Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer at the center of a June 2016 meeting between the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr., his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his campaign manager, Paul Manafort, told Russian news program Vesti on Thursday that their face-to-face discussion at Trump Tower was completely unrelated to the November 8 election.
“It was a private meeting,” she said before explaining that she had organized the meeting “to spread a story [she] had come across in [her] professional capacity.” She then added that their discussion had nothing to do with Mr. Trump’s opponents or the presidential election.
She then explained that she had asked to meet the Trump campaign for one reason and one reason only: to try and help Denis Katsyv, one of her high-profile clients.
Katsyv, a Russian businessman, was accused of tax fraud as well as money laundering and is the subject of sanctions under the Magnitsky Act (Katsyv’s crimes were brought to light by Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009).
We now know that the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower became a matter of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and other parallel investigations because of a series of emails between the president’s son and former British journalist Rob Goldstone. Goldstone’s PR company was at some point involved in the Miss Universe competition, which was once owned by President Trump.
However, we also know that in his emails Goldstone told Donald Trump Jr. that he could arrange a meeting with a Russian lawyer who had some dirt on Hillary Clinton and could supply “some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” In a previous interview, Veselnitskaya did state that she believed Trump Jr. had agreed to meet her because he thought she had information that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had received funding from “inappropriate sources.”
In her Vesti interview this week, the Russian lawyer also said that she was astonished that no one had asked her to testify before any of the committees investigating alleged collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. However, she promptly volunteered an explanation.
“They don’t want the truth there at the moment. They need an enemy. Some because they are looking to undermine Trump, some because they want to fuel the conflict with Russia,” she told her interviewer.
No one has so far come up with any evidence which suggests that the Trump team did collude with Moscow during last year’s presidential campaign. And none of the congressional investigators seem interested in talking to anyone who could disprove the collusion narrative.
This in itself constitutes sufficient evidence of investigation bias. In addition, we also know that a number of lawyers involved in the probe led by Mueller have close links with the Democrats or with Crooked Hillary herself.Share