Posted September 05, 2018 06:08:19 A number of prominent members of the Republican Party and some prominent Democrats have denied the allegations that Russia tried to sway the election in favor of President Donald Trump.
However, some Republicans have offered a different explanation: that the Kremlin tried to help them in the election.
A Russian lawyer who helped the Trump campaign, Natalia Veselnitskaya, was indicted in June 2018 for violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
She was accused of lying about the nature of her meetings with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
But she denied all the charges, saying she did not have any contact with any Russian officials during the campaign.
Veselnitkaya, a lawyer at the Russian Embassy in Washington, has also denied any Russian involvement in the Trump administration.
The Republican National Committee did not respond to a request for comment about the claims that Russia interfered in the U.S. election.
The Trump administration said on Wednesday that Russia did not meddle in the presidential election.
However the CIA, which oversees the CIA Director, has concluded that Russia was behind cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and other groups.
“We do not believe the Russian government attempted to help elect President Trump,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.
She did not address the claims made by some Republicans, but White House National Security Council spokesman Michael Anton said in a statement that the administration was “aware of the allegations” and that the United States had been “sensationalized” about them.
“There is absolutely no basis to believe the Russians were involved in the DNC hack or in any other campaign activity that impacted the election,” he said.
The allegations have also been made in news articles by the Washington Post, Politico and ABC News.
Both the Post and ABC reported that Veselnita met with a Russian attorney at Trump Tower in New York City.
The Post also reported that the lawyer said she had arranged meetings with Trump Jr. and Manafort.
She met with Donald Jr. after receiving the Republican nominee’s email, the Post reported.
Trump Jr.’s emails have since been released by WikiLeaks.
In a statement, Trump Jr said he did not know about Veselnitchk’s meeting until after it happened.
“I have been told by a friend of mine, Natalya Veselnikova, that she was a Russian government attorney with ties to the Kremlin who met with the Trump Tower real estate company about the adoption issue.
I was told that this information was wrong, and that I should immediately release my father’s tax returns and other relevant records,” Trump Jr wrote.
Trump has said he does not know who Veselnaya is and that she has no ties to Russia.
In July 2018, Veselnika and another lawyer met with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Veselika also met with former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
The New York Times reported that, during the meeting, she offered to help arrange a meeting between Trump Jr and Russian lawyer Natalia Vlasova.
She also offered to work on a proposal for Trump to adopt a Russian girl who was living in the United Kingdom.
The meeting was arranged in March 2019, the Times reported.
She is not related to Veselnich’s attorney.
In February 2018, Trump said he thought it was “highly unusual” for a Russian to meet with a U.N. official.
He added that if they did, they were “very smart people.”
In a tweet Wednesday, Trump added that Veselikaya and Manafort are “very, very smart people,” and that he did speak to Veselich by phone in October 2018.
The White House said that, after the meeting was set up, Veselina’s client did not tell anyone that she had met with her client.
The attorney said she met with both Trump Jrs, Manafort and Flynn.
Flynn, a former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, resigned in January 2019 over revelations he misled Vice President Mike Pence about the content of a phone call with Russia’s ambassador to the U, Sergey Kislyak.
The Justice Department announced that Flynn’s guilty plea to lying to the FBI about the call was announced Thursday.
Manafort, a lobbyist and Trump campaign adviser, also resigned in October after being charged with money laundering.
He has pleaded not guilty.
Veslenikova and her attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Russian embassy in Washington said in February that Veseli-naya had met at Trump’s request.
Veselin-nika is a lawyer and a member of the Russian parliament, the Duma, according to a statement from the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Veseli said she was not aware of the meeting with Trump.
In March 2018, a Russian journalist with the state-owned RT news network was arrested on charges of leaking secret information and violating an order of the Foreign Intelligence Service,