Trump to Hire Lawyer Ty Cobb to Respond to Russia Probes

Cheryl Sanders
July 17, 2017

But now Akhmetshin, 49, finds himself in the spotlight after being revealed as the man who accompanied Moscow lawyer Natalia Veselniskaya to a meeting with top Trump campaign officials in June 2016, including Donald Trump Jr., the president's son.

"HillaryClinton can illegally get the questions to the Debate & delete 33,000 emails but my son Don is being scorned by the Fake News Media?", he tweeted on Sunday.

Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's personal attorneys, appeared on multiple Sunday talk shows to say the meeting didn't violate the law and that the president wasn't aware of the meeting and didn't participate.

Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya
Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya

Separately, on CBS' Face the Nation, Warner said there were "trolls", or paid individuals who worked for Russian services, who tried to interfere in the election and disseminate fake news.

Donald Trump Jr. has acknowledged that he met in NY with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

When first confronted by The New York Times about the meeting with the Russian lawyer, he said it was only about the adoption by Americans of Russian babies.

According to emails released by Trump Jr. last week, he eagerly agreed to meet Veselnitskaya, who he was told was a Russian government lawyer.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr has denied that his June 2016 meeting is evidence he colluded with the Kremlin.

The allegations have cast a cloud over Mr Trump administration since he took office.

The number of people known to have been at the meeting also changed over time. Trump Jr. replied, "I love it".

The meeting appears to be the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's election campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has prompted investigations by congressional committees and a federal special counsel.

In one of the emails, Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who arranged the meeting, told Trump Jr. that a chief prosecutor in Russian Federation offered "information that would incriminate Hillary" Clinton and her "dealings with Russian Federation".

Information for this article was contributed by Mark Niquette, Alan Bjerga and Ben Brody of Bloomberg News; by staff members of The Associated Press; and by Mark Landler and Emmarie Huetteman of The New York Times.

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