Trump jnr hinted at review of Russian Federation sanctions act, says lawyer

Trump jnr hinted at review of Russian Federation sanctions act, says lawyer

Trump jnr hinted at review of Russian Federation sanctions act, says lawyer

A Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 election campaign said the USA president's son told her his father, if elected, could return to the issue of a US law which imposes sanctions on Russian officials related to the death of a Russian lawyer, Bloomberg reported.

Now Veselnitskaya has come forward with a little more more about the conversations which she says took place at this meeting.

The Senate Judiciary Committee, which is probing foreign lobbyist assets registration issues, has given Veselnitskaya a list of questions it wants answered.

Natalia Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin met with Donald Trump's son and top aides previous year, when his campaign colluded with Russian efforts to influence the election.

At the time of the sit-down between Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying a former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump, Fox News reported.

The Russian lawyer said Donald Trump Jr. asked her for written evidence to show that major Democratic donors had evaded US taxes and that proceeds from those illegal schemes went to Hillary Clinton's campaign.

Veselnitskaya has maintained that she met with Trump Jr.in a private capacity, but the memo detailing information about the Ziffer brothers that she brought to the meeting closely resembled a document that she had provided Russian prosecutor general Yuri Y. Chaika in April 2016.

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The issue Trump Jr. referred to was the Magnitsky Act, the 2012 law that slapped sanctions on various high Russian officials and reportedly enraged Vladimir Putin.

Trump Jr. has said the meeting was unproductive and that instead of providing dirt on Clinton, Veselnitskaya tried to lobby the Trump campaign on repealing the 2012 law. 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.

Veselnitskaya is defending a Russian businessman in the US on a money-laundering case related to the Magnitsky law.

She claims to have gone to the meeting in order to inform the campaign that she had information to show that major Democratic donors and Russian investors, the Ziff brothers, had donated to the Clinton campaign while evading USA taxes. I've said all along that this is the key to the entire Russian Federation story.

She said Trump, Jr. hadn't familiarized herself with documents she had provided in advance of the meeting.

Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after uncovering a tax fraud that diverted $230 million of Russian state funds into the pockets of a handful of civil servants. Kushner left after a few minutes and Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep.

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