Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer that met with Donald Trump Jr. and others during to 2016 election, reported the information she planned to share at the meeting to the Kremlin.
Friday, the New York Times released a report that says Russian lawyer Veselnitskaya showed up at Trump Tower with a memo in her possession that contained information believed to be damaging to 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign. The Times says that she shared the information in the memo months prior with Yuri Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general.
Reportedly the memo contained information that a company connected to two big Clinton donors was involved in a scheme to purchase shares illegally to a Russian company designed to avoid thousands of dollars in Russian taxes.
According to the Times, some paragraphs from the memo shared at the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. can be found verbatim in a document Chaika’s office delivered to a United States congressman months earlier.
The report also says that Veselnitskaya partnered up with Chaika’s office in early 2016 in order to share the accusations with California congressman Dana Rohrabacher.
Last month Rohrabacher decorated headlines after meeting with Julian Assange, famous founder of WikiLeaks, about the claim he made that he could disprove that any Russian meddling in the 2016 election took place.
The meeting that took place at Trump Tower between Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort is a central focal point of Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into whether or not there has been collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.
Veselnitskaya denies the Times report.
Natalia Veselnitskaya sat down with MSNBC to talk about the meeting in in July: