The New York Times reported Friday that the Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. and two other top Trump campaign officials during the 2016 presidential race checked in with the Russian government prior to the meeting, according to a news report.
According to the report, Natalia Veselnitskaya arrived at Trump Tower with a memo detailing information she believed was damaging to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton‘s campaign. Now, it’s been revealed that she had shared that memo months before with Russia’s prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika.
The memo reportedly contained information accusing a company linked to two major Clinton donors of a scheme to illegally purchase shares in a Russian company and avoid tens of thousands of dollars in Russian taxes.
Paragraphs from that memo were lifted verbatim from a document that Chaika’s office had given to a U.S. congressman two months earlier, according to the Times.
The report claims that Veselnitskaya partnered with Chaika’s office in April of 2016 in order to pass the accusations on to a congressional delegation. That delegation included Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), known to be the most pro-Russia lawmaker in Congress.
Rohrabacher was in the news just last month when he met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange over his claim that he could provide evidence disproving the notion that Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election.
Veselnitskaya denied the Times report in an email statement, slamming the paper for publishing “lies and false claims.”
If the report is true, it would confirm Veselnitskaya’s long-rumored ties to the Kremlin.
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