Russian lawyer: Trump campaign wanted information on DNC 'so badly'

Russian lawyer: Trump campaign wanted information on DNC 'so badly'
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The Russian lawyer who met last year with Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpAverage tax refunds down double-digits, IRS data shows White House warns Maduro as Venezuela orders partial closure of border with Colombia Trump administration directs 1,000 more troops to Mexican border MORE Jr. said Tuesday that she didn't have damaging information about Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDem strategist says Clinton ‘absolutely’ has a role to play in 2020 Left-leaning journalist: Sanders would be 'formidable candidate' against Trump Clinton hits EPA for approval of pesticide dump: ‘We need bees!’ MORE, adding that the Trump campaign wanted details on the Democratic National Committee (DNC) "so badly."

“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton," Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News. "It was never my intention to have that." 

During the interview,Veselnitskaya was pressed on why Trump Jr. appeared to have the impression she had information about the DNC.

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“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information," she said.

"They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”

Veselnitskaya also denied she had ever worked for or had ties to the Russian government.

The comments come after a report Monday that Trump Jr. was told before his meeting with Veselnitskaya that the damaging information promised about Clinton was part of a Russian government effort to help Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
 
The New York Times reported Monday that Rob Goldstone — the publicist who set up the June 2016 meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya — told the eldest Trump son in an email that the potential information was coming from the Russian government in an attempt to aid his father.

Trump Jr.'s lawyer dismissed the report in a statement to the paper, saying it is "much ado about nothing."