Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. admits she's an 'informant'

Posted April 29, 2018

As that meeting has become central to investigations of whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Kremlin efforts to disrupt the 2016 election, Trump Jr.'s insistence that the lawyer provided no information and that the meeting amounted to nothing, coupled with the fact that the lawyer has maintained that she has no ties to the Russian government, have been paramount.

A report from The New York Times, citing NBC News' interview with Veselnitskaya to be aired Friday, identified her government contact as being Yuri Chaika, Russia's prosecutor general.

Dossier, which provides information about officials and business leaders it considers part of the "Kremlin political group", said Friday it had been sent a series of emails from 2014 that show Veselnitskaya set out strategies for responding to a United States request for assistance in a money-laundering case involving her client. Last year, when asked point blank by NBC if she had any connections to the Russian government or had previously worked for the Kremlin, Veselnitskaya replied, "No".

The screening, at Washington's Newseum, happened on June 13, 2016, four days after Veselnitskaya attended a meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., the president's eldest son, and other officials from Trump's election campaign.

In November, Veselnitskaya told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had "no relationship with Mr. Chaikia, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer". "Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general".

Veselnitskaya said she was working for Yuri Chaika at the time of the meeting, the prosecutor general of Russian Federation and a "top Kremlin official", according to the New York Times.

"If it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer", Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone in one email.

Business Insider reported in October that a memo Veselnitskaya provided the Trump campaign at the Trump Tower meeting contained numerous same talking points as one written two months earlier by Chaika's office.

According to The Times, Veselnitskaya also discussed with NBC News emails obtained by an organization founded by Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a former Russian oil tycoon who opposes President Vladimir Putin, that further detailed her relationship to Chaika.

"Many things included here are from my documents, my personal documents", Veselnitskaya said.

The Dossier organization said Friday it had been sent a series of emails showing Veselnitskaya set out strategies for the Kremlin's response to a US request for assistance in a money-laundering case involving her client.