"He told me specifically he was not working for the Russian government, and in fact laughed when I asked him that question".
Allegations of the Trump campaign's collusion with Russia were renewed this week as the media focuses on a meeting between Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer who was expected to have dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Second, before the meeting, was Trump Jr. aware that the Russians expected his father to support US policy changes favorable to their interests in exchange for helping the campaign?
Yet that claim of transparency, too, has now been blown apart, now that NBC News has reported on the previously undisclosed presence of a former Soviet counter-intelligence officer who is suspected by USA officials of current ties to Russian intelligence.
Homeland said Veselnitskaya first got her immigration parole letter on September 25, 2015 and it was last used in February 2016.
The investigators are also seeking to clarify if Trump campaign aides were involved in assisting Russian Federation in releasing thousands of hacked Democratic Party emails. Grassley was requesting "all information" on Akhmetshin's immigration history.
Nevertheless, it became apparent that, contrary to the White House vows that there was no "collusion" with the Russians to help Trump, the meeting proved his campaign was more than willing to accept whatever assistance the Russians could give them to defeat Clinton. Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting because he thought he would be receiving damaging information about Hillary Clinton.
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".More news: Patriots Hall of Fame quarterback passes away at age 87
Akhmetshin did not know whether the documents were provided by the Russian government.
Agalarov is a pop star and a client of Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who arranged the meeting with Trump Jr.
"He apparently concealed a meeting that is harmful to our national security", said Sen.
Rep. Adam Schiff of California says Trump Jr.'s shifting explanations "paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit".
President Trump said Thursday he heard "two or three days ago" about the meeting, and so far there's nothing to indicate that's untrue ... even though the meeting was held in Trump Tower ... with the president's son and son-in-law.
Maybe they should just change the name of Trump Tower to Russia House. "It's called opposition research or research into your opponent".
His district backed Clinton for president in 2016, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and his opponents have criticized him over the news of his meetings with various people related to Russian Federation or the Baltic states.