Warner questions Trump's ignorance about 'Russia' meeting

Claudine Rigal
Juillet 17, 2017

The US Secret Service (USSS) is pushing back on Donald Trump's attorney's remarks that there was nothing questionable going on at a meeting between the President's eldest son a Russian lawyer.

The latest nothingburger ablaze on the media grill is that Donald Trump Jr. may have committed treason when he met with a woman he believed to be an agent of the Russian government who claimed to possess information that Hillary Clinton had colluded with that country.

The meeting has drawn widespread scrutiny since The New York Times first reported about its existence last week.

Akhmetshin is well-known in Washington for his advocacy efforts.

The filing was updated after Kushner's lawyers discovered emails about the June 2016 meeting while preparing documents to turn over to Senate Intelligence Committee investigators.

In a later interview with Yahoo, however, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya left documents with Trump Jr.at his office.

Perhaps that should have made Mr. Trump, Jr. hesitate before meeting anyone who purported to be connected to the Russian government, but all of that misses the larger point about the silliness of invoking treason against the son of the president.

The pageant even warned Roberts and his co-host, Mel B of the Spice Girls, not to attempt to say any Russian words because a mispronunciation might offend Putin, Roberts added. "I can't go further than that, but I will tell you I met the top people", Trump said. The Secret Service was there to physically protect Trump.

Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya
Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya

The U.S. intelligence community has told Trump that Russia interfered on his behalf in the presidential election of 2016, at Putin's direction.

Both Moscow and the Trump administration have denied any wrongdoing, with Donald Trump even saying he had confronted Russian President Vladimir Putin about it at the G20 summit.

The federal government this year settled with Katsyv's firm, allowing the company to pay a $6 million fine without admitting guilt.

Veselnitskaya remembered the meeting somewhat differently, telling NBC News they were "longing" for info on the DNC. At least $10,000, the records indicate, was paid directly to Akhmetshim as a lobbyist.

Akhmetshin's name has also surfaced in lawsuits, including a New York court case in which a mining company branded him a "former Soviet military counterintelligence officer" and accused him of involvement in the hacking of its computer systems. Disclosure of his communications, he said, could put lives at risk.

To win the presidency he told lies about undocumented immigrants and crime, about Arabs cheering as the World Trade Center went down, about his business smarts. But you don't need a lawyer to see that the Trump defense - collusion as a desperate Democratic fiction designed to explain away a lost election - is now officially dead. But not dirt from Russia, a hostile foreign power that has repeatedly invaded its neighbors (Georgia, Crimea, eastern Ukraine), that buzzes our planes and ships in international waters, that opposes our every move and objective around the globe. He promised his followers he'd jail Hillary Clinton, drain the Washington swamp, build a wall along the Mexican border, create vast numbers of jobs, repeal the North American Free Trade Act.

By itself, that created questions why Trump associates were so eager to throw Trump Jr. and, by extension, his father, under the bus.

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