Akhmetshin is a registered lobbyist for Veselnitskaya's organization that has focused on overturning the American sanctions against human rights abusers in Russian Federation, according to lobbying records. 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. "They have initiated a massive list of criminal allegations against me including: murder, espionage, fraud, tax evasion, bankruptcy and slander".
Mo Elleithee pushed back, pointing out that the emails released by Trump Jr. show that he was aware that Veselnitskaya claimed to have damning information about Clinton, which she would share as part of the Russian government's attempt to help the Trump campaign.
Fox News' Eric Bolling on Friday figured out who, exactly was colluding with the Russian government during the 2016 election, and-surprise, surprise-it was't Donald Trump Jr.
"I was literally the only person wearing jeans and T-shirt" at the meeting, Akhmetshin told the daily. "It's called opposition research".
A British publicist who worked to set up the meeting presented her to Trump, Jr., as a Russian government lawyer.
Krauthammer, a Fox News contributor, wrote that he has always been a skeptic of charges of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, but that he was "open to empirical evidence". Axios's Steve Levine wrote that Akhmetshin had "openly described his years as an officer in the Soviet GRU, the military intelligence arm, serving in Afghanistan". Donald Jr. cut short the meeting with Veselnitskaya and the unnamed Soviet lobbyist when he realized the topic was not the intelligence report against Clinton. Trump Jr. then lost apparent interest, according to Akhmetshin.
Akhmetshin has been working with Veselnitskaya on promoting an anti-Magnitsky propaganda documentary, which had a screening in Washington, D.C., just days after the meeting with the Trump campaign.
"Mueller could subpoena Trump, Jr., Kushner, and Manafort, but if they all told the same story or said they didn't remember what happened, Mueller would have no way of independently verifying their accounts of the meeting", Miller continued.