Here Is The 8th Person Who Was At Trump Jr.’s Meeting With Russians


WASHINGTON ― There are now eight confirmed attendees of the June 2016 meeting that the eldest son of President Donald Trump took after being promised damaging information on his father’s presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

CNN and The Washington Post on Tuesday identified the previously unnamed eighth attendee as Ike Kaveladze, a senior vice president at Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov’s company.

Agalarov’s son, Emin, is a singer represented by Rob Goldstone, the music publicist who arranged the meeting in emails with Donald Trump Jr.

After The New York Times uncovered the meeting, Trump Jr. tweeted images of the emails last week, which he said was an effort to be “totally transparent.” But in the days since, three more people who attended the meeting and were not mentioned in the emails have been revealed: a lobbyist working with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, an independent translator hired by Veselnitskaya, and now, Kaveladze.

An attorney for the Agalarovs, Scott Balber, confirmed to both CNN and The Washington Post that Kaveladze attended the Trump Tower meeting as the family’s representative, adding he is a U.S. citizen and has “never had any engagement with the Russian government in any capacity.”

Aras Agalarov had tried to develop a project in Moscow with Trump, and he and Goldstone helped convince Trump to hold the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, which he then owned, in Russia.

Balber said Tuesday that he received a phone call from the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, one of several probes looking into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials. This signals Mueller’s probe is actively looking into Trump Jr.’s meeting, which is the clearest indication yet that Trump’s campaign may have colluded with the country.

Also at the meeting were Goldstone, Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Balber told the Post that he believes there were no other attendees of the meeting.

According to a public records search, Kaveladze, whose full name is Irakly Kaveladze, immigrated the U.S. in 1991 and now lives in California.

In 2000, he was implicated in a money laundering scheme, in which he “set up more than 2,000 corporations in Delaware for Russian brokers and then opened the bank accounts for them, without knowing who owned the corporations,” the New York Times reported at the time.