Russian-American Lobbyist Says He Was in Trump Son's Meeting with Lawyer

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Levine, who said their conversation took place when he was a reporter at The New York Times, added that he hadn't picked up any evidence of a current relationship between Akhmetshin and Russian intelligence in "numerous intense reporting experiences" over the years.

US President Donald Trump, battling allegations that his campaign colluded with Russians to get him elected, has said he would invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to the White House, but "at the right time".

But, he said, once Manafort comes before the committee he is subject to any line of questioning, including that of his involvement in the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which he attended.

Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner met Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016.

NBC News is also reporting that the Russian-born American Akhmetshin was at the meeting.

Mr Akhmetshin has previously denied reports that he worked for Soviet military intelligence, which he would have had to disclose when applying for United States citizenship.

If this timeline doesn't prove that Trump Jr. and Sr. weren't in contact, I don't know what does. Trump Jr. was told the lawyer had dirt on then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Some US officials suspect has had ongoing ties to Russian intelligence.

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Trump Jr. said he attended the meeting for "opposition research", which President Trump said is standard in American politics during a joint press conference with the president of France on Thursday. Are you telling me this is a coincidence? "Nothing happened from the meeting", the president said.

Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump Jr.'s shifting explanations "paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit".

But in an interview with The Associated Press published Friday morning, Akhmetshin denied having ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

If this is the best defense the Trump team has to offer, the White House is in very serious trouble indeed.

The chairman said that he will subpoena the president's son if necessary.

She added: "I am telling you that Obama never took Russian Federation seriously and that is why this woman somehow ended up in the country".

Trump Jr. was told in the emails that the source had "sensitive information" that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

According to tweets published by Trump Jr. earlier this week, Goldstone sent him an email pointing to "a Russian government attorney" as the source of potential information that could damage Clinton.

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