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Ex-Soviet CounterIntelligence Officer Was Also in that Meeting with Don Jr

Posted by on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:20 AM
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EXCLUSIVE NEWS JUL 14 2017, 7:09 AM ET
Russian Lawyer Brought Ex-Soviet Counter Intelligence Officer to Trump Team Meeting
by KEN DILANIAN and NATASHA LEBEDEVA


WASHINGTON — The Russian lawyer who met with the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counter intelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.

NBC News is not naming the lobbyist, who denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies. He accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.

The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.

Veselnitskaya acknowledged to NBC News that she was accompanied by at least one other man, though she declined to identify him.

The presence at the meeting of a Russian-American with suspected intelligence ties is likely to be of interest to special counsel Robert Mueller and the House and Senate panels investigating the Russian election interference campaign.

Contacted by NBC News, representatives for Kushner and Manafort declined to comment. A lawyer for Trump Jr. did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Veselnitskaya, in an exclusive interview with NBC News, denied having any connection to the Kremlin and insisted the meeting was to discuss sanctions, not the presidential campaign.


The meeting was arranged between Trump Jr. and music publicist Rob Goldstone, who has ties to Russia. In an email exchange released by Trump Jr., the president's eldest son wrote "I love it" when told about possibly getting his hands on material potentially damaging to the Clinton campaign.

Goldstone told Trump Jr. that the meeting would be with a "Russian government attorney" and that the information was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump." Trump Jr. responded enthusiastically, "If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer."

Trump Jr. said after releasing the emails that, "in retrospect, I probably would have done things a little differently."

President Trump has defended his son's decision to meet with Veselnitskaya, saying "most people would have taken that meeting."

"My son is a wonderful young man. He took a meeting with a Russian lawyer, not a government lawyer but a Russian lawyer," Trump said Thursday in a joint press conference in Paris with French President Emmanuel Macron. "From a practical standpoint most people would have taken that meeting. It's called opposition research or research into your opponent."
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Sundance8
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:22 AM
Amazing, he forgot another "detail". Wonder if this person is on Kushner's lust or if he'll need to revise it again?

This is astounding. Wonder where it will stop?
billsfan1104
by on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:26 AM
Unmmmm. Where is the proof?? What is his name?? So far it's just speculation. There is no proof.
Sundance8
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 7:31 AM
I expect the name will be released soon.

Regardless of who else was it was not there, this meeting should not have been happened. And Kushner should have been direct about it taking place. He didn't mention it until Don Jr. released his emails (also forced).


Quoting billsfan1104: Unmmmm. Where is the proof?? What is his name?? So far it's just speculation. There is no proof.
owl0210
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 8:03 AM
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How can ANY American be okay with this??
PamR
by Ruby Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 8:15 AM
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More lying from the Trumps.  You don't lie if there's no wrongdoing.  You don't spend a year "forgetting" meetings and people you met with. 

owl0210
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 8:19 AM
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If any other federal employee omitted information multiple times on their background check form they would be out of a job. It's astounding that this little piece of shit still has his security clearance.

Quoting Sundance8: Amazing, he forgot another "detail". Wonder if this person is on Kushner's lust or if he'll need to revise it again?

This is astounding. Wonder where it will stop?
PamR
by Ruby Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 8:46 AM

And now the NYT is reporting there was another person in the meeting - now there are 6.

Sundance8
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 9:19 AM
I know. These are young men too, they shouldn't have senior moments yet. It's all BS.

Quoting PamR:

More lying from the Trumps.  You don't lie if there's no wrongdoing.  You don't spend a year "forgetting" meetings and people you met with. 

Sundance8
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 9:20 AM
Jesus, soon there will be 12.

Quoting PamR:

And now the NYT is reporting there was another person in the meeting - now there are 6.

Sundance8
by Silver Member on Jul. 14, 2017 at 9:22 AM
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No true American can be okay with the level if lying and omissions we are seeing here. They are covering up big time. And knew this meeting was not ok, or why hide it?

Quoting owl0210: How can ANY American be okay with this??
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