Trump Campaign Paid $50,000 from Campain Donations To Trump Jr.’s Lawyer Days Before Bombshell NYT Report
In newly filed campaign disclosure forms, President Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign committee has disclosed that it paid a $50,000 retainer to criminal defense attorney Alan S. Futerfas who represents his son Donald Trump Jr. The timing of the payment is certainly raising eyebrows. Trump claimed he found out about the controversial meeting his son held with a Kremlin-linked lawyer around the time the New York Times first reported it, but the payment to Trump Jr.’s lawyer was made eleven days before.
According to the disclosure forms, Trump’s presidential campaign made a $50,000 payment to Futerfas’ law firm on June 27, 2017. The first story about Trump Jr.’s meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya went up on the New York Times website on July 8, 2017, 11 days after the payment was made. On July 12, in an exchange with reporters on Air Force One en route to Paris, Trump said,
“I only heard about it [Trump Jr’s meeting with the Russian lawyer] two or three days ago.”
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Soviet counter intelligence officer Akhmetshin who accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower details DNC – Hillary documents brought for June 9th meeting.
In his first public interview about the meeting, Akhmetshin said he accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower where they met an interpreter. He said he had learned about the meeting only that day when Veselnitskaya asked him to attend. He said he showed up in jeans and a T-shirt.
During the meeting, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya brought with her a plastic folder with printed-out documents that detailed what she believed was the flow of illicit funds to the Democratic National Committee. Veselnitskaya presented the contents of the documents to the Trump associates and suggested that making the information public could help the Trump campaign, he said.
Akhmetshin said he does not know if Veselnitskaya’s documents were provided by the Russian government. He said he thinks she left the materials with the Trump associates. It was unclear if she handed the documents to anyone in the room or simply left them behind, he said. More from AP News here.
Former Soviet counterintelligence officer accompanied Russian lawyer to meet Don Jr. for promise of compromising material on Clinton!
The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others on the Trump team after a promise of compromising material on Hillary Clinton was accompanied by a Russian-American lobbyist — a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence, NBC News has learned.
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. More from NBC News here.
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FLASHBACK: Mike Pence January 2017
Q. Did any Trump campaign member have contact with Russians?
Pence: “Of course not.”
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And now we know they did, and the #TrumpRussia story is still unfolding at the time of this posting. Did Vice President Mike Pence lie or was he mislead or was it something else? What’s really going on in the Trump administration?
FBI complaint filed against Trump associate Roger Stone for alleged treason.
The Democratic Coalition Against Trump just announced that they’ve filed an FBI complaint against political strategist Roger Stone and the Trump campaign. They are not playing. The group, which is part of the Keep America Great PAC, allege Stone and the campaign were involved with WikiLeaks, and the “foreign government” behind it (read: Russia).
From the Saturday statement obtained by LawNewz.com: “Stone had fair warning before the most recent emails were released, and predicted back in August that Podesta would be at the center of the next string of hacks.” More from Law News here.
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Sessions involved hosting dinners where Russian lobbyist attended after testifying he had no contacts with Russian lobbyists while involved with Trump campaign!
Lobbyist for Russian interests says he attended dinners hosted by Sessions. Richard Burt contradicts Jeff Sessions’ testimony that he didn’t believe he had contacts with lobbyists working for Russian interests during Trump’s campaign.
“I did attend two dinners with groups of former Republican foreign policy officials and Senator Sessions,”
Richard Burt said.
Asked whether Sessions was unfamiliar with Burt’s role as a lobbyist for Russian interests – a fact that is disclosed in public records – or had any reason to be confused about the issue, Burt told the Guardian that he did not know.
Several media reports published before Trump’s election in November noted that Burt advised then candidate Trump on his first major foreign policy speech, a role that brought him into contact with Sessions personally. More from The Guardian here.
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