This was quick.
CNN has uncovered the name of the 8th person present in the room, during the Trump Jr.-Russia meeting, that has set off such a firestorm of media attention in the past week.
Eighth person at Trump Tower Russian meeting is Ike Kaveladze, @CNN has learned, who works at company founded by oligarch Aras Agalarov.
— Jeff Zeleny (@jeffzeleny) July 18, 2017
I wrote previously about Robert Mueller’s team discovering the 8th name, and now we have it.
According to CNN, the 8th person present in the June 2016 meeting was Ike Kaveladze, a senior vice president at the company founded by the Russian oligarch, Aras Agalarov, who initiated the June 2016 meeting.
Kaveladze is a senior vice president at Crocus Group, the real estate development company run by Azerbaijani-Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov, according to Kaveladze’s LinkedIn. His personal website says he “holds responsibility for multiple elements of the company’s Russian development project.”
So what was Kaveladze’s role?
As for his background, he studied at the Moscow Academy of Finance and has an MBA from the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
His involvement with the Agalarov’s goes back to the start of his employment in 2004.
According to his lawyer, Scott Balber, he is a longtime resident of the U.S. and has never been associated with the Russian government, on any level.
Balber said his client hasn’t been interviewed yet and that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have not reached out about Emin and Aras Agalarov, whom he also represents.
Emin Agalarov is an Azerbaijani-Russian pop star who has previously done business with the Trumps alongside his father, Aras Agalarov, a Russian real estate billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Kaveladze was asked to go to the meeting at Trump Tower last June with the understanding he would be Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya’s translator because she didn’t speak English, Balber said. He then realized at the meeting that she already had a translator that she had brought with her.
Balber said Kaveladze remembers discussions surrounding the Magnitsky Act — a 2012 US law that imposed sanctions on Russian individuals — and the retaliatory Kremlin-imposed ban on adoption of Russian children by American citizens.
With the presence of Kaveladze, perhaps there were some other interests being pursued, beyond digging up dirt on Hillary or discussing Russian adoption programs?