It has been reported on Friday that two more people were in attendance in June 2016 during the meeting between Donald Trump Jr and Russian laywer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in which Trump Jr was promised information about Hillary Clinton.
One of the individuals is Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. He confirmed his attendance to the Associated Press but denied any current ties to Russian spy agencies.
However, it’s suspected by U.S. officials that the lobbyist has ongoing ties to Russian intelligence.
The lobbyist attended the meeting in Trump Tower with the president’s eldest son, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, who was the campaign chairman.
NBC first broke the news of the attendance of Akhmetshin, but initially did not give his name. They described him as a man who holds American and Russian citizenship. NBC also added that after serving in the Soviet military, Akhmetshin moved to the U.S.
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, did tell NBC that she attended the meeting with one man, but did not give his name away.
However, NBC News have reported on Friday that she attended with two other people. Donald Trump Jr’s lawyer, Alan Futerfas, told the network that a translator and a friend of Emin Agalarov’s attended.
As reports have already indicated, the meeting was set up by music publicist Rob Goldstone.
Goldstone sent Donald Trump Jr. an email chain that Natalia Veselnitskaya had “information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father”.
He also described the information as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump”.
Trump Jr. appeared delighted with this news when he responded to Goldstone.
“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” he said.
The meeting lasted only 20 minutes, to which Trump Jr. said to Veselnitskaya: “Well, the story that you’ve told us, it sounds very interesting but unfortunately at the moment, there is nothing that we, we can help you with about it. But maybe if we come to power, maybe one day, we will get back to you on that, because it really sounds interesting.”
Veselnitskaya reported this to the NBC News network. However, Kushner and Manafort’ representatives declined to comment.
When the news first broke, President Trump took to Twitter to defend his son calling him “open, transparent and innocent” and that the current controversy has been “the greatest witch hunt in political history”.
So far, it is unknown how many people attended the meeting in June 2016. But, as of now, Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin and publicist Rob Goldstone were all in attendance.