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

Apr 28, 2018, 15:19
Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign admits to being Kremlin informant

Natalia Veselnitskaya, one of the key figures in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting held by top members of the Trump campaign in an effort to get dirt on Hillary Clinton, originally told Congress that she was a private lawyer without ties to the government.

But in a new exclusive interview with NBC, Veselnitskaya said, "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant".

Dossier published screen shots of what it said were emails about the case between Veselnitskaya and Sergei Bochkarev, head of the criminal investigation division of the prosecutor-general's office.

The encounter at Trump Tower in NY took place after Donald Trump Jr. was told the Russian lawyer had possibly incriminating information about Trump's election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

According to The Times, Veselnitskaya also discussed with NBC News emails obtained by an organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil tycoon who opposes President Vladimir Putin, that further detailed her relationship to Chaika.

Newly released e-mails from a Russian lawyer involved in a US money-laundering case showed the lawyer had close contact with officials from the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office, even as she portrayed herself as a private citizen.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation has reportedly focused in on the June 2016 Manhattan meeting and alternating narratives related to the sitdown.

"It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information", the president's son said in a statement previous year, adding that Veselnitskaya wanted to discuss adoption policy. It seems she's changed her tune, and she told NBC she was an informant for Russian Federation.

The emails show Veselnitskaya worked closely with a top official in Russia's prosecutor general's office to fend off a USA fraud case against one of her clients in 2014. FTC back at full strength Federal Bureau of Investigation says it told White House about Porter abuse allegations in March 2017 Ivanka Trump talks skills training legislation with senators, CEOs MORE, Trump's son-in-law and now senior adviser, and whether that meeting had connections to Russia's government that were previously unknown.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she told the committee. "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer".

Senate Intelligence Committee investigators, who are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign interviewed Veselnitskaya in Berlin recently, according to the AP.

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