Trump maintains 'nothing happened' when son met Russian

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"Nothing happened from the meeting", he added. "So I think she was there but I don't remember any type of conversation with her between us". But Trump hasn't said much of anything about Kushner this week, even as he's defended his son, Donald Trump, Jr., who invited Kushner to the rendezvous with Veselnitskaya.

Congress is asking the president's son to publicly testify about the meeting.

"In retrospect I probably would have done things a little differently", Trump Jr. said.

Interviews with Trump officials began this week and the committee has given no indication how long they will continue -- but the scope of the investigation widens with new revelations about Trump team members' alleged ties to the Russian government.

In a letter to Sessions on Wednesday, the 17 Judiciary Dems called the settlement an "abrupt decision" and said they have "some concern" that the deal and Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting "may be connected".

The Harvard graduate is also the progeny of a powerful NY real estate family, and has always been in Trump's inner circle.

But the president stood by Donald Jr during a visit to Paris, in his first public remarks about the scandal.

Kushner, the president's senior adviser and Jewish son-in-law, oversaw the Trump campaign's successful digital operation throughout 2016. After the meeting, Trump said on Twitter that he and Putin had discussed forming an "impenetrable Cyber Security unit" to prevent future attacks, including election hacking.

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya originally entered the country in October 2015 on a grant of immigration parole, a rare exemption which allowed her to enter the country without a visa and remain legally until early January 2016, according to court records obtained by The Hill.

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Trump told reporters during his flight to Paris that his reluctance to accept the intelligence community's verdict that Russian Federation was the culprit behind 2016 election interference hinges on his belief that China or North Korea could have been to blame, and that no experts can know who was behind the thefts of private emails and meddling.

"The friendship between our two nations and ourselves is unbreakable", Trump said after talks at the French presidential palace focused on joint US-French efforts to fight terrorism in the Middle East and Africa.

"We want to give collaboration, cooperation, a chance", Gorka told CNN during an interview.

The president's son tweeted the email chain earlier this week, presumably to get out in front of a report that was going to reveal the information.

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