Earlier this year, the New York Times dropped a bombshell report on Donald Trump Jr. exposing his meeting with a Russian lawyer during his father’s campaign to collect dirt on Hillary Clinton. Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner also reportedly joined Don Jr. for his meeting with the lawyer.
NBC News reported that the Russian lawyer spoke with the Senate Judiciary Committee and told the panel that Don Jr. asked her specifically for evidence proving the Clinton Foundation accepted illegal donations.
According to the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, she told Jr. that she didn’t possess information of that nature and only wanted to discuss the Magnitsky Act’s sanctions on Russia.
“Today, I understand why it took place to begin with and why it ended so quickly with a feeling of mutual disappointment and time wasted. The answer lies in the roguish letters of Mr. Goldstone.”
Veselnitskaya claimed that Don Jr. had the wrong expectations because of Rob Goldstone, a British music producer, who promised Jr. the dirt on Clinton.
Via NBC News:
Though some may see her answers as self-serving, Veselnitskaya’s written answers reinforced what has long been understood about the Trump Tower meeting: that Donald Trump Jr. accepted it on the promise of incriminating information about Clinton that he had been told was coming from the Russian government. And he asked Veselnitskaya directly whether she had it, according to her written answers. Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort were also in attendance, as were a Russian lobbyist, a Russian businessman and a translator.
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