At the now-infamous meeting in Trump Tower in June 2016, when Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Don Jr. explicitly asked her for evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation. (Video below)
In a 52-page letter responding to questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, Veselnitskaya contradicts how President Trump characterized the meeting set up by his eldest son.
Last July, The New York Times reported that Don Jr. set up the meeting after a wealthy Russian oligarch’s publicist, Rob Goldstone, sent him an email offering the Trump campaign “official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia,” which were “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”
In her letter to the committee, Veselnitskaya states she did not have the evidence that Goldstone promised Trump Jr., according to Newsweek. Once it became apparent that she did not have meaningful information about Clinton, Trump seemed to lose interest, Veselnitskaya said, and the meeting petered out.
Donald Trump, Jr. asked if I had any financial documents proving that what may have been illegally obtained funds were also being donated to Mrs. Clinton’s foundation. I said that I did not and that it was not my issue. The meeting, essentially, ended there.
Trump’s version called it “a short introductory meeting” that focused on “a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago and was since ended by the Russian government, but it was not a campaign issue at the time and there was no follow up.”
According to NBC News, Veselnitskaya’s written answers reinforced what has long been understood about the Trump Tower meeting: that Donald Trump Jr. accepted it on the promise of incriminating information about Clinton that he had been told was coming from the Russian government. And he asked Veselnitskaya directly whether she had it, according to her written answers.
Watch video below: