Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Russian Interference In US Election

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Russian Interference In US Election

Senate Committee Holds Hearing On Russian Interference In US Election

A person familiar with negotiations between the Senate Judiciary Committee and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort says the panel has dropped a subpoena that sought to compel his public testimony this week. Manafort had previously disclosed the meeting in documents he turned over to the committee.

"Knowing exactly who is acting on behalf of the Russian government is vital in to get to the bottom of Russian influence in our democratic system", Grassley said.

Kushner faces questions about his involvement in a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

Adam Hickey, a deputy assistant attorney general, told Senate lawmakers that the Foreign Agents Registration Act - a law aimed at ensuring transparency about lobbying efforts done in the the direction of foreign governments or principals - contains multiple exemptions for registration and requires proof that someone meant to break the law by failing to disclose their work. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking member Sen.

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Hickey also noted that people acting with similar interests as foreign governments do not need to register as foreign agents, only those who act at a government's explicit direction. The meeting marked the second day of interviews for Kushner, who on Tuesday met with the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The two men have faced particular scrutiny about attending the Trump Tower meeting because it was described in emails to Donald Trump being part of a Russian government effort to aid Trump's presidential campaign.

The Senate judiciary committee will dig into questions of Russian interference in the U.S. election Wednesday in a hearing notable as much for the big-name witnesses skipping the meeting as those speaking up in public. The committee also removed Manafort and Trump Jr. from the list of witnesses scheduled for the public hearing. Trump's complaint is that Sessions recused himself from the investigation of possible Trump campaign ties with Russian Federation. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., even going so far as subpoenaing Manafort to force him to cooperate.

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.

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Manafort met with Senate Intelligence Committee staff on Tuesday. It was Browder who was among the first to identify Akhmetshin publicly, having followed his work closely, and Browder's testimony on Wednesday could shed new light about what he knows about Russia's advocacy inside the United States and specifically how Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin fit in.

Kushner spoke to the intelligence committee on Monday, where he denied any collusion or improper contact with Russian officials, according to prepared remarks.

Kushner spent about three hours behind closed doors Tuesday with the House intelligence panel.

Manafort is among the central figures in the ongoing special counsel and congressional probes into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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