In a surprise omission Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with members of the Trump campaign during the election admitted to being an “informant” and having deep ties to the Russian government.
It had long been circulated that Veselnitskaya had ties to the Kremlin, but this is the first time she admitted it in public.
“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant,” she says in an NBC interview. “Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”
Her statements directly contradict claims she made to the Senate Judiciary committee.
“I operate independently of any governmental bodies,” she wrote in November. “I have no relationship with [the Russian Prosecutor General], his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer.”
The Russian Prosecutor General, Yuri Chaika, has served in his position since 2006. Vladimir Putin recently appointed him to his third consecutive term in 2016.
“She’s like a tank,” the Russian-born film director Andrei Nekrasov told The Atlantic. “Maybe she overstepped some bounds when she was there [in New York last June]. But she felt she could do something on behalf of Russia. That’s the kind of person she is. She could get misty-eyed talking about this stuff. She’s a patriot.”
The Trump campaign denies that any matters of material importance were discussed at Trump tower the day of the meeting. Though they accepted the meeting under the promise that it was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” To which Donald Trump Jr. replied: “If it’s what you say I love it especially later in the summer.”
Veselnitskaya later attended the inauguration of Donald Trump and the Women’s march counter-protests, which she claims to have been repulsed by. “My body, my choice’ is all about abortion, homosexuality, illegal migration and two presidents,” she wrote in one Facebook post.
“Anything goes. But for those who didn’t get what this is about, this is now called ‘human rights.’” In another post, she called the protests “a pussy strike … all orchestrated by [Senate Minority leader Chuck] Schumer,” she wrote in another.
Veselnitskaya is a frequent purveyor of American politics, despite not speaking English. She keeps abreast of the daily news cycle, but she has a special affinity for far-right politics and conspiracy theories.
She has claimed that the Women’s marches were organized by Hamas and that “liberalism is a f***ing mental disorder.”
Whatever her beliefs it is clear she has a clear disdain for the Democratic establishment and always works for the best interest of the Russian state.