Russian Lawyer: Trump, Jr. Offered a Quid Pro Quo on Sanctions

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She added that she is willing to give answers to congressional investigators if her testimony is made public. "My preliminary take is both of those issues could be overcome by (special counsel Robert) Mueller but that's fact-specific and I haven't researched that point".

Natalia Veselnitskaya met the future President's son, as well as his campaign chair Paul Manafort and son-in-law Jared Kushner, at Trump Tower that June after the promise of "dirt" on Hillary Clinton.

Four months ago, the New York Times published a report that changed the trajectory of the Trump-Russia scandal in a rather dramatic way.

Donald Trump Jr. hinted at a review of a law punishing Kremlin officials with sanctions if his father made it to the Oval Office, according to the Russian lawyer at his infamous 2016 meeting.

Veselnitskaya had engineered the meeting by offering proof that Democratic donors had evaded USA taxes.

It should also be noted that Veselnitskaya has claimed she was not acting in concert with the Russian government. Russia does not have a "crown prosecutor", but Veselnitskaya has acknowledged ties to Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika.

The meeting between Veselnitskaya and Trump campaign officials took place last June at Trump Tower past year. "With a quid pro quo, however, there is a feasible argument to also be made that there was a conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by way of exchanging changes in US sanctions law for the documentation on Hillary Clinton". It was settled out of court this year without an admission of guilt.

The Russian lawyer said Trump Jr.'s comments were in reference to the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a sweeping, bipartisan bill that blacklisted many prominent Russian individuals the USA says are responsible for the death of Sergei Magnitky, a Russian lawyer who exposed corruption before his contested death in a Moscow prison. His Hermitage Capital was once the biggest foreign-portfolio investor in Russian Federation.

'That I definitely don't have!' she said.

Magnitsky died in a Moscow prison in 2009 after uncovering what he said was a tax fraud that diverted $230 million of Russian state funds into the pockets of a handful of civil servants. Russian Federation banned adoptions by US families in response to the law. This was later proven false, which means Trump himself has been directly implicated in an effort to mislead the country about his own top campaign officials' eagerness to benefit from help from the Russian government.

A spokesman for the Ziff family said it had no comment.

"Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it (The Magnitsky Act)". When she began laying out the case against the Ziffs, she said that he asked: "This money the Ziffs got from Russian Federation, do you have any financial documents showing that this money went to Clinton's campaign?" She said Trump Jr. She is seeking a public hearing to tell her story, and continues to deny having any information about Russian hacking.

Lawyers for Fusion and Veselnitskaya did not respond to requests for comment.

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