Committee Chair Requests Donald Trump Jr. Testify On Capitol Hill

"I think Jared Kushner ought to resign", Richard Blumenthal said on Thursday in the wake of news that Kushner attended a meeting with a Kremlin-linked attorney during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"I think what we are learning with the Trump Jr. meeting is when you met with any Russians, you are meeting with Russian intelligence, and therefore President Putin".

The 2016 meeting, which was first reported last week, was a secret meeting that took place in Trump Tower and included Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

Even some of the President's critics on the right, like former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer, were quick to say that although the meeting with the Russian lawyer suggests "bad judgment" on the part of Trump Jr., it did not provide evidence of collusion.

Akhmetshin denied to NBC News he was affiliated with the Russian government.

Akhmetshin served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the USA, where he holds dual citizenship, NBC reported.

Trump repeated that assertion in a talk with reporters Air Force One on his way to Paris Wednesday night.

Trump Jr. did not disclose the presence of the lobbyist at the meeting, which took place at Trump Tower in NY and also included Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chair Paul Manafort.

News had not named the Russian-born lobbyist, but the outlet reported that several USA officials believe the individual has ongoing ties to the Kremlin. "This is an email chain released by Donald Trump Jr. himself".

Trump, who is facing months of investigations in the USA about his aides' contacts with Russians during his run to the White House, said, "Nothing happened from the meeting, zero happened from the meeting, and honestly I think the press made a very big deal over something that really a lot of people will do".

USA intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Russian Federation sought to help Trump win the election by hacking private emails from Democratic Party officials and disseminating false information online.

His statement came after the presidential son's meeting with a Russian lawyer in the wake of election campaign came to light earlier this week. The president's son accepted the offer, saying he would "love" to receive compromising information on his father's political opponent.

The United States Senate Judiciary committee wrote a letter to Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday, asking him to testify before the committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley told CNN on Thursday.

"They couldn't wait for the meeting to end", he added.

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