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Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. says she is an informant

Russian lawyer who met with Trump Jr. says she is an informant

The Times reported that Natalia Veselnitskaya detailed in an interview with NBC News, set to air Friday, her previously undisclosed relationship with Yuri Chaika, Russia's prosecutor general.

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.

Veseltnitskaya could not immediately be reached for comment, but in remarks to the Interfax news agency, she said that her e-mail accounts had been hacked in February. "Respectfully, NV", one message, dated August 2, 2014, read. "I am sending you the edits in the draft response, as per instructions".

At the time of the exchange with the prosecutors' office, Veseltnitskaya represented Prevezon, a company owned by a Russian businessman.

Dossier is an arm of exiled tycoon and Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, a onetime oil billionaire who spent a decade in prison on fraud and tax-evasion convictions that were widely seen as retaliation for his political ambitions and opposition to Putin. US prosecutors accused Katsyv of laundering proceeds from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme by buying real estate in the U.S.

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Last year, the Justice Department settled its case, with Prevezon paying $6 million in fines while not admitting guilt. US lawmakers enacted a law named for him that imposed travel and financial sanctions against Russians believed to be involved in his death.

A Russian lawyer who promised damaging information to President Donald Trump's campaign on Hillary Clinton in 2016 admitted to being an informant for a top Kremlin official, The New York Times reported.

It was previously reported that Rob Goldstone, a British music producer who set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya, told Trump Jr. that the information the lawyer could provide was "part of Russian Federation and its government's support for Mr. Trump".

E-mails later released by Donald Trump Jr. showed that the meeting was organized by a British music promoter with Russian business ties, Rob Goldstone.

Dossier published screen shots of what it said were emails about the case between Veselnitskaya and Sergei Bochkarev, head of the criminal investigation division of the prosecutor-general's office. As that meeting has become central to investigations of whether or not the Trump campaign colluded with Kremlin efforts to disrupt the 2016 election, Trump Jr.'s insistence that the lawyer provided no information and that the meeting amounted to nothing, coupled with the fact that the lawyer has maintained that she has no ties to the Russian government, have been paramount.


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