Trump Jr meeting: Russia lobbyist confirms attendance

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Kushner & Bannon in hot water over disclosure forms

"They prove that the Trump campaign was not only aware of the Russian government's efforts to meddle in our elections, they were enthusiastic about accepting Russian support".

A former Soviet counterintelligence officer was reportedly present at a meeting attended by Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer in June, 2016, according to NBC News.

Akhmetshin served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the USA, where he holds dual citizenship, NBC reported.

Aboard the Air Force One, Trump, when asked by reporters whether he would invite Putin to the White House, said, "I don't think this is the right time, but the answer is yes, I would".

"We need to uncover all of the possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian interference in our elections, which is a crime", Blumenthal, D-Conn., said in an interview.

The Republican president drew criticism last week from Democrats who accused him of not pressing Putin hard enough at a meeting they held in Germany over Moscow's alleged interference in the 2016 United States presidential campaign.

Mr Futerfas denied the lobbyist worked for the Russian government.

GOP operative who sought Clinton emails from Russian hackers kil
On Friday, the Journal reported that police found several items in Smith's hotel room that led them to believe he killed himself. Peter W Smith, 81, spoke to the Wall Street Journal in May a year ago , and he died about 10 days later on May 14.

The Iowa Republican says he wants Mr Trump Jr to appear "pretty soon", and it could be as early as next week.

It all began last weekend, after The New York Times published a report that said Trump Jr. agreed to a meeting with attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016, on the promise of collecting damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) described the NBC News report as the latest detail in a "slow bleed" of information related to Trump Jr.'s meeting with Veselnitskaya.

He pointed out that it was illogical to assume that Russian Federation had meddled in the elections as his opponent's energy and defense policies were much more suitable for them. "It was a short meeting, it was a meeting that went very, very quickly; very fast".

The meeting, which took place at Trump Tower, was also attended by Paul J. Manafort and Jared Kushner who submitted confidential government documents to confirm their presence during the meeting. Following his meeting with Macron, there was a press conference during which Trump discussed his meeting with Putin. Trump Jr. told Goldstone: "If it's what you say I love it, especially later in the summer".

During the meeting, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya provided Trump Jr., details of what she believed were illicit contributions to the DNC and suggested that going public with the dirt could hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign.

According to the reports, Trump Jr met the lawyer at Trump Tower in NY in June. "I think he thought he was looking out for his father's best interest", he said.

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