The Russian lawyer in the middle of a controversial June 2016 meeting involving Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner has collaborated more closely with the Russian government than she has previously stated, Fox News informed citing the Associated Press.
Documents collected from an investigative unit run by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky portray Natalia Veselnitskaya as a well-connected attorney who served as a ghostwriter for top Russian government lawyers and received aid from senior Interior Ministry personnel.
The London-based unit, the Dossier Center, is compiling profiles of Russians it accuses of benefiting from corruption. The data was later shared with journalists at the AP, the Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger, Greek news website Inside Story and others.
Veselnitskaya has been under scrutiny since it emerged last year that Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., met with her after being told by an intermediary that she represented the Russian government and was offering Moscow’s help defeating rival presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Veselnitskaya has previously rejected the accusations that she was acting as a representative of Russian authorities when she met with members of Trump’s inner circle, telling Congress that she operates “independently of any government bodies.”
But the Dossier Center’s documents suggest her ties to Russian authorities are close — and they pull the curtain back on her campaign to overturn the sanctions imposed by the U.S. on Russian officials.