Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. admits she's a Kremlin 'informant'

It took place after Donald Trump Jr was told the Russian lawyer had potentially incriminating information about his father's election opponent, Hillary Clinton.

The previously undisclosed details about Ms. Veselnitskaya rekindle questions about who she was representing when she met with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan during the campaign.

Dossier, which provides information about officials and business leaders it considers part of the "Kremlin political group", said Friday it had been sent a series of emails from 2014 that show Veselnitskaya set out strategies for responding to a United States request for assistance in a money-laundering case involving her client.

The emails paint the much-talked-about lawyer as a liar and informant, as she seems to have helped the Russian government cover up a civil fraud case between the U.S. Justice Department and Denis P. Katsyv, a well-connected Russian businessman.

The lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.to offer dirt on Hillary Clinton admitted Friday that she is a Kremlin agent.

Her previous statements delivered to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November past year seemingly denied the exact connections now coming to light.

Newly released e-mails from a Russian lawyer involved in a US money-laundering case showed the lawyer had close contact with officials from the Russian Prosecutor-General's Office, even as she portrayed herself as a private citizen.

Veselnitskaya confirmed the veracity of her emails, which were obtained and released by Dossier, a Putin-skeptic organization founded by exiled Russian oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

In the interview, Veselnitskaya confirmed the emails were written by her, the Times reported, saying "many things included here are from my documents, my personal documents". She told the Russian news agency Interfax on Wednesday that her email accounts were hacked this year by people determined to discredit her, and that she would report the hack to Russian authorities. "Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general", according to Newsweek. Her meeting with the campaign remains a focus of an ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she told the committee. "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer".

Veselnitskaya has denied having connections to the Kremlin since her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.

But the e-mails, which were provided to RFE/RL, show her communicating with Sergei Bochkaryov, a top official in the office of Prosecutor-General Yury Chaika, about an official government response to a US legal request.

  • Jon Douglas