Irakly Ike Kaveladze, once accused of laundering more than $1.4 bn, was a participant in the notorious get-together at Trump Tower in June 2016

A Russian American businessman once accused of laundering more than $1.4 bn into the US from eastern Europe attended the meeting where Donald Trumps son expected to receive secret information from Moscow.

Irakly Ike Kaveladze was the eighth those participating in the notorious get-together at Trump Tower in Manhattan on 9 June 2016, his attorney Scott Balber confirmed to the Guardian on Tuesday. Kaveladzes attendance was first reported by CNN.

Kaveladze, 52, is an executive at a Moscow-based property firm owned by Aras Agalarov, a business associate of Trump who is also enmeshed in the controversy over the session during last years presidential election campaign.

Trumps son Donald Jr agreed to the meeting after being told by email that he would be given injury information about Hillary Clinton, their Democratic adversary, as part of an effort by the Russian government to support Trump.

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Irakly Ike Kaveladze. Photo: Twitter

The meeting brought together Donald Jr and two other senior campaign aides with Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin, and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian American political operative and former military officer.

Kaveladze was in 2000 named by the New York Times as responsible for using about 2,000 shell companies in the US to launder $1.4 bn from Russia and eastern Europe into accounts at Citibank and the Commercial Bank of San Francisco.

A report by the US Government Accountability Office( GAO) on the alleged scheme did not identify Kaveladze by name but confirmed the involvement of his company, International Business Creations. It is possible that these transfers were used to launder money, the report said of the transactions.

Kaveladze and Balber, his attorney, did not respond to questions on Tuesday about his alleged involvement in money laundering. Charles Young, a spokesman for the GAO, said he could not independently corroborate the reporting of Kaveladzes involvement.

Disclosures about the Trump Tower meeting have intensified concerns over what US intelligence services say was a concerted campaign by Russia to sway the 2016 election. Emails released by Trump Jr last week dedicated the first confirmation that the campaign at the least tried to collude with that effort.

In the days before the meeting, Donald Jr sent an email eagerly greeting the offer of injury informed on Clinton, which was described as part of Russia and its governments support for Mr Trump by a go-between operating on behalf of the members of Agalarov, the Russian real estate tycoon.

That go-between was Rob Goldstone, a British music publicist who represents Agalarovs son Emin, a well-known pop singer in Russia. Goldstone, Kaveladze, Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya and a translator were joined by Trump Jr; the then Trump campaign chairman, Paul Manafort; and Jared Kushner, Trumps son-in-law and adviser.

All are likely to come under the scrutiny of simultaneous investigations into the Russian campaign the hell is were carried out in two congressional committees and Robert Mueller, a former FBI director who is serving as a special counsel on the subject. Kushner , now a senior White House official, originally failed to note the session in paperwork submitted when he took his government task, which was illegal.

Donald Trump Sr and his supporters have tried to paint the meeting as an unremarkable attempt to glean some useful opponent research for the rough-and-tumble of national politics.

Numerous veterans of presidential campaigns for both parties reject this, insisting that the appropriate response would have been for the Trump team to report the Russians to the FBI.

Akhmetshin, the Russian American political spy, has said Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney, dedicated the Trump campaign aides a plastic sheath of documents during the course of its meeting, calling into question claims by Trump Jr that she offered no meaningful information and that the meeting concerned Russias ban on children being adopted by Americans.

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