Published: Sun, July 16, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

New questions arise from Trump Tower meeting

New questions arise from Trump Tower meeting

The Department of Homeland Security told BuzzFeed it allowed Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer in the meeting, to enter the U.S.so she could represent a Russian investment firm in a money laundering case in 2015.

The emails prove that Junior (not a naive youth but a 39-year-old businessman who has frequently done work in Russia) met the Russian lobbyist in the Trump Tower, together with Ivanka Trump's husband, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, then the elder Trump's campaign manager.

A top Russian-American lobbyist and military officer during the Soviet era were among those who attended a meeting with Trump Jr., son-in-law and campaign leader a year ago, the lobbyist admitted on Friday.

On Tuesday, Trump Jr. publicly shared the email chain that preceded the meeting.

Akhmetshin said the attorney brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents.

Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, though he denies ever working as an intelligence agent.

Homeland said Veselnitskaya first got her immigration parole letter on September 25, 2015 and it was last used in February 2016.

There is lying, and then there is what Fox News's Eric Bolling did when he reversed the facts of the Russian Federation story to claim that it was really Hillary Clinton who was colluding with Russian Federation to get dirt on Trump. Grassley was requesting "all information" on Akhmetshin's immigration history.

The White House had no immediate comment about the NBC News report of a Russian-American lobbyist at the meeting.

Trump Jr., that paragon of transparency according to his father the president, never mentioned Akhmetshin in his own account of the June 2016 meeting.

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

'If the dialogue were to go on, as you've said in this sense, in a humanitarian sense, there is the chance to hope that the dialogue develops further, ' Putin said during a meeting with workers from the Lebedinsky mine in the Belgorod region.

Agalarov is a pop star and a client of Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who arranged the meeting with Trump Jr. "He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer, but a Russian lawyer".

Futerfas confirmed that, "for the goal of security or otherwise, the names were reviewed" but said Trump Jr. knew nothing about the man's background at the time of the meeting. He left the military as a sergeant and said he did not have any ties to Russian intelligence.

On Sunday, The President's son released a statement saying that the lawyer said there was information that people linked to Russian Federation had funded the Democratic National Committee and aided the Democratic candidate Clinton, a position that Akhmetshin supported in his statement. "It's called opposition research".

"That is not correct", Akhmetshin said.

Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, who has been lobbied by Akhmetshin, told CNN earlier this year that the lobbyist is someone with "an ulterior motive" who is "involved with people who've got an agenda" and has "international connections to different groups in Russian Federation".

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