This doesn't contradict what Donald Trump Jr. said about the meeting, but adds more elements that he seems to have omitted, even as he says he was being completely transparent about the controversial event.
But the lobbyist rejected that allegation as "maliciously false", telling AFP he "never worked for any intelligence service". The Republican Party was instinctively hostile towards Russian Federation, though in a sign of our shifting alignments, Republicans today have a more favourable view of Putin than Democrats by 20 points. In fact, they show instead that the Trump campaign did not receive any anti-Clinton intelligence information from the Russian lawyer. The memos Steele wrote between June and November 2016 citing Kremlin officials were sent back to Fusion and compiled into a dossier that was published in full by Buzzfeed in January.
The firestorm over Trump Jr.'s emails has been a frustrating distraction during a stretch in which some White House advisers believed they were finding their footing. However, that is not the argument Democrats and their allies in the media want to make.
"But fundamentally both were interacting with Russians to gain information", Olson said. In addition, Christophe Steele, who complied the dossier, claimed to have sources for it in Russian intelligence. If the Trump campaign had been getting dirt on Clinton directly from the FSB and other Russian intelligence agencies, why did Trump, Jr. bother to meet with the Russian lawyer for what he thought was "opposition research" but actually turned out to be a bait-and-switch meeting?
In reports this week, Akhmetshin has been identified as a former Russian counterintelligence officer. Trump Jr. agreed to the meeting and hosted Veselnitskaya for a meeting with him, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.
During a news conference in Paris, France, on Thursday, Mr Trump said that "most people would have taken that meeting".
The meeting was set up by Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist for Russian pop star Emin Agalarov.
Let's start with the interlocutor: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Steele, Carle noted, "became so alarmed they immediately alerted the appropriate authorities".
US lobbyist Renat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military serviceman, also attended the 2016 meeting in Trump Tower, which had previously not been disclosed by the White House or Trump, Jr. "Somebody said that her visa or her passport to come into the country was approved by [former] Attorney General [Loretta] Lynch".
We've now learned what was exchanged in the meeting, more about the attendees, and who helped finance the lobbying effort.
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R - CA) says the U.S. needs to send a "very strong statement" by putting North Korea into the sanctions bill that was supposed to be about Russian Federation. "That is very serious, and would essentially be allowing a foreign government to help influence an election".
"If any foreign national approaches you with information, regardless of if they represent a government or not, regarding a political opponent, it needs to be directed to the Federal Bureau of Investigation".
On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain relating to the conversation he had with Veselnitskaya.
"Embassy officials worked with Alexandra Chalupa and a Ukrainian-American advocacy group past year on cultural events, but they did not assist Alexandra in providing any information related to the USA election", the Ukrainian embassy said in statement. She had been turned down for a US visa, but was given the special parole "for the limited goal of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City".