Russian-American lobbyist says he was in Trump Jr.'s meeting

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He said that he learned of the meeting on the day when Veselinzic asked him to attend.

He said he showed up with her at the Manhattan skyscraper wearing jeans and a T-shirt.

Akhmetshin said the attorney brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents. Veselnitskaya had a plastic folder of documents that she said showed how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and their 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were receiving illicit money from Russian Federation. "Lanny Wiles, whose wife, Susie, was then chairing the Trump campaign in Florida, said in an interview that he came early to scout out the seat and was there at the request of Akhmetshin, with whom he was working as a consultant on the sanctions-related adoption issue". And we understand senior administration officials say his goal is to impose some discipline in the White House regarding how it handles and responds to all of these Russian Federation matters.

Asked if the RNC would pay those costs if it determined it was legal for the committee to do so, Romney McDaniel replied that she also had to take into account the preferences of the committee's donors. Asked whether you had ever discussed government policies related to Russian Federation, you said, "A hundred percent no".

The Russian-American was overheard in a coffee shop bragging about arranging the cyber-attack on the firm's computer system, according to court documents.

"That is not correct", Akhmetshin said. Charles Grassley had written a letter to John Kelly, the secretary of Homeland Security, describing Akhmetshin as "a Russian immigrant to the United States who has been accused of acting as an unregistered agent for Russian interests and apparently has ties to Russian intelligence".

Akhmetshin has told media outlets that he once worked in Soviet counterintelligence, but only during his two years in the Russian military in the mid-1980s.

Mr Akhmetshin did not respond to repeated inquiries from The Independent.

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Akhmetshin, who lobbied in Washington to overturn the Magnitsky sanctions, is a dual citizen who was born in Russian Federation and served in the Soviet military.

Given the fact of this meeting and that it was attended by two other senior campaign officials, how do you justify that statement?

The mediator said the discussion was part of a plot by the Russian government to assist the Republican candidate, Donald Trump.

Browder is set to testify before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee about Veselnitskaya and others, the committee announced this week.

On Thursday, President Trump defended his eldest son's attendance at the Trump Tower meeting.

"I never thought this would be such a big deal to be honest", he told The AP about the meeting, which has roiled the Trump administration. It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent. "I answered as many as I could answer".

"That's very standard in politics", Trump added.

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