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Former Russian Spy Attended Trump Jr. Meeting

15 July 2017

Trump Jr. has repeatedly said that the meeting was inconsequential, and both he and Veselnitskaya said she had no information on Clinton.

The Russian government has denied any knowledge that such a meeting ever took place.

Trump Jr. said he invited the other two Americans, was asked to attend by an acquaintance not named in the statement, and was not told beforehand with whom he would meet.

Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, wrote that he has always been a skeptic of charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, but that he was "open to empirical evidence".

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The NBC report describes the man as a "Russian-born American lobbyist [who] served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the USA, where he holds dual citizenship".

Trump twice asked Putin whether Russian Federation tried to hack the election during the meeting and was reportedly appeared satisfied with Putin's denial. In fact, Trump Jr. even released his exchange of emails with Rob Goldstone, who reportedly helped in setting up his meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya in Manhattan on June 9, 2016.

News, which did not identify the Russian-American lobbyist, said some USA officials suspected him of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, something he denied to the network. "He said, 'Absolutely not".

Accusations that Moscow meddled in the election and colluded with the Trump campaign have dominated Trump's first months in office.

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President Trump and Trump Jr. have said there was nothing improper about the meeting.

"The revelation that the Trump Campaign eagerly meant to possibly collude with Russian Federation is deeply disturbing", Democratic House minority leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted Thursday.

The meeting was attended by Donald Trump's son and his then campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The recent revelation of Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer is causing headaches for the Trump administration.

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"My son is a wonderful young man".

The Judiciary Committee is one of several congressional panels investigating Russian meddling in the USA election, along with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

According to tweets published by Trump Jr. earlier this week, Goldstone sent him an email pointing to "a Russian government attorney" as the source of potential information that could damage Clinton.

The United States Senate Judiciary committee wrote a letter to Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday, asking him to testify before the committee, Chairman Chuck Grassley told CNN on Thursday.

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Former Russian Spy Attended Trump Jr. Meeting