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Eighth Person At Trump Jr. Meeting Has Been Identified


Eighth Person At Trump Jr. Meeting Has Been Identified

The eighth person who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr. has been identified as Ike Kaveladze, a senior vice president at the company founded by the Russian oligarch who initiated the meeting, according to CNN and The Washington Post.

Kaveladze’s presence was confirmed by his attorney, Scott Balber, an attorney for Emin and Aras Agalarov.

According to Kaveladze’s LinkedIn, he is a a senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov. Kaveladze’s personal website says he “holds responsibility for multiple elements of the company’s Russian development project.”

CNN reports:

Balber said Kaveladze is a long-time US citizen who speaks fluent Russian and has “never had any engagement with the Russian government in any capacity.”

Special Counsel investigators are seeking information from his client, Balber said. “The eighth person has been identified by prosecutors and we are cooperating fully with prosecutors as a result of the investigation.”

Balber’s comments offer a rare glimpse inside Mueller’s investigation into allegations that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.

Balber said his client hasn’t been interviewed yet and that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have not reached out about Emin and Aras Agalarov, whom he also represents.

According to the Post: “Balber said Kaveladze believed he would act as a translator, but arrived to discover that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya had brought her own translator, a former State Department employee named Anatoli Samochornov. Samochornov has declined to comment, citing a non-disclosure agreement he signed as a professional translator. Balber said he believes the list of participants known to the public is now complete.”

Last week, The New York Times reported that it was on the verge of publishing the content of Donald Trump Jr.’s emails with publicist Rob Goldstone and had sought comment from the president’s eldest son when Trump Jr. released the email chain on Twitter.

The emails with Goldstone show that Trump Jr. was explicitly told that the information was part of “Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump” and that it could “incriminate” Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Goldstone subsequently offered to set up a meeting with a “Russian government attorney” to discuss the information.

“This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” Goldstone wrote in the email to Trump Jr.

“If it’s what you say I love it,” Trump Jr. replied, according to the email he released.




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