Lobbyist denies connection with Russian intel

Added On July 16, 2017

The Russian-American lobbyist says he attended a meeting at Trump Tower last year that included a Russian lawyer and President Donald Trump's oldest son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.
But he has denied allegations of connections to Russian intelligence.
The prominent Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin said that he too was at that meeting, but denied allegations of connections to Russian intelligence.
In an interview, Akhmetshin denied suggestions that he is a former officer in Russia's military intelligence service known as the GRU, dismissing the allegations as a "smear campaign."
On Saturday, the White House announced that Trump had hired Washington attorney Ty Cobb to serve as his special counsel to handle the White House's response to the Russia probes.
The investigations have left some officials on edge about whether there are more disclosures to come.
The Trump campaign paid the law firm of Alan Futerfas, who is representing Donald Trump Jr., 50,000 dollars last month.
The payment was described as covering "legal consulting" fees.
Trump Jr. has admitted to meeting with a Russian lawyer in New York City during the 2016 presidential campaign after he was told she might have damaging information about his father's rival, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.