Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Russian-American lobbyist joined Trump's son's meeting, too

This follows Trump Jr. and Kushner being scrutinized for having a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had promised to dish dirt on Democratic opponent former Secretary Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign.

Fox News' Eric Bolling on Friday figured out who, exactly was colluding with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and-surprise, surprise-it was't Donald Trump Jr.

Rinat Akhmetshin pictured in Washington in 2016.

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

Mr Trump Jr asked the attorney if she had all the evidence to back up her claims, but Ms Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would need to research it more.

Kushner was in charge of the Trump campaign's digital operations.

Akhmetshin has been described as a Russian "gun for hire" and a former Soviet-era spy and has worked in the West for years as an advocate for Russian interests.

House Democrats said they believe that omission is yet another red flag. He said he thinks she left the materials with the Trump associates.

"They're no friend to the US, I want to be clear on that", Duffy said about Russian Federation.

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.

However, when Donald Trump Jr. released a chain of emails Tuesday, Krauthammer believed that pushed the Russian Federation scandal into a new phase, one from which it will be impossible for Trump to recover.

That same month, Kushner also met with Sergey Gorkov, chief of Vnesheconombank and a former member of Russian intelligence.

Schiff said Trump Jr.'s omission of Akhmetshin's role in his public account of the meeting and the president's son's shifting explanations "paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit".

Akhmetshin, who spoke to AP while on vacation in France, said the meeting was "not substantive" and he "actually expected more serious" discussion.

"I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest", he said.

Akhmetshin was not available for comment on Friday. "That is not correct", Akhmetshin told The Associated Press.

Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, named Akhmetshin in a complaint in March about people who are effectively engaged in lobbying work but do not register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. "I then said to him, in a totally different way, 'Were you involved with the meddling?' He said, 'I was not - absolutely not'". Head of Russian Federation Council's (upper house of parliament) International Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has described as cynical the conditions set forth by officials in Washington regarding the return of the Russian diplomatic property in the US.

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