Donald Trump Jr.’s team is hiding something; that much is clear following a series of explosive reports from the New York Times laying out the details of a 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Kremlin-connected lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.
NBC News has now revealed that there was a sixth, previously unreported upon person at that meeting. This revelation comes after it came out that an apparently admitted former Soviet counterintelligence officer was also at that meeting. Although he was not initially named in media reports, the Associated Press has named that fifth person as Rinat Akhmetshin.
Besides Akhmetshin, Kushner, Manafort, Trump Jr., and Veselnitskaya, there was, as mentioned, a sixth person at the meeting.
— NBC News (@NBCNews) July 14, 2017
This person has yet to be named, although an attorney for Donald Trump Jr. named Alan Futerfas has described them as a translator. This explanation for that person’s presence at the meeting is, however, lacking, since at least Akhmetshin could speak English. Why then, would they need an extra translator at the meeting?
The question is still not answered of what Akhmetshin himself was doing there in the first place. Futerfas described him as a “friend of Emin [Agalarov]’s and maybe as a friend of Natalia [Veselnitskaya]’s.”
The Agalarovs are the Russian family who set up this now infamous meeting. The invitation from the Agalarovs’ publicist, Rob Goldstone, for Trump Jr. to meet with Veselnitskaya marketed her and the information she would be providing as coming from the Russian government.
Futerfas says that when he asked Akhmetshin if he worked for the Russian government, he laughed it off. This dismissal, however, is sure to be highly unsatisfactory for investigators looking into possible Trump team collusion with Russia in the latter’s efforts to sway the outcome of the 2016 U.S. elections.
Trump Jr. is, of course, eager to jump on board any dismissals of the meeting as inconsequential. This eagerness underlies his repeated lies of omission, having not disclosed the presence of either Akhmetshin or the yet unnamed “translator.” He didn’t even initially acknowledge the meeting’s stated purpose of handing off dirt from the Russian government on Hillary Clinton, instead simply claiming the meeting was about “adoption.”
He has been called before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain himself, and in the meantime, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has actually long been seeking answers on Akhmetshin, who the Senator says “had failed to register as a foreign agent even though he had been lobbying in the U.S. for Russian interests.”
Twitter’s reaction to the news about this sixth person present at Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with Veselnitskaya is below.
New TV show: The Dirty Half-Dozen
— Meg Waite Clayton (@MegWClayton) July 14, 2017
Come for the adoption
Stay for the collusion #fromrussiawithlove
— angel (@phototherapy318) July 14, 2017
So basically no idea how many Russian spies they have met with and still do as none keep records.
No tax returns.
— Michael Collins (@mdcfBBA) July 14, 2017
Translator? LOL yet another lie.
— Tom (@TommieWho) July 14, 2017
So they weren't using Google Translate?
— Tigrikorn (@odouglasj) July 14, 2017
He needs to stick with scamming real estate deals. He's too naive for international espionage!
— Chuck (@ChuckVB25) July 14, 2017
Sean Hannity to Don Jr: Is this everything? Don Jr: This is everything. At 39 years old he remembers about as much his 71 year old father.
— Diana Soletti (@dianasoletti) July 14, 2017
Not one word from Trump and assoc is truth. Not one.
— CinnaMiel 37 (@CinnamonMiel) July 14, 2017
Soon it will be easier to determine who WASN'T at the meeting. This is like watching the Apple Dumpling Gang -Trump style
— Bamboozled🙊🙉🙈 (@holleyr) July 14, 2017
We're 36 hours away from them admitting that Putin himself attended the meeting…good grief.
— Mike O'Connell (@micheilemmett) July 14, 2017
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