The eighth person who attended the infamous meeting at Trump Tower between Trump campaign officials and Kremlin-linked Russian nationals has been revealed.
The Washington Post reports that Ike Kaveladze, an American-based employee of a Russian real estate company, was also present at the meeting.
The Post confirmed with Kaveladze’s lawyer, Scott Balber, over this weekend that his client was at the meeting. Additionally, Balber revealed that a representative from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation contacted him this past weekend asking him for the name of the eighth person who was present at the meeting, which took place last June 9.
Balber said that Kaveladze was at the meeting with Trump Jr. as an official representative of the Agalarov family, whose publicist, Rob Goldstone, arranged for the meeting.
“Balber said Kaveladze works as a vice president focusing on real estate and finance for the Agalarov’s company, the Crocus Group,” the Post reports. “Aras Agalarov requested that Kaveladze attend the meeting on his behalf, Balber said. Kaveladze is a U.S. citizen and has lived in this country for many years, according to Balber, who is said he is representing the man.”
According to the Post’s Aaron Blake, Kaveladze was at one point the “subject of a congressional inquiry into foreigners forming shell companies in 2000.”
Kaveladze appears to have been subject of a congressional inquiry into foreigners forming shell companies in 2000 https://t.co/hyqwK1Lk8f
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 18, 2017
CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond, meanwhile, has uncovered a photo of Kaveladze and Trump together that was taken in 2013 at a private dinner.
— Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) July 18, 2017
Publicist Goldstone in 2016 billed the meeting to Trump Jr. as involving a “Russian government lawyer” who wanted to give him damaging information on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as part of the Russian government’s efforts to help his father’s campaign. Trump Jr. responded enthusiastically to Goldstone’s meeting proposal by saying, “I love it!”