The Russian lawyer who Donald Trump Jr. and top Trump officials met for dirt on Hillary Clinton during the election just got revealed as a Kremlin informant by one of Putin’s top political adversaries.
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Emails from the Russsian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, reveal the real relationship between her and Yuri Chaika, Putin’s Prosecutor-General, who holds a title equivalent to America’s Attorney General. An exiled opponent of Vladimir Putin named Mikhail Khordokovsky received an anonymous dropbox with her email messages from a whistleblower.
Now, The New York Times reports that Veselnitskaya has given an interview to NBC News and authenticated the information, uncovering a major revelation that dispels the lies which the Russian lawyer told to Congress as an unregistered lobbyist and to the media.
Natalia Veselnitskaya is, in fact, an agent of the Russian government, and she met the top three officials in the Trump Campaign following an offer of emails secretly stolen from Hillary Clinton, whose existence then was non-public information. The Times reports:
“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” [Natalia Veselnitskaya] said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”
Newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.
Special Counsel Mueller’s investigators met with Natalia Veselnitskaya, and when that news broke last week, she denied having any connections to the Russian government.
The Russian lawyer just admitted that that was another big lie, according to the Times:
Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.
A federal prosecutor involved in the Prevezon case said that Natalia Veselnitskaya’s communications with Russia’s Prosecutor-General could be a criminal matter. He told the Times:
Ms. Veselnitskaya’s involvement in the official communications with the Russian government “raises serious questions about obstruction of justice and false statements,” said Jaimie Nawaday, a former assistant United States attorney in Manhattan who was a prosecutor on the case.
Veselnitskaya was in the US via a special non-visa immigration status solely in her capacity as an attorney to defend a criminal money laundering case linked to the Magnitsky Affair, which has triggered two major rounds of sanctions against Russia.
In June 2016, Donald Trump Jr. set up a meeting at Trump Tower with a music publicist Rob Goldstone working for a Russian oligarch’s son, alongside his brother-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.
President Trump knew Goldstone and the Agalarovs because in 2013 they negotiated the Miss Universe deal in Las Vegas, along with the “8th man in the room” Ike Kaveladze. Trump later agreed to build a Moscow Tower with Aras Agalarov, right after Miss Universe.
Goldstone told Trump Jr. – in one of the smoking gun emails he released on Twitter – that he and his client Emin Agalarov had materials on the way from the “Crown Prosecutor” as part of the Russian government’s efforts to help his father, Donald Trump, to win the 2016 campaign.
Instead, the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya arrived on the 25th-floor conference room in Trump Tower at 4 pm in the afternoon, while Donald Trump was in the building. Just 40 minutes after the meeting started, Donald Trump began tweeting about Hillary Clinton’s emails for the first time.
How long did it take your staff of 823 people to think that up–and where are your 33,000 emails that you deleted? https://t.co/gECLNtQizQ
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2016
In the ensuing days, Veselnitskaya proceeded to travel to Washington, D.C. to do dinner and a Magnitsky propaganda film with Putin’s favorite Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who got caught literally taking seemingly identical written orders from the same Russian Prosecutor-General, on a trip to Moscow.
But today, a simple timeline of events lays out a strong circumstantial argument showing how the Trump Campaign and Russia held formal, high-level talks about emails that Russian intelligence services stole from Democrats and Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman during the 2016 election cycle.
- Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopolous learned from a mysterious Russia-linked professor in London that Putin’s government had stolen emails in mid-March 2016.
- Papadopolous called the Trump campaign’s foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27th, 2016 a “signal to meet.”
- Then, on June 9th, 2016, Natalia Veselnitskaya, an informant and confidant of Russia’s Prosecutor-General arrived at Trump Tower, with a large entourage.
Today, the clandestine Trump Tower meeting lies at the heart of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian assistance to the Trump campaign.
All of the Trump campaign’s top officials denied any communications with Russia’s government during the campaign, even after the Trump Tower meeting was revealed by
the New York Times‘ dogged reporting. Foreign involvement in elections by directing, coordinating or providing money violates numerous federal campaign laws, as well as a campaign soliciting anything of value from a foreign government.
Eventually, the President personally interceded in crafting Don Jr.’s lie-filled, public attempt at a cover-up of the Trump Tower meeting onboard Air Force One last summer.
Veselnitskaya’s admission against interest that she was an unregistered foreign agent of the Russian government might only hold personal legal consequences if she ever tries to travel outside her home country.
But the Russian lawyer’s admissions are almost certain to hold dire consequences for the entire Trump campaign, and most especially Donald Trump Jr., current White House advisor Jared Kushner, and the President’s twice indicted former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Read more about Natalia Veselnitskaya’s extensive web of Russian government ties here and Donald Trump’s unusual election endorsement from a Russian oligarch just days after the Trump Tower meeting:
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya is deeply in bed with the Kremlin. So is Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) who met her patron, Prosector-General Yuri Chaika.
— Grant Stern (@grantstern) April 27, 2018