I believe there was nothing inappropriate in hearing out a Russian source with probable Kremlin connections who claimed to have information showing collusion between Hillary Clinton and/or the Democratic Party and the Russian government.
The Associated Press reported Friday that a Russian-American lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin said he also attended the June 2016 meeting with Trump Jr., after NBC News reported that another, unnamed person who had been connected in the past with Russian counterintelligence, was in the room.
Fox News appears to be censoring the most damaging aspect of Donald Trump Jr.'s correspondence with Russian Federation, with the news company automatically deleting any reference made within the comments section on its website.
The Russian American lobbyist who attended a meeting at Trump Tower previous year is a former military officer long shadowed by allegations of connections to Russian intelligence.
Rinat Akhmetshin, now a lobbyist, confirmed to U.S. media he was present at the Trump Tower encounter.
Mr. Akhmetshin, who lives in Washington, is well known in congressional circles, and worked with the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, as part of an effort to undermine an American law that sanctions Russians for human rights abuses.
House Democrats are renewing calls for a vote on an independent commission to investigate Russia's election meddling and ties to the Trump administration.
Kushner disclosed the meeting on his security clearance paperwork, but Schiff said the Akhmetshin revelation raises questions about how much Kushner disclosed about it. "They have become enablers of the violations of our Constitution, the attack on the integrity of our elections". There was no answer at the door of his house in Washington.
Akhmetshin himself later confirmed that he was indeed at the meeting. His disclosure marks another shift in the account of the meeting.
Earlier this year, Trump Jr. denied in an interview with The New York Times that he had participated in a "setup" meeting with a Russian. He hadn't been previously recognized as being involved in the Trump Tower meeting in NY, which it is believed was arranged as part of an attempt by the Russian government to collude with the Republican campaign.
So far acknowledged in attendance: Donald Trump Jr.; the President's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner; former campaign chairman Paul.J. He said he was unaware of the content of the documents or if they were provided by the Russian government, and it was unclear if Veselnitskaya left the materials with the Trump associates.
But it appears that whoever said that is incorrect. But in a conversation with reporters later that day, Trump said: "In fact, maybe (the meeting) was mentioned at some point", adding he was not told it was about Clinton.