There’s another one.
MSNBC reports that there was a sixth person who was present during Donald Trump Jr.‘s meeting last year with Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Earlier today, NBC reported that there was an unknown fifth person who attended the discussion where Trump Jr. and his father’s campaign staff would supposedly learn sensitive Russian information that could damage Hillary Clinton. This individual, later identified as Rinat Akhmetshin, was described as a former Soviet counterintelligence worker who currently acts as a Russian-American lobbyist.
On MSNBC Live, Stephanie Ruhle compounded the initial report by announcing that Trump Jr.’s attorney has confirmed the presence of a sixth person at the meeting. According to Trump Jr’s representative, the sixth person was there as an interpreter.
Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin both work with the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative (HRAGI) Foundation. The organization has lobbied against the Magnitsky Act in the past in order to undo the policy banning Americans from adopting Russian children.
Akhmetshin founded and is the CEO of International Eurasia Institute for Economic and Political Research, which provides strategic research and works to settle disputes for Russian and Kazakhstan clients.
Mediaite’s Aidan Mclaughlin previously noted that Veselnitskaya “had initially told NBC that a fifth person attended the Trump Tower meeting, but declined to reveal who.” Despite his retirement from Russian intelligence, it has been reported that Akhmetshin still has a degree of connection with the government.
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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