A report on Friday afternoon now puts a total of eight people in the Trump Tower meeting that was absolutely a waste of time where nothing untoward happened last June. Granted this is a single-sourced story with a byline reading “CNN staff,” but as Peggy Noonan has said, it would be irresponsible not to speculate. And she has a Pulitzer Prize.
So far acknowledged in attendance: Trump Jr., Kushner, Manafort, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Akhmetshin and publicist Rob Goldstone, who helped set up the meeting. A source familiar with the circumstances told CNN there were at least two other people in the room as well, a translator and a representative of the Russian family who had asked Goldstone to set up the meeting. The source did not provide the names.
It seems like only six days ago that Donald Trump Jr. said the meeting's attendees were himself, Kushner, Manafort and “a person” whose name he had not known ahead of time and did not see fit to mention in his initial statement on the matter.
Oh right, that's because it was only six days ago.
Since then, Fredo Trump has been forced to acknowledge the presence of Veselnitskaya, a Kremlin-connected lawyer working to repeal the Magnitsky Act that has enraged Vladimir Putin. Then us sharp-eyed folks at The Response noticed that there was supposed to have been another attendee besides Veselnitskaya. Then we all discovered that Goldstone had also been there, despite initially saying he would only pop in for the introductions and then leave. Then we discovered the second person was not Goldstone but a Russian lobbyist who once worked for that nation's security service. Which made six.
Now we have this translator and a representative “of the Russian family who had asked Goldstone to set up the meeting,” presumably the Agalarovs, whose son Emin and Trump Jr. may have spoken on the phone after Goldstone first reached out to the latter about bringing him some dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Whew. Can't wait for the HBO miniseries.
At this point, can we just poll all Trump campaign workers to find out who was not in the meeting? Seems as if that would be faster.