Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney who allegedly promised to deliver damaging information about Hillary Clinton to Donald Trump Jr. in June of 2016, is linked to Fusion GPS, the group that is responsible the infamous and discredited “Trump dossier.” During the meeting, which took place at Trump Tower, Veselnitskaya failed to produce any such information and instead discussed overturning the Magnitsky Act, a US law targeting Russians linked to the 2009 murder of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who was allegedly killed in prison.
The revelation comes from Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s legal team.
“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier,” Corallo said in a statement.
Fusion GPS is a Washington-based opposition research group that had first been hired by Republican opponents during the GOP primary to dig up dirt on President Trump. After Trump sealed up the Republican nomination, Fusion GPS was retained by Democratic supporters of Hillary Clinton to continue their work.
It was Fusion GPS which hired former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele to compile the infamous “Trump dossier” which included salacious and largely discredited information about President Trump.
Ms. Veselnitskaya has denied any connections to the Russian government.