Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian attorney and other Russians just will not go away. That attorney said she would gladly talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee on one condition.
The president’s eldest son agreed that should his father win the 2016 presidential election, he would be willing to revisit a law about Russian sanctions. Then, he asked her for written proof that Hillary Clinton received illegal funds.
Bloomberg News interviewed that attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, in Moscow about what she would say if she made it to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee is investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.
The attorney also said she would willingly talk to the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller, who is investigating for possibile criminality.
The group met at Trump Tower in New York June 9, 2016 so that Veselnitskaya could tell top Trump campaign officials that important Democratic donors evaded U.S. tax laws.
She said that another reason they went to New York was to get a promise to end the Magnitsky Act. This act blames Russian officials for murdering a Russian tax account for the crime of accusing the Kremlin of corruption.
The law said the accountant worked for a U.S. citizen and fund manager, William Browder, at Hermitage Capital. The firm used to be the largest “foreign-portfolio investor in Russia.” Browder used offshore banks, the attorney said.
Magnitsky found tax fraud diverting $230 million Russian government fund to a few civil workers. He died in a Russian prison. Russia was furious over the Magnitsky law and banned adoptions from Russia to the U.S. in retribution.
Donald Trump Jr. attorney, Alan Futerfas, said his client would not comment on the Veselnitskaya interview. Previously, Trump said she had no useful information.
Veselnitskaya recalled Donald Trump the younger said this about the 2012 law, Bloomberg reported:
‘Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it. I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.’
The attorney suggested British publicist Rob Goldstone contact Trump’s eldest son and tell him that “a Russian government lawyer who had information and documents that would incriminate Clinton,” Bloomberg reported Goldstone emailed:
‘This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.’
Trump Jr. wasted no time in responding, Bloomberg wrote:
‘If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.’
Veselnitskaya said in the Bloomberg interview that she sent Goldstone a memo so that the younger Donald could come up to speed. Yet, like his father, the younger man did not. She said he asked:
‘This money the Ziffs got from Russia, do you have any financial documents showing that this money went to Clinton’s campaign?’
The attorney did not. She said that Kushner left shortly, Manafort fell asleep, and the meeting soon fell apart:
‘The meeting was a failure; none of us understood what the point of it had been.’
Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent her over 90 questions about the meeting. He asked if there was “Russian hacking or interference.” She replied:
‘That I definitely don’t have! I made up my mind a long time ago: My testimony must be honest, full and public.’
Spokesman for Senator Grassley, Taylor Foy would not comment on whether the senator would make her remarks public, but he did say:
‘We are encouraged that she is planning to cooperate and look forward to receiving the information.’
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