Russian lawyer at Trump Tower worked with Kremlin

Russian Lawyer in Trump Tower Meeting Was Kremlin 'Informant,&apos Natalia Veselnitskaya Now Admits

"Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor-general", Veselnitskaya was quoted as saying.

At the meeting, Veselnitskaya instead discussed what she said were unjust USA sanctions on Russian Federation - a hobbyhorse of the Kremlin since the passage of the Magnitsky Act in 2012.

The emails were obtained by Dossier, an organization set up by Mikhail B. Khodorkovsky, a former tycoon who was stripped of his oil holdings, imprisoned and then exiled from his native Russian Federation.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she told the committee, adding: "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives, and institutions other than those related to my professional functions of a lawyer".

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. I am ready to answer any questions that may arise at any time that is convenient for you.

"Dear Sergei Aleksandrovich!" Ms. Veselnitskaya wrote on August 2, 2014, in one of at least 11 emails exchanged.

Dossier is an arm of tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky.




And in an interview set to be broadcast by NBC News on Friday, Veselnitskaya calls herself an "informant" for the Russian government, an admission that goes further than her previous claims of just being a private attorney.

Last year, the Justice Department settled its case, with Prevezon paying $6 million in fines while not admitting guilt.

The original tax fraud was uncovered by a Russian whistle-blower named Sergei Magnitsky who was later detained on allegations of perpetrating the fraud.

Trump Jr., along with the president's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after Trump Jr. was told in emails that the lawyer could provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Magnitsky's death led to a 2012 US law that targeted Russian officials allegedly involved in the fraud and his death - a law that outraged the Kremlin and prompted Putin to ban the adoption of Russian children by Americans. 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.

E-mails later released by Donald Trump Jr. showed that the meeting was organized by a British music promoter with Russian business ties, Rob Goldstone.

Trump Jr. has said the meeting was unproductive and that instead of providing dirt on Clinton, Veselnitskaya tried to lobby the Trump campaign on repealing 2012 sanctions.

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