Trump team met with Kremlin-connected lawyer during campaign

Monday, 10 Jul, 2017

The meeting reportedly took place on June 9, 2016 and was confirmed by representatives of Donald Trump Jr. Clinton was the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.

He added: "I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand".

Representatives On June 11, former FBI Director James Comey had accused Trump of firing him to try to undermine the FBI's investigation of possible collusion between the Trump Campaign and Russian Federation in alleged efforts to influence last year's presidential election. The first memo, dated June 20, alleges that the Kremlin has blackmail material on Trump.

The act came into being after Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer who had been investigating corruption and fraud among Russian officials, died under mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison. Manafort also recently disclosed the meeting.

Previous reports have confirmed that Kushner also met with Russian officials after the election, including Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

According to interviews and other documents, the New York Times article reveals Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner was also present at the same meeting.

"After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russian Federation were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms Clinton", the Times quoted Donald Trump Jr as saying. He said "I asked Jared and Paul to stop by".

Mr Trump Jr said in a statement that they discussed a suspended programme for Americans to adopt Russian children.

Russian Federation has denied interfering in last year's presidential elections, as has the White House.

But Trump Jr. claimed the sitdown at Trump Tower focused primarily on an adoption program between the US and Russia that Russian President Vladimir Putin put on ice. Veselnitskaya attended with a translator, Circa reported on Saturday.

The Russian attorney invited to the meeting was identified by the Times as Natalia Veselnitskaya.

Veselnitskaya is affiliated with the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation (HRAGIF), a benign-sounding non-profit group registered in Delaware.

Magnitsky was working at the time for Bill Browder, a US -born businessman who says his companies were defrauded by Putin-linked oligarchs.

That ban was put in place by the Russian government as retaliation for a United States law known as the Magnitsky Act, which allows the U.S. to withhold visas and freeze the assets of Russians thought to have violated human rights.

At the time of the meeting, Prevezon was under federal investigation for its involvement in a $230 million tax-fraud scheme uncovered by Magnitsky.

The Prevezon case that Veselnitskaya worked on was filed by the Justice Department in 2013 and dragged on for four years before it was settled this May.

The Daily Beast and Politico reported on Akhmetshin's work a year ago.

"Prevezon's lobbying efforts were reportedly commissioned by Mr. Katsyv, who organized them through a DE non-profit he formed and through the law firm then representing Prevezon in the asset forfeiture case, Baker Hostetler". "Any claim that Fusion GPS arranged or facilitated this meeting in any way is false". The Trump campaign met with the Russian because they wanted to use information from a government that is hostile to democracy to defeat Hillary Clinton.