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Donald Trump Jr meeting: Russian lobbyist and former Soviet officer confirms attendance

15 July 2017

The Russian-American lobbyist who attended a meeting at Trump Tower a year ago is a former military officer who has attracted congressional scrutiny over his political activities and has been shadowed by allegations of connections to Russian intelligence that he denies. The lawyer is said to be related to the deceased baseball Hall of Famer of the same name.

At a press conference Friday, the California Democrat read a list of crimes for which legal experts have said Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort could potentially be prosecuted as a result of their June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer.

"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.

But even before revelations of the Veselnitskaya meeting came to light, Kushner's other dealings with Russian officials have been facing scrutiny. But Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would need to research it more.

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"One of these people who were at the meeting, not sure which one ... is connected to Fusion GPS, who also was connected-Fusion GPS-to the payment, the Russian dossier", Bolling said Friday.

Akhmetshin has been described as an "English-speaking former Soviet Army counterintelligence officer", although he repeatedly has denied current ties to Russian intelligence.

Russian Federation denies the allegations, and Trump says there was no collusion.

Democrats say they're concerned the stalling tactics could allow the Trump administration to return two Russian compounds in NY and Maryland that the Obama administration seized in December. Asked Friday about Akhmetshin, Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, told reporters: "We don't know anything about this person".

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'There is no such thing as being a former member of Russian intelligence, ' he said.

So was she charging that Trump Jr., Kushner, and Manafort violated those laws-or saying they might have? He said he's willing to talk with the Senate Judiciary Committee, whose chairman has pressed the Justice Department about why Akhmetshin has not registered as a foreign agent. He has previously registered with Congress for the lobbying, and he plans to raise this issue before Grassley's committee.

"The reason I think it keeps changing is that the administration has something to hide", Blumenthal said.

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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