Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who allegedly promised to deliver incriminating information about Clinton to Donald Trump Jr. in June of 2016, is linked to Fusion GPS, a firm that produced a widely discredited dossier against Trump. GPS was hired by “Democratic operatives” to do opposition research on Trump.
The revelation comes from Mark Corallo, a Trump legal team spokesman.
From The Independent:
The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and allegedly offered to supply damaging information about Hillary Clinton, is apparently linked to a firm that helped compile the notorious dossier of wild and unproven allegations about the US President.
The President’s eldest son said he met lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, after being told she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms Clinton.
He said it soon become clear she had no such information and rather wanted to press him about her effort to overturn the Magnitsky Act, a US law that blacklists several Russians linked to the 2009 murder of another Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.
A spokesman for the President’s legal team told The Independent they now believed Ms Veselnitskaya and her colleagues had misrepresented who they were and who they worked for.
In a statement, Mark Corallo added: “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”
Fusion GPS, which is based in Washington DC and was established by former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, found itself in the spotlight earlier this year after it emerged it was behind an “oppo research” dossier containing unproven and often salacious allegations about Mr Trump.
The company had originally been hired by Republican rivals of Mr Trump during the primary campaign.
After he secured the party’s nomination, the company was instead paid by Democratic financial supporters of Ms Clinton.
In the summer of 2016, GPS hired former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, to help their work.
Mr Steele once headed MI6’s Russia desk and left in 2009 to form his own London-based consulting firm, Orbis.