Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who took a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and other Trump campaign members at Trump Tower in 2016, to talk about, what Jr. said was dirt on Hilary Clinton, and what Natalia claimed to be about child adoption, has had startling information about her come to light recently. In an interview with NBC that is set to be aired Friday, Natalia made the claim that not only is she a lawyer, she is also an informant. (No, this is not a scene from a James Bond movie. This is real life)
The New York Times (@NYTimes) reports, newly released emails show that in at least one instance two years before the infamous meeting at Trump Tower, Natalia worked hand-in-glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a United States Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.
Natalia also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During the NBC interview 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 said.
“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant. Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.” Natalia said during the interview.
Natalia had long insisted that she met Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort in a private capacity, not as a representative of the Russian government.
“I operate independently of any government bodies. I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions, other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer.” Natalia wrote in a statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November.