A lobbyist who attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting where a Russian lawyer promised dirt on Hillary Clinton reportedly received half a million dollars in deposits linked to a Russian businessman before and after the meeting, BuzzFeed reported Monday.
According to the report, Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military officer, made large deposits of cash in the months before and after the meeting.
The deposits were flagged by bank investigators as suspicious.
The Hill reports:
It is not clear whether the payments were related to the meeting’s timing. Akhmetshin downplayed his participation in the meeting in testimony to Congress in 2017, saying he was actually in New York City to see a play.
Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who had promised compromising information on Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Akhmetshin, who attended the meeting with Veselnitskaya, received several payments around the Trump Tower meeting that were flagged by bank investigators for being unexplained.