Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer that is reportedly a key witness in the “Trump Tower Meeting” has injected herself into the Russian collusion case, even further. While most news outlets are reporting Natalia was at the meeting to deliver dirt on Hillary to the Trump team, Natalia denied having any contact with Fusion GPS representative, Glenn Simpson. This is from the lawyers submitted testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
So What’s the problem? A large chunk of the case involving the lawyer sits on Glenn’s testimony that contradicts the Russians Lawyers statement. Glenn has openly and repeatedly claimed the two met before and after the ‘Trump Tower meeting”. So which is it? There are more inconsistencies in what Natalia has said versus what she’s testified to. Take a look.
The Russian lawyer who attended the infamous Trump Tower meeting denied interacting with the founder of Trump dossier research firm Fusion GPS that same day, in direct contradiction to what the opposition researcher told Congress last month.
Natalia Veselnitskaya told the Senate Judiciary Committee in written testimony submitted last month that she did not have contact with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson on the day of the June 9, 2016, Trump Tower meeting.
But her denial is inconsistent with previous reporting and with what Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) in a closed-door interview last month.
“Did you have contact with Glenn Simpson on June 8, 9, or 10, 2016?” reads one of the 94 questions posed to Veselnitskaya by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“No, there had been no contacts with him on [sic] specified dates,” Veselnitskaya said in her written testimony, which was submitted electronically on Nov. 20 and published on Tuesday by NBC News.
Simpson was interviewed by HPSCI on Nov. 14, mostly about his involvement with the dossier. He was also interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Aug. 22.
Veselnitskaya says in her testimony that her answers “have not been coordinated with anyone.” She also said that the answers were provided “in total ignorance of the substance of testimonies provided by other meeting participants or attendees.”
Fox News reported earlier in November that in the hours before the Trump Tower meeting, Simpson and Veselnitskaya attended court proceedings being held in Manhattan.
In her written submission, Veselnitskaya referred to Fox’s reporting that she was with Simpson well as shortly after.
“This statement does not reflect the reality,” she wrote to the Senate committee without providing more explanation.
A source familiar with Simpson’s testimony reconfirmed to The Daily Caller on Tuesday night that the oppo researcher testified that he was with Veselnitskaya before and after she attended the meeting.
Simpson also told the committee that he did not know about Veselnitskaya’s meeting with the Trump campaign until details of it were reported earlier this year.
Scott Balber, the U.S. lawyer for Veselnitskaya, told TheDC that he had “no idea” about Veselnitskaya’s seemingly inconsistent statements to the Senate panel.
Veselnitskaya has previously given jumbled and inconsistent statements about the events surrounding the Trump…