Just How Many People Attended the Trump Jr./Russian Lawyer Meeting?

Cesar Mills
July 16, 2017

Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, a characterization he dismisses as a "smear campaign".

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller - as a special counsel in the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe - is investigating allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in an effort to defeat Clinton in last fall's presidential election.

Another Russian lobbyist attended meeting with Donald Trump Jr. Within 20 minutes, Trump Jr. replied, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer".

He said that he went to Trump Tower with the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, upon her request, but he didn't know any details. The same day, the Times' Ken Vogel reported that a translator named Anatoli Samochornov was also at the meeting. He said he showed up in jeans and a T-shirt.

But Ms Veselnitskaya was described by a USA businessman who will give testimony to a Senate committee against her as a "well-resourced player".

Trump Jr. has maintained that the Veselnitskaya had no good information about Hillary Clinton, as he was promised beforehand.

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When asked by MSNBC's Alex Witt whether he has concerns that the Trump campaign's behavior "could be criminal", Lance said he couldn't rule it out: "I leave that up to criminal experts, to Mr. Mueller". He said he wants Trump's eldest child to testify "pretty soon", and it could be as early as next week. "She spent years researching this stuff", he said. Akhmetshin said he recognized Kushner and Trump Jr. Trump Jr.'s brother-in-law and now-presidential adviser Jared Kushner attended as well as campaign adviser Paul Manafort.

Later yesterday, a spokesman for the president's outside legal team contended that participants in the June meeting "misrepresented who they were and who they worked for".

The confirmation of Akhmetshin's participation in the meeting drew swift reaction from the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, who said it "adds another deeply disturbing fact about this secret meeting".

President Trump continues to insist he didn't know anything about the meeting until several days before Donald Trump Jr.'s emails were released. "Two other people in the room, I guess one of them left nearly immediately and the other one was not really focused on the meeting". "Never", he told The Washington Post.

He hadn't been previously recognized as being involved in the Trump Tower meeting in NY, which it is believed was arranged as part of an attempt by the Russian government to collude with the Republican campaign.

"No one asked us for IDs", Rinat Akhmetshin told Yahoo News in a brief telephone interview Friday. Axios's Steve Levine wrote that Akhmetshin had "openly described his years as an officer in the Soviet GRU, the military intelligence arm, serving in Afghanistan". He denies ever serving in such a capacity.

The department has acknowledged that Sessions omitted from his form meetings he had with foreign dignitaries, including the Russian ambassador.

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