New Emails Show Russian Lawyer Who Secretly Met with Trump Jr. Has Even Deeper Ties to the Kremlin than She Let On: Report

Donald Trump Jr. met with a lawyer who was much more closely connected to the Russian government than she had previously revealed, according to a new report from the Associated Press citing newly uncovered emails.

Natalia Veselnitskaya was described as a government attorney in emails to Trump Jr. ahead of a crucial Trump Tower meeting he held in June 2016 with Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner. Trump Jr. arranged the meeting after being told she could provide dirt on Hillary Clinton, who was then his father's opponent int he 2016 election.

investigators have reportedly been examining the meeting as a part of the probe into potential collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 election. Veselnitskaya has downplayed her links to the Russian government since the meeting was revealed.

But the AP now reports: "The documents paint a portrait of Natalia Veselnitskaya as a well-connected attorney who served as a ghostwriter for top Russian government lawyers and received assistance from senior Interior Ministry personnel."

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