Rally for thousands of diehard advocates held on same day news emerged that special attorney has set up panel to examine evidence of alleged collusion

Donald Trump has sought to rally thousands of diehard advocates against the investigation into his campaigns alleged collusion with Russia on the same day news emerged that the special counseling, Robert Mueller, has convened a grand jury in the case.

Theyre trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story, Trump told a rally in Huntington, West Virginia.

Quick Guide

Who are the key Russian players in the Trump collusion accusations?

Natalia Veselnitskaya

A Russian lawyer whose work has focused on ending US sanctions on Russia and who met with Trump representatives Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort at Trump Tower in June 2016. Read further.

Sergey Kislyak

Until recently, the Russian ambassador to the US. A hub for the relations with Trump representatives including Kushner, us attorney general Jeff Sessions, former national security consultant Michael Flynn and the president himself. Read further.

Sergey Gorkov

The Kremlin-connected head of Russian state investment bank Vnesheconombank. He met with Kushner during the presidential transition, but no specific policies were discussed, according to Kushner. Read further.

Dimitri Simes

President of the Center for the National Interest, a Washington thinktank, which hosted an April 2016 foreign policy speech by Trump. Trump, Sessions and Kushner appear to have met with Kislyak at the event, although both Kushner and Sessions have said any session was merely in passing and they dont recall what was discussed. Read further.
By Tom McCarthy

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