Lawyer at Trump Tower meetings linked to Russian government

Lawyer at Trump Tower meetings linked to Russian government

Lawyer at Trump Tower meetings linked to Russian government

Veselnitskaya was referring to Yuri Chaika, Russia's prosecutor general, for whom on Friday she admitted to being a regular source of information.

This was not the first time Veselnitskaya has spoken about her relationship to Chaika.

The emails the Dossier organization have suggest Veselnitskaya worked closely with a top official in Russia's Prosecutor-General's Office to fend off a USA fraud case against one of her clients.

The Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign officials in Trump Tower in June 2016 on the premise that she would deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton has long insisted she is a private attorney, not a Kremlin operative trying to meddle in the presidential election.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she wrote in November.

Veselnitskaya confirmed the veracity of her emails, which were obtained and released by Dossier, a Putin-skeptic organization founded by exiled Russian oil billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky.

At the meeting, Veselnitskaya instead discussed what she said were unjust US sanctions on Russian Federation - a hobbyhorse of the Kremlin since the passage of the Magnitsky Act in 2012.

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The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment. Now living outside of Russian Federation, he is a vocal critic of the Kremlin and President Vladimir Putin. USA authorities alleged that Prevezon had been the recipient of laundered funds from a massive tax fraud scheme that stole $250 million from the Russian treasury in the mid-2000s.

Moscow's refusal to cooperate led to a $6 million settlement between the DOJ and Katsyv's Prevezon Holding Ltd.

The alleged tax fraud scheme was exposed by Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died while jailed in 2009.

"Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor-general", Veselnitskaya was quoted as saying. "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant", Veselnitskaya told NBC News in an interview that will air Friday, per The New York Times. USA lawmakers enacted a law named for him that imposed travel and financial sanctions against Russians believed to be involved in his death.

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".

Trump Jr. initially claimed that the meeting was about Russian adoption, but later released emails that showed him responding positively to an intermediary of Veselnitskaya promising "information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father".

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