Congressional investigations of Russian meddling in the USA election likely will be extended - perhaps into next year - because of revelations during Congress' August recess about Trump associates' contacts and meetings, Democrats on the Senate and House intelligence committees said Tuesday.
Trump Jr. reportedly told investigators that he set up a 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer after being promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton because it was important to learn about her "fitness" to be President, according to a New York Times report about the conversation.
"We look forward to a professional and productive meeting and appreciate the opportunity to assist the committee", Alan Futerfas, a lawyer for Trump Jr., said on September 6.
The Senate panel's leaders, Sens. Schiff said Republicans are working harder to discredit those who compiled the dossier than to find out if the allegations in it are true.
Separately, the House Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for documents related to a dossier of salacious allegations involving President Donald Trump and possible ties to Russian Federation.
Thursday's statement affirmed what has previously been reported about that meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, also attended by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and others.
Mueller is investigating whether President Trump obstructed justice in firing former FBI director James Comey at a time he was heading the Russian Federation investigation before Mueller took over.
Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, is scheduled to meet with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators behind closed doors on Thursday.
During his testimony, Trump Jr. defended saying that he "loved" the idea of Russian Federation helping his father's campaign spread dirt on Hillary Clinton.
A lawyer for the Agalarovs has denied that developer Aras Agalarov ever claimed to have damaging information about Clinton, as Goldstone had written to Trump Jr.
As the Times' report added, "The acknowledgment by the president's eldest son that he meant to seek legal counsel after the meeting suggests that he knew, or at least suspected, that accepting potentially damaging information about a rival campaign from a foreign country raised thorny legal issues".
"As much as some have made of my using the phrase 'I love it, ' it was simply a colloquial way of saying that I appreciated Rob's gesture", he said in his statement on Thursday. But the Senate judiciary committee has ramped up its own inquiries in recent months. Schiff says the House committee also expects to interview him.
The president's oldest son is scheduled to speak privately Thursday with Senate committee staff investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.