MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/. The Kremlin does not know the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, which met in 2016, Donald trump Jr., is the son of the current President of the United States. This was stated to journalists the press Secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, answering the question.
“No, we don’t know who it is, and, of course, we can’t keep track of all the Russian lawyers within the country and abroad”, – said the representative of the Kremlin, commenting on the reports, if Veselnitskaya could coordinate their actions with the Russian authorities.
Previously, the newspaper the New York Times published an article alleging that in June 2016, trump, Jr., and two advisers of the then candidate for US President Donald trump – Jared Kushner and by Paul Manafort – held a meeting with the lawyer, which, according to the American side, is connected with the Russian authorities. It was about Natalia Veselnitskaya, which, as noted by the newspaper, are including persons associated with the authorities of the Russian Federation and several Russian state companies.
Trump Jr. later confirmed to the publication that the meeting in a new York skyscraper Trump Tower actually took place. According to him, it “was a short introductory meeting” to discuss “mainly the program of adoptions of Russian children, which existed and was popular among the American families, but has since been closed by the government of Russia.” As stated by the son of the President of the United States, he was asked to come to the meeting familiar with the Trump Jr. was not called in advance the name of the person with whom he was conversing.
Meanwhile, as reported on Sunday, sources the New York Times, trump Jr. agreed to the meeting because he promised to share it some dirt on Clinton, who participated in last year’s presidential campaign in the United States as a democratic candidate and was the main rival of the Republican trump. According to the newspaper, activities Veselnitskaya and its contacts has previously attracted interest from the FBI. According to the publication, the counselors of trump, took part in the meeting, did not initially report her to the authorities. This information became known only after the trump in-law Jared Kushner sent to the relevant court a request for granting access to classified information and that the request indicated that the meeting with Veselnitskaya took place last year.
Trump and the leaders of his administration have repeatedly rejected insinuations about any untoward contact with Russia. In their opinion, all efforts in this direction are politicized and aimed at the delegitimization of legitimate Executive power of the United States. In Moscow at the highest level also have repeatedly rejected speculation that Russia was trying to interfere in the election processes in the United States.