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

Trump Tower Meeting Who Was All There

Former presidential adviser David Axelrod on Friday praised conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer for saying that Donald Trump Jr.'s failed meeting with the Russian lawyer past year was still collusion by the Republican candidate's campaign. Trump Jr. has dismissed the meeting as insignificant, because no "meaningful information" came of it, but this news invites more scrutiny of that claim. We're now learning there were at least eight people present at the pre-election meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and a Russian attorney promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Homeland said Veselnitskaya first got her immigration parole letter on September 25, 2015 and it was last used in February 2016. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to the Homeland Security department seeking information about Akhmetshin, saying that Akhmetshin admitted to having a background in Soviet counterintelligence.

A seventh person, translator Anatoli Samachornov, attended the meeting as well, The New York Times reported Friday, in addition to an eighth participant CNN described Friday as a representative for the Russian family who asked Mr. Goldstone to arrange the meeting.

Schiff said Trump Jr.'s omission of Akhmetshin's role in his public account of the meeting and the president's son's shifting explanations "paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit".

The meeting in Trump Tower last summer may have been set up to deliver negative information about rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Levine said they've been in touch periodically over the years, including in brief email exchanges in recent days as Akhmetshin's name began to surface in media reports. "He is a USA citizen". That's what Rob Goldstone, the slippery British music publicist who acted as a go-between, told him.

Akhmetshin did not know whether the documents were provided by the Russian government.

Futerfas told NBC that, "for the goal of security or otherwise, the names were reviewed" but said Trump Jr. knew nothing about the man's background at the time of the meeting.

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

When asked by NBC about whether he had concerns, knowing what he knows now, Futerfas said: "I have absolutely no concerns about what was said in that meeting". Abbe Lowell, a prominent attorney, will now represent Kushner in Russia-related matters and says his client will cooperate with the investigation. "I haven't talked with Donald Trump about Russian Federation since then".

"It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent". It's the first known case of potential collusion with Russians to influence the election, and it had a paper trail: e-mails between Trump Jr. and an intermediary setting up the meeting.

The meeting raised doubts whether Trump's aides colluded with Russian Federation to join the presidential election - to help and frustrate #Hillary Clinton - and whether they were close to their contacts overseas.

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