Trump Hires New Lawyer Amid Russia Investigation

Trump Hires New Lawyer Amid Russia Investigation

They had been told that Veselnitskaya was a "Russian government lawyer".

The presence of the Russian-American lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, adds another twist to the evolving story about the meeting, which Donald Trump Jr. set up after learning that the lawyer had damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

A prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer said he was at a meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman past year, adding a new wrinkle to the Trump team's evolving explanations about the June 2016 session.

The slow drip of information since then has been another fascinating study in the failure of the Trump administration to be transparent and truthful.

After the New York Times obtained emails that showed Trump Jr. arranging a meeting with the Russian lawyer to gain insight about Hillary Clinton, Trump Jr. Midway through discussions, the unnamed woman is said to have lifted up her entire torso from a seam at her waist to reveal another, smaller woman residing inside.

Homeland said Veselnitskaya first got her immigration parole letter on September 25, 2015 and it was last used in February 2016. The Fox News website does have stories about Trump Jr.'s email correspondence with Russian Federation including several that include the quote in question, but also has articles appearing to point toward the Obama administration for some responsibility in the meeting by granting permission for the lawyer to enter the United States.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley in March questioned whether Akhmetshin might be downplaying the strength of his Russian ties.

Fox News has not yet responded to questions of why the website is censoring comments about Donald Trump Jr.'s emails regarding meeting the Russian lawyer.

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The emails also show that Trump Jr. believed Veselnitskaya would "provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary (Clinton) and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father". Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya brought a folder full of documents, which he said she left behind after the meeting.

The Department of Justice did reportedly ask for Veselnitskaya to be cleared, but the request came from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, not from the DOJ or Lynch.

"She's been in touch with Chaika daily coordinating the Russian state attack against me", Browder said in an interview with Business Insider on Friday.

Futerfas confirmed that, "for the objective of security or otherwise, the names were reviewed" but said Trump Jr. knew nothing about the man's background at the time of the meeting.

Trump Jr. hired an attorney of his own, Alan Futerfas, earlier in the week. She said that doing so could help Trump's campaign, Akhmetshin said. The president has said his son did nothing wrong. "I haven't talked with Donald Trump about Russian Federation since then". Trump Jr. has said he is willing to testify voluntarily, but Grassley said he would be subpoenaed if need be.

"It's called opposition research, or even research into your opponent".

"He took a meeting with a lawyer from Russian Federation".

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