Congress wanted to punish Russian human rights abusers by barring them from entering the U.S. This followed the 2009 death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died at age 37 in a Moscow prison where he was held - and allegedly beaten - after accusing Russian officials of massive tax fraud.
The anti-Trump mainstream media is buzzing with news that Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian American lobbyist and veteran of the Soviet military, attended the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The leaders of the Republican party, however, can not claim similar ignorance about the nature of the Trump regime.
"It is totally bogus to suggest that somehow it was okay because they didn't actually obtain any useful information in it", Josh Earnest, former White House Secretary in the Obama administration, said.
Akhmetshin, who became a US citizen in 2009 and retains his Russian citizenship, has lobbied against USA sanctions on Russia for human rights violations, the result of a USA law known as the Magnitsky Act.
Homeland said Veselnitskaya first got her immigration parole letter on September 25, 2015 and it was last used in February 2016.
Investigators are also looking into whether the Trump campaign's digital team coordinated with Russian Federation to push fake news stories on social media.
This new detail should lead us to look anew at two key facts: First, that the president reportedly signed off on the initial statement from Trump Jr. that covered up the real reason for the meeting. The same day, the Times' Ken Vogel reported that a translator named Anatoli Samochornov was also at the meeting. It offers the Russian government's version of events and claims that Magnitsky was not mistreated by Russian authorities.
Attorney Alan Futerfas said the man was described as a friend of Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star who was a client of Rob Goldstone, a music publicist who had arranged the meeting, and possibly of Velenitskaya's, NBC said.
"He apparently concealed a meeting that is harmful to our national security", said Sen.
Trump has repeatedly denied that there was any collusion between campaign officials and the Russian government.
Mr Akhmetshin said he and Ms Veselnitskaya were joined by an interpreter.
Fox News appears to be censoring the most damaging aspect of Donald Trump Jr.'s correspondence with Russian Federation, with the news company automatically deleting any reference made within the comments section on its website.
"What really matters to the Democrats is that I know Donald Trump", he said.
President Trump has defended his son's decision to meet with Veselnitskaya, saying "most people would have taken that meeting". "It's called opposition research or research into your opponent".
Fast forward to this morning, America learns there was another person besides the Russian lawyer in the meeting.