Mails Show Lawyer Veselnitskaya In Close Communication With Top Russian Officials

Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign says she is a Kremlin 'informant'

Veselnitskaya has denied connections to the Russian government since her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump's son, son-in-law Jared Kushner and campaign chairman Paul Manafort surfaced during the investigation of Moscow's meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

Veselnitskaya said she was working for Yuri Chaika at the time of the meeting, the prosecutor general of Russian Federation and a "top Kremlin official", according to the New York Times.

The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks this week during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, .

She confirmed an active relationship with Russia's prosecutor general.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe of ties between the Russian government and the Trump campaign has been investigating the 2016 meeting, which emails show was scheduled by the Trump camp in hopes of obtaining damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

The emails the Dossier organization said it was sent suggest Natalia 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. She also said her email accounts were hacked this year, in an ironic twist. It seems she's changed her tune, and she told NBC she was an informant for Russian Federation.

Donald Trump Jr. has said the June 2016 meeting with Veselnitskaya included discussion of the Magnitsky Act sanctions.

Russian lawyer who met with Trump campaign says she is a Kremlin 'informant'

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.

Natalia Veselnitskaya told the Senate Judiciary Committee in November that she worked only as a private lawyer, and she downplayed her ties to the Kremlin.

An organization established by an exiled Russian tycoon says it has obtained emails showing collaboration between Russian government officials and the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.in 2016.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she told the committee, adding: "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives, and institutions other than those related to my professional functions of a lawyer".

But according to The Times, Veselnitskaya told NBC News in an interview set to air Friday that she had been "actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general" since 2013.

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation has reportedly focused on the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in Manhattan and alternating narratives related to the sit-down.

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