Lawmakers question businessman linked to Trump Tower meeting

Lawmakers question businessman linked to Trump Tower meeting

Congressional investigators have questioned a businessman who attended the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr.Don John TrumpTrump pledges to look at 'both sides' on Pebble Mine Twitter limits Donald Trump Jr.'s account after sharing coronavirus disinformation South Dakota governor flew with Trump on Air Force One after being exposed to coronavirus: report MORE and a Russian lawyer, Reuters reports.

Irakly Kaveladze, a Georgian-American businessman who attended the meeting, was questioned by the Senate and House Intelligence committees recently, according to Reuters.

Investigators spoke with Kaveladze after learning that he had met President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test MORE in 2013, Reuters reported. The two men were celebrating an agreement to hold the Miss Universe pageant, which Trump owned at the time, in Moscow.

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The investigators wanted to know the extent of Kaveladze’s contact with Trump and his family and what his role was in arranging the Trump Tower meeting, according to Reuters.

Kaveladze’s lawyer, Scott Balber, told Reuters that the businessman had been at both events, but that Kaveladze hadn’t set up the meeting that took place during the presidential campaign.

He added that Kaveladze was planning on translating during the meeting, but hadn’t done so because the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had brought her own.

Balber said that the committees were treating Kaveladze as a witness and that he wasn’t being targeted in the probe.

“No one has ever told me that they have any interest in him other than as a witness,” Balber told Reuters.

Reports of the Trump Tower meeting first emerged over the summer. Trump Jr. attended the meeting with then-Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTrump says he would consider pardons for those implicated in Mueller investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Argentum - Mask mandates, restrictions issued as COVID-19 spreads MORE and Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerLincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' Deutsche Bank launches investigation into longtime banker of Trump, Kushner Watchdog group accuses Stephen Miller of violating Hatch Act with Biden comments MORE.

Veselnitskaya had promised to provide damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump touts economic agenda in battleground Ohio The Memo: Campaigns gird for rush of early voting Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat MORE's campaign at the meeting, which has become a key part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian election interference.

Trump Jr. has said that nothing came of the meeting.