The Kremlin-connected lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. brought documents that detailed her claims about illicit cash funneled to the Democratic National Committee, according to an ex-Russian spy who was also at the meeting.
Rinat Akhmetshin, the spy-turned-lobbyist, accompanied attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to the June 2016 sitdown, NBC News reported Friday.
During the meeting, Akhmetshin said Veselnitskaya provided Trump Jr., details of what she believed were illicit contributions to the DNC and suggested that going public with the dirt could hurt Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
“This could be a good issue to expose how the DNC is accepting bad money,” Akhmetshin recalled her saying, the Associated Press reported.
Akhmetshin said the lawyer, who invited him to attend, had a plastic folder with documents that detailed her claims.
He said he did not know if they were provided by the Kremlin — but that he believes she left the materials with Trump Jr. associates.
Trump Jr. asked the attorney if she had other evidence to back up her claims, including whether she could demonstrate the precise flow of the money.
Veselnitskaya said Team Trump would need to research it more, and after that, Trump Jr. lost interest, according to Akhmetshin.
“They couldn’t wait for the meeting to end,” he said.
Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and current White House senior adviser, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort also attended the meeting, and Akhmetshin said he recognized them both.
Trump Jr. has denied wrongdoing.