Fusion GPS Met With Russian Lawyer Before, After Trump Tower Meeting

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Veselnitskaya also said Trump Jr. requested financial documents showing that money that allegedly evaded US taxes had gone to Clinton's campaign.

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.

The wrongdoing had been uncovered by Russian lawyer and whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in a Russian prison in 2009 after being arrested for probing Prevezon and other companies with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Veselnitskaya also said Trump Jr. requested financial documents showing that money that allegedly evaded US taxes had gone to Clinton's campaign".

Veselnitskaya told NBC that she never had damaging information on Clinton, adding, "It's quite possible that maybe they were looking for such information, they wanted it so badly".

We know now as a matter of fact, however, that the June 2016 meeting was held for the explicit objective of getting a dump-truck's worth of Russian "dirt" on Clinton - Donald Trump Jr.'s email chain confirms it.

He also asked whether Veselnitskaya had any written evidence that major Democratic donors had used any illegal proceeds, allegedly gained by evading taxes, to help fund Hilary Clinton's campaign, she says.

As Veselnitskaya recalled, Trump Jr. offered to review the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on a group of Russian officials implicated in the murder of a Russian accountant who exposed widespread government tax fraud.

In a two-and-a-half-hour interview in Moscow, Veselnitskaya said that she would tell the Senate Judiciary Committee and Special Counsel Robert Mueller about collusion between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign if she is asked to testify. "With a quid pro quo, however, there is a feasible argument to also be made that there was a conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by way of exchanging changes in USA sanctions law for the documentation on Hillary Clinton". I've said all along that this is the key to the entire Russian Federation story. It gave between $50,000 and $100,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative and made modest donations to the presidential campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.

The Russian lawyer asserted that she did not have any evidence linking the Ziffer brothers' alleged Russian investments to the Clinton campaign, and "The meeting was a failure; none of us understood what the point of it had been". She did not have contact with the Trump campaign after the failed meeting, she said. Kushner left after a few minutes and Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep.

"I made up my mind a long time ago: My testimony must be honest, full and public", she said. He wouldn't comment on whether the committee would comply with her request to make her answers public.

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