"The Crown prosecutor of Russian Federation met with his father Aras [a Moscow-based developer who tried to partner with Trump in a hotel project] this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary [Clinton] and her dealings with Russian Federation and would be very useful to your father".
Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter and co-founder of Fusion GPS, was with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at a Manhattan federal courtroom just hours before the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, Fox News reported, citing a source.
Her June 9, 2016, encounter with Donald Trump Jr., President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-campaign manager Paul Manafort in NY plays a key role in allegations that the campaign worked with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton.
Trump Jr's testimony has not yet been scheduled by the Judiciary Committee, which is controlled by Republicans.
But in the email chain that leaked in July, Donald Trump Jr. was offered "official documents and information that would incriminate" Hillary Clinton and would be "very useful to your father", as part of the Russian "government's support for Mr. Trump".
She says she told Trump Jr. that some of the money may have gone to the Clinton campaign.
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The Russian lawyer said Trump Jr.'s comments were in reference to the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a sweeping, bipartisan bill that blacklisted many prominent Russian individuals the USA says are responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitky, a Russian lawyer who exposed corruption before his contested death in a Moscow prison. This was later proven false, which means Trump himself has been directly implicated in an effort to mislead the country about his own top campaign officials' eagerness to benefit from help from the Russian government.
Veselnitskaya is defending a Russian businessman in the US on a money-laundering case related to the Magnitsky law.
Veselnitskaya has pushed for years to try to roll back the Magnitsky Act, named after a Russian lawyer who died in custody in Moscow in 2009 after uncovering an alleged massive fraud. Veselnitskaya said she'll only testify if her statements are made public, which the Senate has yet to agree to, but she also said she'd be willing to talk to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
'That I definitely don't have!' she said. The 2012 US law named after him incensed the Kremlin, which then banned adoptions from Russian Federation to the USA, further straining ties between Washington and Moscow. Trump Jr. didn't seem all that pleased with Veselnitskaya's lack of documentation proving dirt on Clinton, but did, according to her, promise to "review" the Magnitsky Act, "if Trump came to power".
She told Bloomberg in a story published Monday that Trump Jr. said his father would reconsider the sanctions law if he were elected. Kushner left after a few minutes and Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep.