Asked Russian Lawyer for Hillary Clinton Dirt in Writing
Nov 08 2017
A Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential election campaign past year said the president's son offered to re-examine sanctions and travel bans imposed on Russian officials in exchange for dirt on Hillary Clinton. Veselnitskaya says she had gone to the Trump Tower meeting to lobby against it.
Veselnitskaya also told Bloomberg that she would be happy to travel to the U.S.to be interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but only if her answers are made public-a condition the Senate hasn't agreed to yet.
Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and co-founder of Fusion GPS, was with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at a Manhattan federal courtroom just hours before the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, Fox News reported, citing a source.
We know now as a matter of fact, however, that the June 2016 meeting was held for the explicit objective of getting a dump-truck's worth of Russian "dirt" on Clinton - Donald Trump Jr.'s email chain confirms it.
The meeting took place after British publicist Rob Goldstone contacted Trump Jr. on behalf of Veselnitskaya to request it, describing her as a Russian government lawyer who had information and documents that would incriminate Clinton.
Alan Futerfas, Trump Jr.'s lawyer, said he had no comment on Bloomberg's story.
The Prevezon case stems from a $230 million Russian tax fraud that victimized an American-led investment fund, and resulted in eventual USA adoption of the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on Russians accused of being involved. Russian President Vladimir Putin banned Americans from adopting Russian orphans in response to the law's passage.
Veselnitskaya, who denies being a representative of the Russian government, told Bloomberg the meeting fell apart after she admitted she did not have documents showing that money funneled through tax havens went to Clinton.
US -born businessman, Bill Browder, a personal friend of Magnitsky who had lobbied for the sanctions, asserted that Putin was determined to have the law repealed, according to The Atlantic. She also said that, if she is asked, she will testify in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.
Veselnitsakaya asserted that Trump Jr. told her "Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it".
"If it's what you say, I love it", Trump Jr. responded.
According to Bloomberg, the brothers' investment company contributed to both Democrats and Republicans since the 2012 election cycle.
The 2012 US law named after him so incensed the Kremlin, officials there banned adoptions from Russian Federation to the U.S.in response. Kushner left after a few minutes and Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep. There's nothing, however, that prevents Veselnitskaya from releasing whatever she wants on her own.