Details of Trump Jr.'s meeting with Kremlin lawyer at Trump Tower
Jul 10 2017
The report, which cited confidential government records described to the paper, says that a meeting with Russian lawyerNatalia Veselnitskaya was held at Trump Tower in Manhattan just two weeks after Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination. Also present at the June 9 meeting was Trump's son-in-law and current senior White House adviser, Jared Kushner, as well as the Trump campaign's then chairman, Paul Manafort - whose own connections to the Putin regime have already come under much scrutiny.
To be fair to Trump Jr's account of the meeting being about adoption, the Kremlin lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya is know to be against the Magnitsky Act, a USA law that blacklisted human rights abusers that murdered another Russian lawyer named Sergei Magnitsky.
It is also the first time that Trump's son, Donald Jr, was known to be involved in a meeting of this nature.
'I asked Jared and Paul to stop by.
Shortly before his father was formally nominated for president last summer, Donald Trump Jr. was approached by a Russian lawyer who set up a meeting to discuss a Russian policy, according to interviews with Trump family lawyers.
Veselnitskaya used the meeting in June 2016 to have a conversation about a US law called the Magnitsky Act that Russia leader Vladimir Putin reviles and has retaliated against by blocking USA adoptions of Russian children.
Asked at that time whether he had ever discussed government policies related to Russian Federation, the younger Mr. Trump replied, "A hundred percent no". He did not address in the statement whether the presidential campaign was discussed.
But the meeting with people close to Trump could raise further questions about the contacts of those close to Trump with Russian officials during the presidential campaign. Manafort also recently disclosed the meeting to investigators.
Schiff said that he thinks the meeting with Trump Jr. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, speaking of alleged Russian intervention in the elections in the US, France and Germany, said that there are no facts confirming this.
US intelligence agencies say Russian Federation meddled in last year's political campaign, prompting Mr. Trump's critics to wonder why Americans would team up with the alleged suspect.
At the G20 summit earlier this week, Mr Trump raised the issue of hacking with Mr Putin, who denied that Russian Federation had been involved. In response to the U.S. actions, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed in late 2012 the so-called "Dima Yakovlev Law", which imposed a ban on the adoption of Russian children by United States nationals, among other provisions.
Democrats say Mr. Trump has undermined his claims, however, by insisting that actors beyond the Kremlin meddled in USA elections, while pitching a cybersecurity partnership with Russian Federation. "Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier". "As Mr. Kushner has consistently stated, he is eager to cooperate and share what he knows", she said.