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The Trump Organization turned over documents in 2017 to the investigation into alleged collusion between Russia and the Donald Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election campaign, according to three sources.

The documents included information on the June 2016 meeting in Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian attorney, and information about a series of meetings and events between June 2015 and January 2017, CNN reports.

The Trump Tower meeting was set up after Trump Jr. was promised dirt from the Russian lawyer on Hillary Clinton, Trump's rival in the presidential election.

Trump Jr. stated that no consequential material was shared at the meeting. However, others remain critical of the affair.

"Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad s***, and I happen to think it's all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately," Steve Bannon, Trump's former chief political strategist, states in a new book by Michael Wolff on the Trump presidency, according to The Guardian.

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The Trump Organization also made available documents related to Trump's April 2016 foreign policy address at the Mayflower Hotel in the District of Columbia. Special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the investigation into alleged collusion, is reportedly interested in this event because Russian ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak was in attendance.

No information was provided concerning Trump's financial dealings, including with Deutsche Bank, which loaned him money when he was a businessman. In July 2017, President Trump declared that his personal finances were a red line that Mueller and his team of investigators should not cross.

However, the Trump Organization did pass on details about some business activities in Russia, such as plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow. Trump signed off on the proposal shortly before the primaries for the 2016 election began.

"Investigators may be probing Trump's Russian business ties to determine whether that foundation may have set the table for political cooperation," stated CNN legal analyst Michael Zeldin.

Russia has denied that it engaged in any meddling in the election, and Trump has dismissed suggestions that his campaign colluded with Russian operatives.

Trump's supporters in Congress have demanded that the U.S. Department of Justice turn over its files on the investigation to the House Intelligence Committee, which is carrying out its own inquiry into the matter.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Jan 3 to discuss the demand, Reuters reports. The outcome of the meeting was not reported. The DOJ refused to comment.

Sources: CNN, The Guardian, Reuters via HuffPost / Featured Image: Hazel Kenady/Flickr / Embedded Images: Gage Skidmore/Flickr, Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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