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The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr is willing to testify before Congress

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The Russian lawyer who met with President Trump's eldest son Donald Trump Jr. in New York last year said Tuesday that she is ready to testify before Congress about the meeting.

"I'm ready to clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria – but only through lawyers or testifying in the Senate," Natalia Veselnitskaya said in an interview with Russia's Kremlin-backed RT TV channel.

Donald Trump Jr. met with Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after he was informed that she might have incriminating information about the Hillary Clinton, who was his father's Democratic rival for the presidency at the time.

Donald Trump Jr. drew skepticism from the public after he told The New York Times on July 8 that he conducted the meeting with the Veselnitskaya to talk about a program that allows U.S. families to adopt children from Russia.

"We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children that was active and popular with American families years ago," Donald Trump Jr. told The Times.

Twenty-four hours later, Donald Trump Jr. told The Times that he also met with Veselnitskaya to obtain information about Clinton and her dealings with Russia.

Donald Trump Jr. later released his email chain with Rob Goldstone, who had contacted him to set up the meeting, in an effort to be "transparent."

In the email chain, Goldstone wrote of "Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump."

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Eight people were present at the meeting. Among them were President Trump's son-in law, Jared Kushner, and the president's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

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