Kaveladze's attendance, first reported by The Washington Post, was confirmed by ABC News, which spoke with his attorney Tuesday. The meeting drew attention last week as possible evidence of a Trump campaign effort to collude with Russia after emails released by Trump Jr. documented his interest in the possibility of damaging intelligence about his father's Democratic rival.
Balber said Kaveladze does not remember speaking a word in the meeting beyond "hello" and said he was there to be a translator, but when he arrived, he discovered lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya already had one. Kaveladze's attorney added that he had no prior relationship with Veselnitskaya and he said “unequivocally” that Kaveladze has absolutely no connection to the Russian government.
"Not in any respect, now or ever," said Balber.
Balder told ABC News that Kaveladze does not remember any discussion of information on Clinton during the meeting. He only remembers discussion of the Magnitsky Act. Balber also denies that Kaveladze is a lobbyist working on the Magnitsky Act.
The attorney added that Kaveladze said there were no other attendees beyond himself and the previously known other seven:
- Donald Trump Jr.
- Rob Goldstone, the publicist who worked with Trump Jr. to arrange the meeting via singer and businessman Emin Agalarov.
- Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who it was said had information about Clinton
- Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist who accompanied Veselnitskaya
- Anatoli Samachornov, a translator brought by Veselnitskaya