Guest List at Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russian Expands Again – New York Times


Donald Trump Jr. at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland last year. Another person has been identified as attending a meeting in June 2016 for Mr. Trump to receive information about Hillary Clinton from a Russian lawyer.

Sam Hodgson for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — A Russian businessman who helped arrange a meeting for Donald Trump Jr. to receive potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton June 2016 sent his own emissary to the session at Trump Tower, according to his lawyer.

Scott S. Balber, a lawyer for Aras Agalarov, the businessman, said Mr. Aglarov had sent an associate, Ike Kaveladze, to the meeting, which took place during last year’s presidential campaign. Mr. Balber said Mr. Kaveladze had attended the meeting “just to make sure it happened and to serve as an interpreter if necessary.”

Besides the younger Mr. Trump and Mr. Kaveladze, the meeting was attended by a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and other officials from the Trump campaign.

Mr. Balber said Ms. Veselnitskaya, who had worked with Mr. Agalarov on real estate deals in Russia, asked Mr. Agalarov to introduce her to Donald Trump Jr. as a favor.

President Trump and Mr. Agalarov worked together in 2013 when Mr. Trump brought the Miss Universe pageant to Moscow.

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