Lawyer at the heart of Trump Russia probe is talking

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When President Donald Trump's eldest son met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 after being promised "information that would incriminate" Trump's election opponent Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. suggested that a USA law the lawyer was lobbying against could be reconsidered if Trump became president, according to the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya.

But hours before the Trump Tower meeting June 9, 2016, Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya in a Manhattan federal courtroom, Fox News reported.

On July 25, Browder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Putin felt threatened by the Magnitsky Act because "it destroys the promise of impunity he's given to all of his corrupt officials".

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, which The New York Times uncovered this summer, has drawn close scrutiny from the multiple investigations into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation previous year.

Bloomberg Politics has just published a remarkable interview with the Russian lawyer who famously met with President Donald Trump's son, son-in-law and campaign chairman at Trump Tower in June 2016.

Maybe Trump Jr. never got the memo from Rob Goldstone, the go-between who arranged the meeting.

It's unclear whether Russian Federation ever passed on information about Clinton.

The two issues became part of Trump Jr.'s initial, misleading response to revelations about the meeting taking place, when he said the campaign was not discussed.

The law in particular is the Magnitsky Act, which targeted Russian officials believed to be behind the death of Sergei Magnitsky, an accountant who died in a Russian prison after he investigated fraud that allegedly involved Russian tax officials pocketing $230 million in Russian state funds.

The Trump campaign certainly did want negative information on Clinton from the Russians.

In the interview with Bloomberg, Veselnitskaya quoted Donald Trump Jr as saying during their meeting, in reference to the Magnitsky law: "Looking ahead, if we come to power, we can return to this issue and think what to do about it". "With a quid pro quo, however, there is a feasible argument to also be made that there was a conspiracy to violate the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by way of exchanging changes in USA sanctions law for the documentation on Hillary Clinton".

Veselnitskaya said Trump Jr asked for evidence that illegal money had gone to Clinton's campaign, which the lawyer said she did not possess.

"If it's what you say, I love it", Trump Jr. responded. The 2012 US law named after him incensed the Kremlin, which then banned adoptions from Russian Federation to the USA, further straining ties between Washington and Moscow.

The Russian lawyer asserted that she did not have any evidence linking the Ziffer brothers' alleged Russian investments to the Clinton campaign, and "The meeting was a failure; none of us understood what the point of it had been". Kushner left after a few minutes and Manafort appeared to have fallen asleep.

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