Political spheres are still reeling over Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and new information on who else was in the room keeps emerging.
With Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort by his side, Trump Jr. met with several Russians in June 2016 for what he reportedly hoped was damaging information on his father’s opponent, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Here are the eight people confirmed to be at the meeting:
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1. Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son
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The epicenter of the email scandal, President Donald Trump’s eldest son Trump Jr. agreed to meet with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya over emails with music publicist Rob Goldstone. He now serves as trustee of the Trump Organization, leading his father’s business as an executive vice president with his brother, Eric Trump.
2. Natalia Veslnitskaya, a Russian lawyer
Veselnitskaya is a prominent Russian lawyer who has been accused of having ties to the Kremlin. In an interview with NBC, Veselnitskaya said she didn’t have the incriminating information that Trump Jr. was looking for and denied being connected to the government in any way.
According to her, she had met with Trump Jr. to discuss the Magnitsky Act, a US law passed to target Russian officials suspected in the death of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky in 2012. Veselnitskaya is best known in the US for defending a Russian businessman accused by the American government of laundering millions of dollars.
3. Rob Golstone, a British music publicist who organized the meeting
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A publicist for a famous Russian pop star with ties to a billionaire real estate developer, British native Rob Goldstone told Trump Jr. in emails that his client’s father had incriminating information about Clinton that could be “very useful to your father.” While it is unclear what truly happened at the meeting, Goldstone insisted that it needed to take place.
4. Jared Kushner, Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law
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As Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, Kushner accompanied Trump Jr. to the meeting in June 2016. He was the only one in attendance who is now an active White House staff member.
Veselnitskaya told NBC News that she remembers Kushner leaving the room after seven to 10 minutes of the 20- to 30-minute meeting. After Trump Jr. posted the emails, lawmakers from both parties questioned whether Kushner should keep his security clearance.
5. Paul Manafort, Trump’s campaign chairman at the time
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At the time of the meeting, Paul Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager. An adviser to Republican presidential candidates since the Nixon era, Manafort has repeatedly come into hot water since the election because of his failure to disclose meetings with Russian officials – and is now under FBI investigation.
6. Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian lobbyist
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A lobbyist against the Magnitsky Act, Akhmetshin reportedly works closely with Veselnitskaya. Along with being a US citizen, Akhemtshin has served in the Soviet military and worked for a number of high-profile Russian clients.
7. Anatoli Samochornov, a translator
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The New York Times reported that US citizen Anatoli Samochornov acted as an interpreter during the meeting. There is no public evidence to suggest that Samochornov, who once worked as a contractor for the US State Department, participated in the meeting in any other capacity.
8. Irakly ‘Ike’ Kaveladze, vice president of the Crocus Group
On July 18, 2017, news broke that Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze was the eighth person to attend the meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016.
Kaveladze was at the meeting as a representative of Aras and Emin Agalarov, the wealthy Russians who first requested the meeting be arranged. He works for the Agalarovs’ real-estate company, and Aras Agalarov asked Kaveladze to attend the meeting on his behalf.
Kaveladze has lived in the US as a citizen for many years. He’s a member of the US-Russia Business Council and the Georgian Association in the USA, according to a CV posted online.