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Russian lawyer who met Trump Jr. denies she’s connected to the Kremlin


In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to a journalist in Moscow, Russia.

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In this photo taken on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016, Kremlin-linked lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks to a journalist in Moscow, Russia.

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 election campaign said Tuesday she is not linked to the Kremlin.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News that aired on Tuesday, Natalia Veselnitskaya said it is “possible” that the president’s son was looking for damaging information on the Democratic Party.

“They wanted it so badly,” she said in the interview that aired on NBC’s “TODAY.” “I never knew who else would be attending the meeting. All I knew was that Mr. Donald Trump Jr. was willing to meet with me.”

The New York Times reported on Saturday the president’s son met with the Russian lawyer who has possible connections to the Kremlin.

On Sunday, Trump Jr. acknowledged that he met with Veselnitskaya after he was told she might have information “helpful” to his father’s presidential campaign.

On Monday night, the Times cited sources as saying that Trump Jr. was told in an email that he would receive compromising information on Hillary Clinton as part of a Russian government effort to aid his father’s campaign. The 2016 email was reportedly aimed to set up the meeting with Veselnitskaya.

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