Translator in Trump Jr. meeting identified as ex-State Dept. contractor

Rodiano Bonacci
Luglio 16, 2017

He said he was drafted into the Soviet army and served from 1986 to 1988 but was not trained in spy tradecraft.

Unlike Trump's lead private counsel on the Russian Federation investigations, NY litigator Marc Kasowitz, who doesn't hail from the white collar legal world in Washington, Cobb's hire was seen as a more conventional pick. Trump Jr. told Goldstone: "If it's what you say I love it, especially later in the summer". The meeting occurred a few days later.

"Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch".

Trump Jr. has maintained that the Veselnitskaya had no good information about Hillary Clinton, as he was promised beforehand.

Trump Jr. asked the attorney if she had all the evidence to back up her claims, including whether she could demonstrate the flow of the money.

Even if the ongoing Russian Federation questions don't end in legal consequences for Mr Trump, they can still inflict serious political damage if allowed to drag out, experts say.

Trump Jr. has dismissed suggestions he did anything wrong by meeting with Veselnitskaya. He said he was unaware of the content of the documents or if they were provided by the Russian government, and it was unclear if Veselnitskaya left the materials with the Trump associates. "She spent years researching this stuff", he said.

But it appears that whoever said that is incorrect. He also said he recognized Manafort because they worked in "adjacent political circles" but never together.

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

Akhmetshin was not available for comment. Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, has said he would also like to hear from Trump Jr.

In the midst of the firestorm renewed by Trump Jr.'s email revelation, the president defended his son early Wednesday.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that people close to Trump are pushing the RNC to bear the rising costs of legal fees for the president and other officials.

At the June 2016 meeting, Samochornov was working as a translator for Veselnitskaya, who reportedly Veselnitskaya does not speak any English.

Asked on Friday about Mr Akhmetshin, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, told reporters: "We don't know anything about this person". Over on Capitol Hill, a House Intelligence Committee questioned former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo for three and a half hours on Russian meddling in the election. He denies ever serving in such a capacity.

'There is no such thing as being a former member of Russian intelligence, ' he said.

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