Warner called it "very troubling" and said it "obviously moves our whole investigation to another level".
Sekulow's statement Sunday was a slight twist on one he made to CNN's Anderson Cooper earlier this week, when he questioned why the Secret Service would have allowed Russia-connected individuals to meet with members of the campaign. And that's what the president said. "It came from Donald Trump Jr". The fact that Akhmetshin apparently is a colorful guy is an added bonus.
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"Ok let's try to deflect blame & throw those in @SecretService who protect @POTUS @realDonaldTrump @FLOTUS & family under the bus", she said on Twitter.
"This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money", Veselnitskaya reportedly told the Trump associates at the time, as recalled by Ahkmetshin.
"It all smells like fish to me, so if you're gonna go ahead and dig into this thing, I hope you dig in on both sides".
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The president's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then- campaign manager Paul Manafort were also at the Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. He's recovering from surgery to remove a blood clot above his eye, and Republicans need his vote.
Throughout the week, additional details about the meeting's contents and attendees emerged. Russia has denied any interference to sway the election.
Sekulow said he was not aware of any other meetings involving Russians. "I'm not his lawyer", Sekulow said.
Futerfas, a veteran New York criminal defence attorney best known for defending clients involved with mafia crime families, is Donald Trump Jr's attorney in the Russia investigations.
Mr Trump is adamant he had no knowledge of it. "Frankly, it's a little bit unbelievable that neither the son or the son-in-law ever shared that information with their dad, the candidate", Mr Warner told CNN.