The second part of The Three Chumps: Following the Meeting series will focus on the Trump Jr./Russia meeting and significant events that may be pertinent to piecing together the puzzle of known information.
To review previous series articles:
The following events occurred on 09 June 2016:
At 10:53 AM: Reince Priebus (then-Chair of the Republican National Committee) arrives at Trump Tower in New York City. Later, Priebus is among a list of over 60 prominent GOP donors to attend a Trump Victory lunch fundraiser held at the Four Seasons hotel.
At 1:02 PM: After his fundraising lunch, Donald Trump exits the Four Seasons and goes back to Trump Tower where he reportedly spends the rest of the day.
At 2:18 PM: Paul Manafort leaves the Four Seasons hotel.
The Trump campaign/Russia meeting
Occurred: 4:00PM on 09 June 2016 at Trump Tower in New York City.
Eight people attended 3 for Team Trump and 5 for Team Russia.
Team Trump: Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner.
Team Russia: Natalia Veselnitskays, Rinat Akhmetshin, Ike Kaveladze, Anatoli Samochornov, and Rob Goldstone.
Rob Goldstone: Mr. Goldstone arranged the meeting and appears to have just overseen the introduction of new friends.
Anatoli Samochornov: His role was to serve as a translator but another translator, as will be discussed later in the article, a more important translator seems to have made Mr. Samochornov’s services not available.
The main Russia players:
Natalia Veselnitskaya: A Russian attorney in New York city representing Russian in a money laundering case. She was indeed in court that day (confirming Goldstone’s email, click here to view court document) Interesting note, this case was being prosecuted by Preet Bharara but he would be fired by President Trump in March 2017. This would lead to a surprise settlement being accepted by the Jeff Sessions led Department of Justice in May 2017. Three days before the trial was set to begin, a surprise settlement would be reached and what did the D.O.J. settle for? Less than half of what they were seeking ($6 million dollars was the settlement amount) and Prevezon did not have to admit to any wrongdoing.
Additionally, the Russian government had refused to provide any evidence to the U.S. government. However, A lawyer for the Magnitsky family did provide evidence to the U.S. and was scheduled to testify to bolster the U.S. government’s case. As pointed out in “Trump/Russia: Follow the Dead Russians” Mr. Gorokhov would suffer a most unfortunate accident that would leave him unavailable to testify.
Note: Sergei Magnitsky was a lawyer that stumbled upon a HUGE money laundering case involving Russia. As a result of his efforts to expose the scandal, Mr. Magnitsky would be imprisoned and being beaten to death…or as the Russian government commonly calls it a “heart attack.” The Magnitsky is a key component to the Trump, Jr./Russia meeting.
Rinat Akhmetshin: Originally from Russia, Mr. Akhmetshin started out as a counterintelligence officer for the Soviet military (GRU). He arrived in the United States during the early 1990s, began working as a pro-Russian lobbyist in Washington, D.C. In 2009, he became an American citizen.
The most interesting part of Mr. Akmetshin is his deep connections to hacking. In fact, he is infamous for undermining adversaries by using hacked data against them.
In 2011, he was linked to a case of using emails that concealed spyware. This was the same technique that later works on members of the Democratic National Committee.
Later, Mr. Akmetshin would be accused of hacking and leaking documents on behalf of EuroChem, a Putin-connected company. The target was a competing mining company, International Mineral Resources. Again, the same pattern that would be used in the DNC hacked leaks.
Also, it is worth noting that Mr. Akmetshin has been caught handing over thumb/hard drives of stolen computer data.
According to Mr. Akhmetshin’s statement, the Russian lawyer brought print-out documentation that allegedly contains unpermitted (perhaps unlawful) payments made to the DNC. He goes on to state that Jr. asks the lawyer if she has proof to support her claims, she responds that the Trump team would have to find proof themselves. At which point, Jr. feels like a bigly failure and “tunes out” of the meeting.
He also claims to have recognized Jr., Kushner, and Manafort–but he singles out that he and Manafort shared a past that included working in the same circles but not together.
Note: Less than a week after this Trump/Russia meeting it would be revealed that hackers were successful in obtaining an abundance of email data from the DNC.
Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze: Mr. Kaveladze’s involvement is most intriguing. He is the Vice President of a real estate development company and his background is in finance. But he was invited by Trump’s friend, past business partner, Russian billionaire oligarch, and the one that orchestrated the meeting: Mr. Aras Agalarov.
Why is this so intriguing?
Mr. Ike Kaveladze, a Senior level corporate manager, was asked by a billionaire to show up to serve as a….translator?
However, there is much more to Mr. Kavaladze. He was accused of being a prime figure in “setting up more than 2,000 shell companies…on behalf of Russians.” It is alleged that he helped move more than $1.4 billion dollars of Russian money into the United States.
“Kushner took over all data-driven efforts. Within three weeks, in a nondescript building outside San Antonio, he had built what would become a 100-person data hub designed to unify fundraising, messaging and targeting. Run by Brad Parscale, who had previously built small websites for the Trump Organization, this secret back office would drive every strategic decision during the final months of the campaign.”