BREAKING today. This "is the first confirmed private meeting between a Russian national and members of Mr. Trump’s inner circle during the campaign. It is also the first time that his son Donald J. Trump Jr. is known to have been involved in such a meeting." #InvestigateTrump
New information on the Trump campaign’s Russian connections:
The first confirmed private meeting between Trump’s inner campaign circle and Russian officials occurred at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016, just two weeks after the Republican National Convention (according to the New York Times, and confirmed by Kushner and Donald Trump Jr.).
Trump Jr., Kushner, and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Natalia Veselnitskay. She's best known for mounting a multipronged attack against the Magnitsky Act, an American law that blacklists suspected Russian human rights abusers. Putin was known to be enraged by the law.
Veselnitskaya’s campaign against the law has also included attempts to discredit its namesake, Sergei L. Magnitsky, a lawyer and auditor who died in under mysterious circumstances in a Russian prison in 2009 after exposing one of the biggest corruption scandals during Putin’s rule. Her activities and associations had previously drawn the attention of the F.B.I., according to a former senior law enforcement official.
Kushner failed to disclose the meeting on security clearance forms required to work at the White House.
By my count, this makes the 11th meeting we now know of between Trump campaign aides and Russian operatives. Neither Trump nor any of his aides has explained why so many meetings were necessary, or why they were never reported. All we know for sure is U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia intervened in the 2016 campaign on behalf of Trump, and that Putin was directly involved.
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