“In fact, Manafort had alerted authorities to a controversial meeting on June 9, 2016, involving Trump’s son Donald Jr., other campaign representatives and a Russian lawyer promising damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to people familiar with the matter. The president and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, were dragged into the matter as details repeatedly emerged that contradicted the initial accounts of that meeting.”
This episode is the first confirmed meeting between a Russian national and the campaign. Natalia Veselnitskaya is the Russian attorney that met with Mr. Trump.
She is best known for her legal attacks against the Magnitsky Act, a law that blacklists certain Russian officials from entering the U.S. and using the U.S. banking system. The Magnitsky Act was named in honor of Sergei L. Magnitsky, a Russian attorney, and accountant, who was likely murdered by the Russian state.
Some say Mr. Magnitsky was murdered by the Kremlin after he produced proof tying it to a massive fraud perpetrated by senior Russian officials.