Rob Goldstone, the UK-born publicist who arranged a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in NY in 2016, will testify before the intelligence committees of both chambers of US Congress later in December, US media reported.
"I never asked anybody for a particular meeting with Mr. Donald Trump Jr., or with anybody else", Veselnitskayam said.
The panel is one of the three main congressional committees, as well as Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller, investigating Russian Federation and the 2016 presidential election, and the possibility of collusion between Trump associates and Moscow.
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the committee that she didn't have any such evidence, and that she believes Trump misunderstood the nature of the meeting after receiving emails from a music promoter promising incriminating information on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump's Democratic opponent.
The president's eldest son previously answered questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee behind closed doors in September regarding a June 2016 meeting he took with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in New York City.
The White House on Tuesday strongly denied that the special prosecutor looking into alleged Russian interference in last year's election has asked a German bank for records relating to accounts held by President Trump and his family members.
She says that Trump Jr. misunderstood the objective of the meeting and chalked this up to the "roguish letters of Mr. Goldstone".
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Donald Trump Jr.is set to testify Wednesday before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door session as lawmakers continue their investigation into Russian interference in last year's USA elections. The Senate Intelligence Committee has also said it wants to talk to him.
Donald Trump Jr. will appear before the committee on Wednesday and Felix Sater, a Russian-American who was a former Trump business associate who claimed deep ties to Moscow, as soon as Thursday, the sources said.
In response to questions from Senate investigators, Veselnitskaya also acknowledged that she worked with Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and co-founder of Fusion GPS, in a separate investigation of hedge fund investor Bill Browder, the accountant for Sergei Magnitsky, whose death spurred Congress to pass a law restricting Russians' access to the USA banking system. The report states that the bank's compliance to sending information about the USA president's finances follows a subpoena by Robert Mueller, the head of the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.
The communications with Wikileaks stoked fresh interest in Trump Jr.'s broader role in the campaign. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., on Tuesday asked Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, to subpoena Trump Jr. for public testimony, saying he has failed to fully comply with the panel's subsequent document requests.
"We've confirmed this with the bank and other sources" that it is not true, Sanders told reporters at a press briefing on Dec 5.
Separately on Wednesday, Representative Bob Goodlatte, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, which oversees the Department of Justice, announced a hearing next week with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, citing "serious concerns" about reports on the political motives of staff on Mueller's team.