Former Soviet 'spy' admits meeting Trump Jr

Donald Trump Jr. at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland Ohio

Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation in the meeting to The Associated Press on Friday, providing new details of a June 2016 sit-down that included a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's oldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.

According to the timeline released by the Department of Homeland Security, the Obama Justice and Homeland Security departments granted her a special type of "parole" to be in the USA from September 2015 through February 2016 to work on a court case in NY. Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the campaign, he said.

Trump Jr. asked the attorney if she had sufficient evidence to back up her claims, including whether she could demonstrate the flow of the money. But Veselnitskaya said the Trump campaign would need to research it more.

After that, Trump Jr. lost interest, according to Akhmetshin.

At the end of the day, said one source, there will be chaos and "everyone in there is going to blame it on everyone else".

Akhmetshin told AP he does not know if Veselnitskaya's documents were provided by the Russian government.

As she left the event, Pelosi was asked by reporters to specify which laws she believed the Trump campaign trio had broken. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the committee, told the McClatchy Co. he wants to know if Russian "fake or damaging news stories" were "coordinated in any way, in terms of targeting or in terms of timing or in terms of any other measure, with the [Trump] campaign".

Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian lawyer Donald Trump Jr. met with in 2016
Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian lawyer Donald Trump Jr. met with in 2016

However, when Donald Trump Jr. released a chain of emails Tuesday, Krauthammer believed that pushed the Russian Federation scandal into a new phase, one from which it will be impossible for Trump to recover.

"One of these people who were at the meeting, not sure which one ... is connected to Fusion GPS, who also was connected-Fusion GPS-to the payment, the Russian dossier", Bolling said Friday.

Mr Trump Jr did not disclose Mr Akhmetshin's presence in statements and emails he released earlier this week about the meeting.

The Russian government has denied any involvement in or knowledge of the June 2016 meeting.

Akhmetshin was not available for comment on Friday. Akhmetshin served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the US, where he holds dual citizenship, NBC reported.

Akhmetshin said the Justice Department prodded him several months ago to register as a foreign agent because of his lobbying work, though he said he doesn't believe he needs to do so.

In his Washington Post op-ed titled "Bungled collusion is still collusion", Krauthammer said he had been puzzled by the claims that President Donald Trump and the White House had been colluding with Russian Federation, due to the fact there was no solid evidence.

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