"Depending on what, if any, information they had, I could then consult with counsel to make an informed decision as to whether to give it further consideration", he said.
The written statement concludes by saying, "As is clear from the above, I did not collude with any foreign government and do not know of anyone who did".
As it later turned out, my skepticism was justified.
In the initial email to arrange the meeting, Goldstone wrote that a client of his "offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".
Donald Trump Jr. was invited to testify in public in July, but reached an agreement instead to speak privately with committee staff. Coons may believe that Donald Trump Jr. made false statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee while testifying.
US President Donald Trump and the White House have not tried in any way to interfere with the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 US election, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray said at a conference on Thursday.
After three hours, Blumenthal described the atmosphere of the meeting as "cordial", and said committee staffers "covered a good deal of ground" with Trump Jr.
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The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has been highly scrutinized since it was revealed earlier this year.
The Washington Post reported in late July that while on the plane ride back from the G 20 summit, the president was involved in crafting a statement that Trump Jr. met with Russians primarily to discuss a "program about the adoption of Russian children".
Rice has said she has done nothing wrong and already has spoken with the Senate intelligence committee about its probe into Russian meddling in the election and any collusion with Trump associates.
"This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump - helped along by Aras and Emin", Goldstone wrote.
"I had never worked on a campaign before and it was an exhausting, all-encompassing, life-changing experience", he said.
Trump Jr.'s Thursday interview with the Senate judiciary committee staff could be the prelude for other full-scale public hearings focusing on his role as an unofficial campaign aide to his father. "Every single day I fielded dozens, if not hundreds, of emails and phone calls", Trump Jr. said.
Congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the US election likely will be extended - perhaps into next year - because of revelations during Congress' August recess about Trump associates' contacts and meetings, Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said Tuesday.