After it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr. with the Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 she could be immediately found in the mainstream news media.
Despite the fact that the Democrats claim she is a Russian official, many reports and photos show she has been previously working with many U.S. politicians, even from Democratic lines.
The Daily Caller News has revealed that Rep. Ron Dellums from California was hired as lobbyist by Veselnitskaya.
The Washington Post has written that she also collaborated for years with Glenn Simpson, the Fusion GPS founder, a company that produced a widely discredited campaign against Donald Trump.
She also collaborated with CEO of Potomac Square Group, Christopher Cooper, which is known to have had clients from the Democratic lines including California official Jerry Brown, Democratic presidential nominee Howard Dean, and Joe Trippi, the Daily Caller reported.
In addition, Loretta Lynch, who was Obama’s Attorney General has allowed her to stay in the U.S. and her visa which was due to expire, was extended under “extraordinary circumstances” related to a case in New York, the Hill has reported. Her visa extension was granted through January, but it’s not yet known how she managed to be in the U.S. in June 2016, when she attended several meetings with Trump Jr., and again January 2017.
After meeting Trump Jr. on June 9, 2016, she attended a movie screening in Washington, D.C. of an anti-Magnitsky Act film at the Newseum with five congressional and State Department employees, according to the Hill.
She also attended a House hearing the next day, in the same room with Michael McFaul, Obama’s former U.S. Ambassador to Russia, who has testified, according to the photos of the hearing. McFaul later tweeted that Republicans placed her there and has denied any meetings with her.
In the meantime, Veselnitskaya has also taken part in a dinner with the Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and 20 other guests, the Hill reported. Rohrabacher said that he thought she and Dellums were present to help to repeal the Magnitsky Act.
The Magnitsky Act, imposes sanctions on Russia for alleged human rights violations related to the death of Sergei Magnitsky a Russian lawyer, who had claimed to uncover a fraud by the Kremlin.
Veselnitskaya also was spotted on a photo on Facebook as she enters the office of Sen. John McCain in December 2015.
While critics implicated that she is a high-level Russian agent the favors the Trump administration, there is no proof she wanted to help the Trump’s presidential campaign, even there are indications that she actually opposed Trump’s election.
Veselnitskaya was seen attending an anti-Trump rally on January 21, which could be seen from the photos published on Facebook. Protesters held signs saying “Impeach Trump” and portraying him to have close relations with the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Three days before meeting Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya tweeted an article headlined “NY Attorney General: Trump University Is a Straight Up Fraud Case”. She also tweeted out a story on Clinton where she was saying that she will win the Democratic nomination despite losing to Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. have said nothing was arranged at the meeting. According to emails released by Trump Jr., he thought she might possess incriminating information on Hillary Clinton. Anyhow, Veselnitskaya said for NBC News she attended the meeting as part of a lobbying campaign to help the reverse of the Magnitsky Act.
Rob Goldstone, known by the Trumps from the 2013 Miss Universe Pageant in Moscow, hinted there was incriminating evidence through a client of his who was allegedly close to Putin.
Legal experts have agreed that Trump Jr. did not commit any illegal deeds even if the meeting was bad on Trump Jr.’s reputation.
Renato Mariotti, a former prosecutor from Chicago, have stated for The Daily Beast that emails exchanged between Trump Jr and Goldstone for the arrangement of the meeting “are absolutely heinous but they do not prove that a crime was committed.”
As the construction that Trump Jr. did something illegal is falling apart, Trump critics say that it does not matter whether their meeting was illegal or not, but what matters is whether this was part of a bigger plot of the Russian government to recruit Trump Jr.
But it is not very clear in what way Veselnitskaya is connected to the Kremlin. The New York Times has described her as a Russian attorney who is connected Kremlin, but a recent column in Bloomberg has described her as “low-level” and “no Kremlin power broker.”
“It’s entirely possible that a Kremlin effort to help Trump beat Hillary Clinton reached to lower levels because that’s where it was easiest to establish contact with Trump’s family,” Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky wrote, describing Veselnitskaya as an important figure only outside of Moscow city.
“But it’s more likely that Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who could pull every string in the Moscow Region, did so to get her pet issue — the reverse of the Magnitsky Act, which was getting her client in trouble — in front of some important US citizens. That kind of effort would have been on the right level,” he said.