The new figure in the Trump-Russia controversy: Rinat Akhmetshin

Geronimo Vena
Luglio 16, 2017

Friday, NBC News was first to report a former Soviet counterintelligence officer also attended the meeting, something Donald Trump, Jr. failed to reveal in an interview after the meeting became public.

But like a Russian nesting doll, the number of bodies present at Trump Jr.'s meeting somehow keeps multiplying. The Associated Press reports a Russian-American lobbying to lift sanctions against the Kremlin was also in the room. Akhmetshin served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the US, where he holds dual citizenship, NBC reported.

The New York Times reported that Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner were also at the June 2016 meeting.

In a statement released Sunday, he said she made "vague" and "ambiguous" statements that "made no sense" related to the alleged incriminating information about Clinton.

However, he did not disclose Mr Akhmetshin's presence at the meeting. "Never, ever, ever, ever, ever was Russian Federation mentioned and never was there any coordination or cooperation or collaboration", said Former Trump Campaign Manager Corey Lewandowski.

"But maybe if we come to power, maybe one day, we will get back to you on that, because it really sounds interesting", Veselnitskaya said Trump Jr. told her.

"I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting". Almost eight decades later, the same can be said about the Trump administration's relationships with Russian Federation.

According to Akhmetshin, Trump Jr. asked if she could demonstrate the flow of money, proving its illicit nature. "I didn't prepare the document", he said.

She said that Trump Jr. said at the end of the meeting that her information was "interesting", but there was nothing they could do to help her with it.

Regarding the substance, Akhmetshin said that in the course of her work for clients, Veselnitskaya had discovered that a U.S. hedge fund which "seemed linked to the (Democratic National Committee)" was operating in violation of Russian tax and securities law.

On Tuesday night, Trump Jr. told Fox News he had nothing to hide and would be willing to testify about the meeting.

The president did not address the implications of his son seeking opposition research from a hostile foreign power, instead praising Donald Trump Jr.'s "transparency" for releasing the emails.

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

Separately on Friday, the data and digital director for Trump's presidential campaign said he will speak with the House Intelligence committee later this month as part of its own Russian Federation probe.

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