The eighth known participant in Donald Trump Jr.’s June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer has been identified, according to The Washington Post.
The Post reported Tuesday that Ive Kaveladze, an American-based employee of a Russian real estate company, took part in the controversial encounter last year.
Kaveladze’s presence was reportedly confirmed by Scott Balber, an attorney for Emin and Aras Agalarov, the Russian developers who hosted the Miss Universe pageant in 2013.
President Trump purportedly owned the beauty contest that year, and Balber said Tuesday that Kaveladze works for the Agalarovs’ company and attended the event as their representative.
Some Twitter users on Tuesday dismissed the news that Kaveladze had attended the meeting with Donald Trump Jr., who is President Trump’s eldest son.
OMG! An 8th person was at the meeting?— Jay (@JayStylus) July 18, 2017
We're all gonna die!
Other people on the social media platform voiced alarm at the reported huddle during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Balber said Kaveladze believed he would act as a translator during the conversation, only to find that Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya brought her own instead.
Veselnitskaya reportedly brought a former State Department employee named Anatoli Samochornov, who has since declined to comment due to a non-disclosure agreement.
Balber added Tuesday that a representative of Special Counsel Robert Mueller called him over the weekend seeking the identity of the person ultimately revealed as Kaveladze.
The request is reportedly the first public sign that Mueller’s team is investigating the meeting as part of the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Donald Trump Jr. released an email chain last week showing he agreed to meet Veselnitskaya for pledged damaging information about 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
Music promoter Rob Goldstone reportedly told Donald Trump Jr. in an email that his client, Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, wanted him to meet Veselnitskaya.
Donald Trump Jr. has since insisted nothing substantial came of the huddle, which also included President Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Mueller is leading the Justice Department’s probe of Russian election intrusions last year, including possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s campaign.