Russian Lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, Attended Meeting At Trump Tower

Russian Lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, Attended Meeting At Trump Tower

It all began last weekend, after The New York Times published a report that said Trump Jr. agreed to a meeting with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, on the promise of collecting damaging information on Hillary Clinton. "He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer".

It came at a time the scandal reached his eldest son after the American media reported that Donald Trump Jr a year ago met a Russian lawyer who had promised to provide information damaging to Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic rival.

He denies current ties to any Russian intelligence agencies, though some USA officials suspect otherwise, NBC said.

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

Rinat Akhmetshin told AP news agency he went to the meeting at which Donald Trump Jr was promised Kremlin-linked material about Hillary Clinton.

Veselnitskaya has denied having ties to the Russian government. This sentence: Donald Trump Jr. called his father.

Trump Jr., although he has no official admin position, has recently become even more controversial for his meeting with the Russian lawyer during the election campaign.

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Trump Jr. said he attended the meeting for "opposition research", which President Trump said is standard in American politics during a joint press conference with the president of France on Thursday. Russian Federation denies meddling, and Trump says there was no collusion.

Trump told reporters, in an exchange that was originally off-the-record, but later made public by the White House.

Veselnitskaya later told NBC that she didn't have negative information on Clinton and had asked for the meeting to talk about the Magnitsky Act, which authorizes the United States president to deny visas to and freeze the assets of selected Russians, as a punishment for Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014.

A Russian-American lobbyist who is a former Soviet counterintelligence officer reportedly attended a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June of 2016 at Trump Tower, NBC News reported on Friday.

Donald Trump and Jared Kushner. "It is totally bogus to suggest that somehow it was ok because they didn't actually obtain any useful information in it", said Former Obama White House Secretary Josh Earnest.

In a Friday morning press release, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi called Trump Jr.'s meeting "a desecration of our democracy not seen since Watergate".

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released his emails with Rob Goldstone, a music publicist with ties to the Trumps.

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