Natalia Veselnitskaya

Memo Used at Trump Meeting Was Shared With Kremlin

Natalia Veselnitskaya “arrived at a meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 hoping to interest top Trump campaign officials in the contents of a memo she believed contained information damaging to the Democratic Party and, by extension, Hillary Clinton. The material was the fruit of her research as a private lawyer, she has repeatedly said, and any suggestion that she was acting at the Kremlin’s behest that day is anti-Russia ‘hysteria,'” the New York Times reports.

“But interviews and records show that in the months before the meeting, Ms. Veselnitskaya had discussed the allegations with one of Russia’s most powerful officials, the prosecutor general, Yuri Y. Chaika. And the memo she brought with her closely followed a document that Mr. Chaika’s office had given to an American congressman two months earlier, incorporating some paragraphs verbatim.”

“The coordination between the Trump Tower visitor and the Russian prosecutor general undercuts Ms. Veselnitskaya’s account that she was a purely independent actor when she sat down with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, and Paul J. Manafort, then the Trump campaign chairman.”

Russian Lawyer Denies She Had Dirt on Clinton

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential campaign denied to NBC News that she had any connection to the Kremlin and insists she met with Trump to press her client’s interest in the Magnitsky Act — not to hand over information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Said Natalia Veselnitskaya: “I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that. It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information. They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”