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"My son is a wonderful young man", Trump said during a joint press conference with French President Emmanuel Macron.

Donald Trump Jr. and Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya did not meet to discuss the USA 2016 presidential election or former Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, lawyer Scott Balber, who is familiar with the matter, told Sputnik on Thursday. The president also said the meeting was one "most people in politics would have taken".

Trump Jr. said the Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, approached him saying she had important information about the Russian government's ties to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign.

NBC News is also reporting that the Russian-born American Akhmetshin was at the meeting.

This individual, which NBC is refusing to name, is a Russian-American lobbyist and former Soviet counterintelligence officer.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, a Republican, planned to send a letter on Thursday to the younger Trump to ask him to appear before his committee in a public session, CNN reported.

The lawyer has denied working for the Kremlin.

"I told (Putin). I said, look, we can't - we can't have - now, he said absolutely not twice".

The meeting in June a year ago has heightened questions about whether Mr Trump's campaign co-ordinated with the Russian government during the election, which is the focus of federal and congressional investigations.

Others have lawyered up, too, including White House Senior Adviser and son-in-law to the president, Jared Kushner, Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, and former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort.

Futerfas said he had talked with the individual who came to the meeting with Veselnitskaya: "He is a USA citizen".

The meeting was attended by Donald Trump's son and his then campaign manager Paul Manafort.

The meeting, which Donald Trump Jr.'s emails showed was for the explicit objective of obtaining dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government, was obviously "irrelevant information by irrelevant people", according to Kingston.

In a series of emails, Trump Jr. was told the lawyer had "high-level and sensitive" information that was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

Kushner has been under increased scrutiny since May when it was revealed that he sought to establish back-channel communications between Trump's inner circle and Russian Federation.

Later yesterday, a spokesman for the president's outside legal team contended that participants in the June meeting "misrepresented who they were and who they worked for".

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