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Rinat Akhmetshin confirmed his participation to reporters.

Akhmetshin has worked with Veselnitskaya, who secured the meeting with Trump Jr. on the pretense of providing damaging information about Clinton.

In his first public interview about the meeting, Akhmetshin said he accompanied Veselnitskaya to Trump Tower where they met an interpreter who participated in the meeting. The same day, the Times' Ken Vogel reported that a translator named Anatoli Samochornov was also at the meeting. He said he appeared in jeans and T-shirt.

Though, it is still unclear whether Veselnitskaya actually fulfilled the promised compromising information about Clinton or not.

"This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money", Veselnitskaya reportedly told the Trump associates at the time, as recalled by Ahkmetshin.

The development also followed a Yahoo News story based on White House sources that claimed Trump's legal team knew "more than three weeks ago" about Trump Jr.'s emails.

File image of Donald Trump with Donald Jr.

However, he did not disclose Mr Akhmetshin's presence at the meeting.

It says the lobbyist is Russian-born, but moved to the USA in the 1990s and became an American citizen in 2009. Akhmetshin said he recognized Kushner and Trump Jr. Also there, were his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and his father's then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.

"The president was not aware of and did not attend the meeting", said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump's private lawyer.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump Jr released the entire email chain leading up to the meeting - causing a media storm in Washington.

"I think from a practical standpoint, most people would have taken that meeting".

"The Democrats never want it to end because they have no message, they have no narrative, they have no leader", Lewandowski told "Fox & Friends".

Caputo noted he had no knowledge of Trump son's meeting with Veselnitskaya.

Fast forward to this morning, America learns there was another person besides the Russian lawyer in the meeting. He has denied that, saying he served in the Soviet Army from 1986 to 1988 after he was drafted but was not trained in spy tradecraft.

'There is no such thing as being a former member of Russian intelligence, ' he said.

Caputo said he has not been in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, but he said he would be happy to clear up any "collusion delusion".

Akhmetshin's lobbying caught the attention of Sen.

Akhmetshin is a dual U.S. And is accused of being an unregistered foreign agent.

"Just because I was born in Russian Federation doesn't mean I am an agent of [the] Kremlin", he told Politico recently.

Accusations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Moscow meddled in the election and colluded with the Trump campaign have dominated the Republican president's first months in office.

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