March 18, 2018

Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too

15 July 2017, 11:05 | Taylor George

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NBC News: Ex-Soviet intel officer was also present at Trump Tower meeting

In one of the emails that Trump Jr. shared via Twitter earlier this week, Rob Goldstone, a music promoter and acquaintance of Trump Jr.'s who helped arrange the meeting, writes that he plans to "send the names of the two people meeting with you for security when I have them later", including a Russian lawyer.

Schiff called "deeply disturbing" the emergence this week of Akhmetshin, who told AP he was "loosely part of Russian counterintelligence" when he was in the Soviet Army, though Trump Jr. never mentioned or acknowledged he was at the meeting.

Announcing plans to try to force votes to get an investigation, Pelosi said, "Earlier this week, we saw cold hard evidence that the Trump administration and the Trump family have eagerly meant to collude with Russian Federation, a hostile foreign policy, to influence an American election".

Akhmetshin said Trump Jr. asked the attorney for evidence of illicit money flowing to the Democratic National Committee, but Veselnitskaya said she didn't have that information.

"You don't need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense - collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction created to explain away a lost election - is now officially dead", Krauthammer concluded.

The latest revelation adds another shift to the tale that has sparked questions over the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation.

On "The Specialists", a five-person panel show where supposedly some of the participants are specialists, Bolling announced that the real connection between the Russian government and the 2016 campaign was none other than Hillary Clinton. Asked Friday about Akhmetshin, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin said, "We don't know anything about this person", The Associated Press also reported.

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'He's now the vice-president of Russian Railways, which is probably the second most important Russian government company after (energy firm) Gasprom.

While Trump Jr. has confirmed that Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was in the meeting, he has not disclosed Akhmetshin's presence.

"They're no friend to the US, I want to be clear on that", Duffy said about Russian Federation.

It says the lobbyist is Russian-born, but moved to the USA in the 1990s and became an American citizen in 2009.

Mr Akhmetshin is described as a former "Soviet counter-intelligence officer", who worked for the GRU - Russian foreign military intelligence.

The letter cites reports he "specialises in "active campaign measures", ie subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda".

The Minority Leader called on Republicans to take on-the-record positions regarding Trump's possible ties to Russian Federation.

"I have always been reluctant, because I think impeachment has always been something that has an impact on the country", she said.

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