Mails Show Lawyer Veselnitskaya In Close Communication With Top Russian Officials

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Veselnitskaya was the Russian lawyer at the center of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, where Donald Trump Jr. expected to receive damaging information on Hillary Clinton but instead Veselnitskaya focused on the repeal of the sanctions.

The newly discovered communications between Veselnitskaya and the Russian government indicate that the lawyer held a level of influence within the Kremlin, undercutting her long-held insistence that she was merely a private attorney.

Dossier published screen shots of what it said were emails about the case between Veselnitskaya and Sergei Bochkarev, head of the criminal investigation division of the prosecutor-general's office.

"In this particular case, I think she thinks by calling herself an informant is less damning than when the truth finally comes out about this whole thing, which is that she's a full-on agent", he said.

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Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation has reportedly focused in on the June 2016 Manhattan meeting and alternating narratives related to the sitdown. "I am a lawyer, and I am an informant", Veselnitskaya told NBC News after reporter Richard Engel confronted her with copies of the emails in a forthcoming interview to be aired on Friday.

Donald Trump Jr. met with Veselnitskaya in hopes of receiving dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Veselnitskaya said she was working for Yuri Chaika at the time of the meeting, the prosecutor general of Russian Federation and a "top Kremlin official".

In one in a series of emails, she informally addressed a senior prosecutor on Chaika's staff, Sergei A. Bochkaryov, about the Russian government's response.

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But Veselnitskaya's stunning admission directly counters testimony she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee in November, in which she claimed no connection to the Kremlin.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies", she told the committee, adding: "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives, and institutions other than those related to my professional functions of a lawyer".

Veselnitskaya has denied having connections to the Kremlin since her meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman.

The U.S. intelligence community has concluded that Russian Federation tried to sway the 2016 election in Trump's favor.

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The Russian lawyer who met with members of Donald Trump's presidential campaign in June 2016 has contradicted her earlier denials of being a Russian operative, The New York Times reported.