Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr denies having Clinton dirt, Kremlin ties

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Donald Trump Jr. at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 19, 2016.PHOTO: NYTIMES


WASHINGTON (REUTERS) – The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 US presidential campaign said on Tuesday (July 11) she had no Kremlin ties and wanted to discuss US sanctions on Russian officials, not Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton,” Ms Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News in an interview in Moscow. “It was never my intention to have that.”

The New York Times reported on Monday (July 10) that Mr Trump Jr. was told in an email before the meeting that the lawyer’s offer of information that might damage Mrs Clinton was part of a Russian government bid to aid his father’s presidential campaign.

Publicist Rob Goldstone indicated in the message to US President Donald Trump’s eldest son that the Russian government was the source of the potentially damaging information, the paper reported, citing three people with knowledge of the email.

Ms Veselnitskaya said she did not know why Mr Trump Jr believed she was planning to offer damaging information about Mrs Clinton, adding she only knew he was willing to meet with her.

“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such information,” she told NBC. “They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”

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