Kushner pushed for more aggressive defense of Trump Jr. meeting

Sheryl Sandberg chief operating officer of Facebook

Sheryl Sandberg chief operating officer of Facebook

Richard Blumenthal sits - said Thursday he is writing a letter to Donald Trump Jr. asking him to testify in front of the committee.

US President Donald Trump, who is fighting allegations of ties between his election campaign and Moscow, says he wants to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House but now is not the right time.

The Russian government has denied any involvement in or knowledge of the June 2016 meeting.

The revelation of the meeting would be the most tangible evidence yet of a connection between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has also prompted an investigation by a federal special counsel.

Futerfas told NBC that he spoke with the "friend", but it is not clear if that person is the same one who USA officials suspect could have ties to Russian intelligence.

Putin noted that this is hardly surprising, because "the election campaign is not something on the basis of which one can judge about a person". But in a conversation with reporters later that day, Trump said: "In fact, maybe (the meeting) was mentioned at some point", adding he was not told it was about Clinton.

Along with Trump Jr., at last June's meeting were then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump's son-n-law and adviser Jared Kushner. "Not only Donald Trump (Jr.), but Ivanka and Jared Kushner", he told Bryan TV station KBTX on Wednesday. "It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent", Mr Trump said.

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC's request to comment. Cobb will spearhead responses to media inquiries related to the ongoing Russian Federation probes and he will work closely with attorney Marc Kasowitz, who is leading the Trump team.

Veselnitskaya later told NBC that she didn't have negative information on Clinton and had asked for the meeting to talk about the Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the USA president to deny visas to and freeze the assets of selected Russians, as a punishment for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

Trump Jr. was a guest on Fox News' "Hannity" on Tuesday to discuss his previously undisclosed meeting.

Fordham's analysis comes as one Congressional Democrat has taken the first official step toward impeaching Donald Trump.

Mr Trump Jr released emails this week from 2016 in which he appeared eager to accept information from the Russian government that could have damaged Hillary Clinton's campaign. Applicants need to list meetings they have had with foreign individuals on that form.

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