Donald Trump Jr. says he has nothing to hide after he met with a lawyer who says he did not meet with Russian officials
Donald Trump Sr. on Monday said he had nothing to do with an adviser who said he met in April 2016 with a Russian lawyer.
The eldest son of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing a federal investigation into possible collusion with Russia, said he spoke with Natalia Veselnitskaya about the Magnitsky Act in July 2016 and then had nothing more to say about the meeting, according to his statement released by his lawyers.
It’s not known whether Veselnititskaya was acting as a representative for the Trump Organization.
Trump Jr. said he was “extremely surprised” when he learned of the meeting with Veselntskaya.
Trump said the meeting was about the adoption of Russian children by Americans.
He said he also discussed adoption with Veselntkaya during a July 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, when Veselnitchkaya was a member of the Trump campaign’s foreign policy advisory board.
Veselnitsky, who was a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin at the time of the 2016 presidential election, is being investigated for her lobbying work.
She has denied wrongdoing and called Trump Jr.’s account of the July meeting a fabrication.
Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has said Veselnicskaya told him Trump Jr had no plans to meet with her and did not want to disclose the meeting to the campaign, the campaign said in a statement Monday.
Trump has denied he ever met with Veslevin and said his son has not spoken with the lawyer.