That’s what Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya said she was doing when she met with Donald Trump Jr.in June 2016 at Trump Tower in NY.
Washington this week has been fixated on emails released by President Donald Trump’s eldest son showing he met with a Russian lawyer during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. It has been widely assumed that, at a minimum, a translator was present. He is believed to have worked as a project manager for the U.S. State Department. They had been told that Veselnitskaya was a “Russian government lawyer”.
Akhmetshin has been reported to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies, although he denies those links.
“I was literally the only person wearing jeans and T-shirt” at the meeting, Akhmetshin told the daily.
Though, it is still unclear whether Veselnitskaya actually fulfilled the promised compromising information about Clinton or not.
However, in remarks to The Associated Press, Akhmetshin said he served in a military unit that was part of counterintelligence, but was not trained as a spy. Grassley was requesting “all information” on Akhmetshin’s immigration history. “It was not immediately clear whether the campaign expenditure was renumeration for Futerfas’s representation of Trump’s son, on Russia-related or other matters”. In response, Putin banned all adoptions of Russian children by USA parents. “I haven’t talked with Donald Trump about Russian Federation since then”.
President Trump repeatedly dismissed such reports as a “witch hunt” and “fake news” invented by a liberal news media seeking to topple him from power.
In an exchange in May, the lobbyist downplayed the Russia-Trump scandal, telling a reporter he did not believe the Kremlin was involved in colluding with the Trump campaign and that allegations of frequent contacts between Russian agents and Trump campaign officials had probably been fabricated.
Trump defended his son, as you’d expect.
Akhmetshin did not know whether the documents were provided by the Russian government. But after he learned that the Times was about to run a story on his meeting with the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, he began to unfold several contradictory explanations about how it came about.
The meeting was aired by the Russian Federation 24 TV channel. But Trump deflected the question and simply praised his appointment of Wray. It’s the first known case of potential collusion with Russians to influence the election, and it had a paper trail: e-mails between Trump Jr. and an intermediary setting up the meeting.
Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a strong supporter of Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation, is the lawmaker House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last summer “joked” is on Putin’s payroll.
Akhmetshin said Trump Jr. then asked if she had evidence to back up the assertion, to which Veselnitskaya said the campaign would have to do more research on the subject.
File image of Donald Trump with Donald Jr.