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150038_6125718_updates.jpgDonald Trump Jr. speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, US, July 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

WASHINGTON: A congressional panel wants to interview President Donald Trump's eldest son, his former campaign chairman and all others who were at a June 2016 meeting with Russian nationals, part of investigations into allegations that Moscow meddled in the US election campaign, senators said on Tuesday.

The meeting in Trump Tower in New York has grabbed the spotlight in the saga of possible collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign as media reports of more participants than originally known have emerged. Russia denies interference in the election, and Trump says there was no collusion.

Donald Trump Jr., who runs the Trump Organization family business, released emails last week in which he eagerly agreed to meet a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic election rival Hillary Clinton as part of Moscow's official support for his father's campaign.

The meeting appears to be the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's campaign and Russia, investigators in Congress have said.

"Sure, sure," the US Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Republican Senator Richard Burr, told reporters when asked if he wanted the committee to call in the attendees.

"Any intelligence out there that suggests that somebody is of interest to us, we have to pursue it," Burr said. "We've now got an email chain that makes that (the meeting) a very important aspect to get into."

Senator Mark Warner, the panel's Democratic vice chairman, said some of the questions he wanted to be answered were, "Why were all those individuals there? What was really the purpose? What was the discussion?"

US Special Counsel Robert Mueller and congressional panels are investigating allegations by US intelligence agencies that Russia interfered to help Trump, a Republican, win the presidency. The allegations have dominated Trump's first six months in office.

Trump Jr.'s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Tuesday. A representative of the Trump Organization also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


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