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Russian-American lobbyist also attended Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting

Russian-American lobbyist also attended Donald Trump Jr.'s meeting

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist - a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some USA officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.

Donald Trump Jr. did the right thing when he met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Akhmetshin told the AP news agency he served in a Soviet military unit that was part of counterintelligence, but that he was never formally trained as a spy. That person, who confirmed he was in the meeting, is described as having ties to Russian intelligence. Remember when Trump on July 17, 2016, said in an interview "Russia, if you're listening, I hope you're able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing".

Schiff added that the committee will try to determine if Russian cyberattacks on certain voting districts included "any exchange of information [or] any financial support funneled to any organizations doing this kind of work".

It said Veselnitskaya was given a special non-immigrant work visa around the time she met President Donald Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr.in NY last summer, reports the Hill.

"As far as my son is concerned, my son is a wonderful young man. It was a short meeting, it was a meeting that went very, very quickly; very fast". Yes, one more person in the room for a meeting that should never have happened in the first place.

"In the case of Don, he listened..."

"They couldn't wait for the meeting to end", Akhmetshin said.




The lobbyist, whom it identified as Rinat Akhmetshin, confirmed that he had attended the June 2016 meeting in New York's Trump Tower.

According to NPR, Grassley asked Trump Jr.to testify in an open session as early as next week. President Trump defended his son while speaking in Paris. They would have said, "Let's come out with a statement on this".

Caputo served as a Trump adviser and oversaw the NY state campaign.

The meeting appears to be the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has prompted investigations by congressional committees and a federal special counsel.

"The goal posts have been moved", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said Friday morning on Fox News. "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump", said Goldstone's initial email, which did not elicit any expression of surprise from Junior and his friends.

The email added that the information "would incriminate Hillary" and "would be very useful to your father". "I think you are starting to see public evidence of that coordination, not just the meeting with Trump Jr., but others as well".

The president's son has tried to discount the meeting, saying he did not receive the information he was promised.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain relating to the conversation he had with Veselnitskaya.


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