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Natalia Veselnitskaya

The Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr represented a Russian spy agency

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The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. in 2016 legally represented her nation’s security service for eight years, according to Russian court documents obtained by Reuters.

Reuters reported Friday that Natalia Veselnitskaya successfully represented the FSB in a legal battle over ownership of an upscale property in northwest Moscow between 2005 and 2013.

The FSB is the descendant of the Soviet Union’s KGB service, which was lead by Vladimir Putin before he became Russia’s current president.

Reuters reported that no evidence exists that Veselnitskaya worked for Russia’s government or its intelligence services, and she denied having any links to the Kremlin.

Some Twitter users on Friday voiced alarm that Veselnitskaya reportedly worked with the FSB, which is Russia’s domestic intelligence agency.

The Russian court documents reportedly show Veselnitskaya and her firm Kamerton Consulting represented “military unit 55002” in the property dispute.

A public list of Russian legal entities purportedly states that the FSB founded the military unit, whose legal address is behind the agency’s headquarters.

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Reuters was not able to ascertain when or by whom the lawsuit was first lodged, but verified it dated back to at least 2003.

Appeal documents reportedly confirmed that Rosimuschestvo, Russia’s federal government property agency, was also involved.

Trump released an email chain earlier this month showing he agreed to met Veselnitskaya in June 2016 for promised damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Veselnitskaya has since insisted she did not have valuable knowledge about the 2016 Democratic presidential nominee.
The Russian lawyer has also said she would testify to Congress to dispel misconceptions about her encounter with Trump last year.

The meeting has stoked controversy in the U.S. as the FBI and several congressional committees probe Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential race.

The investigations reportedly include possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s election bid.

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