There are now eight confirmed attendees of the June 2016 meeting that the eldest son of Donald Trump took after being promised damaging information on his father’s presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton.
It started off with Donald Trump Jr. meeting with a lawyer about adoption laws and has turned into a veritable clown car of who's who in the Trump administration and a squad of Russian power players with ties to Putin and the Kremlin.
As of last week it was reported that there were a total of eight people in the room... The problem was that it wasn't known who those people were.
Now we know...
First out of the gate was (1) Donny Junior.
Then came the Russian lawyer, (2) Natalia Veselnitskaya, who it appears was working hand in glove with the Russian government in her efforts to repeal Russian sanctions for dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Then came the revelation that Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor (3) Jared Kusner was in attendance.
In addition to Kushner it was also revealed that candidate Trump's then-campaign manager (4) Paul Manafort was invited to the ever growing meeting.
Then the emails came and with them the reveal of more invitees.
We found out that (5) Rob Goldstone, the man who helped Trump set up the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow and sent the emails arranging the meeting, was also present.
In addition to Goldstone we also have Russian-American interpreter (6) Anatoli Samochornov, who attended serving as the interpreter for Veselnitskaya who does not speak English.
Then there was (7) Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian lobbyist, former Soviet military counter-intelligence officer who was hired by Veselnitskaya’s organization to work on overturning the Magnitsky sanctions.
And then there was number eight.
Just who was the eighth man out and and why was he the last one to be revealed? Perhaps it is because his presence in the room is the most damning of all those whom attended.
The previously unnamed attendee is a man named (8) Irakly Kaveladze.
Irakly "Ike" Kaveladze, who was born in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia in 1965, was implicated in a US money laundering scheme in 2000 in which his company, International Business Creations, set up more than 2,000 corporations in Delaware for Russian brokers and then opened the bank accounts for them. Kaveladze did this all without knowing who owned the corporations but taking the brokers word for it that they were on the up and up.
The New York Times reported at the time that more than $1.4 billion was transferred through the accounts that he opened.
Surprisingly Kaveladze was not charged in the money laundering scheme.
According to a public records search, Kaveladze immigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and now lives in California and is presently the senior vice president for Russian real estate developer Aras Agalarov who's company had tried to build a Tower in Moscow with Donald Trump.
You might remember Aras Agalarov's name as his son, Amin, is a mid-level pop star in Russia and is represented by non other than... wait for it... Rob Goldstone.
Now we have to ask just how does a Russian born man, who works for Donald Trump's biggest business partner in that country and has a history of money laundering for that country fit into this picture. At this point I can only guess that it will have something to do with Russian oligarchs, lots unwashed money and shady Donald Trump land deals.
The revelation of Kaveladze's presence at the meeting just happens to coincide as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, one of several probes looking into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, is now said to be actively looking into Trump Jr.’s meeting. This is seen as Mueller declaring that Junior's meeting is at this point the clearest indication yet of the Trump’s campaign collusion with the Russia.