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Connected lawyer met with Trump campaign in 2016, 'New York Times' reports

Connected lawyer met with Trump campaign in 2016, 'New York Times' reports

Donald Trump Jr. arrives at Trump Tower in New York City, U.S. January 18, 2017.

Two weeks after U.S. President Donald Trump won the Republican nomination a year ago, his eldest son Donald Trump Jr. arranged a meeting with a Russian lawyer who has connections to the Kremlin.

Kushner, now a senior White House aide, disclosed the meeting to government officials recently in a revised version of a form required for a security clearance.

Trump Jr. admitted to organizing the June 9, 2016 meeting despite having denied to The Times in March that he participated in any pow-wows with Russian nationals.

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Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin held talks for more than two hours Friday at the summit, during which Putin, as well as Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov, claimed the billionaire real estate mogul had accepted denials of meddling in the campaign to have Trump elected over Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The Russian lawyer invited to the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, is best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers.

She is married to a former Kremlin official and her legal clients include Russian state-owned companies as well as the son of a senior government official whose company was under investigation by the USA government at the time of the Trump Tower meeting. In addition to hiring political and legal operatives to lobby for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, Veselnitskaya was also involved in the making of a 2016 film meant to discredit the person for whom the Act was named, Sergei Magnitsky. Magnitsky died in a Russian prison under mysterious circumstances in 2009 after exposing a corruption scandal. His lawyer, Jamie Gorelick, told The Times that he included this meeting on the form "out of an abundance of caution".

"I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand", he said in the statement to The Times.

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It was a short introductory meeting. He said "I asked Jared and Paul to stop by". On Thursday, before his first meeting with Putin, Trump cast doubt on intelligence community assessments that Russian Federation interfered with the election, saying "nobody knows for sure" what happened. The outlet also reported that the president's legal team believe the meeting may have been part of an election-year opposition effort to create the appearance of "improper connections" between Trump and Russian Federation.

Kushner and Manafort ultimately admitted to the meeting, filing notification with the Federal Bureau of Investigation long after their initial applications for security clearances.

On Saturday, New York Times confirmed that the president's son joined several of his father's campaign associates for a meeting with a lawyer tied to the Kremlin.

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