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

Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign admits to being Kremlin informant Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign admits to being Kremlin informant
Gerardo Duncan | 29 April, 2018, 01:13

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

The emails appear to show a correspondence between Veselnitskaya and an official in Russia's state prosecutor's office coordinating a response to a case brought forward by the U.S. Department of Justice, NBC's Richard Engel said on MSNBC. She had denied any such connection since the discovery of the meeting in July of a year ago.

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.

Veselnitskaya was the Russian lawyer at the center of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where Donald Trump Jr. expected to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton but instead Veselnitskaya focused on the repeal of the sanctions. Prevezon agreed to pay $6 million and admitted no culpability in the scheme. "Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general", according to Newsweek.

The Times reported that Natalia Veselnitskaya detailed in an interview with NBC News, set to air Friday, her previously undisclosed relationship with Yuri Chaika, Russia's prosecutor general.

Donald Trump Jr. has said the June 2016 meeting with Veselnitskaya included discussion of the Magnitsky Act sanctions.

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.

At the meeting, Veselnitskaya instead discussed what she said were unjust USA sanctions on Russian Federation - a hobbyhorse of the Kremlin since the passage of the Magnitsky Act in 2012.

The Dossier organization said Friday it had been sent a series of emails showing Veselnitskaya set out strategies for the Kremlin's response to a US request for assistance in a money-laundering case involving her client.

Dossier is an arm of the exiled tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the onetime oil billionaire who spent a decade in prison on fraud and tax-evasion convictions that were widely seen as retaliation for his political ambitions and opposition to Putin.

Veselnitskaya has denied having connections to the Kremlin since her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.

"I shared information with" Chaika, she told the newspaper, in the course of her investigation into a hedge-fund manager who was a driving force behind the Magnitsky Act, a USA sanctions law that locked certain Russians out of their overseas funds, among other punishments.

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