The New York Times omitted from their reporting on the Donald Trump Jr. meeting that a Clinton State Department link was present at the meeting, per Breitbart.
The NY Times said on Friday that Rinat Akhmetshin, a United States lobbyist and former member of the Soviet army, attended the meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Veselnitskaya, who does not speak English, had a translator—Anatoli Samachornov.
He’s more than that, though.
Samachornov’s LinkedIn, in fact, says that from 2005 until now, he’s been a project manager at Meridian International Center—a “nonprofit, global leadership organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.”
Meridian is one of the State Department’s primary partners.
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Samochornov’s LinkedIn profile says he was an interpreter and a “partner/owner” in Interpreter Boutique, which provided translation services.
The LinkedIn profile further describes his work on behalf of the State Department, purportedly while he was at Meridian. The timeline of his work at Meridian includes the period when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.
Samochornov’s LinkedIn profile lists the following activities:
- Represented the U.S. Government in securing cooperation of key U.S. resources in the corporate, governmental and NGO community.
- Collaborated with the U.S. and international aid agencies and stakeholders on devising business plans and training workshops on a variety of different topics.
Samochornov was listed as the program administrator for the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which is implemented by Meridian. Breitbart News found the draft program book for the March 4-12, 2013 leadership initiative, which listed a State Department email for Samochornov.
Reports have said that while Donald Jr. was coerced to the meeting on the basis of opposition research against Hillary Clinton, Veselnitskaya and other meeting attendees soon made it clear that they really hoped to discuss The Magnitsky Act, which sanctions Russian officials who’re suspected to have been involved in the death of anti-corruption whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who died in 2009.
Trump Jr. has been verbal that he was uninterested in the meeting once he learned they had nothing on Hillary Clinton.
“For me this was opposition research,” Trump Jr. said. “They had something, you know, maybe concrete evidence to all the stories I’d been hearing about … so I think I wanted to hear it out. But really it went nowhere and it was apparent that wasn’t what the meeting was about.”
Trump Jr. spoke about the contents of the meeting. “It was this, ‘Hey, some DNC donors may have done something in Russia and they didn’t pay taxes.’ I was like, ‘What does this have to do with anything?’”
Samarchornov could not be reached at the email address or telephone number listed under his position at the State Department’s International Visit Leadership Program, but a voicemail at the telephone number said he’d be gone indefinitely starting in 2014.