The Senate Judiciary Committee has released over 1,800 pages of transcripts of interviews with those who attended a meeting at Trump Tower in 2016.
The meeting between Donald Trump, Jr., a Russian lawyer, and several others was controversial when it was revealed last year. Several Mainstream Media outlets attempted to spin the meeting as proof of the Trump campaign’s collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election. Trump, Jr. himself described the meeting as relatively short and uneventful.
Senate Judiciary Committee chair Chuck Grassley released a statement on the release of the transcripts:
“Americans rightly have many questions about this meeting, and today, we are releasing the transcripts and exhibits from interviews we’ve conducted to allow the public to know what we know. These materials, taken in their entirety, provide the most complete public picture of the events surrounding the meeting to date. Americans can now review this unfiltered information and arrive at their own conclusions.”
The 2016 Trump Tower meeting is currently being investigated by the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
View the documents in their entirety here.
UPDATE: The Daily Caller reports that Paul Manafort’s notes appear to back up the White House’s claims that the meeting at Trump Tower was regarding Russian adoptions:
Notes taken by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting refer to “Russian adoptions by American families,” according to a transcript of a Senate Judiciary Committee interview released this week.
The notes provide the first contemporaneous evidence that shows that Russia’s adoption policy was discussed during that June 9, 2016 meeting, which members of the Trump campaign attended along with a Russian government lawyer and Russian-American lobbyist.
The notes, portions of which were revealed to Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson during his Aug. 22 Senate Judiciary Committee interview, also appear to make no overt reference to anything resembling collusion.
Many of the meeting attendees — including Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya — have previously claimed that adoption policy was discussed in the meeting, but no evidence had been made public.