Russian Lawyer At Center Of Trump Jr Scandal Speaks: "I Have No Government Ties"

Last night, the New York Times dropped their latest Donald Trump Jr. "bombshell" in which they reported that 3 anonymous sources had informed them that Trump Jr. was notified in advance that the damaging information promised about Hillary Clinton was part of a Russian government effort to help his father's presidential campaign (we covered it here:  Trump Jr. Was Allegedly Told Russian Government Behind Damaging Clinton Info: NYT)

Unfortunately, another small problem has arisen for the New York Times' new narrative this morning and it comes in the form of a exclusive interview that NBC managed to land with the now infamous Russian lawyer at the middle of this whole new scandal: Natalia Veselnitskaya.  Asked directly whether she had any ties to the Russian government, Veselnitskaya had a rather simple answer for NBC: "No."

NBC:  "Have you ever worked for the Russian government?  Do you have connections to the Russian government?"


Veselnitskaya:  "No."

Veselnitskaya went on to say that while the Trump campaign may have been looking for damaging information on the Clinton campaign, she never possessed such information.

"I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton.  It was never my intention to have that."

Of course, the part of the interview that will undoubtedly draw the most coverage from CNN throughout the day is Veselnitskaya's speculation over Trump Jr.'s intentions for taking the meeting which she said were tied to his desire for "financial records" that would prove that the DNC was  getting funding from "inappropriate sources."

"It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information."


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


"The question that I was asked was as follows: whether I had any financial records which might prove that the funds used to sponsor the DNC were coming from inappropriate sources."

Of course, the question allegedly asked by Trump Jr. seems to corroborate his original statement in which he implied he only took the meeting on the premise that the source put forward by Goldstone had information "that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton."  Here is Trump Jr.'s statement released yesterday:

I was asked to have a meeting by an acquaintance I knew from the 2013 Miss Universe pageant with an individual who I was told might have information helpful to the campaign. I was not told her name prior to the meeting. I asked Jared and Paul to attend, but told them nothing of the substance. We had a meeting in June 2016. After pleasantries were exchanged, the woman stated that she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms. Clinton. Her statements were vague, ambiguous and made no sense. No details or supporting information was provided or even offered. It quickly became clear that she had no meaningful information. She then changed subjects and began discussing the adoption of Russian children and mentioned the Magnitsky Act. It became clear to me that this was the true agenda all along and that the claims of potentially helpful information were a pretext for the meeting. I interrupted and advised her that my father was not an elected official, but rather a private citizen, and that her comments and concerns were better addressed if and when he held public office. The meeting lasted approximately 20 to 30 minutes. As it ended, my acquaintance apologized for taking up our time. That was the end of it and there was no further contact or follow-up of any kind. My father knew nothing of the meeting or these events.

Veselnitskaya also confirmed that Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort also sat in on the meeting but said she had no idea who they were until later.  Per NBC News:

She described how Trump Jr. ran the meeting. Two other men who she never met by name were also in the room. She said she only realized three days who they were after seeing their photos in the news. Those men were Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort.


“I could recognize the young gentleman who was only present in the meeting for probably the first seven to 10 minutes, and then he stood up and left the room,” she said. “It was Mr. Jared Kushner. And he never came back, by the way.


“And the other individual who was always in the same meeting, but all the time he was looking at his phone. He was reading something. He never took any active part in the conversation. That was Mr. Manafort.”

To summarize where are, Rob Goldstone, the intermediary who allegedly setup the meeting between Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya, said there was no Kremlin connection and now Veselnitskaya herself has confirmed the same.  That said, 3 anonymous sources from the New York Times beg to differ.  We'll let you decide what to believe.


LyLo NoDebt Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:21 Permalink

Weird that we're hearing this now.  Wouldn't a real journalism outfit seek quotes from the source BEFORE publishing?Hell, my old high school newspaper was able to do that.  Maybe the they should consider hiring poor rural white children as journalists, as they seem better qualified than anyone at the NYT.

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HowdyDoody LyLo Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:31 Permalink

The 'Russia hacked ...' story will never go away. Here's why, and it is nothing to do with hacking of the election.

During the recent meeting between Putin and Trump, the problems of cyber security were discussed. I think the Russians raised the idea of a joint taskforce to combat the problem. Trump seemed amenable but the US MSM + politicos quickly trashed the idea. Why? Maybe a comment by Lavrov gives a clue. Lavrov stated that the problem of cyber security is intimately tied in to pornography and pedophilia.

So now we know that the Russians know about elite pedophilia and the US elite knows they know. The US elite therefore has no choice but to paint the 'Russians hacked this' and the 'Russians hacked that' in order to provide themselves with cover when TSHTF as it will.

Maybe the Tylers can switch from ZionistHedge mode to cover this fully?

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Creepy_Azz_Crackaah (not verified) HowdyDoody Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:19 Permalink

Remember when the "news" absolutely REFUSED to use the word scandal during Dear Leader Obama's ruling terms? Never. Not once. Not even for Solyndra or the Mexico gun running scandal.

With Trump "scandal" is now built into their spell checkers:

"Trump?" No, correct spelling is "Trump scandal."

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PrayingMantis LyLo Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:35 Permalink

... while the "tip" of the iceberg on that Russian lawyer story made the MSM round, the bulk of that iceberg might be found here ... >>> ...

... the article partly says: ...

... "In their knowing of Hillary Clinton’s many crimes in Russia, and her growing association with the fugitive from justice William Browder, but also knowing of her plans to run for the US presidency in 2016, this report reveals, the Obama regime, in 2013, stunningly filed and indictment charging that “Russian criminals” had committed the crimes William Browder had already been convicted of—but that two months ago (12 May) the US government was forced to drop in exchange for $5.9 million with no wrongdoing admitted, and that the lead Russian attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya, characterized as “almost an apology from the US government”. [English]

Important to note about Natalia Veselnitskaya, this report says, is that aside from being a former state prosecutor in the Moscow Oblast, she is the most knowledgeable legal authority on the crimes of William Browder—and who became so outraged at Hillary Clinton’s pushing through the Magnitsky Acts to over up her crime in Russia, she “established/created” in the US a non-profit organization named the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation that calls for the repeal of this law so that Russian children can once again be adopted by American parents."


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The Management Ghost of PartysOver Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:25 Permalink

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edotabin stocktivity Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

That's not really the point. The main issue here is that NBC would try to link a fly that happened to be in a nearby hallway to the KGB.They are presenting this to you/us as if she definitely does have connections to the govermnet without any proof whatsoever. They are casting aspersions once again. What she answered is irrelevant. Their job is to establish solid proof/links first and then present the story. If they did have the proof, they wouldn't be asking her.

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otschelnik edotabin Tue, 07/11/2017 - 11:19 Permalink

A few months ago there was 'bombshell' story, that Erik Prince meet with some unnamed Russian "close to the Kremlin" on the Seychelles?  That Erik donated big to the Trump campaign and his sister Betsy DeVos is going to be education secretary...  Where did that story go?  No follow-up on that....I think the Russians have a secret plot to influence our curriculum, probably turn our students AWAY from cultural Marxism....   Hell nobody over in Russia believes that crap anymore.   

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edotabin otschelnik Tue, 07/11/2017 - 12:33 Permalink

Yup. So many "bombshells" lately ...lolThese subversive, pernicious, insidious methods should no longer work because more people should be aware by now. They're just pushing even harder for the final takedown. "They'll believe us eventually" type thing.Point being, that you telling me and me telling you doesn't help anything. I just try to spell it out as simply as I can for newer visitors. I've noticed an uptick in paid shills around here lately, so I keep it simple.Just as I've never really bought anything because of a commercial, I never could understand these plots and plans to "influence" one way or another. People have to take a step back and analyze what's going on. Then, eventually make up their own mind. 

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chubbar SmackDaddy Tue, 07/11/2017 - 09:06 Permalink

When are the assholes on the left going to let go of this bone? It's one big nothing burger and everyone knows it, yet this kabuki dance continues because there is absolutely no dirt on Trump. I saw some outtakes yesterday from some of the fake news outlets and there is almost histeria from the talking heads about how this is treason. How the fuck is what everyone just read "treason"?If someone wants to see treason go take a look at the pay for play of Hillary selling our uranium to Russia. Or take a look at the volumes of confidential information she put out on the web. The fucking libtards can't even think straight any longer, they are completely out of their minds now.

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edotabin chubbar Tue, 07/11/2017 - 10:52 Permalink

Moves likes these are right out of the playbook. Create a confusing, hard to prove, BS story then bombard the public through the MSM to advance it and see how far it can go. As long as people take the bait, this method will remain effective and, as such, in use.  Combine this with political resistance on all fronts and they create a huge barrier to overcome.Why should they let go? What's their incentive to do so? This is all they have right now. It is up to the people to demand better. 

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