Donald Trump describes Vladimir Putin meeting during Paris visit

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway | Chip Somodevilla  Getty Images

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway | Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

According to the emails, Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting after being told by a publicist that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, possessed damaging information on Trump's opponent Hillary Clinton.

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.

"Again, I think it's not appropriate to go through the type of documents requested but we think it's very important that we have all of the appropriate information so we can ask the right questions", Warner said, adding later, "It seems unusual to me that those meetings were at least conveniently forgotten, at least by Mr. Kushner".

"We need to uncover all of the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in our elections, which is a crime", Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in an interview.

'I said, 'Did you do it?' And he said, 'No, I did not.

"I told (Putin). I said, look, we can't - we can't have - now, he said absolutely not twice". He said, very strongly - said to him a second time - totally different - were you involved?

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Trump said "nothing happened from the meeting", and insisted that Trump Jr. had committed no wrongdoing. Emin Agalarov is a Russian pop singer whose billionaire father, Aras, is a friend of President Trump. "It doesn't make sense not to have some kind of a relationship", Trump said.

Besides his eldest son, President Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, 36, is expected to testify in closed session. "It was a short meeting, it was a meeting that went very, very quickly; very fast".

As part of its oversight of the Department of Justice, Grassley said the committee has an interest in learning more about whether the meeting violated the Foreign Agent Registration Act, which requires people representing foreign countries in a political capacity to disclose that relationship and information about related activities and finances.

Grassley is the first Republican chairman of a committee leading such an investigation to publicly issue a formal request to meet with Trump Jr.

"People said, 'Oh, they shouldn't get along.' Well, who are the people that are saying that?" NBC's Hallie Jackson, reporting on the "Today" show, said the man, however, has been suspected by some American officials of having "ongoing ties to Russian intelligence".

Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian interference with the USA election, as are at least four congressional committees.

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