The Russian government played no part in the 2016 meeting of Donald Trump, Jr. and Natalya Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who allegedly passed the U.S. official certain data compromising Hillary Clinton, the Democrats candidate at the 2016 residential election. Veselnitskaya said that in her interview with The Wall Street Journal.
According to the Russian lawyer, the main topic of their discussion was the case of William Browder; the man worked with the Ziff Brothers Investments company, which evaded taxes in Russia and funded the U.S. Democrats. However, Veselnitskaya said that Trump, Jr. was not interested in that sort of information; he later defined the meeting as ‘wasting time’. The Russian lawyer also confirmed she was familiar with Yuriy Chayka, the Russian prosecutor general, who was her advisor in Browder’s case. But as for the meeting with Trump, Jr., it was merely her ‘personal initiative, which Russian leaders have nothing to do with.
Previously, the son of the U.S. president released a piece of correspondence regarding the meeting with Veselnitskaya. The message mentions a prosecutor who allegedly had certain kind of ‘damaging information’ on Hillary Clinton. Later, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office said they were not involved in the meeting of the two officials.