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A lobbyist who attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting received half a million dollars in deposits linked to a Russian businessman before and after the time of the meeting, BuzzFeed reported Monday.
The outlet reports that Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military officer, deposited large sums of the cash in the months before and after the meeting. The deposits were flagged by bank investigators as suspicious.
The article states that Akhmetshin attended the meeting at Trump Tower with Russian lawyer Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, and goes on to state the following:
It is not clear whether the payments were related to the meeting’s timing. Akhmetshin downplayed his participation in the meeting in testimony to Congress in 2017, saying he was actually in New York City to see a play.
Documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News show that a Soviet military officer turned lobbyist deposited large sums of cash in the months before and after the meeting, where a Russian lawyer offered senior Trump campaign officials dirt on Hillary Clinton.https://t.co/3Mdn6MCxIT
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 5, 2019
EXCLUSIVE: A Russian-born lobbyist who attended the Trump Tower meeting received suspicious payments totaling half a million dollars before and after the encounter.
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) February 4, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) February 5, 2019
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