Veselnitskaya: No Link Between Trump Jr. Meeting, Searches at Manafort’s House

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Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya told Sputnik on Friday she did not believe the recent searches in the house of US President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort were related to her meeting with Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. attended by Manafort.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — US media reported on Wednesday that Manafort’s house was searched in late July for tax documents and foreign banking records as part of the inquiry of US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 US presidential election, which has been flatly denied by Moscow.

"First of all, who said that the search was related to my meeting? According to the media, special counsel [Mueller] is carrying out an investigation into Manafort’s finance deals. It is also known that [Mueller] is investigating into the alleged interference into the US presidential election. This is his work. I have not heard any statement from Mueller’s team to the media that those actions had any relation to my meeting with the son of the one of several then-[US presidential] Republican candidates," Veselnitskaya said.

The lawyer added that the interest of the media in Manafort’s participation in the meeting is caused by the fact that "at the moment of the meeting he had kept a certain position in Trump’s team."

"But I do not remember that his name was pronounced at all or even linked to any position. I considered him as an unknown person who was sitting there with a blank expression on his face. I do not have anything else to say. My meeting had no relation to the election," Veselnitskaya pointed out.

US media reported in early July that Manafort had participated in a meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya in June 2016. The Russian lawyer had allegedly promised to provide Trump Jr. with compromising information about Trump's then-election rival, Hillary Clinton. The claim has been denied by Veselnitskaya, the White House and the Kremlin.