Paul Manafort attended the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya along with Donald Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner. | Matt Rourke/AP
Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were both set on Tuesday to provide congressional investigators with information about the heavily scrutinized meeting with a Russian lawyer they attended last year as advisers to President Donald Trump’s campaign.
Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, was scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed session on Tuesday. He took questions from Senate Intelligence Committee members on Monday and, according to prepared remarks he made public, told them he did “not collude” in Russia’s suspected attempts to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Manafort spoke to investigators after reaching an agreement with the Senate Intelligence Committee to avoid a subpoena, though a separate committee has issued a subpoena compelling his testimony. He finished a meeting with the Senate panel on Tuesday morning and “answered their questions fully,” spokesman Jason Maloni said.
Manafort had agreed to provide notes of the meeting at Trump Tower last year with the Russian lawyer, according to a person close to the investigation. The June 9, 2016 meeting was precipitated by the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, offering to help Trump’s campaign by providing dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign chairman at the time, agreed to provide contemporaneous notes of the session, this person said.
Manafort attended the entire 2016 meeting and was one of three senior campaign officials there, along with Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Kushner, who said he left in the middle of the meeting.
It was unclear what else Manafort was asked at the Senate session. He is under investigation for financial transactions by New York officials and is likely to face issues with disclosures for foreign lobbying.
The Senate Judiciary Committee, meanwhile, said it issued a subpoena on Monday evening to compel Manafort to appear at a hearing Wednesday in the ongoing probe of Russia’s activities during the 2016 campaign.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and ranking member Dianne Feinstein said in a statement Tuesday morning that they had been “unable to reach an agreement for a voluntary transcribed interview with the Judiciary Committee” with Manafort.
Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.