A Russian-American lobbyist accompanied a Russian lawyer to a summer 2016 meeting with Donald Trump Jr., The Associated Press reports.
Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed to the AP that he was in attendance at the meeting with Trump Jr. and the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
A separate report from NBC News stated that an unnamed former Soviet counter-intelligence officer was in the Trump Jr. meeting.
Akhmetshin is a former member of the Russian military intelligence services, known in the U.S. as GRU, but is now an American citizen. He told AP suggestions that he has ties to Russian intelligence are part of a “smear campaign” against him, adding that he wasn’t trained as a spy.
The new detail about Akhmetshin’s involvement in the meeting is the latest wrinkle in the Russia story that has rocked Washington this week.