf of the DNC and worked with the Russian lawyer at the meeting to undermine U.S. sanctions against Russia,” Grassley said.
“Americans rightly have many questions about this meeting, and today, we are releasing the transcripts and exhibits from interviews we’ve conducted to allow the public to know what we know. These materials, taken in their entirety, provide the most complete public picture of the events surrounding the meeting to date. Americans can now review this unfiltered information and arrive at their own conclusions.”
From August 2017 to March 2018, the committee has conducted interviews with witnesses to the circumstances surrounding the meeting. The witness interviews include:
· Glenn Simpson: Founder of Fusion GPS who worked with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in defending the Russian-connected firm Prevezon and campaigning to undermine the U.S. sanctions for the murder of a Russian whistleblower. Simpson was with Veselnitskaya the days prior to and following the meeting.
· Donald J. Trump, Jr.: First approached about and present at the meeting.
· Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze: Vice president of the Crocus Group who was present at the meeting.
· Anatoli Samachornov: Translator for Natalia Veselnitskaya at the meeting
· Rinat Akhmetshin: Russian-American lobbyist who worked with Veselnitskaya on the Prevezon case and was present at the meeting.
· Robert Goldstone: British music publicist who first pitched the meeting and attended it.
The committee obtained written accounts of the meeting from:
· Natalia Veselnitskaya: the Russian lawyer representing Prevezon in a civil seizure litigation and participate in the meeting.
· Jared Kushner: Participant in the meeting who provided a written statement to congressional committees.
Transcripts, written statements and exhibits from the committee’s inquiry are available HERE.