Published: Sat, April 28, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Russian lawyer at Trump Tower worked with Kremlin

Russian lawyer at Trump Tower worked with Kremlin

Just when things couldn't seem worse for President Trump and the Russia investigation, the sinkhole grows wider, as Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. about dirt on Hillary Clinton, may be a Russian informant as reported by the New York Times.

"I am a lawyer, and I am an informant", she reportedly told NBC.

She confirmed an active relationship with Russia's prosecutor general.

But emails obtained by a former oil tycoon and vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin show Veselnitskaya worked closely with Chaika's office to help defend a real estate firm owned by a Russian businessman against Justice Department civil fraud charges, even though she said she was acting independently as an attorney on behalf of the firm, Prevezon Holdings. FTC back at full strength Federal Bureau of Investigation says it told White House about Porter abuse allegations in March 2017 Ivanka Trump talks skills training legislation with senators, CEOs MORE, Trump's son-in-law and now senior adviser, and whether that meeting had connections to Russia's government that were previously unknown. The encounter took place after Donald Trump Jr. was told she had potentially incriminating information about Trump's election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Senate Intelligence Committee investigators, who are looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign interviewed Veselnitskaya in Berlin recently, according to the AP.

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He said that despite Russia's opposition to the expansion of the Western military alliance, "NATO's doors remain open". The alliance also joined a wave of diplomatic expulsions in the wake of the Salisbury poisonings.

But the e-mails, which were provided to RFE/RL, show her communicating with Sergei Bochkaryov, a top official in the office of Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, about an official government response to a USA legal request. "She's a spy", he said.

Khodorkovsky spent a decade in prison on fraud and tax-evasion convictions.

Her previous statements delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November past year seemingly denied the exact connections now coming to light. "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer".

Veselnitskaya first became widely known in the American media landscape in summer 2017, after reports surfaced that she and other Russians met with Trump campaign officials in Manhattan's Trump Tower in June 2016.

Mueller's probe, which has led to the indictments of four members of Trump's inner circle, including Manafort and former national security adviser Michael Flynn, has also looked at the President's role in a deliberately misleading statement issued about the meeting.

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