The Russian lawyer who met with the eldest son of U.S. President Donald Trump and other officials of his presidential campaign in June 2016 was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist who is a former Soviet counterintelligence officer, according to multiple U.S. media reports.
But in an interview with the Associated Press published Friday morning, Akhmetshin denied having ties to Russian intelligence agencies.
The lobbyist is suspected by some American officials of maintaining ties to Russian intelligence, but he denied such ties to NBC.
Akhmetshin has been accused of running an anti-Magnitsky Act campaign, which included a film screening past year at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
News had not named the Russian-born lobbyist, but the outlet reported that several US officials believe the individual has ongoing ties to the Kremlin.
Last weekend's revelation of the Trump Tower gathering would be the most tangible evidence of a connection between Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian Federation, a subject that has also prompted investigations by congressional committees and federal special counsel.
The emails showed that Trump Jr. accepted the meeting after he was offered "high level and sensitive information" that would "incriminate" Clinton as part of "Russia and its government's support" for his father's campaign. "All I can say is Trump Jr. met him for the first time and learned his name minutes before the meeting and he was introduced as a friend".
"I think you are starting to see public evidence of that coordination, not just the meeting with Trump Jr., but others as well".
The man's name was reviewed "for the objective of security or otherwise" but Trump Jr. didn't know the man's background, Futeras added.
Watch: Trump Defends Outreach to Russian Federation and His Son Donald Jr. Flores also condemned Trump's salacious comments about women in a 2005 video released last October.
"If it's what you say I love it".
President Trump and Trump Jr. have said there was nothing improper about the meeting. He is one of several people linked to the Trump campaign who are under scrutiny by a special counsel and congressional committees investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign and potential coordination with Trump associates.