Senator: Russian-American lobbyist should testify on Trump Jr. meeting

Saturday, 15 Jul, 2017

The following month, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other US intelligence agencies began investigating Russian election meddling.

Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, told a news briefing on Friday that "time was running out" for the problem to be resolved.

The recent revelation of Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked Russian lawyer is causing headaches for the Trump administration.

Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a strong supporter of Vladimir Putin and Russian Federation, is the lawmaker House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy last summer "joked" is on Putin's payroll.

Grassley's complaint questions whether the Russians, including Akhmetshin, should have registered as foreign agents "for their efforts to bring down a US law on behalf of the Kremlin".

Trump Jr. has posted emails this week detailing an associate's plans for the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to meet with Trump pass on compromising information about the Democratic candidate.

Sekulow reiterated that Trump "recently became aware", but Cooper asked him if the President knew "prior to today" about there being more people in the room. Schiff says lawmakers are reviewing whether the campaign worked with Russians in any way, including distributing "fake news".

And remember, Trump Jr. said he had revealed "everything", yet he "forgot" to name Rinat Akhmetshin and, according to CNN, another three people, a total of four names left off the list. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer.

The digital director of President Donald Trump's campaign, Brad Parscale, said Friday he had accepted an invitation to testify before the House intelligence committee's Russian Federation investigation.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller - as a special counsel in the Justice Department's Russian Federation probe - is investigating allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation in an effort to defeat Clinton in last fall's presidential election.

"In fact, we were so busy just trying to keep up with the sun rising and setting on that campaign, that I can't imagine anyone had the time nor the wherewithal to go out there and even do something like this", Mr Caputo said.

A attorney for White House senior adviser Jared Kushner is leaving his legal team.


NBC News noted that the presence of a Russian-American, who is a former Soviet counterintelligence officer, would pique the interest of special counsel Robert Mueller and the House Senate panels investigating allegations of Trump campaign collusion with Russian agents. "He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer".