The number might still be growing.
Earlier today, it was documented that two other Russian figures were present when Donald Trump Jr. and his father’s campaign staff met with Natalia Veselnitskaya last year to talk about dirt on Hillary Clinton. According to CNN’s Chris Cillizza, the tally has now jumped from six to eight.
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) July 14, 2017
CNN’s reporting currently accounts for Veselnitskaya, former Soviet counter intelligence operative Rinat Akhmetshin, and Rob Goldstone, the music producer who set up the meeting. NBC previously reported that a translator was also present, but CNN’s sources indicate that “other people in the room as well.”
In comments to the Associated Press, Akhmetshin said there were others in the room but he didn’t know them when asked today about the meeting. Akhmetshin also stated that he never anticipated that his meeting with Trump Jr. would be a “big deal,” and that he “actually expected more serious” talks at the time.
UPDATE –– 3:30 pm ET: Fox News is now also reporting there was “an eighth person in that meeting.”
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