Rep. Duffy on Trump Jr. Meeting: 'Nothing Wrong With That'

Trump has been irritated with lead lawyer Marc Kasowitz seen here in a June 8 file

Akhmetshin, who lobbied in Washington to overturn the Magnitsky sanctions, is a dual citizen who was born in Russian Federation and served in the Soviet military. Veselnitskaya had a plastic folder of documents that she said showed how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and their 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were receiving illicit money from Russian Federation. "They have initiated a massive list of criminal allegations against me including: murder, espionage, fraud, tax evasion, bankruptcy and slander".

New information regarding the controversy surrounding President Donald Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., emerged on Friday when the number of people who attended the meeting with him and a Kremlin-connected lawyer grew to eight.

Since Friday, when President Donald Trump held his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the president and his spokesmen have offered conflicting and contradictory accounts of what was said and agreed to.

"This attorney set up the meeting under false pretenses", Kucinich said during an appearance on "The Fox News Specialists", referring to the Russian lawyer. "It's called opposition research".

Both Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer involved in the correspondence, have denied that any damaging information was shared during their meeting.

A bipartisan chorus of criticism arose from that meeting over the past week, as federal investigations of Russian meddling in the 2016 United States election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign loom large over the Trump administration.

He told AP that he served in the Soviet military in a unit that was part of counterintelligence but was never formally trained as a spy.


"I have no problems with what Donald Jr. did, and I don't think any prosecutor would either", he added, rejecting criticism of the meeting by saying Democrats appeared to have no issues with Russian Federation during the Obama administration.

Akhmetshin said he has not been contacted by the special counsel's office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the meeting with Trump Jr., but said he is willing to talk to investigators.

Trump Jr. earlier this week said publicly he had met Veselnitskaya in June 2016, despite earlier claims that he - and other members of the Trump campaign team - had not met with any Russians during Trump's election campaign. The lawyer is said to be related to the deceased baseball Hall of Famer of the same name.

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

Emin asked British publicist Rod Goldberg to contact Donald Jr. through email and meet Veselnitskaya.

With Donald Jr.'s release on Thursday, through a tweet, of the emails between him and Goldberg, the Russian scandal has entered a new phase, according to The New York Daily News.

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