The mainstream media is having a field day with the news that Donald Trump Jr. met with a lawyer with Russian connections in June of 2016. The lawyer’s ties, however, add a completely new element to the story.
Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who allegedly offered Trump Jr. damaging information about former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton before meeting with him last year, is reportedly linked to a firm that helped compile the damaging dossier that, among other things, claimed the Kremlin was blackmailing the president.
The D.C. based firm, Fusion GPS, is a commercial research and strategic intelligence firm.
Fusion GPS has carried out research for Russian businessman Denys Katsyv, who last year was accused of money laundering by the United States.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley has since been investigating a complaint filed last year, which claimed Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS were acting as unregistered foreign agents, the U.K. Daily Mail reported.
“It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence — let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns — as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump/Russia dossier,” Grassley wrote in a letter in March.
Trump Jr. admitted to meeting with Veselnitskaya after hearing she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee as well as supporting Clinton, The U.K. Indepedent reported.
Obviously I’m the first person on a campaign to ever take a meeting to hear info about an opponent… went nowhere but had to listen. https://t.co/ccUjL1KDEa
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 10, 2017
Trump Jr. soon learned upon meeting with her that she had no such information.
A spokesman for the President Donald Trump’s legal team told The Independent they believed Veselnitskaya and her colleagues had misrepresented who they were and who they worked for.
“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,” Mark Corallo said.
In an interview with NBC News, Veselnitskaya denied having any connections to the Kremlin. ABC News also reported that the Kremlin said it does not know Veselnitskaya.
“The president’s legal team said Saturday they believe the entire meeting may have been part of a larger election-year opposition effort aimed at creating the appearance of improper connections between Trump family members and Russia,” Circa reported.
If this is true, it presents a whole slew of questions. Was this meeting set up to hurt President Trump? And if so, who was behind it?
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