Russia

Trump Jr. Also Met With a Former Soviet Spy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

NBC News exclusively reported early this morning that a former Soviet Union spy who now poses as a pro-Russian lobbyist was also present at the meeting where Trump Jr. solicited damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

The lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, denies any current ties to Russian spy agencies. He accompanied the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, to the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower attended by Donald Trump Jr.; Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law; and Paul Manafort, former chairman of the Trump campaign.

The Russian-born American lobbyist served in the Soviet military and emigrated to the U.S., where he holds dual citizenship.

While Akhmetshin publicly denies that he has retained ties to the Kremlin, American officials reportedly believe he does. Furthermore, it appears that he has not actually registered as a foreign lobbyist.

Akhmetshin was named in a letter sent in March by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) to Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente. In the letter, Grassley asks whether Akhmetshin, as part of his attempts to bring down the Magnitsky Act, should have registered as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

The Daily Beast also reported this morning that Akhmetshin was once accused of orchestrating a hacking conspiracy to smear a mineral resources company on behalf of a rival Russian oligarch.

  • muselet

    Wow, this story just keeps getting better and better, doesn’t it?

    *headdesk*

    –alopecia

  • Aynwrong
  • Badgerite
    • Aynwrong

      Basically a script produced by Fox News.

  • Badgerite

    As to the story of Akhmetshin orchestrating a hacking conspiracy to “smear a mineral resources company on behalf of a rival Russian oligarch”, welcome to the new American economy. One where foreign players break laws in America, blackmail and terrorize and even kill economic rivals to acquire money and control. And with essentially neutralized American law enforcement that will do nothing because these Russian players are ‘connected’. This is going to come back to bite the GOP donors funding this crap big time in the long run. And unfortunately everyone else.
    And a lot of quid pro quo. Session DOJ, who had a lot of meetings with Kislyak that he lied about, has already settled the lawsuit against the client of Vaselnitskaya who was sued because of the Magnitsky Act. If they can’t get an outright repeal I image they will just do quid pro quos in terms of any actual enforcement mechanism at the DOJ under Sessions.

  • I wonder if Akhmetshin’s name is on Kushner’s list of contacts and how many more times he’ll be allowed to amend it. No one else would be allowed to amend that form this many times and still keep their security clearance. Apparently the Trump’s really can do anything they goddamn please. I’m calling time of death on our “Grand Democratic Experiment” at January 20, 2017 4:47 pm EST.

    • Badgerite

      Still on life support.

      • IDK, if there aren’t some consequences for the Trumps, ANY of the Trumps, then I think we’ll be able to look back and say, ‘Yep, that was the end’. I’m feeling pretty negative today.

        • Badgerite

          Agreed. There do need to be consequences. Severe consequences. At least for Nixon I could feel some sympathy in that he was at least ‘our’ bastard. But trump and his whole ffffffing enterprise are not.
          And it is so very obvious.

    • Draxiar

      The Republican Congress’s silence is a staggering display of intellectual dishonesty. It’s been said so often but it begs repeating, if Bill Clinton, Barrack Obama, or Hillary Clinton had done any one thing that’s being served on the trump buffet of corruption NONE of them would be saying, “I’m waiting for the investigation from Mueller to run it’s course”. They would all be clutching their pearls and crying ‘Lordy-Lord!’.

      I still seriously question if the Republicans would do the right thing once the investigation results came back and trump is undisputedly on-fire guilty of all of it…any of it. Or would Testicle-Eyes Mitch and Eddie Munster Paul continue about pissing on the constitution so they can fulfill their dream of keeping their boots on the neck of poor people?

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    • muselet

      Our system is not really set up to handle people with power but without ethics, who lie constantly about things little and big, who have gone through life never having heard the word “no,” for whom laws and regulations are annoyances to be swept aside by The Lawyers.

      Luckily, the entire extended Trump Family is colossally stupid along with all of that. If they had been bright enough to start the cover-up earlier—before someone with a grudge against Donald Trump Jr blew the gaff on things like the Veselnitskaya/Akhmetshin meeting—Robert Mueller would still be enjoying his retirement and calls for an independent investigation would be hand-waved away by the Rs as partisan game-playing.

      It’s when a gang of competent crooks gets into the White House that we’ll have to worry seriously about the death of the American experiment.

      I’m not sure whether this should make you feel better or worse about the situation.

      –alopecia