A sixth person has come forward and is confirming attendance at Trump Jr’s Trump Tower Russia meeting, bringing the total number of Russians present to three, including Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Even worse for Trump Jr, is that this sixth person is spilling the details on the meeting, and has confirmed that Trump Jr received “documents” from the Russians.
Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian American lobbyist, says he was in the room for the meeting. Trump Jr’s lawyer has confirmed that there was a sixth person in the meeting, but has refused to identify that person, but that doesn’t matter, because now we know.
Akhmetshin has served in the Russian military in the past, and was lobbying at the time against U.S. sanctions imposed on Russia for human rights violations. His presence alone is huge evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, because of Russia’s desire to elect Trump specifically.
During Trump Jr’s meeting, Akhmetshin said Russian attorney Veselnitskaya brought a plastic folder with documents, that Veselnitskaya believed provided damaging information for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) that could help the Trump campaign. “This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,” Akhmetshin recalled her saying.
Akhmetshin said he doesn’t know if Veselnitskaya’s documents were provided by the Russian government, but did say that he thinks she left the documents with the Trump campaign. Trump Jr. said that he did not receive any negative information on Clinton, so Akhmetshin’s account clearly contradicts that. Unfortunately, it seems likely that Trump Jr destroyed those documents long ago, once the collusion scandal started to become more obvious.
Akhmetshin was born in Russia, has served in the Russian military, and has told people he was trained by Russian intelligence agencies. So in other words, Trump Jr met with a Russian spy, part of a team of Russians offering damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee has issued a statement on this revelation, “Today’s report that a former Russian counterintelligence officer was also present during the meeting with Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, if accurate, adds another deeply disturbing fact about this secret meeting,” Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.) said, “Donald Trump, Jr.’s denial of any such meetings, his misleading initial representation that it dealt only with adoptions — a statement evidently approved by the White House — and his later admission that the whole purpose of taking the meeting was to receive the support of the Russian government in the form of damaging information about Hillary Clinton paint a portrait of consistent dissembling and deceit when it comes to the campaign’s meetings with Russian officials and intermediaries. “
Schiff said just three days ago that, “There’s an awful lot more [intelligence] than that’s even in the public domain.” Looks like today’s report proves Schiff’s statement true. There will almost certainly be more to come, so stay tuned.