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Report: 8th Man in Trump Jr. Meeting Once Probed for Money Laundering

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 10:51 PM

Irakly Kaveladze, identified this week as the eighth man in attendance at a meeting last summer between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, was involved in setting up bank accounts that were investigated for money laundering in 2000, CNN reports.

Kaveladze was never charged with a crime and denies doing anything illegal.

His attorney Scott Balber told CNN's "Outfront" on Tuesday that what Kaveladze did was "absolutely, unequivocally legal."

"There was never any allegation of him engaged in any criminal activity, was certainly not charged with anything criminal or regulatory, and did absolutely nothing wrong," Balber said. "He has never been implicated in any wrongdoing whatsoever."

Kaveladze was not named in a Governement Accountability Office report on the probe, but he told The New York Times in 2000 that he had been involved in opening 236 accounts between 1991 and 2000 for corporations with ties to Russian brokers.

At the time, he called the probe a "witch hunt."

But former Sen. Carl Levin, a Democrat from Michigan, posted on Facebook Tuesday that Kaveladze was the "poster child" for the practice of opening such accounts.

"The owners of those accounts then moved some $1.4 billion through those accounts," Levin wrote. "Kaveladze claimed he did all this without knowing for whom he was doing it.

"Based on the example of Kaveladze, who was in a sense the poster child of this practice, and other examples we uncovered over the years, we've been trying for decades to end the hidden ownership of American corporations," Levin said.

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Irakly Kaveladze, identified this week as the eighth man in attendance at a meeting last summer between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer, was involved in setting up bank accounts that were investigated for money laundering in 2000, CNN reports.
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