Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya said in an NBC News interview that she was both a lawyer and an informant after recent emails indicated that she had once worked with Russia's head office to thwart a request from Ministry of Justice.
At a rally in Michigan on Saturday, Trump said, "I guarantee you, I'm tougher on Russia No one ever thought, in fact, have you heard of the lawyer? For a year, a lawyer, she was like "Oh, I do not know anything." … Suddenly she's supposed to be involved in the government, you know why, if she did that because Putin and the groups said, "You know this trump kills us. Why do not you say that? "With the government, so that we can make their lives in the United States even more chaotic." Look at what happened, look at how these politicians fell for this scrap. "Russian Agreements me a break. "
Veselnitskaya previously denied having worked for the Russian government and last year in the Senate Judiciary Committee She said she" operates independently of government organs ".
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6, Veselnitskaya met at the Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., former campaign manager Paul Manafort and Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, among others. The emails published by Trump Jr. show that he agreed to meet with Veselnitskaya after being told that the "Crown Prosecutor of Russia" wanted to give the Trump campaign incriminating information about Hillary Clinton. Instead, Veselnitskaya focused on the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, the Russian sanctions imposed by the US in 2012 for human rights abuses
Rep. CNN's Jim Sciutto, Adam Schiff, chief democrat of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that Veselnitskaya had turned to the Trump family after the election with a request to continue the efforts to repeal the Magnitsky Act.
Trump's team has rejected After the Trump Tower meeting, there were any follow-up activities. It is not clear that there was a response from the Trump team to Veselnitskaya's request. The Trump government has not resorted to withdrawing Russian sanctions, and indeed new sanctions have been imposed against Russia.
Special Adviser Robert Mueller is examining the Trump Tower meeting as part of his investigation into Russian interference in 2016
Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort, who have since been investigating special reports for money laundering and submitting false foreign lobbying reports were all denied participation in any arrangements with Russia. Trump himself has repeatedly said that there is no reconciliation between his election campaign and the Russian government, and he has repeatedly referred to the investigations of the Special Advisers as a "witch hunt".
Bill Browder, principal representative of the Magnitsky law and Putin critic, told CNN's Erin Burnett on Friday that Veselnitskaya is "an agent of the Russian government." She is an agent of Vladimir Putin, and when she went to Trump Tower, she there on behalf of Vladimir Putin. "
The Kremlin has denied allegations of links between Veselnitskaya and the Russian government.