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Lobbyist who met Trump team says he's not with Russian intel

16 July 2017, 03:45 | Melvin Schneider

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Anatoly Samochornov and Rinat Akhmetshin - were identified by news outlets Friday as having accompanied Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to the meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. originally said was just to talk about a Russian ban on Americans adopting Russian children.

Bolling said, "Instead of pointing the finger at Donald Trump Jr. and saying maybe he's colluding - a big word, colluding with the Russians - maybe the Russians were colluding with Hillary Clinton to get information on Donald Trump".

The meeting has heightened questions about whether Trump's associates coordinated with Russian Federation to meddle in the presidential election - to help him and thwart Hillary Clinton - and whether they've been forthcoming about their foreign contacts.

Michael Caputo, a former top adviser to Donald Trump's campaign with strong ties to Russian Federation, firmly denied having knowledge of any alleged contacts between the campaign and Russian Federation after testifying privately to the House intelligence committee Friday. Publicist Rob Goldstone, who brokered the meeting via email with Trump Jr., has told the AP that he was there. -Russian citizen. He denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies.

Trump Jr. has dismissed the meeting as "a nothing" that led "nowhere".

Trump Jr. did not disclose Akhmetshin's participation in the meeting, nor has he made mention of any documents presented or left behind.

I believe there was nothing inappropriate in hearing out a Russian source with probable Kremlin connections who claimed to have information showing collusion between Hillary Clinton and/or the Democratic Party and the Russian government.

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The leaders of the Republican party, however, can not claim similar ignorance about the nature of the Trump regime.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California also says that presidential adviser Jared Kushner's security clearance should be revoked.

When asked about whether he had concerns, knowing what he knows now, Futerfas responded: "I have absolutely no concerns about what was said in that meeting".

The Russian government has denied any involvement in or knowledge of the June 2016 meeting. The Russian law preventing Americans from adopting Russian children was passed to retaliate against US sanctions targeted at associates of President Vladimir Putin.

Photo Rinat Akhmetshin, center, on a training exercise in Russian Federation while he was in the Soviet Army service in the 1980s. He described his time in the military as routine, serving from 1986 to 1988, like "millions of other Soviet boys".

The session before the House intelligence committee on Friday lasted three and a half hours - an hour and a half longer than expected, Caputo's lawyer told reporters at the start of the press briefing, citing repetitive questions from lawmakers as the reason for the length. And is accused of being an unregistered foreign agent. He has previously registered with Congress for the lobbying work, and he plans to raise this issue before Grassley's committee.

The investigation is being carried out by special counsel Robert Mueller to find out whether any Trump campaign associates colluded with Russian Federation to interfere in the election. Kushner oversaw the unit, which was headed by Brad Parscale.

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