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Ohio cheerleader buried baby case: 5 things we know now 

Here are five things we have learned in the investigation of Brooke Skylar Richardson, the 18-year-old woman whose baby’s remains were found in the backyard of her home on July 14.

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1. Baby alive at birth. The infant whose remains were found buried last week in a Carlisle backyard died more than two months ago but was alive at birth, not stillborn, court records and prosecutors revealed Friday.

Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell said, “In response to various media and public inquiries regarding the Brooke Skylar Richardson case, the … preliminary charge of reckless homicide is based upon evidence that the infant whose remains were discovered at the defendant’s residence in Carlisle one week ago today was born alive and was not a stillborn baby,”

>> Related: Carlisle baby alive at birth,prosecutor says after teen mom in court

2. Active investigation. “Law enforcement is continuing to treat this as an active and ongoing investigation,” Fornshell said. After Richardson’s arraignment hearing, Warren County Sheriff’s Lt. John Faine said investigators are awaiting the final report from the Warren County Coroner’s Office. According to the criminal complaint, authorities allege that baby died more than two months ago. However, the search warrants have been sealed by the court.

3. Arrest came after second search. Richardson was arrested shortly after investigators from the sheriff’s and coroner’s offices returned to Richardson’s home on Thursday evening for more soil samples and other evidence around a fire pit. She was taken to the Warren County Jail but was later released on bond

At her arraignment hearing Friday in Franklin Municipal Court, her $15,000 bond was continued and a preliminary hearing was set for Aug. 1. A plea of not guilty was entered for her. If convicted of the reckless homicide charge, Richardson faces one to five years in prison.

>> Related: Anthropologist examining remains of baby found in Carlisle yard

4. Cheerleader a ‘very good person.’ Richardson’s attorney Charles M. Rittgers spoke to the media outside of the Franklin Municipal Building and referred to Richardson by her middle name Skylar. He said Richardson is a good student who just graduated from high school a few months ago and is planning to go to college at the University of Cincinnati this fall.

She didn’t drink. She wasn’t a partier or a smoker. By all measures a very good girl who helped children… She’s by all means a very good person,” Rittgers said as he described Richardson.

He said she helped kids with disabilities at a cheer camp and worked at the YMCA with children.

>> Related: Remains found behind Carlisle home believed to be stillborn baby

5. Doctor’s office gave tip. The case became public July 14 when investigators, acting on a tip from a doctor’s office that a Carlisle teenager may have delivered a stillborn infant. Investigators later found an infant’s remains buried in the backyard at Richardson’s residence in the 100 block of Eagle Ridge Drive.

Dispensary offers free marijuana for full bags of trash

Members of the community came together Saturday to pick up bags of trash in exchange for bags of marijuana.

Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, got the idea from a shop in Colorado as well as the city’s own Day of Caring project.

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“Bring us back the full trash bag, and we give them a gift of cannabis,” Dennis Meehan, owner of Summit Medical Marijuana, told WCSH.

Meehan shared a photo on social media of a trash bin overflowing with trash bags.

He hopes to organize a statewide neighborhood cleanup event with other dispensaries.

Linkin Park: Chester Bennington's 'absence leaves a void that can never be filled'

Linkin Park on Monday remembered frontman Chester Bennington as a “fearless” man with “the biggest heart” in a statement released four days after the musician’s death.

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The remembrance, written as a letter to Bennington, was posted to the band’s social media pages on Monday morning.

“You touched so many lives, maybe even more than you realized,” the letter said. “Your absence leaves a void that can never be filled—a boisterous, funny, ambitious, creative, kind, generous voice in the room is missing.”

Bennington was found in dead of an apparent suicide in his home near Los Angeles last week, The Associated Press reported.

>> Related: Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington dead of suicide

The band said it’s still trying to come to terms with its grief.

“We’re trying to remind ourselves that the demons who took you away from us were always part of the deal. After all, it was the way you sang about those demons that made everyone fall in love with you in the first place,” the statement from Linkin Park said. “You fearlessly put them on display, and in doing so, brought us together and taught us to be more human. You had the biggest heart, and managed to wear it on your sleeve.”

Linkin Park canceled its upcoming tour, meant to kick off July 27 in support of the band’s new album, “One More Light.”

>> Related: Linkin Park cancels tour following death of Chester Bennington

The band also launched an online memorial to celebrate Bennington’s life and impact. Suicide prevention information is featured prominently on the page.

“While we don’t know what path our future may take, we know that each of our lives was made better by you,” the band said. “Thank you for that gift. We love you, and miss you so much.”

For sale: Vintage FBI surveillance van

It looks unassuming.

But this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 van has many custom features including a toilet, TV monitors, microphones, extra batteries and only about 23,000 miles on the odometer.

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It’s work van on the outside, FBI surveillance on the inside, and it can be yours if the price is right.

Ginter Senfeldas purchased the vehicle at a government auction in search of a work truck, it still had surveillance footage and notebooks in it, and is now selling it on eBay to the highest bidder.

“(It has) everything you need to get the investigation done,” Senfeldas told WNCN.

Each door has extra locks. There is a switch in the back to start or turn off the engine. There’s an intercom system and radars. Binoculars and handcuffs were also left inside.

“We found out that there’s microphones as we took the side markers out of the van and there’s microphones hidden in headlights and taillights,” Senfeldas told WNCN. “That’s why there’s little holes everywhere.”

Senfeldas has all the paperwork indicating the FBI bought it from a dealership. Then took it to a specialty shop for the tweaks and used it in a federal drug investigation.

Senfeldas said he had not contacted the bureau regarding his purchase or sale of the vehicle, according to WNCN

The auction ends at 7 p.m.

Tennis champ Andy Roddick and wife Brooklyn Decker expecting first daughter

Baby number two is on the way for Andy Roddick and Brooklyn Decker.

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Roddick subtly announced his wife’s pregnancy during a speech as he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Saturday.

According to E! News, Roddick made an emotional acceptance speech thanking his wife, mother, father, son and soon-to-be daughter.

“Brook, I don’t know how you juggle it all ... You hear a lot of guys find it very tough to walk away from professional sports, but you are the reason my personal transition into a quasi-everyday life has been gratifying and full,” he said. “Hank will someday realize how lucky he is, and our daughter that’s coming will also realize she has the best mother on Earth.”

The couple wed in 2009 and welcomed their first child together in August 2015.

Waitress outraged after she says man handed her menu with swastika

A waitress said she was stunned when a man drew a hate symbol on a menu and handed it to her while she was at work.

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Shelley Sidney told WSB-TV the incident is the most blatantly hateful thing anyone has done to her.

Sidney said she was waiting on a private party at Antica Posta in Buckhead in Atlanta Thursday night.

"I get to the last person in the party, and they give me a menu that has a swastika drawn it,” Sidney told WSB-TV.

She said she was stunned by it and immediately showed her boss.

Sidney said restaurant owner Marco Betti cited freedom of speech. She wanted him to kick the guest out, instead.

"I was hurt and frustrated," Sidney said.

Back downstairs, Sidney said she heard a guest use the n-word.

"I was really in tears when I was overhearing the conversations, the private conversations of just how horrible black people are, immigrants are, gay people are," Sidney said.

She said she told Betti she was done serving the guests.

"As soon as she made any reference to anything inappropriate being overheard, Marco immediately asked her if she didn't want to wait on those folks and reassigned somebody else," the restaurant's attorney, Manny Arora, told WSB-TV in a phone interview Sunday.

The staff said they saw books displayed in the room, and researched the author. It was the known holocaust denier, David Irving, hosting a speaking event.

Antica Posta’s attorney said the owner was unaware who he was.

"You don't check into people's backgrounds or their political beliefs before you agree to a reservation," Arora said.

Sidney said she wants her boss to be more sensitive to the feelings of his diverse staff.

"He never told them that they had to leave," Sidney said. "I think that it's unacceptable for this to be able to go on. It's 2017."

Arora said the group did not cause any disturbances.

Shelley said her boss has asked her not to come to work the last two days.

Arora said Sidney still has a job, if she so chooses. 

Passerby tackled man trying to get gun from officer, police say

A passerby jumped in to help Saturday when he spotted a police officer struggling with a man moments before the man reached for the officer’s gun, according to multiple reports.

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Police in Vinton, Virginia, told WSLS that officers arrested Vincent Lee Hairston, 33, on Saturday after a brief chase. The chase ended in Roanoke when Hairston crashed the car he was driving and it caught fire, WSLS reported. As an officer attempted to arrest him, police said Hairston grabbed for the officer’s gun.

Josh Blake told The Roanoke Times that he was on his way home around 11 p.m. Saturday when he saw the driver’s wreck after he crashed into a retaining wall. Blake started filming the encounter as the car’s driver started wrestling with the single officer on the scene.

“When I saw (the officer) struggling, I said, ‘You know what? I (have) got to help that man,’” Blake, a former correctional officer, told the Times.

He handed his phone to a passenger in his car and as he got out, he said he saw the man reach for the officer’s gun, the Times reported.

“When he grabbed that cop’s gun, all bets were off,” Blake told the Times. “I (have) seen a look in his eyes (that) I’ve never seen in another person.”

Video recorded on Blake’s phone showed him repeatedly wrestling a man to the ground. He and the officer were eventually able to hold him down together, according to the Times.

Police cautioned civilians against following Blake’s lead for fear they could be injured, but Sgt. C.J. Froeschl said Blake’s help “was appreciated.”

“The initial officer, he was the one that shook my hand and gave me a hug first,” Blake told WSLS. “It just let him know that (there are) good people out here.”

Police arrested Hairston on multiple charges, including resisting arrest, attempting to disarm an officer and a slew of outstanding warrants.

Mom named in missing teens lawsuit: Suit to make all ‘relive nightmare’

One day before the two-year anniversary of her son and another Tequesta teenager being lost at sea, Carly Black released a statement, saying a lawsuit brought by the other teen’s mom will force the families to “relive this horrible nightmare.”

Black released the statement through her attorney, George Harris, regarding a lawsuit that blames her and three others for the disappearance of her son, Austin Stephanos, and his friend, Perry Cohen.

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The suit was brought Friday by Pamela Cohen, Perry’s mother, in Palm Beach County Court.

“The loss was a tragedy for both families, and (the lawsuit filed) by the Cohen family will not bring the boys back,” the statement read.

READ: The Post’s complete coverage of the missing Tequesta teens

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen were last seen July 24, 2015, motoring a 19-foot boat out of the Jupiter Inlet and into a powerful offshore storm.

The lawsuit seeks money for damages from Black and three others — Austin’s father, William “Blu” Stephanos; Black’s husband and Austin’s stepfather, Richard “Bubba” Black; and Black’s father, Richard Kuntz.

The suit claims that negligence led to the boys’ disappearance, adding that the four defendants knew the boys were going deep-sea fishing, even though Perry Cohen was “expressly prohibited” by his mother from doing so.

Evidence will contradict the claims made by the lawsuit, Harris, Black’s attorney, said in the statement.

“Now, everyone will be forced to relive this horrible nightmare on a daily basis in order to defend this lawsuit and to prepare for trial,” the statement said.

Black’s husband, who is also being sued, was out of the country when the boys disappeared, according to the statement.

According to the statement, Black said that she is saddened but not surprised by the lawsuit.

She will not make any more public statements at this time and added that she and her attorneys encourage the Cohens and their attorneys from doing the same, according to the statement.

On Saturday, Blu Stephanos’ attorney said he “was not negligent in any manner.”

Michael Pike said his client didn’t know the boys’ plans “on that tragic day and that his son was in the custody of his mother at the time, with whom Blu was divorced for many years.”

Staff writers Jorge Milian and Bill DiPaolo contributed to this article.

MIT-designed dance party lamp kit aims to illuminate STEM for girls

When learning is fun and creative, kids don’t find it to be a chore -- that’s the idea behind a new toy created to get girls interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) topics.

Jubilite is a fully functioning lamp that a middle school-aged child can build.

“It’s a dance party lamp kit, to help get kids excited about STEM," explained Maria Yang, a professor of mechanical engineering at MIT. "They build and design a lamp that combines arts and crafts and electronics, and results in this lamp you can keep in your room as part of your room décor.”

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Yang developed Jubilite with Tony Hu, a lecturer at the MIT Toy lab and the founder of Brainy Yak Labs.

“There’s research that shows girls, around middle school age, their participation in STEM classes and curriculum starts to drop off," explained Yang. “What we want to do with Jubilite is get girls back on the STEM train by engaging their interests.”

Jim James sells a lot educational toys at Park Street Books in Medfield. He says making these types of toys appeal to girls takes a lot more than just making them pink. Right now, he says most them are sold to boys or their parents.

A former teacher, James believes Jubilite could be successful because it becomes a usable product.

“There is satisfaction in using what you make, rather than just building it and it sitting there...and that crosses all the genders,” he said. 

Tony Hu has created many toys and couldn’t agree more.

“What we are trying to do is sneak in a bit of that STEM education thru creative play, so we know that kids love engaging in arts and crafts, drawing, other creative play and we are trying to marry that with electronics and other STEM topics," he said. 

Hu and Yang are currently in China with their prototypes, looking for a plant to manufacture Jubilite.

Read Jared Kushner’s statement in advance of his Senate testimony

Jared Kushner, a top aide to his father-in-law President Donald Trump, will appear before a Senate committee on Monday to answer questions about Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Prior to his testimony, Kushner released an 11-page statement detailing his meetings with Russian diplomats, his role in the Trump campaign and the security forms he filled out and later amended. Kushner concludes the statement by saying he did not collude with the Russian government.

Here is Kushner’s statement.


I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order to shed light on issues that have been raised about my role in the Trump for President Campaign and during the transition period.

I am not a person who has sought the spotlight. First in my business and now in public service, I have worked on achieving goals, and have left it to others to work on media and public perception. Because there has been a great deal of conjecture, speculation, and inaccurate information about me, I am grateful for the opportunity to set the record straight.

My Role in the Trump for President Campaign

Before joining the administration, I worked in the private sector, building and managing companies. My experience was in business, not politics, and it was not my initial intent to play a large role in my father-in-law's campaign when he decided to run for President. However, as the campaign progressed, I was called on to assist with various tasks and aspects of the campaign, and took on more and more responsibility.

Over the course of the primaries and general election campaign, my role continued to evolve. I ultimately worked with the finance, scheduling, communications, speechwriting, polling, data and digital teams, as well as becoming a point of contact for foreign government officials.

All of these were tasks that I had never performed on a campaign previously. When I was faced with a new challenge, I would reach out to contacts, ask advice, find the right person to manage the specific challenge, and work with that person to develop and execute a plan of action. I was lucky to work with some incredibly talented people along the way, all of whom made significant contributions toward the campaign's ultimate success. Our nimble culture allowed us to adjust to the ever-changing circumstances and make changes on the fly as the situation warranted. I share this information because these actions should be viewed through the lens of a fast-paced campaign with thousands of meetings and interactions, some of which were impactful and memorable and many of which were not.

It is also important to note that a campaign's success starts with its message and its messenger. Donald Trump had the right vision for America and delivered his message perfectly. The results speak for themselves. Not only did President Trump defeat sixteen skilled and experienced primary opponents and win the presidency; he did so spending a fraction of what his opponent spent in the general election. He outworked his opponent and ran one of the best campaigns in history using both modern technology and traditional methods to bring his message to the American people.

Campaign Contacts with Foreign Persons

When it became apparent that my father-in-law was going to be the Republican nominee for President, as normally happens, a number of officials from foreign countries attempted to reach out to the campaign. My father-in-law asked me to be a point of contact with these foreign countries. These were not contacts that I initiated, but, over the course of the campaign, I had incoming contacts with people from approximately 15 countries. To put these requests in context, I must have received thousands of calls, letters and emails from people looking to talk or meet on a variety of issues and topics, including hundreds from outside the United States. While I could not be responsive to everyone, I tried to be respectful of any foreign government contacts with whom it would be important to maintain an ongoing, productive working relationship were the candidate to prevail. To that end, I called on a variety of people with deep experience, such as Dr. Henry Kissinger, for advice on policy for the candidate, which countries/representatives with which the campaign should engage, and what messaging would resonate. In addition, it was typical for me to receive 200 or more emails a day during the campaign. I did not have the time to read every one, especially long emails from unknown senders or email chains to which I was added at some later point in the exchange.

With respect to my contacts with Russia or Russian representatives during the campaign, there were hardly any. The first that I can recall was at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. in April 2016. This was when then candidate Trump was delivering a major foreign policy speech. Doing the event and speech had been my idea, and I oversaw its execution. I arrived at the hotel early to make sure all logistics were in order. After that, I stopped into the reception to thank the host of the event, Dimitri Simes, the publisher of the bi-monthly foreign policy magazine, The National Interest, who had done a great job putting everything together. Mr. Simes and his group had created the guest list and extended the invitations for the event. He introduced me to several guests, among them four ambassadors, including Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. With all the ambassadors, including Mr. Kislyak, we shook hands, exchanged brief pleasantries and I thanked them for attending the event and said I hoped they would like candidate Trump's speech and his ideas for a fresh approach to America's foreign policy. The ambassadors also expressed interest in creating a positive relationship should we win the election. Each exchange lasted less than a minute; some gave me their business cards and invited me to lunch at their embassies. I never took them up on any of these invitations and that was the extent of the interactions.

Reuters news service has reported that I had two calls with Ambassador Kislyak at some time between April and November of 2016. While I participated in thousands of calls during this period, I do not recall any such calls with the Russian Ambassador. We have reviewed the phone records available to us and have not been able to identify any calls to any number we know to be associated with Ambassador Kislyak and I am highly skeptical these calls took place. A comprehensive review of my land line and cell phone records from the time does not reveal those calls. I had no ongoing relationship with the Ambassador before the election, and had limited knowledge about him then. In fact, on November 9, the day after the election, I could not even remember the name of the Russian Ambassador. When the campaign received an email purporting to be an official note of congratulations from President Putin, I was asked how we could verify it was real. To do so I thought the best way would be to ask the only contact I recalled meeting from the Russian government, which was the Ambassador I had met months earlier, so I sent an email asking Mr. Simes, "What is the name of the Russian ambassador?" Through my lawyer, I have asked Reuters to provide the dates on which the calls supposedly occurred or the phone number at which I supposedly reached, or was reached by, Ambassador Kislyak. The journalist refused to provide any corroborating evidence that they occurred.

The only other Russian contact during the campaign is one I did not recall at all until I was reviewing documents and emails in response to congressional requests for information. In June 2016, my brother-in-law, Donald Trump Jr. asked if I was free to stop by a meeting on June 9 at 3:00 p.m. The campaign was headquartered in the same building as his office in Trump Tower, and it was common for each of us to swing by the other's meetings when requested. He eventually sent me his own email changing the time of the meeting to 4:00 p.m. That email was on top of a long back and forth that I did not read at the time. As I did with most emails when I was working remotely, I quickly reviewed on my iPhone the relevant message that the meeting would occur at 4:00 PM at his office. Documents confirm my memory that this was calendared as "Meeting: Don Jr.| Jared Kushner." No one else was mentioned.

I arrived at the meeting a little late. When I got there, the person who has since been identified as a Russian attorney was talking about the issue of a ban on U.S. adoptions of Russian children. I had no idea why that topic was being raised and quickly determined that my time was not well-spent at this meeting. Reviewing emails recently confirmed my memory that the meeting was a waste of our time and that, in looking for a polite way to leave and get back to my work, I actually emailed an assistant from the meeting after I had been there for ten or so minutes and wrote "Can u pls call me on my cell? Need excuse to get out of meeting." I had not met the attorney before the meeting nor spoken with her since. I thought nothing more of this short meeting until it came to my attention recently. I did not read or recall this email exchange before it was shown to me by my lawyers when reviewing documents for submission to the committees. No part of the meeting I attended included anything about the campaign, there was no follow up to the meeting that I am aware of, I do not recall how many people were there (or their names), and I have no knowledge of any documents being offered or accepted. Finally, after seeing the email, I disclosed this meeting prior to it being reported in the press on a supplement to my security clearance form, even if that was not required as meeting the definitions of the form.

There was one more possible contact that I will note. On October 30, 2016, I received a random email from the screenname "Guccifer400." This email, which I interpreted as a hoax, was an extortion attempt and threatened to reveal candidate Trump's tax returns and demanded that we send him 52 bitcoins in exchange for not publishing that information. I brought the email to the attention of a U.S. Secret Service agent on the plane we were all travelling on and asked what he thought. He advised me to ignore it and not to reply -- which is what I did. The sender never contacted me again.

To the best of my recollection, these were the full extent of contacts I had during the campaign with persons who were or appeared to potentially be representatives of the Russian government.

Transition Contacts with Foreign Persons

The transition period after the election was even more active than the campaign. Starting on election night, we began to receive an incredible volume of messages and invitations from well-wishers in the United States and abroad. Dozens of messages came from foreign officials seeking to set up foreign leader calls and create lines of communication and relationships with what would be the new administration. During this period, I recall having over fifty contacts with people from over fifteen countries. Two of those meetings were with Russians, neither of which I solicited.

On November 16, 2016, my assistant received a request for a meeting from the Russian Ambassador. As I mentioned before, previous to receiving this request, I could not even recall the Russian Ambassador's name, and had to ask for the name of the individual I had seen at the Mayflower Hotel almost seven months earlier. In addition, far from being urgent, that meeting was not set up for two weeks -- on December 1. The meeting occurred in Trump Tower, where we had our transition office, and lasted twenty- thirty minutes. Lt. General Michael Flynn (Ret.), who became the President's National Security Advisor, also attended. During the meeting, after pleasantries were exchanged, as I had done in many of the meetings I had and would have with foreign officials, I stated our desire for a fresh start in relations. Also, as I had done in other meetings with foreign officials, I asked Ambassador Kislyak if he would identify the best person (whether the Ambassador or someone else) with whom to have direct discussions and who had contact with his President. The fact that I was asking about ways to start a dialogue after Election Day should of course be viewed as strong evidence that I was not aware of one that existed before Election Day.

The Ambassador expressed similar sentiments about relations, and then said he especially wanted to address U.S. policy in Syria, and that he wanted to convey information from what he called his "generals." He said he wanted to provide information that would help inform the new administration. He said the generals could not easily come to the U.S. to convey this information and he asked if there was a secure line in the transition office to conduct a conversation. General Flynn or I explained that there were no such lines. I believed developing a thoughtful approach on Syria was a very high priority given the ongoing humanitarian crisis, and I asked if they had an existing communications channel at his embassy we could use where they would be comfortable transmitting the information they wanted to relay to General Flynn. The Ambassador said that would not be possible and so we all agreed that we would receive this information after the Inauguration. Nothing else occurred. I did not suggest a "secret back channel." I did not suggest an on-going secret form of communication for then or for when the administration took office. I did not raise the possibility of using the embassy or any other Russian facility for any purpose other than this one possible conversation in the transition period. We did not discuss sanctions.

Approximately a week later, on December 6, the Embassy asked if I could meet with the Ambassador on December 7. I declined. They then asked if I could meet on December 6; I declined again. They then asked when the earliest was that I could meet. I declined these requests because I was working on many other responsibilities for the transition. He asked if he could meet my assistant instead and, to avoid offending the Ambassador, I agreed. He did so on December 12. My assistant reported that the Ambassador had requested that I meet with a person named Sergey Gorkov who he said was a banker and someone with a direct line to the Russian President who could give insight into how Putin was viewing the new administration and best ways to work together. I agreed to meet Mr. Gorkov because the Ambassador has been so insistent, said he had a direct relationship with the President, and because Mr. Gorkov was only in New York for a couple days. I made room on my schedule for the meeting that occurred the next day, on December 13.

The meeting with Mr. Gorkov lasted twenty to twenty-five minutes. He introduced himself and gave me two gifts -- one was a piece of art from Nvgorod, the village where my grandparents were from in Belarus, and the other was a bag of dirt from that same village. (Any notion that I tried to conceal this meeting or that I took it thinking it was in my capacity as a businessman is false. In fact, I gave my assistant these gifts to formally register them with the transition office). After that, he told me a little about his bank and made some statements about the Russian economy. He said that he was friendly with President Putin, expressed disappointment with U.S.-Russia relations under President Obama and hopes for a better relationship in the future. As I did at the meeting with Ambassador Kislyak, I expressed the same sentiments I had with other foreign officials I met. There were no specific policies discussed. We had no discussion about the sanctions imposed by the Obama Administration. At no time was there any discussion about my companies, business transactions, real estate projects, loans, banking arrangements or any private business of any kind. At the end of the short meeting, we thanked each other and I went on to other meetings. I did not know or have any contact with Mr. Gorkov before that meeting, and I have had no reason to connect with him since.

To the best of my recollection, these were the only two contacts I had during the transition with persons who were or appeared to potentially be representatives of the Russian government.

Disclosure of Contacts on My Security Clearance Form

There has been a good deal of misinformation reported about my SF-86 form. As my attorneys and I have previously explained, my SF-86 application was prematurely submitted due to a miscommunication and initially did not list any contacts (not just with Russians) with foreign government officials. Here are some facts about that form and the efforts I have made to supplement it.

In the week before the Inauguration, amid the scramble of finalizing the unwinding of my involvement from my company, moving my family to Washington, completing the paper work to divest assets and resign from my outside positions and complete my security and financial disclosure forms, people at my New York office were helping me find the information, organize it, review it and put it into the electronic form. They sent an email to my assistant in Washington, communicating that the changes to one particular section were complete; my assistant interpreted that message as meaning that the entire form was completed. At that point, the form was a rough draft and still had many omissions including not listing any foreign government contacts and even omitted the address of my father-in-law (which was obviously well known). Because of this miscommunication, my assistant submitted the draft on January 18, 2017.

That evening, when we realized the form had been submitted prematurely, we informed the transition team that we needed to make changes and additions to the form. The very next day, January 19, 2017, we submitted supplemental information to the transition, which confirmed receipt and said they would immediately transmit it to the FBI. The supplement disclosed that I had "numerous contacts with foreign officials" and that we were going through my records to provide an accurate and complete list. I provided a list of those contacts in the normal course, before my background investigation interview and prior to any inquiries or media reports about my form.

It has been reported that my submission omitted only contacts with Russians. That is not the case. In the accidental early submission of the form, all foreign contacts were omitted. The supplemental information later disclosed over one hundred contacts from more than twenty countries that might be responsive to the questions on the form. These included meetings with individuals such as Jordan's King Abdullah II, Israel's Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Luis Videgaray Caso and many more. All of these had been left off before.

Over the last six months, I have made every effort to provide the FBI with whatever information is needed to investigate my background. In addition, my attorneys have explained that the security clearance process is one in which supplements are expected and invited. The form itself instructs that, during the interview, the information in the document can be "update[d], clarif[ied], and explain[ed]" as part of the security clearance process. A good example is the June 9 meeting. For reasons that should be clear from the explanation of that meeting I have provided, I did not remember the meeting and certainly did not remember it as one with anyone who had to be included on an SF-86. When documents reviewed for production in connection with committee requests reminded me that meeting had occurred, and because of the language in the email chain that I then read for the first time, I included that meeting on a supplement. I did so even though my attorneys were unable to conclude that the Russian lawyer was a representative of any foreign country and thus fell outside the scope of the form. This supplemental information was also provided voluntarily, well prior to any media inquiries, reporting or request for this information, and it was done soon after I was reminded of the meeting.


As I have said from the very first media inquiry, I am happy to share information with the

investigating bodies. I have shown today that I am willing to do so and will continue to cooperate as I have nothing to hide. As I indicated, I know there has been a great deal of speculation and conjecture about my contacts with any officials or people from Russia. I have disclosed these contacts and described them as fully as I can recall. The record and documents I am providing will show that I had perhaps four contacts with Russian representatives out of thousands during the campaign and transition, none of which were impactful in any way to the election or particularly memorable. I am very grateful for the opportunity to set the record straight. I also have tried to provide context for my role in the campaign, and I am proud of the candidate that we supported, of the campaign that we ran, and the victory that we achieved.

It has been my practice not to appear in the media or leak information in my own defense. I have tried to focus on the important work at hand and serve this President and this country to the best of my abilities. I hope that through my answers to questions, written statements and documents I have now been able to demonstrate the entirety of my limited contacts with Russian representatives during the campaign and transition. I did not collude, nor know of anyone else in the campaign who colluded, with any foreign government. I had no improper contacts. I have not relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector. I have tried to be fully transparent with regard to the filing of my SF-86 form, above and beyond what is required. Hopefully, this puts these matters to rest.

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