JUST IN: The Russian lawyer wasn’t supposed to be in the U.S.

Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa is demanding an explanation why Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. last year, was allowed in the U.S.

Grassley, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Trump administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, requesting they provide a credible reason why she was permitted to stay in the country when, according to court documents, she had to leave in early 2016.

Grassley writes:

“It is unclear how she was still in the country for that meeting despite being denied a visa beforehand and her parole purportedly expiring on January 7, 2016. This raises serious questions about whether the Obama administration authorized her to remain in the country, and if so, why?”

Grassley is asking Tillerson if Veselnitskaya applied for a visa. He also wants details if a potential application exists, as well as if she had to go through any additional procedures.

Grassley is also requesting information on restrictions or extensions of her parole, what agencies were involved in the decision, dates when she left or entered the country, and listed addresses.

 

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