Russian Lawyer Makes New Claim About Trump Tower Meeting


The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June 2016 is making new claims about the controversial conclave.

Natalia Veselnitskaya tells Bloomberg News that Trump Jr. told her that if his father won the election, his administration would revisit the Magnitsky Act, a law that blacklists Russian human rights abusers and is vehemently opposed by the Kremlin.

“Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it,” Veselnitskaya recalls Trump Jr. saying. “I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.”

This is the first time that Veselnitskaya has claimed that Trump Jr. offered her help during their June 9, 2016 meeting, which was also attended by Jared Kushner and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The New York Times broke news of the meeting in July. Veselnitskaya, who is based in Moscow, has given numerous media interviews since then.

When she attended the meeting, Veselnitskaya, who has connections to top Russian government officials, brought along a translator and a Russian-American lobbyist who worked with her to neuter the Magnitsky Act, which was passed by Congress in 2012.

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