A Russian lawyer who met with members of President Trump’s presidential campaign said Donald Trump Jr. said that if his father won, the Trump administration would look at reversing an anti-Russia law, Bloomberg reported Monday.
Natalia Veselnitskaya said she met with Trump Jr. and others in New York City in June 2016 to inform senior campaign official that certain Democratic donors had evaded taxes to lobby the Magnitsky Act — a U.S. law that imposed sanctions on Russia after the death of a whistleblower in a Moscow prison.
She told Bloomberg, Trump Jr. said “If we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it. I understand our side may have messed up, but it’ll take a long time to get to the bottom of it.”
Trump Jr. agreed to meet Veselnitskaya after a British publicist told him Veselnitskaya had dirt on Hillary Clinton.
After news of the meeting broke, Trump Jr. said the meeting was a “waste of time.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort on 12 counts. Mueller also charged former campaign adviser George Papadopoulus with lying to the FBI about his ties to Russian officials.
Manafort and Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner were also reported to have attend the meeting with Veselnitskaya. Mueller has been probing the meeting to find out if members of the Trump campaign worked with the Russians to gain an upper hand in the election.