The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. in New York last June shared a document containing information she planned on giving the campaign with one of the Kremlin's top officials months before the meeting, the New York Times reports. The finding undermines the lawyer's long-held statement that she acted alone, without the involvement of the Russian government.
Natalia Veselnitskaya reportedly gave Yuri Chaika, Russia's prosecutor general—a position equal to America's attorney general—a copy of the memo she planned on sharing with Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort during an infamous June 2016 meeting in New York. The memo alleged that major donors to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had engaged in financial fraud and tax evasion.
Somebody from Chaika's office also reportedly shared a document containing similar information with an American congressman two months before the June 2016 meeting, the Times reports; Veselnitskaya's memo ended up closely resembling that document.