Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer that promised to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton to the Trump campaign through an email conversation with Donald Trump Jr. has recanted her earlier denials of any connection to government ties. This revelation has rekindled controversy around the meeting in which she met with Donald Trump, Jr., Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and others at the Trump Tower in New York.
It turns out Ms. Veselnitskaya was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Chaika, the prosecutor general. She testified in November before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she claimed no connection to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government.
“I operate independently of any governmental bodies,” she wrote in November. “I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer.”
From an interview to be broadcast soon by NBC News, Ms. Veselnitskaya relates, “I am a lawyer, and I am an informant. Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”