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The 20 biggest Trump-Russia bombshells of 2018



Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian lawyer who attended a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with several top campaign officials, detailed in an interview with NBC News her previously undisclosed relationship with Yuri Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general.

“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she said. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”

Trump and his allies have long denied that the meeting with Veselnitskaya and several others — during which Veselnitskaya offered the Trump campaign dirt on Clinton — had anything to do with the Russian government.

But after Veselnitskaya’s remarks aired, Trump appeared to confirm the lobbyist was connected to the Kremlin.

Speaking about the revelation, Trump said, “You know what? If she did that,” it was “because Putin and the group said, ‘You know, this Trump is killing us. Why don’t you say that you’re involved with government so that we can go and make their life in the United States even more chaotic.'”

It was the first time Trump acknowledged a link between Veselnitskaya and Putin or the Russian government.

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