WASHINGTON-Donald Trump Jr.'s scheduled visit to Capitol Hill on Thursday marks a new phase in the Senate investigation of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 election and a meeting that the president's eldest son had with Russians during the campaign.
Moments after receiving an invitation to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Trump Jr.'s legal team released a statement saying that they "look forward to a professional and productive meeting and appreciate the opportunity to assist the committee".
Mueller's probe is also investigating whether the campaign team of President Donald Trump colluded with Russian Federation to affect the outcome of the 2016 vote.
That's why his testimony to Congress could be so crucial to the various federal investigations into Russian Federation meddling in the presidential election and whether the Trump campaign helped. The Kremlin has repeatedly denied interfering in the election.
Trump Jr, 39, became a key figure in the Russian Federation probe after he agreed to a meeting with a lawyer linked to the Kremlin in June 2016.
The written statement concludes by saying, "As is clear from the above, I did not collude with any foreign government and do not know of anyone who did".More news: Buckeyes release trailer for primetime matchup against Oklahoma
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Donald Trump Jr.is expected to meet with congressional investigators on Thursday for talks about the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians during the 2016 presidential race, two committee sources said. The Trump campaign has denied the accusations; Trump Jr. did so again Thursday.
Senators had sought to interview the president's son publicly in July but he instead offered to be privately interviewed and provide documents.
He initially said the meeting was to discuss adopting Russian children - a statement the President reportedly help him craft.
In an email response to [the meeting's facilitator], Mr. Trump wrote that if the promised information about Mrs. Clinton was as advertised, "I love it."He released emails this summer that showed it was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for [President Donald] Trump".
In his statement Thursday, Trump Jr. acknowledged for the first time that phone records show three short phone calls he had with Agalarov before the June 9 meeting, which he said he did not recall. He says his fear is the meeting was a "prelude or overture to more coordinated activity" between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation and says he wants to know if "afterward there was obstruction of justice". Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) - will be in attendance, according to the Washington Post.
"The meeting provided no meaningful information and turned out not to be about what had been represented", Trump Jr. said in his statement, according to the Times.