We who keep up with the news know that there was a June 9, 2016 Trump Tower’s meeting with the attendees of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, the well connected Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, her translator Anatoli Samochornov, the Russian American lobbyist/ fixer Rinat Akhmetshin, the British born Russian music publicist Rob Goldstone and the eight person, the Russian Ike Kaveladze, the money man who has been working in America as an employee of Ara and Emin Agalarov. The republican President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Jr. met the Agalarovs and Rod Goldstone at the 2013 Miss Universe Contest held in Moscow.
The latest Trump family version of what happened at that meeting is, that the Russian attorney delivered some documents with proof of compromising opposition research about the democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump Jr. and in return, the Russian lawyer explained what Russia wanted, which is a lifting of sanctions related to the 2012 US law called the Magnitsky act. According to Donald Trump Jr. the material handed over by the Russian lawyer was of no value.
The most important new tidbit is that it was the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller who called the attorney representing both Agilarovs, Scott Balber to inquire about the identity of the eight person, Ike Kaveladze.
Here is the rest of the story…
On July 18, 2017, Rosalind Helderman of the Washington Post has penned the following report, “Eighth person in Trump Tower meeting is identified.”
“An American-based employee of a Russian real estate company took part in a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between a Russian lawyer and Donald Trump Jr., bringing to eight the number of known participants at the session that has emerged a key focus of the investigation of the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian.”
Ike Kaveladze’s presence was confirmed by Scott Balber, an attorney for Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russian developers who hosted the Trump-owned Miss Universe pageant in 2013. Balber said Kaveladze works for the Agalarovs’ company and attended as their representative.
“Balber said Tuesday that he received a phone call from a representative of Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the weekend requesting the identity of the Agalarov representative , which he said he provided. The request is the first public indication that Mueller’s team is investigating the meeting.”
“Donald Trump Jr. agreed to take the meeting on the promise that he would be provided damaging information about Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government to help his father’s presidential campaign, according to emails released by Trump Jr. last week.”
“Rob Goldstone, a music promoter, told Trump Jr. in an email that his client, Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star, requested that Trump Jr. meet with the lawyer.”
“Balber said Kaveladze works as a VP focusing on real estate and finance for the Agalarov’s company, the Crocus Group. Aras Agalarov requested that Kaveladze attend the meeting on his behalf, Balber said. Kaveladze is a U.S. citizen and has lived in this country for many years, according to Balber, who is said he is representing the man.”
“Balber said Kaveladze believed he would act as a translator, but arrived to discover that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya had brought her own translator, a former State Department employee named Anatoli Samochornov. Samochornov has declined to comment, citing a non-disclosure agreement he signed as a professional translator. Balber said he believes the list of participants known to the public is now complete.”
This blog was updated on 7/18/17.