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Manafort Talks With Senate Investigators About June 2016 Meeting With Russians


Paul Manafort at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last July. Credit Matt Rourke/Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, met with Senate Intelligence Committee investigators on Tuesday to discuss the June 2016 meeting between a Russian lawyer and Mr. Trump’s inner circle that was set up to receive damaging information about Hillary Clinton, according to a spokesman for Mr. Manafort.

“Paul Manafort met this morning, by previous agreement, with the bipartisan staff of the Senate Intelligence Committee and answered their questions fully,” said his spokesman, Jason Maloni.

The meeting came as another panel, the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced that it issued a subpoena for Mr. Manafort to appear at a hearing on Wednesday. The panel is conducting its own investigation into possible ties between President Trump’s campaign and the Russian government.

Mr. Manafort has been at the center of inquiries into whether Mr. Trump’s senior advisers coordinated with the Kremlin’s efforts to disrupt last year’s election.

Mr. Manafort met with investigators a day after the president’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, provided his own account of the June 2016 meeting to them. The meeting at Trump Tower was set up by Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, who had been told by an intermediary that the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had damaging information about Mrs. Clinton.

The subpoena announcement was a sign of a brewing turf battle between congressional committees conducting their own investigations into last year’s election. The Senate Intelligence Committee, which began investigating the issue at the beginning of the year, had offered to provide a transcript of Mr. Manafort’s Tuesday interview to the Judiciary Committee.

Source: NYT > World

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