A Senate committee released thousands of documents related to a 2016 meeting with Trump campaign officials and a Russian lawyer. Here are five key findings.
While he was Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort attended a meeting at Trump Tower with a Russian said to be promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.CreditBrendan McDermid/ReutersMay 16, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday thousands of page of transcripts and other documents related to a 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s son, attended the meeting, as did Paul Manafort, then the campaign chairman, and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law.
Much of what occurred that day is already publicly known, such as who attended the meeting, why it was set up and what everyone says was discussed. But the newly released documents offer the most detailed, firsthand account of what transpired before, during and after the June 9 meeting.
The following are some of the key findings from the documents, and why they are important.
Rob Goldstone offered to arrange a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin.Image
Well before Rob Goldstone, a publicist, set up the June 2016 meeting, he tried to position himself as a man with important Russian connections. Almost a year earlier, Mr. Goldstone emailed Mr. Trump’s longtime assistant with an invitation to come to Moscow for a birthday party that fall. The assistant emailed back a few days later saying it would be difficult for Mr. Trump to make the party because of his nascent presidential campaign. Mr. Goldstone responded that same day with the invitation to meet Mr. Putin.
Another meeting attendee also heard that the Russian lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
Before the June 2016 meeting, another participant, Irakly Kaveladze, said he called a man who worked with Mr. Goldstone, Roman Beniaminov. Mr. Kaveladze asked Mr. Beniaminov about the meeting with Mr. Manafort and others and whether they intended to discuss the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 law that imposed sanctions against Russia for human rights abuses.
Paul Manafort’s notes reveal conversation points from the meeting.
The existence of the page of notes has been known, but this is the first time the notes themselves have been publicly released. Mr. Manafort mentioned William F. Browder, who managed investment funds and was the driving force behind the Magnitsky Act.
Lower in the list, Mr. Manafort also