WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on probes into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and possible ties to the Trump campaign (all times local):
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has told Senate investigators about his recollection of a Trump Tower meeting with a Russian lawyer last year.
That’s according to two people familiar with the Senate intelligence committee investigation. The people who demanded anonymity to discuss Tuesday’s closed-door interview say that Paul Manafort’s interview with committee staff was limited to the topic of the June 2016 meeting.
One of the people says that Manafort also turned over his contemporaneous notes documenting the meeting. That gathering was described to Donald Trump Jr. in emails as part of a Russian government effort to aid the Trump campaign.
The other person says that Manafort has agreed to additional interviews with the Senate intelligence committee staff.
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President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman has met with Senate investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
A spokesman for Paul Manafort says the longtime political operative and Trump associate met Tuesday morning with bipartisan staff of the Senate intelligence committee, which is looking into any possible collusion between Russia and Trump associates. Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni says Manafort “answered their questions fully.”
Manafort has been facing questions about his participation in a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower. The meeting was described to Donald Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to aid the Trump campaign.
Manafort led the Trump campaign for several months before being forced to resign in August 2016.
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law is talking with a House committee investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and possible involvement of Trump associates.
Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner arrived on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to meet with the House intelligence committee a day after talking with a Senate committee.
Kushner faces questions about his involvement in a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer. The meeting was billed in emails to Donald Trump Jr. as a Russian government attempt to help Trump’s campaign.
Kushner said Monday that he did not collude with Russians. He also said he was unaware of anyone in the campaign who did.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has issued a subpoena to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort seeking his testimony at a public hearing on Wednesday.
Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein made the announcement Tuesday. The two senators said they were unable to reach an agreement with Manafort for a voluntary transcribed interview with the committee.
The two said that late Monday night they issued a subpoena to compel Manafort’s participation in Wednesday’s hearing.
The committee wanted Manafort to testify on enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act and Russia’s attempts to influence U.S. elections.
A Senate panel won’t require a co-founder of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump to appear at a congressional hearing this week. Instead, the man will be questioned in private.
That’s according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person wasn’t authorized to speak on the record.
The Senate Judiciary Committee had issued a subpoena for Glenn Simpson to appear at Wednesday’s hearing. Simpson’s firm, Fusion GPS, hired a British intelligence officer who compiled a dossier of allegations involving Trump and his ties to Russia.
Simpson had already indicated he would not testify at the hearing, which is focusing on the registration of foreign lobbyists. Under the terms of an agreement, Simpson will no longer be required to appear. He’ll instead be questioned privately.
President Donald Trump says Jared Kushner, his son-in-law and senior White House adviser, “did very well yesterday in proving he did not collude with the Russians.” Trump also mocked the investigation, suggesting Congress might want to talk to his 11-year-old son next.
Kushner spoke privately Monday with Senate intelligence committee investigators examining ties between Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government. U.S. intelligence agencies say Moscow interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump.
Kushner later told reporters “I did not collude with Russia,” and that he didn’t know anyone in the campaign who did.
Trump also maintains there was no collusion with Russia.
In a tweet Tuesday, he again referred to the multiple Russia investigations as a “Witch Hunt.”
Trump says: “Next up, 11 year old Barron Trump!”
President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner is returning to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings with congressional investigators probing Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Kushner is slated to have a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.
On Monday, he answered questions from staff on the Senate’s intelligence panel. He acknowledged four meetings with Russians during and after Trump’s victorious White House bid. But Kushner insisted that he did not collude with Russia and that “all of my actions were proper.”
Kushner is a quiet insider who generally avoids the spotlight. He is the first top Trump lieutenant to be quizzed by the congressional investigators probing Russia’s interference in the election.
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