Russian Federation lobbyist attended Trump son's meeting

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 17, 2017

One of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers defended a meeting that the president's son had with Russian nationals during the 2016 campaign, suggesting the fact that the Secret Service allowed the meeting showed it was not "nefarious".

The president on Sunday said his eldest son was being set up by the Fake News Media.

Lawyer Jay Sekulow distanced his client from the June 2016 meeting, saying that the President did not know about it at the time.

In a potentially even more damaging revelation, the New York Times reported that the younger Trump had been informed via email ahead of the meeting that material from the Russian lawyer was part of an effort by Moscow to aid his father's presidential bid and hurt Clinton.

On Sunday, the top Democrats investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election said that e-mails that Trump Jr. sent about the meeting with the Russian lawyer appeared to confirm that members of the Trump campaign had meant to cooperate with Russian officials.

The actor couldn't help reminding readers of the 2016 campaign when Donald Trump was fixated upon Hillary Clinton's emails.

Political veterans from Republican and Democratic campaigns have said it was unusual to take a meeting with a foreign operative offering information on a rival.

And of course, many Trump critics are using the existence of the meeting - regardless of what was actually discussed - to prove collusion.

The number of people known to be at the meeting also changed over time. On Friday, Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer, confirmed his participation.

Mr Trump Jr's attorney Alan Futerfas called the reports "much ado about nothing".

"I'm not sure why we take anybody in the senior level of the Trump administration at their word", he said.

"This is about as clear of evidence you could find of intent by the campaign to collude with the Russians, to get useful information from the Russians", Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said of Trump Jr.'s emails. He spoke on ABC's This Week. Cobb is expected to oversee the White House's legal and media response to investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.

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