A Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee says a Russian-American lobbyist ought to testify, after it emerged that he was one of at least eight people who met with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort at Trump Tower in June 2016.
Akhmetshin at the time was lobbying against US sanctions on Russian Federation for human rights violations. Throughout the presidential campaign, Trump responded to Krauthammer's criticisms with name-calling.
US President Donald Trump said Thursday that his son's meeting with the Russian lawyer who promised incriminating information on Hilary Clinton was 'standard opposition research, ' at a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.
The revelation came as a surprise to many, because just a few days prior, when Trump Jr appeared on "Hannity" after releasing emails confirming his involvement in it, he was directly asked by the host whether any details of the meeting hadn't yet been discussed. In politics, if I meet with, whether it's a citizen or a non-citizen, and they give me information or an idea or talk about policy, there's nothing wrong with that.
Akmetshin has worked with Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer with Kremlin ties who secured the meeting with the president's eldest son on the pretense of providing damaging information about Hillary Clinton. Axios's Steve Levine wrote that Akhmetshin had "openly described his years as an officer in the Soviet GRU, the military intelligence arm, serving in Afghanistan". He said that he served in the Soviet Army from 1986 to 1988 but was not trained in spy tradecraft. "Zero happened from the meeting, and honestly I think the press made a big deal over something that many people would do", he added. After that, Mr Trump Jr lost interest, according to Mr Akhmetshin. Trump Jr. published an email chain between himself and British entertainment executive Rob Goldstone setting up the meeting, which Goldstone attended. They could be called by Robert Mueller and his team to explain what they learned about this June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.
The lawyer confirmed the move, first reported by Yahoo News, to the National Law Journal on Friday, saying she was hired before Trump took office and is now "completing the work" of guiding him through ethics compliance and security clearances.
The White House and Trump campaign has repeatedly denied that there were any contacts between officials and Russians.