Much of the report was devoted to questions about the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign officials and several Russians that had been advertised as an opportunity for the campaign to collect dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
The Senate committee also released transcripts from interviews with Irakly Kaveladze, a Georgian-born American businessman who works for Agalarov. He insisted he was "skeptical" of the meeting from the beginning and noted the skepticism "was justified" because he received "no meaningful information" from the Russian lawyer.
"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.
FILE - Donald Trump Jr.is pictured at a Global Business Summit in New Delhi, India, Feb. 23, 2018.
Congressional investigators released some 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with Donald Trump Jr.
Richard Burr said, "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections".
The findings depart from the House Intelligence Committee's report last month, which implied that Russia's goal was more to sow discord than specifically aid Trump. Mark Warner - made after a meeting Wednesday with former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA Director John Brennan and former National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers - amounts to a vote of confidence for the spy agencies. "And to me, this is the Democrats trying to make something out of nothing". One of Junior's blindspots included the presence of Russian lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, who is suspected of having ties to the Kremlin.
"In the transcript from Trump Jr.'s testimony, he says, "(I) n his email to me Rob suggested that someone had official documents and information that would incriminate Hilary Clinton and her dealings with Russian Federation and that the information would be very useful to the campaign". Trump has minimized assertion of intelligence services on Moscow's efforts to help him become president, has denied any coordination with Russian Federation, and has claimed to suffer a "witch-hunt".
"It was the gorilla in the room that had to be addressed, but there seemed to be no answer to address it", Goldstone told the committee.
Trump Jr. responded to Goldstone on the chain, "if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".
Kushner did provide the panel with a 12-page statement, also released by Grassley.
Trump Jr. has maintained that Veselnitskaya did not have any information to share and instead wanted to discuss other matters, such as the Magnitsky Act which enacts sanctions on certain Russian officials as punishment for human rights violations.
The transcripts show the dissatisfaction of Trump Jr. and other campaign aides, including brother-in-law Jared Kushner, when the meeting failed to yield the harmful Clinton information they thought they'd get - as well as the increasing panic of one of the meeting participants who feared his reputation would be ruined for his role in having set it up.
Senators say they'll put their conclusions about the intelligence community's assessment in a written report.
We've known Manafort took notes during the meeting, and now we know what they said. "I fully concur with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the ICA's determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence", Schiff said in a statement.