Tuesday 19 September 2017

Lobbyist at Trump meeting denies Russian intelligence connection

Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as the look the the crowd from his viewing stand during the US Women's Open Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (AP)
Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as the look the the crowd from his viewing stand during the US Women's Open Golf tournament at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey (AP)

The Russian-American lobbyist who attended a meeting with Trump campaign officials last year has denied that he is connected to Russian intelligence.

Rinat Akhmetshin has confirmed he was part of a June 2016 sit-down with a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's oldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.

Mr Akhmetshin's attendance and his lobbying background has created a new facet to a story that has hounded the White House for days.

It has also added to questions about potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign.

Mr Akhmetshin told the Associated Press he served in the Soviet military for two years in the 1980s.

Now a naturalised American citizen, he has lived in Washington since the early 1990s. He is well-known for his advocacy efforts.

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