Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Markets | By Noel Gibbs

Trump Tower Meeting - Person 7 & 8 Just Identified?

Trump Tower Meeting - Person 7 & 8 Just Identified?

The development follows several days of shifting statements from President Donald Trump, Trump Jr., and various corners of the White House in which the administration sought to play down Veselnitskaya's meeting with the president's eldest son, Kushner, and Manafort, alleging that Veselnitskaya was not involved with the Russian government.

Akhmetshin has told media outlets that he once worked in Soviet counterintelligence, but only during his two years in the Russian military in the mid-1980s.

"This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money", he recalled her saying.

Grassley's committee is one of several congressional panels investigating the Trump campaign's links with Russian Federation, while Special Counsel Robert Mueller, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director, is heading a criminal probe into the election interference and whether the president obstructed justice by firing another Federal Bureau of Investigation director, James Comey, while he was heading the Russian Federation probe before Mueller took over. 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.

But it is going to be very hard, if not impossible, for Trump Jr.to make that case before the battery of House and Senate investigating committees, and the Justice Department's Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broader probe into whether there was collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign. "He told me specifically he was not working for the Russian government, and in fact laughed when I asked him that question".

Asked about Akhmetshin's participation, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni declined comment.

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Trump Jr. hired an attorney of his own, Alan Futerfas, earlier in the week.

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

Rohrabacher defended the Trump campaign's meeting in a speech on the House floor Friday.

Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to reporters.

After the New York Times obtained emails that showed Trump Jr. arranging a meeting with the Russian lawyer to gain insight about Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr.

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

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Veselnitskaya acknowledged in an exclusive interview that she was accompanied by at least one other man, whom she would not identify, NBC said.

The leader of the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, urged Trump Jr.to honor Grassley's request that he testify. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It was unclear if she handed the documents to anyone in the room or simply left them behind, he said.

In a stunning move, Eric Trump has posted 500 additional emails to Twitter after the Times reached out to him for comment.

The two then met for lunch at restaurant near Trump Tower.

"If it's what you say I love it", the younger Trump wrote in an email to Mr. Goldstone prior to meeting with Ms. Veselnitskaya and company.

In his initial public comment about the meeting, Akhmetshin said that Veselnitskaya followed him to the Trump Tower in NY where they both met with the interpreter.

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News reports Friday revealed the White House was hiring Washington lawyer Ty Cobb (relative of the baseball Hall of Famer) to handle coordination of how the administration deals with the Russian Federation investigations.

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