Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner Met with Kremlin-Linked Lawyer

Emin Agalarov Donald Trump and Aras Agalarov on the red carpet at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant Nov. 9 2013 in Moscow

Weeks after he won the GOP nomination a year ago, top members of President Trump's team reportedly met with a Russian lawyer who has ties to the Kremlin.

The confirmation of this meeting comes after the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released a report in which it described what it called a Russian campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election as reported by the New York Times.

Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign manager met a Russian lawyer with close ties to the Kremlin two weeks after Mr Trump secured the Republican nomination.

Representatives for Trump Jr. and Kushner reportedly confirmed the previously undisclosed meeting when confronted by the Times.

His lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told The Times that he included this meeting on the form "out of an abundance of caution".

Then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended, according to the statement from Donald Trump Jr.

Trump, a Republican who called it an "honor" to meet with the Russian president, drew swift criticism from Democrats at home, who accused him of dismissing U.S. intelligence and giving Putin's denial, reiterated on Friday, of Russian interference too much weight.

The New York Times said Ms Veselnitskaya was known for her attempts to undermine sanctions against Russian human rights abusers.

The meeting is thought to have been arranged by Mr Trump's son, Donald Jr.

Other memos in the uncorroborated dossier allege that the Trump campaign was coordinating with Russian operatives to meddle in the presidential election.

"I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand", he said in the statement to TheTimes.

"Russia suspended the adoptions as leverage to end United States human rights sanctions", he said. His statement did not mention his father's presidential campaign.

Moscow ended the scheme in response to American sanctions imposed following the 2009 death of a jailed lawyer who spoke about a corruption scandal.

Veselnitskaya is known for promoting the agenda of the Russian government in the U.S., as well as being married to a former Moscow deputy minister and her client list including Russian state-owned businesses. The law so enraged Mr. Putin that he retaliated by halting American adoptions of Russian children. Trying to revive an adoption program for poor Russian children! A special prosecutor, appointed by the Department for Justice, and several congressional committees are conducting separate probes into whether there was any collusion between the Republican's team and the Kremlin over alleged Russian hacking attempting to influence the result of the USA presidential election. Veselnitskaya has also sought the repeal of the Magnitsky Act.

"Putin & I discussed forming an impenetrable Cyber Security unit so that election hacking, & many other negative things, will be guarded", Mr. Trump said Sunday on Twitter.

"I strongly pressed President Putin twice about Russian meddling in our election".

The gathering with Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower was reportedly arranged by Trump Jr in June previous year. "As Mr. Kushner has consistently stated, he is eager to cooperate and share what he knows", she said.



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