Congress is very eager to wrap up its probe into Russian election meddling. I mean, this isn’t Benghazi, right? No need for seven separate investigations stretching out over years. So in an effort to move toward a conclusion, the Senate Intelligence Committee released 2,500 pages of documents and transcripts from its investigation this week, as it explained that the intelligence community’s assessment about Russia’s intentions in meddling in the 2016 election were accurate. “The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the purpose of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton,” said Democrat Mark Warner, the committee’s vice chair.
That conclusion may sound obvious, but it still needs to be said. And the documents provide more detail on the Russian effort and the Trump campaign’s cooperation with it.
Much of the material concerns the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting that included Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and a group of Russians, and around which so much of the “collusion” discussion has revolved. Proposed by an acquaintance of Don Jr.’s named Rob Goldstone, it was supposed to involve the Russians giving the Trump campaign damaging information on Hillary Clinton. In an email to Don Jr. (with “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential” as the subject line), Goldstone had proposed the meeting promising something extraordinary: Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, who along with his son Emin is friendly with the Trumps, met with a high-ranking Russian official who “offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary […] This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
Don Jr. replied with “if it’s what you say I love it,” and a meeting with the campaign’s …read more
Source:: The Week – Politics