Attorney: Emails show Trump Jr. meeting with Russians in 2016 was about Magnitsky Act

Attorney: Emails show Trump Jr. meeting with Russians in 2016 was about Magnitsky Act
Natalia Veselnitskaya (L; Facebook). Rob Goldstone, British-born publicist who approached Donald Trump, Jr. to set up the Veselnitskaya meeting (R; Facebook)

[Ed. – In other words, the Russian principal heading for the meeting — the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya — was preparing for a meeting on the topic of the Magnitsky Act.  NOT a meeting about dirt on Hillary Clinton.  Apparently the go-between, Rob Goldstone, was trying to gain interest from Donald Trump, Jr.’s people by referencing dirt on Clinton.  That’s what many speculated when this first came out months ago.]

The emails provided to CNN between Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya and publicist Rob Goldstone — who arranged the meeting with Trump Jr. — show Veselnitskaya asked the morning of the meeting for a Russian-American lobbyist to be added because of his knowledge of the Magnitsky Act, the legislation that put in place US sanctions discussed at the meeting.

And a five-page talking points memo also provided to CNN shows Veselnitskaya’s case to repeal the Magnitsky Act to improve US-Russia relations, with a passing reference to a possible financer of Clinton’s campaign. …

The documents were provided by Scott Balber, who represents Aras and Emin Agalarov, the billionaire real estate developer and his pop star son who requested the June 2016 meeting. …

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Balber also suggested that Goldstone “probably exaggerated and maybe willfully contorted the facts for the purpose of making the meeting interesting to the Trump people.”

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