USA 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. But what he didn't say was that another Russian was at that meeting last summer who reportedly has ties to Russian intelligence agencies.
Veselnitskaya said she also represented Russian property developer Aras Agalarov at the time of the meeting with Trump, Jr.
Donald Trump Jr., pictured, met with a Russian attorney and a Russian-American lobbyist previous year at Trump Tower.
Trump Jr. has faced intense scrutiny this week after releasing an email exchange showing his eagerness to meet with the lawyer and receive information on Clinton. The emails also revealed that they believed the information was part of the Russian government's effort to help Donald Trump win the election.
'He's now the vice-president of Russian Railways, which is probably the second most important Russian government company after (energy firm) Gasprom.
Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to Trump Jr. and suggested that making the information public could help the campaign, he told AP.
Mr Akhmetshin said Mr Trump Jr asked the lawyer for evidence of illicit money flowing to the Democratic National Committee, but Ms Veselnitskaya said she did not have that information.
In an interview with NBC News this week, Veselnitskaya specifically addressed ― then ruled out ― any possibility that she provided Trump Jr. with records about DNC finances. "I never thought this would be such a big deal, to be honest", he told the AP.
In messages from Goldstone to Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya was characterized as a "Russian government attorney", though she has denied connections to the Kremlin. I was not told her name prior to the meeting.
Asked about Akhmetshin's participation in the meeting, Manafort spokesman Jason Maloni would not comment.
Trump Jr. has since stated that the attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was expected to deliver opposition research on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but instead focused on adoption policies.
Congressional records show that Akhmetshin lobbied Congress past year for the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation, a Washington-based advocacy group that says it is working to lift laws that prevent U.S. residents from adopting Russian children. President Trump defended his son while speaking in Paris. But that doesn't change the fact that he, Donald Trump Jr.
"The reason I think it keeps changing is that the administration has something to hide", Blumenthal said.
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.