Trump Hires Veteran DC Lawyer To Head PR On Russia Investigation

Andrew Cummings
July 15, 2017

The amendments would prevent anyone in the Executive Office of the President under federal criminal investigation or who didn't disclose meetings with foreign governments on their security clearance forms from getting or keeping their clearance.

Mr Akhmetshin said he and Ms Veselnitskaya were joined by an interpreter. "This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump", said Goldstone's initial email, which did not elicit any expression of surprise from Junior and his friends. Is that effort something about which you had previous knowledge?

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and now White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting.

The lawyer recommended going public with the information to help the Trump campaign, though she did not have additional evidence of the money flow as requested in the meeting, Ahkmetshin said.

Veselnitskaya had acknowledged that she was accompanied to the meeting at Trump Tower by persons that she declined to identify.

Please describe the conversation at the meeting in more detail.

E-mail chains showed that Natalia's friend (an acquaintance of Don Jr.) had promised dirt on Hillary Clinton to secure the meeting. Now a US citizen, he lobbies to lift anti-Russian sanctions. He is one of several people linked to the Trump campaign who are under scrutiny by a special counsel and congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and potential coordination with Trump associates. And then there was this other person, the lawyer, Veselnitskaya, who's a Russian citizen and who is outside the reach of a USA subpoena. Did you not think it might be relevant? Had you forgotten about the meeting you attended a month earlier?

"For the objective of security or otherwise, the names were reviewed", he said. "And certainly none that I was representing the campaign in any way, shape or form".

He said: "He reacts to the interlocutor, at the reasons, he is involved in the discussion even if he doesn't like something and he doesn't agree with something, he asks some questions, reacts to the interlocutor's reasoning".

Another NBC report Friday stated that there was an additional sixth person in the June 9 meeting, although their identity has yet to be revealed.

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.

The CNN Religion Twitter account tweeted, "Under fire, Trump prays with evangelical in the White House".

Do you really think - let's ask ourselves this: Do you really that think they would put anything in writing, and this wouldn't have a huge red flag if they thought, "Oh gosh, we've got to cover this up?" "They want to drip a little bit today, drip a little bit then".

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