The judiciary panel's 10 Democrats, in their joint response to the transcript release, noted that interviews turned up signs of dejection among the Trump allies present about the meeting's lack of more coherent negative material on Clinton.
Mr. Trump also said his seeming enthusiasm for the meeting, conveyed by replying to Mr. Goldstone's offer of a meeting with "I love it", was actually "a colloquial way of saying that I appreciated Rob's gesture".
The meeting, which involved discussions of political "dirt" on former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, occurred in the office of Donald Trump Jr. about five months before the 2016 election, the documents show.
Daily Beast reporter Lachlan Markay highlighted a portion of the transcript in which Trump Jr. couldn't remember a four-minute phone call he'd placed to blocked number on the day of the Trump Tower meeting. The report disputed whether Putin was actively trying to aid Trump.
Publicist and music promoter Rob Goldstone "arranged the meeting at the request of pop singer Emin Agalarov", who told Trump, Jr., what they may receive.
The emails appearing sequentially after the "admitting to collusion" email contain correspondence between Goldstone and Trump Jr.
Top story right now - seems eerily weird based on our Trump meeting last week with the Russian lawyers etc.
The conclusion is at odds with Republican members of the House intelligence committee, who said that while they agreed that Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to hamper Clinton's campaign, that didn't mean he wanted to help Trump.
The bipartisan conclusion countered the assessment of House Intelligence Committee Republicans, who had accused intelligence agencies of failing to use appropriate "tradecraft" when those agencies determined that Russian Federation backed Trump's candidacy.
The transcript is 224 pages long and includes questions from Senate investigators about conversations he had with the White House about the investigation.
The Agalarovs had bonded with the Trumps during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) has said she supports the release of the interview transcripts, but panel Democrats contend Republicans did not push witnesses to answer all key questions and are preparing to end their inquiry prematurely.
The White House has said the president was involved in drafting an initial statement after news of the meeting broke a year ago.
The emails and meeting came to widespread public attention in July 2017, with Trump Jr. giving shifting recollections in the days that followed.
In a pair of statements following the meeting, the Republican and Democrat who lead the Senate Intelligence Committee say they have no reason to question the intelligence community's January 2017 report and its conclusions, splitting with House Republicans' recent report disputing the intelligence community's conclusion that Putin favored Trump over Clinton.
But there are also avenues that weren't investigated by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
In 2016, Trump's son, son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign head Paul Manafort met at Trump tower with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, a development first reported by the New York Times last summer.
"Let Mueller figure out what happened".
"I believed it was a bad idea and that we shouldn't do it".
Buried in more than 1,000 pages of documents released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday is testimony in which Rob Goldstone recalls offering Trump an invitation to Russian Federation. Politics, I knew nothing about.