Donald Trump Jr., in a prepared statement to Senate Judiciary Committee investigators in a meeting behind closed doors, said it was important to learn about Clinton’s “fitness” to be president, the paper said.
“But nothing came of the Trump Tower meeting, he said, and he was adamant that he never colluded with the Russian government’s campaign to disrupt last year’s presidential election,” the Times said.
The younger Trump has released emails that showed he welcomed the prospect of receiving damaging information in the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and others in Trump Tower.
Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort were also at the meeting.
Russia has loomed large over the start of the Trump presidency. U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia worked to tilt the 2016 presidential election in Trump’s favor. Several congressional committees and a special counsel are also looking into the matter.
Moscow denies any meddling. Trump denies any collusion by his campaign, while regularly denouncing the investigations as political witch hunts.
Trump Jr. was questioned by Judiciary Committee staff on Capitol Hill on Thursday for more than three hours and was still in the conference room by early afternoon.
A handful of mostly Democratic senators attended the meeting but said questioning was limited to staff. The session was not classified and Trump Jr. was not under oath.
Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal described the atmosphere in the room as “cordial” and he said the testimony made it clear there was more to discover.
“There certainly are a lot of areas that are opening for future witnesses, and questioning,” he told reporters.
Blumenthal also said he expected Trump Jr. would testify under oath later at a public hearing.
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