Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 if he had evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, the lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee in response to written questions obtained exclusively by NBC News .
The lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the committee that she had no evidence, and that she believes Trump did not understand the nature of the meeting after receiving emails from a music promoter who promised incriminating information about Hillary Clinton, the Democrat of Donald Trump. adversary.
Once it became clear that he had no meaningful information about Clinton, Trump seemed to lose interest, Veselnitskaya said, and the meeting was over.
"Today I understand why it took place and why it ended so quickly with a sense of mutual disappointment and lost time," Veselnitskaya wrote "The answer lies in Mr. Goldstone's malicious letters."
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She was referring to Rob Goldstone, a music promoter who worked for the Agalarov family. with connections to the Kremlin that had commercial and social ties with on the Trump family. Goldstone's emails to Trump Jr. who were arranging the meeting on behalf of the Agalarovs called Veselnitskaya a "Russian government lawyer" who had fouled himself with Clinton as part of an effort by the Russian government to help Trump. Goldstone said since then that he exaggerated.
In his 51-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Veselnitskaya said he was not working for the Russian government and that he was not carrying any messages from government officials. She said her motive was to get the Trump team to examine what she argues is a fraud that led to the US to impose sanctions on Russia, known as the Magnitsky Law.
Click here to read Veselnitskaya's statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee
His ultimate goal was a Congressional investigation into that matter, he said. For a long time he has argued that US hedge fund investor Bill Browder lied about the circumstances of the death of his accountant, Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian jail, and that the US government imposed sanctions of the Magnitsky Law on Russia, They are named after the accountant, based on fraud. Browder and US officials dismiss that accusation and label it as part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
Veselnitskaya said there was no discussion at the Trump Tower meeting about pirated or leaked emails, social media campaigns or any of the other major aspects of Russian interference in the US elections. Previously, she told NBC News that she had raised the issue of possible questionable contributions to the Clinton campaign by Americans accused in Russia of tax evasion.
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Although some may see their answers as interested, Veselnitskaya's written answers reinforced what was understood for a long time about the Trump Tower meeting: that Donald Trump Jr. accepted it with the promise to incriminate information about Clinton that he had been told came from the Russian government. And he asked Veselnitskaya directly if he had it, according to his written responses. Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort also attended, as did a Russian lobbyist, a Russian businessman and a translator.
Special advisor Robert Mueller and the investigative committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate continue to investigate the Trump Tower meeting, according to several officials familiar with the investigations.
Veselnitskaya insists that they will not find anything that is not already known. She says she wants the meeting never to have happened.
"Now that I know the kind of Hollywood apocalyptic scenario in which a private conversation can be turned into a lawyer and a businessman, I very much regret that the desire to bring the truth to [Congress] has thrown the president of The US family, like Mrs. Clinton, in the whirlwind of mutual political accusations and fueled the fire of morbid and completely unfounded hatred for Russia, "wrote Veselnitskaya.
In another noteworthy aspect of his responses, Veselnitskaya acknowledged that he worked with Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal journalist, in a Browder investigation, whose campaign led Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act.
At the time I was working on that case, Simpson and his firm, Fusion GPS, were also working with former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele on Trump's infamous dossier.
But Veselnitskaya says that he had no idea of that, confirming the testimony that Simpson had provided to the investigators of the House and the Senate.
Some Republicans have suggested that Simpson's work on behalf of a Russian client investigating the premise of the Magnitsky Act means that the file could be contaminated by Russian misinformation, but no evidence has emerged to support that accusation.
Veselnitskaya called these accusations "insubstantial and outrageous insinuations."
A lawyer for Trump Jr. declined to comment, but referred NBC News to his client's statement in September, which said that Trump Jr. wanted to "listen (to the Russians)" if they had information about the "state" physical "of Clinton. character or qualifications. "