Trump ex-campaign chair talks with Senate investigators

Trump ex-campaign chair talks with Senate investigators

The Judiciary Committee has sought Manafort's testimony about a meeting he attended with Russian nationals a year ago at Trump Tower during the heat of the 2016 presidential election campaign.

The Senate Judiciary Committee announced it would delay testimony from former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort until September.

Manafort also provided documents to the intelligence committee, according to a source briefed on the interview. Republican Chairman Chuck Grassley told Mother Jones that his committee refused Manafort's offer to come in for an interview this week only under the same narrow conditions.

A small group of House Democrats are circulating a letter to send to President Trump urging him to dismiss his son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, over his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign.

Two key members of President Donald Trump's presidential campaign met Tuesday with congressional investigators probing Russia's interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates.

"Mr Manafort, through his attorney, said that he would be willing to provide only a single transcribed interview to Congress, which would not be available to the Judiciary Committee members or staff", they said.

An email exchange released by the younger Trump earlier this month showed he believed that he would be getting intelligence that would hurt his father's political rival Hillary Clinton at the meeting.

Manafort also met behind closed doors Tuesday morning with the Senate intelligence committee, Manafort's spokesman Jason Maloni told CNN.

Behind the scenes, a sort of witness tug of war has developed between the Senate judiciary committee and the Senate intelligence committee, as well as the House committees running their own investigations.

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He said he mistakenly omitted all of his foreign contacts, not just his meetings with Russians, and has worked in the last six months with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to correct the record. In the emails, Rob Goldstone indicated that the Russian government was connected to the intelligence.

"While we were willing to accommodate Mr. Manafort's request to cooperate with the committee's investigation without appearing at Wednesday's hearing, we were unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee", they wrote.

Kushner is slated to have a closed-door meeting with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday.

Charles Grassley and ranking Democrat Sen.

The two said that late Monday night they issued a subpoena to compel Manafort's participation in Wednesday's hearing. Leahy says staff interviews can be useful, but that they can also delay vital public hearings, where witnesses can always assert Fifth Amendment rights if they're reluctant.

While the absence of Trump and Manafort created a void at the much-anticipated hearing, senators on the Judiciary Committee criticized the Justice Department for its enforcement of FARA, calling it unequal and ineffective.

A Senate panel won't require a co-founder of the research firm behind a dossier of allegations about President Donald Trump to appear at a congressional hearing this week.

Kushner later told reporters "I did not collude with Russian Federation", and that he didn't know anyone in the campaign who did. "We can't mess around with back and forth and playing off one committee against another", Grassley said on Tuesday.

His statement describes a December meeting with Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in which Kushner and Kislyak discussed establishing a secure line for the Trump transition team and Moscow to communicate about policy in Syria.

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