A Russian-American lobbyist who supposedly served in a counterintelligence unit of the former Soviet military said Friday he attended a meeting past year between Donald Trump, Jr., and an attorney linked to the Kremlin.
Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and now White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.
Later yesterday, a spokesman for the president's outside legal team contended that participants in the June meeting "misrepresented who they were and who they worked for".
"He's a US citizen and not working for the Russian government and my client was introduced to him literally at the meeting", Futerfas said.
Indeed, in a July 2016 interview with CNN, you called suggestions that Russians were behind the hacking of DNC emails "disgusting" and "phony", adding, "I can't think of bigger lies, but that exactly goes to show you what the DNC and what the Clinton camp will do". Veselnitskaya told NBC News she had at least one other guest with her in the meeting, but declined to say who he was.
The lobbyist said Mr Trump Jr was disappointed when he asked for evidence of illicit money flowing to the rival Democratic National Committee and Ms Veselnitskaya could not provide it.
Finally, the emails show that the US president's eldest son was enthusiastic about the idea that he could get some dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russians. In messages from Goldstone to Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya was characterized as a "Russian government attorney", though she has denied connections to the Kremlin.
Did Trump Jr. call a lawyer or the Federal Bureau of Investigation?
Manafort has denied any coordination with Russian Federation and has said his work in Ukraine was not related to the campaign. NBC News first reported Akhmetshin's attendance at the meeting.
Trump, asked to respond to Putin's claim he agreed that Russia didn't meddle, took issue with the reporter's characterization of what the Russian President claimed.
"It is totally bogus to suggest that somehow it was okay because they didn't actually obtain any useful information in it", Josh Earnest, former White House Secretary in the Obama administration, said.