Putin hopes for further dialogue with Trump

Andrew Cummings
July 16, 2017

According to John Butters, senior analyst at FactSet, earnings per share were projected to climb by 6.5 in the quarter of April-June, but said the actual increase could go above 9 percent.

Akhmetshin's presence at the meeting, first reported by NBC News, raised new questions about the credibility of multiple White House statements about the meeting with a Kremlin-connected lawyer that was also attended by Paul Manafort, then Trump's campaign chief, and Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law.

In an exchange in May, the lobbyist downplayed the Russia-Trump scandal, telling a reporter he did not believe the Kremlin was involved in colluding with the Trump campaign and that allegations of frequent contacts between Russian agents and Trump campaign officials had probably been fabricated.

President Donald Trump's campaign digital director, Brad Parscale, said Friday he will meet with the House Intelligence Committee later this month.

Both Akhmetshin and Samochornov are named in an April 2017 complaint by the Senate Judiciary Committee examining the question of possible collusion between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. No additional names have been provided.


"I had no contact with Russians. They were looking at each other, asking questions a couple of times and they had notebooks full of questions but they weren't getting the answers they were looking for", Caputo said to WBFO. Publicist Rob Goldstone, who brokered the meeting via email with Trump Jr., has told the AP that he was there.

Donald Trump, Jr. and Eric Trump attend the inauguration ceremeony for the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, British Columbia, on February 28. Veselnitskaya had a plastic folder of documents that she said showed how the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and their 2016 presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, were receiving illicit money from Russian Federation.

Earlier this year, Trump Jr. denied in an interview with The New York Times that he had participated in a "setup" meeting with a Russian.

Sources with knowledge of the meeting at Trump Tower have revealed that there was a ninth attendee, and they described this person's behavior as "peculiar".

"They couldn't wait for the meeting to end", he added. Akhmetshin said he recognized Kushner and Trump Jr.


Trump's son said he had been promised damaging information about his father's opponent, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

When asked about whether he had concerns, knowing what he knows now, Futerfas responded: "I have absolutely no concerns about what was said in that meeting".

But it is going to be very hard, if not impossible, for Trump Jr.to make that case before the battery of House and Senate investigating committees, and the Justice Department's Special Counsel Robert Mueller's broader probe into whether there was collusion between Moscow and Trump's campaign.

Photo Rinat Akhmetshin at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing in June 2016.

Separately on Friday, the data and digital director for Trump's presidential campaign said he will speak with the House Intelligence committee later this month as part of its own Russian Federation probe.


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