Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign admits to being Kremlin informant

Lawyer at Trump Tower meeting reportedly worked with Russian government
Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, Russian Lawyer Trump Jr. Met With, Admits to Being Russian Informant
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29 April, 2018

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she wrote in her Senate Judiciary Committee statement.

The previously undisclosed details about Ms. Veselnitskaya rekindle questions about who she was representing when she met with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the campaign.

And in an interview set to be broadcast by NBC News on Friday, Veselnitskaya calls herself an "informant" for the Russian government, an admission that goes further than her previous claims of just being a private attorney.

Ms Veselnitskaya is well-connected as a lawyer in Moscow, but the extent and nature of her government ties has been unclear.

All these circumstances and denials cast Veselnitskaya as a woman willing to help her country in any way, even if it is to the detriment of the USA government.

Friday's reports raises new questions about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting attended by Trump Jr., Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortWith no evidence, can a weak DNC lawsuit against Russian Federation and Trump survive scrutiny?

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Her previous statements delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November a year ago seemingly denied the exact connections now coming to light. "Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general".

In a July 2017 interview with The Wall Street Journal, Veselnitskaya said she "personally" knows the prosecutor general.

This contradicts her earlier contention that she had no connections with the Russian government. She could not immediately be reached for comment on the emails Friday.

Goldstone told Donald Trump Jr. that "the crown prosecutor of Russia" was offering "to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".

The Trump Tower meeting, which appeared to demonstrate the willingness of Trump campaign officials to coordinate with Russia in the election, has reportedly become a focus of special counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian links to the 2016 campaign. The encounter took place after Donald Trump Jr. was told she had potentially incriminating information about Trump's election opponent, Hillary Clinton. Now living outside of Russian Federation, he is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin.

On Saturday, a CNN panel discussing the revelation got heated after guests started talking about just how shocking it is that the campaign team for an American presidential candidate met with someone tied to a foreign power to discuss getting dirt on an opponent, as the younger Trump admitted nearly a year ago.


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