July 10, 2017: The email exchange described above was then unearthed and Trump Jr.'s lawyer told the Times it all was "much ado about nothing".
The closed door meeting will be held Thursday in connection with the panel's investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the presidential election. It is his first time to testify before Congress about all this.
Senators had sought to interview the president's son publicly in July but he instead offered to be privately interviewed and provide documents.
"We want to do this in a thorough way that gets the most information possible", Sen Warner said. The session was not classified and Trump Jr. was not under oath.
Believed to be affiliated with the Kremlin, Veselnitskaya has been lobbying on Russia's behalf to try to lift the Magnitsky Act, which put stiff sanctions on Russian businesses and enraged Russian President Vladimir Putin, leading him to ban Americans from adopting Russian children. Proving this would be the crux of any legal case against the Trump team.
During a meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee staffers on Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. denied any wrongdoing in his meeting with a Russian lawyer during his father's presidential campaign, according to the prepared remarks he delivered investigators Thursday morning that were obtained by ABC News. Not only that, Trump Jr. was told that this was part of a Russian government play to help his father win an election.
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Goldstone had asked Trump Jr.to take the meeting saying it would include potentially damaging information about Clinton. He also said he meant to consult with his attorney before proceeding if he had obtained any information on Clinton. "I had no way to gauge the reliability, credibility or accuracy of any of the things he was saying", he said.
Trump Jr. agreed to the Senate interview after the committee chairman, Republican Chuck Grassley of Iowa, threatened to subpoena him.
Kushner and then-campaign chair Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.
What does this mean for the Russian Federation investigation?
Veselnitskaya has maintained she didn't have any damaging information on the Clinton campaign.. Slowly, details leaked out that a Russian-American lobbyist known for wily political tactics was there, as was the vice president of a Russian real estate company, who two decades ago was the subject of a congressional inquiry into Russian money laundering in USA banks.
The senior Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee says questions remain about a meeting Donald Trump Jr. had with a Russian lawyer in June 2016.
Both sides have since said that didn't turn out to be the case, and the June 2016 meeting was a bust.