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The committee has also subpoenaed Glenn Simpson, the cofounder of opposition research firm Fusion GPS, to compel him to testify publicly on Wednesday.

Unlike Kushner and Trump, Jr., who have both hidden behind their political inexperience by claiming that they attended the meeting without vetting or exploring the motivations of the people involved, Manafort can make no such pretense. The two senators said they were unable to reach an agreement with Manafort for a voluntary transcribed interview with the committee.

"Mr. Manafort, through his attorney, said that he would be willing to provide only a single transcribed interview to Congress, which would not be available to the Judiciary Committee members or staff".

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A federal special counsel and several congressional panels are investigating allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia meddled in the 2016 USA presidential election and potential connections between Russian officials and the Trump campaign. The president also has denied knowing about the meeting until recently.

Kushner on Monday answered questions from staff on the Senate's intelligence panel, acknowledging four meetings with Russians during and after Trump's victorious White House bid and insisting he had "nothing to hide".

The topic for Wednesday's hearing is the Foreign Agents Registration Act - a law passed in 1938 requiring that U.S. citizens representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" disclose that relationship.

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Moscow has denied any interference, and Trump says his campaign did not collude with Russian Federation. He is the first top Trump lieutenant to be quizzed by the congressional investigators probing Russia's interference in the election. Emails released by Trump Jr. provide evidence that the campaign eagerly sought a meeting with Russian operatives after being promised information about Clinton, even after learning it was coming from the Russian government.

Kushner, in his statement for the two intelligence committees, called the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya such a "waste of time" that he asked his assistant to call him out of the gathering.

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Congressional inquiries and intelligence officials have been clear in stating that they don't know how to prove if the Russian attempt to interfere (which they are convinced happened) actually changed the outcome of the election, or even any votes.

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