The Wall Street Journal: Emails shed new light on Trump Tower meeting with Russian lawyer
Newly disclosed emails shed light on the period leading up to a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between a Russian lawyer linked to the Kremlin and top campaign aides to President Donald Trump.
The new information appears to bolster lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya’s position that she wanted the meeting to argue her case for overturning the Magnitsky Act, a U.S. law targeting Russian human-rights abuses. Veselnitskaya has previously said the meeting wasn’t organized to provide damaging information about Trump’s Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.
The meeting became a flashpoint of controversy this summer when Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., released emails showing that he had been told the purpose of the meeting was for the Russian government to provide allegedly incriminating information about Clinton.
Scott Balber, a lawyer for the Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, provided emails Monday from the period leading up to the meeting, which Agalarov helped arrange for Veselnitskaya. In an interview, he also offered more information that, along with the emails, supported Veselnitskaya’s account that the meeting wasn’t about Clinton.
An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.
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