The latest attack on the President connected with meeting his son Donald trump Jr. with a Russian lawyer who allegedly represented the interests of the Russian authorities
WASHINGTON – the White house launched a counterattack to disprove the assertion that the meeting of representatives of the election headquarters of Donald trump, including the eldest son of the President, with the Russian lawyer last year may have been part of a conspiracy with the Kremlin in order to win over Hillary Clinton.
“The headquarters of the President did not conspire in any form, – said the Deputy press Secretary of the White house Sarah Huckabee Sanders on the briefing. – Donald Jr. with no one colluded to influence the election. Our position is that no one in the campaign headquarters trump didn’t conspire to influence elections.”
Meanwhile, Donald trump Jr. has hired a new York lawyer Alan Futerfas to represent its interests in connection with the investigation contact the election campaign of his father with the Russian authorities. About it reports Reuters with reference to Futerfas and representatives of the office of the trump, Jr. Futerfas – lawyer, self-employed and specialized in criminal defense.
This step is the eldest son of the President of the United States went shortly after on Saturday the New York Times wrote about his meeting in June 2016 a Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which promised to provide campaign trump incriminating information about rival in the election, Democrat Hillary Clinton.
According to us media reports, Veselnitskaya connected with the Kremlin and in the West promotes its interests. The Russian authorities deny this information. As said on Monday the press-Secretary of Russian President Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin does not know a lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and can’t “keep track of all the meetings of Russian lawyers within the country and abroad”.
The eldest son of the American leader Donald trump Jr. said on Sunday that he and the campaign Manager of trump by Paul Manafort and President-in-law Jared Kushner met with Veselnitskaya in June 2016 – after trump got the presidential nomination of the Republican party. Veselnitskaya stated that it is willing to share information that could negatively affect the Clinton campaigns.
However, according to the words of the son of trump, “any details or supporting information was not provided or even offered for the present”. “It soon became clear that no relevant information it was not” – he added.
On Monday evening, the New York Times reported that before meeting with his Russian lawyer, Donald trump, Jr. received the email stating that this meeting is part of efforts of the Russian government aimed to help the election campaign of his father.
Citing three people familiar with the contents of this letter, the newspaper writes that publicist Rob Goldstone in a letter to Trump Jr. gave to understand that the source of the negative information is the Russian government.
In his Sunday statement, the son of an American leader did not mention that he was told that the lawyer can be a Trustee of the Kremlin. The letter, probably, will interest investigators are trying to establish, I joined colleagues of trump’s in collusion with the Russian authorities with the aim of influencing last year’s elections, says the New York Times.
As stated by Donald trump Jr., his father was not aware of the meeting. She had arranged a musical entrepreneur Rob Goldstone at the request of his client, Moscow – Azerbaijani singer-songwriter Emin Agalarov. It is reported that they knew the future President since his promotion activities of the contest “Miss universe” in 2013.
On Monday, Donald trump Jr. said in justification of his meeting with Russian counsel that this meeting “no to no avail,” but he “should have listened”.
Counterattack the White house also included presentations on TV several high-ranking figures. Adviser to trump, Kellyann Conway, speaking in the program “Good morning America” on channel ABC, said that as a result of brief encounters “any information that would be meaningful or useful, has been received”.
When asked whether it is possible to assume that this meeting at least was an attempt at collusion, Conway replied: “You want to say that there is some evidence of collusion? Because everyone is trying to turn what you desire with undeniable evidence and they have nothing”.
The head of the White house Raines Pribus previously called the allegations a conspiracy “pie without toppings”.
The representative of the group of lawyers of the trump mark Corallo in a statement on Sunday noted that “the President did not know about the meeting and did not participate in it.”
In the second half of the day on Monday, the second most senior Senator in the Committee on intelligence, U.S. Senate mark Warner said that he “certainly” would like to talk to the Gangway, Jr. during the hearing on Russia. As the channel NBC, citing its sources in the Senate Committee on intelligence, senators intend to call the eldest son of the head of the White house to the Senate to testify.
It is assumed that the meeting with Veselnitskaya – the first established contact between his campaign and trump Russia’s interests during the election campaign, which ended with the victory trump over Clinton.
The newspaper said it received information from three advisers of the White house that listened to a briefing about the meeting, and two who knew about it.
According to U.S. media, Veselnitskaya known attempts to circumvent sanctions against Russians implicated in human rights violations. It is reported that among its clients there are state companies and the son of a senior officer, in relation to the company which at the time of the meeting, was under investigation in the United States.
In the United States for several months going investigation of the Russian intervention in the election campaign and possible collusion between the campaign headquarters trump and the Russian authorities. American intelligence has concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a campaign to discredit the American elections, to the detriment of the Clinton campaign and help Trump to win. Putin himself denied these accusations in a meeting with trump last Friday on the sidelines of the summit of “Big twenty” in Hamburg.
Several investigations into this matter are underway in Congress, special Prosecutor Robert Mueller, former head of the FBI, tries to establish, whether there was collusion between the headquarters of the trump and Russia and tried a trump to obstruct justice, dismissing FBI Director James Comey, who headed the investigation of the Russian case to Mueller.
White house assurances do not reassure Democrats, who claim that the meeting of the son of trump and Veselnitskaya should be thoroughly investigated along with some other contacts employees of the campaign headquarters trump with Russian officials.
The minority leader in the Senate, Chuck Schumer pointed out that American intelligence agencies came to the unanimous opinion that the Russian interference in presidential elections went to the highest level.
“The President of Russia had deliberately interfered in our elections and tried to undermine our democracy,’ said Schumer. – It didn’t come from the Democrats, it’s 17 intelligence agencies, men and women, many of whom are every day risking their lives for us, people whom we respect, whom we admire – they stated that the interference was”.
Trump said he thought “about Russia” when I fired the Komi Republic, the investigation was repeatedly called a “witch hunt” and an attempt by Democrats to justify the defeat of Clinton.
Trump has also repeatedly rejected ties with Russia, while Moscow claims that were not related to hacking the files of the National Committee of the Democratic party in Washington and the head of the election headquarters Clinton John Podestà. A few weeks before the elections portal WikiLeaks has published thousands of e-mails Podestà, many of which contained sensitive details about backroom attempts of the Democrats to help Clinton to the presidential nomination.
Clinton herself called the publication of these letters is one of the reasons for his defeat in the elections.