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Russian-American lobbyist says he was at Trump son's meeting

15 Julio 2017, 12:18 | Azura Castelo

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The NBC News report is corroborated by the Associated Press which first identified the former Soviet spy as the Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. He has suspected ties to Russian intelligence. Alan Futerfas, an attorney for Trump Jr., confirmed the presence of another individual at the meeting besides the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

The known participants include Trump Jr., his brother-in-law Jared Kushner, Goldstone, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Trump Jr.'s attorney, Alan Futerfas, told Fox News he could not confirm Samochornov was at the meeting, but said one of the two other attendees was a US citizen.

Emails posted by Trump Jr. show that he was told by an associate that the meeting was part of a Russian government effort to help Donald Trump in the election. Veselnitskaya told NBC News she had at least one other guest with her in the meeting, but declined to say who he was.

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

President Trump has defended his son's conduct, saying Thursday that "most people would have taken that meeting". "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".

But Trump Jr. quickly lost interest when, as he pressed her to back up her allegations, Veselnitskaya admitted the Trump campaign would have to do its own research to prove the information.

Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the US, where he holds dual citizenship.

Agalarov is a well-known musician and client of Rob Goldstone, who arranged the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya.

President Trump continues to insist he didn't know anything about the meeting until several days before Donald Trump Jr.'s emails were released.

To help the White House deal with Russia-related investigations, Trump is hiring veteran Washington lawyer Ty Cobb, a source familiar with the matter said on Friday.

Kushner is set to cooperate in the upcoming weeks with both the House and Senate intelligence committee probes into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Asked about Akhmetshin and his possible participation in the June 2016 meeting, Dmitry Peskov, spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told reporters on Friday: "We don't know anything about this person". He emigrated to the U.S. He got dual citizenship about eight years ago.

"He said, 'I think he accepted it, but you'll have to ask him.' That's a big difference". -Russian adoption program. On Sunday, Trump Jr. confirmed he had been promised information "helpful to the campaign" and he had asked Manafort and Kushner to "stop by". And here's the important point - this meeting likely was not the last on this topic, likely not the only one.



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