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Report: Russian-American lobbyist met with Trump Jr., Russian lawyer

Reuters
July 15. 2017 12:33AM
Donald Trump Jr. speaks at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, July 19, 2016. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File photo)

A lobbyist who was once a Soviet counter-intelligence officer participated last year in a meeting with senior aides to U.S. President Donald Trump, including his son, and a Russian lawyer, NBC News reported on Friday, adding to allegations of possible connections between Moscow and the November election.

NBC News, which did not identify the Russian-American lobbyist, said some U.S. officials suspected him of still having ties to Russian intelligence, something he denied to the network.

The Associated Press said the lobbyist, whom it identified as Rinat Akhmetshin, confirmed that he had attended the June 2016 meeting in New York’s Trump Tower.

A source familiar with the participants of the meeting confirmed to Reuters that Akhmetshin was in the room.

Akhmetshin was not available for comment on Friday. The White House had no immediate comment about the NBC News report of a Russian-American lobbyist at the meeting.

Kushner’s spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment and Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni said Manafort had no comment on the meeting.

A former Trump campaign adviser, Michael Caputo, told reporters after he testified to the House Intelligence Committee in closed session on Friday that he had no contact with Russians and never heard of anyone in the campaign “talking with Russians.”


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