Reported Attendees at Trump Jr. Meeting Increases to 8

CNN adds translator and family representative to list
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2017 11:49 AM CDT
Donald Trump Jr. is interviewed by host Sean Hannity on his Fox News Channel television program, in New York Tuesday, July 11, 2017.   (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

(Newser) – The number of people who attended a meeting in which Donald Trump Jr. had been promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton continues to grow. CNN reports there were at least eight people at the June 2016 meeting—two more than previously believed. A source says the unreported attendees were a translator and a representative of the Russian family that asked publicist Rob Goldstone to set up the meeting. CBS News identifies the translator as former State Department contractor Anatoli Samochornov. He worked as an interpreter for the State Department in the past but was serving as translator for Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at the time of the meeting.

Axios argues that the increasing number of attendees at the June 2016 meeting is important because it gives Robert Mueller's special investigation more people to target in order to figure out what was said at the meeting. The prior reported attendees are: Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Goldstone, Veselnitskaya, and Russian-American lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin. Akhmetshin served in the Russian military and is rumored to be connected to Russian intelligence, which he denies. Trump Jr. accepted the meeting with Veselnitskaya after being told she had information damaging to Clinton. In an emailed response to Goldstone regarding the potential information, Trump Jr. wrote, "I love it." (Read more Russia stories.)

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