So via their Russian contacts, the Trump campaign was promised official aid from the Russians regards dirt on Hillary Clinton
The Wikipedia article is a good recap
The fact that the Trumps attached such importance to the meeting is noteworthy, and Paul Manafort, with his GRU contacts, certainly should have been familiar with the former/Russian Intelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin
Then of course in Summer 2017 Trump issued a false/misleading statement on the meeting...why the attempt at coverup ?
Some new info is just out on Natalia Veselnitskaya, showing that she was fully in cahoots with the Russian government on the Prevezon/Katsyv/Magnitsky/Browder case (as suspected)
More is due on her in coming daysThe judge in the case later wrote that the Russian government had “spurned” the Justice Department’s request for evidence, instead sending a lengthy treatise on why Ms. Veselnitskaya’s client was innocent.
Ms. Veselnitskaya’s involvement in the official communications with the Russian government “raises serious questions about obstruction of justice and false statements,” said Jaimie Nawaday, a former assistant United States attorney in Manhattan who was a prosecutor on the case.
Sure the Trumps got no goods from that specific meeting, but they showed their appetite, and were subsequently well tended to by the Russian government