Russian Federation used the NRA to influence the U.S. election, Senate Democrats believe

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Donald Trump Junior's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee is now public, and it's under scrutiny.

Last month the President seized on the House Intelligence Committee's findings on Twitter, claiming vindication after that committee's report concluded there was no evidence of collusion, conspiracy or collaboration between his campaign and Russian actors.

Donald Trump Jr. has been taking L after L today after the Senate Judiciary Committee released a trove of his excruciatingly unconvincing testimony, emails, and other documents relating to the now notorious 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and a group of Russian operatives who nearly certainly promised to deliver damaging oppo on Hillary Clinton.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr and Vice Chair Mark Warner say they trust the conclusions of the Intelligence Community Assessment.

"You could tell that they were not interested, and they were like looking at their iPhones or like, you know, just looking the other way, their watch", Akhmetshin said.

The episode has been a centerpiece of Robert Mueller's investigation into whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation. A big question has been whether that was his father, and whether Trump Jr. might have informed his father about the meeting. Mark Warner said, "The Russian effort was extensive, sophisticated, and ordered by President Putin himself for the objective of helping Donald Trump and hurting Hillary Clinton".

The follow-up overture is one of the kernels of new information contained in more than 2,000 pages of testimony and exhibits released by the committee, which has been conducting one of the investigations into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russians.

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Miss Universe 2013 Gabriela Isler, from Venezuela, left, and pageant owner Donald Trump point to each other while posing for a photo after the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow on November 9, 2013. During his two years as ambassador, McFaul recalled, only three Americans outside of the government got an audience with Putin: former secretary of state Henry Kissinger; then-ExxonMobil chief executive Rex Tillerson, who would become Trump's first secretary of state; and actor Steven Seagal, known for his outspoken support for Putin. But Mr. Trump's memory was fuzzy when it came to who was on the other end of the calls.

Steve Bannon, the president's former chief strategist, has said he believes the elder Trump likely knew of the meeting. "I learned about it only afterwards, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation".

"And I recall that she began the presentation exactly where she had begun it last time, nearly word for word, which seemed, by his body language, to infuriate him even more", Goldstone said of Kushner's reaction.

Veselnitskaya, who has long denied that she was acting on behalf of the Russian government, was a lawyer who also represented a Russian businessman whom US authorities alleged used some of the Russian tax-fraud proceeds to buy Manhattan real estate.

Today, the Senate Judiciary Committee also heard from Cambridge Analytica whistle-blower, Christopher Wylie.

Aras Agalarov told The Post in a 2016 interview that Putin sent Trump "a friendly letter", along with a Fedoskino box, saying he was grateful the pageant was in Moscow.

In his testimony to Congress, Trump Jr. confirmed he was talking about the opposition research when he said "I love it". "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with our 2016 elections".