Emails show lawyer who met Trump Jr. has ties to top Russian officials: report

Emails show lawyer who met Trump Jr. has ties to top Russian officials: report

The Moscow lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpWhite House calls Democratic witness's mentioning of president's youngest son 'classless' Lawmakers to watch during Wednesday's impeachment hearing Top Democrats knock Trump on World AIDS Day MORE and others at Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential campaign had close ties to top Russian government officials, according to a new report from the Associated Press.

Documents reveal Natalia Veselnitskaya served as a ghostwriter for high-level Russian government lawyers and collaborated with senior Interior Ministry personnel, according to the AP, who received the information from a London-based investigative unit, the Dossier Center. 

The Dossier Center is run by Russian opposition figure Mikhail Khodorkovsky. 

Reports emerged in April that Veselnitskaya was closer to the Russian government than she previously admitted. The New York Times reported at the time that Veselnitskaya had worked for Russia’s chief legal office against the U.S. Justice Department in a fraud case against a top Russian firm. 

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“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said in an NBC interview in April. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general."

It has previously been reported that the British music producer who set up the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya told Trump Jr. that the information she could provide — allegedly dirt on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWill the Horowitz report split the baby? Gabbard commemorates John Lennon's passing by singing 'Imagine' Bannon: Clinton waiting to enter 2020 race and 'save the Democratic Party from Michael Bloomberg' MORE — was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

“If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer,” Trump Jr. replied to Goldstone.

Special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE is currently investigating the ties between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.