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story.lead_photo.caption Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, April 22, 2018. Veselnitskaya who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during the 2016 campaign told The Associated Press in an interview that she has not been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller and alleged that he was not interested in getting to the truth. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)

MOSCOW -- A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during his father's 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller has not contacted her yet.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Natalia Veselnitskaya also detailed her recent meeting in Berlin with investigators from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Like Mueller, the committee is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Veselnitskaya met in June 2016 with then-candidate Donald Trump's son; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; and his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, after Trump Jr. was told the Russian lawyer had potentially incriminating information about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading a federal probe of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. He has filed charges against multiple former Trump campaign aides.

Veselnitskaya alleged in her interview with the AP in downtown Moscow that if Mueller's team never questions her, it would mean that it "is not working to discover the truth."

Veselnitskaya is a well-connected Moscow lawyer who has worked with a company called Prevezon Holdings Ltd. The company's owner is the son of a former Russian government official and a fierce advocate for rolling back U.S. sanctions on Russia.

At the time of her 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, she was defending Prevezon against charges it had engaged in money laundering from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme.

Trump Jr. and others in attendance have downplayed the meeting, saying nothing came of it. Trump has denied that he or his campaign coordinated with any Russian attempts to interfere in the election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has expressed interest in determining whether Veselnitskaya's appointment with Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort was part of a Russian government effort to help Trump's campaign for the White House. It was described that way in emails to Trump Jr. before it took place.

Several congressional committees are looking into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and whether there were collusion by Trump's campaign. The House Intelligence Committee has finished its investigation and said it found no evidence of collusion or coordination with Russians.

The Senate Intelligence Committee approached Veselnitskaya earlier this year, but she refused to go the United States, saying she feared for her safety. The lawyer and the committee's investigators instead met in a Berlin hotel on March 26 and talked for three hours.

"That was essentially a monologue. They were not interrupting me," Veselnitskaya said. "They listened very carefully. ...Their questions were very sharp, pin-pointed."

Veselnitskaya said the Berlin interview also focused on information in memos compiled by a former British spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton's campaign. The dossier contains numerous allegations of Russian ties to Trump, his associates and the Trump campaign.

Veselnitskaya dismissed the dossier as "absolute nonsense." She insisted that Glenn Simpson, whose firm Fusion GPS was hired to compile the dossier and who was questioned by the House Intelligence Committee in January, had been "framed."

Asked why she decided to meet with the U.S. investigators in Berlin, Veselnitskaya said she felt compelled to tell her account.

"I'm ready to explain things that may seem odd to you or maybe you have suspicions," she said.

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  • TimberTopper
    April 23, 2018 at 6:45 a.m.

    Who gives a damn what this Russian lawyer thinks, certainly not me!

  • RobertBolt
    April 23, 2018 at 8:53 a.m.

    This Russian agent is wasting everyone's time trying to sell dirt on Clinton. The election is over (except in the obsessive minds of Agent Orange and his minions), and the Mueller investigation already has all of her material from the previous buyers - the Trump campaign.

  • Dontsufferfools
    April 23, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    She should be careful around doorknobs.

  • mozarky2
    April 23, 2018 at 9:34 a.m.

    "The election is over(except in the obsessive mind of the Fainting Felon).
    There. Fixed it for ya, BLOWTARD!

  • RobertBolt
    April 23, 2018 at 10:34 a.m.

    In order to refute my assertion that Trump's minions obsess over the previous election, mozarky2 obsessively identifies Clinton as the obsessive one while exhibiting no self-awareness or sense of irony. Thanks for obliviously demonstrating my point - please continue while I move on.

    April 23, 2018 at 1:06 p.m.


  • mozarky2
    April 23, 2018 at 1:44 p.m.

    BLOWTARD, the only people who haven't accepted the results of the election are you "progs". We Normals are completely satisfied with the results.
    The actual point I demonstrated is that you are an imbecile.

  • RobertBolt
    April 23, 2018 at 1:59 p.m.

    So mozarky2 makes yet another post referencing the past election result in yet another laughable attempt to prove they are not yet again obsessing about the past election result. Get over it. The election was back in 2016. Yawn.

  • 3WorldState1
    April 23, 2018 at 2:44 p.m.

    And meanwhile I just saw a report a couple of days ago that Repubs were going to make Clinton part of their re-election campaign. Turn on Fox, Rush or AFR and you'll hear HC's name 10 times. You almost never hear it on the left unless they are speaking about what some Repub has said about her.
    Most Dems wish HC would just away. I do. But she wasn't stupid like Trump, which is why I voted for her. And I'm proven correct every single day.

  • mozarky2
    April 23, 2018 at 3:07 p.m.

    Yeah, 3ws, Trump was so stupid he's now the president.
    And he's driving you "progs" BSC!