POTUS Adding to Legal Team in Wake of Trump Jr. Controversy

Kristopher Drake
July 15, 2017

The assembly becomes the first confirmed private meeting between Russians and Trump's campaign team in the wake the of the campaign for the 2016 US elections.

Trump said on Wednesday he had asked Putin last week if he was involved in Russian interference in the campaign.

The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the USA, where he holds dual citizenship, according to NBC.

He asked reporters on Air Force One what more he could have done.

Akhmetshin added that he had not been contacted by the special counsel's office or the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the meeting with Trump Jr., but said he is willing to talk to investigators.

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort included at least eight people.

In a recent interview, Veselnitskaya denied having discussed Hillary-related issues with Trump Jr. during the meeting. "He said absolutely not", Trump said.

Trump Jr., although he has no official admin position, has recently become even more controversial for his meeting with the Russian lawyer during the election campaign. If somebody called and said, hey - and you're a Democrat - and by the way, they have taken them - hey, I have really some information on Donald Trump.

Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin told the news agency AP Friday that he was at a June 2016 meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. was promised information about Hillary Clinton.

Co-host Willie Geist read Trump's tweets on the MSNBC morning show as the panel accused Trump's White House of using anonymous sources "all the time" despite the president often mocking the use of anonymous sources by the mainstream media.

Futerfas said he had talked with the individual who came to the meeting with Veselnitskaya: "He is a United States citizen".

But critics argue the problem is Donald Trump Junior was open to what emails promised would be information from a foreign government, created to influence the election.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells NPR that he's sending a letter to Donald Trump Jr., saying that he wants the president's eldest son to testify in an open session of the committee and will subpoena him if necessary.

"My son is a wonderful young man", the president said.

Mr. Trump's former campaign manager denies any collusion.

Trump Jr. on Tuesday released his emails with Rob Goldstone, a music publicist with ties to the Trumps. Trump Jr released a statement in the past week to give an insight of the meeting held with Russian nationals. The five-member commission's three Republicans said they could not support moving forward because not all the facts were available.

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