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Trump Jr meeting: Russia lobbyist confirms attendance

A former Soviet counter-intelligence official attended a meeting last year with senior aides to President Donald Trump and his son, it has emerged.
Rinat Akhmetshin, now a lobbyist, told AP news agency he was present at the encounter in Trump Tower.
Donald Trump Jr was promised damaging material on Hillary Clinton at the meeting, his emails show.
Mr Trump Jr has only previously acknowledged that a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was present.
The president’s eldest son has played down the 9 June 2016 meeting since it was reported this week.
But the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked 39-year-old Mr Trump Jr to publicly testify.
It is one of several congressional panels that – along with federal investigators – is looking into claims that Russia meddled in last year’s US election in a bid to help Donald Trump.
The president’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and election chairman, Paul Manafort, also attended the meeting, which has emerged as the firmest evidence yet of non-diplomatic interactions between Trump campaign aides and Russian figures.
During a news conference in Paris, France, on Thursday, Mr Trump said that “most people would have taken that meeting”.
“Zero happened,” the president said.
Who is Rinat Akhmetshin?
Mr Akhmetshin told the AP he served in a Soviet military unit that was part of counterintelligence, but that he was never formally trained as a spy.
In court papers filed with the US District Court in Washington DC, where he lives, a mining company accused him of organising a hack on its private records as part of an alleged smear campaign.-UNS/BBC

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