Former senator investigated man in Trump Jr. meeting for money laundering

Former senator investigated man in Trump Jr. meeting for money laundering
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Irakly Kaveladze, the eighth person confirmed to have attended Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE Jr.'s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer, reportedly worked to set up bank accounts in the U.S. that have been investigated for money laundering, according to a new CNN report.

CNN found that a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report from 2000 details the investigation for money laundering. 

According to the report, Kaveladze took part in opening 236 accounts at two banks that the GAO reported had over $1.4 billion deposited into them between 1991 and 2000, which came under congressional investigation for possible money laundering.


Former Democratic Sen. Carl LevinCarl Milton LevinRemembering leaders who put country above party Strange bedfellows oppose the filibuster Listen, learn and lead: Congressional newcomers should leave the extremist tactics at home MORE (Mich.) said on Facebook Tuesday night that Kaveladze created both the companies and bank accounts that were investigated, and that Kaveladze established “some 2,000” companies on “behalf of the people in Russia.”

Levin said “Kaveladze claimed he did all this without knowing for whom he was doing it.”

“There was never any allegation of him engaged in any criminal activity,” Kaveladze’s lawyer, Scott Balber, said on CNN’s “Outfront” with Erin Burnett Tuesday night. “He has never been implicated in any wrongdoing whatsoever.”

Kaveladze, the vice president of a real estate group, was at the June 9, 2016, meeting in which Trump Jr. met with a Russian attorney in an effort to gather damaging information on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonImpeachment hearings don't move needle with Senate GOP GOP divided over impeachment trial strategy 'Too Far Left' hashtag trends on Twitter MORE.