They called it "the gorilla in the room". As Mother Jones noted, the testimony painted a picture of Trump "fixated" on meeting with Putin and crushed when the Russian president did not have time for him.
According to his own account, which the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday, along with lots of other materials from its Russian Federation investigation, Rob Goldstone, the fifty-seven-year-old English music publicist who helped arrange the notorious Trump Tower meeting that took place on June 9, 2016, believed it was a mistake from the get-go.
Agalarov responded: "That should give you mega PR". "There is no doubt that Russian Federation undertook an unprecedented effort to interfere with out 2016 elections". The transcripts appeared to show that Don Jr. was hungry for damaging information on Donald Trump's political rival, Hillary Clinton, but that the Russians had nothing of use.
He has praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, among others.
Trump Jr. said he didn't recall, and dismissed a followup question about whether such support from Russian Federation would be "problematic".
"He has this unusual fascination not only with the strongmen, but the nearly retro male chauvinist culture that they have still in Russian Federation", said Ms Evelyn Farkas, a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for Russian Federation in the Obama administration.
A declassified version of the ICA - whose information was collected and coordinated by the CIA, FBI and NSA - was publicly issued on January 6, two weeks before Donald Trump's inauguration.
"I think the President tends to conflate collusion and meddling, and fairly there is overwhelming evidence in meddling and no evidence in collusion", Cornyn said. The investigations also explore wher re was obstruction to justice by President of United States, who fueled this suspicion when in May previous year he dismissed James Comey as director of FBI, when he was on top of this case.
There are other questions too, that the transcripts raise but don't answer, including a discrepancy about how long Kushner was at the meeting as well as followup between the meeting participants -- they had denied any followup but the transcripts are the latest piece of evidence to contradict that assertion.
As Ms Farkas put it, "To Putin, Trump was not on the A-team".
"I fully concur with the conclusion of the bipartisan leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the (intelligence community's) determination that Russian Federation sought to help the Trump campaign, hurt Hillary Clinton and sow discord in the United States is fully supported by the evidence", said Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the senior Democrat on the House committee.
"Donald came here to Russian Federation when he was not even nominated", Mr Putin told Ms Megyn Kelly of NBC News. Politics, I knew nothing about. "I learned about it only afterwards, when I was told that as it turned out he had been to Russian Federation".
There was tons of detail in the 2,500 pages of documents that the Senate Judiciary Committee released on Wednesday, but there are still key questions that haven't been answered. "Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back?" "I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. said in response to Goldstone's overture in an email exchange.
Mr Emin Agalarov informed them that an official request would have to me made in writing by Mr Trump and delivered through Mr Aras Agalarov.
Goldstone went on to relay that the Washington Post was reporting that the FBI was investigating the meeting.
"Stay cool", Agalarov instructed Goldstone in a voicemail that was played before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Publicist Rob Goldstone approached Trump Jr. about possibly having dirt on Clinton from the Russians.
Still, Mr Trump talked about Mr Putin during his 2013 visit. Sawyer asked Trump, Jr. "You just need to get the meeting".
"And then he emphasised the word again". In short, I wish I had not spent five hours of my day going through them, but alas, here we are. The Post reported in July 2017 that "according to people with knowledge of events", President Trump actually dictated the statement on the way home from Germany on Air Force One on July 8 of that year.
"I don't know", he replied.