Saturday, 21 October, 2017

Russian-American lobbyist: I just strolled into Trump Jr. meeting

President Donald Trump leaves Air Force One after a 40-minute wait in May 2017 President Donald Trump leaves Air Force One after a 40-minute wait in May 2017
Laurie Berry | 15 July, 2017, 21:00

Just before the Times published the story, Trump Jr. released the emails himself. The same day, the Times' Ken Vogel reported that a translator named Anatoli Samochornov was also at the meeting. He is believed to have worked as a project manager for the U.S. State Department. He emigrated to the U.S. He got dual citizenship about eight years ago. "I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest", he told the AP.

Mr Trump Jr has only previously acknowledged that a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was present.

In court papers filed in 2015 with the US District Court in Washington DC, where he lives, a mining company accused him of organising a hack on its private records as part of an alleged smear campaign.

Confronted with the allegation, Akhmetshin seemed to shrug it off, telling Politico: "Just because I was born in Russian Federation doesn't mean I am an agent of the Kremlin".

Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, though he denies ever working as an intelligence agent.

Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion between campaign officials and the Russian government.

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

The meeting took place at Trump Tower in June 2016. "It's called opposition research or research into your opponent". Veselnitskaya had a plastic folder of documents that she said showed how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and their 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were receiving illicit money from Russian Federation.

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The original NBC News reports suggested that Akhmetshin's intelligence past somehow has rolled forward until now, putting Russian spies in the same room with Donald Trump, Jr.

The president has said his son did nothing wrong. The last revision mentioned the Russian lawyer meeting. It was a short meeting that went very, very quickly, very fast.

Putin once again praised Trump's ability "to listen". They could be called by Robert Mueller and his team to explain what they learned about this June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

During an explosive interview on Tuesday night, Mr Trump Jr. admitted he "probably would have done things a little differently".

Accusations that Moscow meddled in the election and colluded with the Trump campaign have dominated Trump's first months in office.

The development has infuriated President Trump, who had hoped to get away from the Russian Federation story, even as special prosecutor Robert Mueller continues a probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russia's alleged effort to interfere in the 2016 election.

The leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, urged Trump Jr.to honor Grassley's request that he testify.

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