WASHINGTON — A prominent Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet military officer now says he was at the meeting between a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.
Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his involvement in the meeting at Trump Tower, which was billed as part of a Russian effort to help Trump’s White House campaign.
Akhmetshin says he served in the Soviet military in a unit that was part of counterintelligence but was never formally trained as a spy.
Donald Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also were there with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Trump Jr. says Veselnitskaya was supposed to have information that people tied to Russia were supporting Clinton. The president’s son has said he did not receive the information he was promised.