Last month, the opposition researcher from Fusion GPS testified to Congress that Russian Lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya met with him. So now Congress wants to talk to her.
There’s just one problem: The lawyer said she never met with the researcher.
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, The Daily Caller is reporting.
The denial is inconsistent with what’s been reported before and what Simpson – the researcher who used to be a Wall Street Journal reporter – told a House committed 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 the committee on Nov. 14, mostly about his dossier involvement.
Hours before the Trump Tower Meeting, impson and Veselnitskaya attended court proceedings being held in Manhattan, Fox News reports.
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 opposition researcher testified that he was with Veselnitskaya before and after she attended the meeting.
In addition, Simpson told the committee he did not know about her meeting with the Trump campaign until details of it were reported earlier this year.
Veselnitskaya has previously given jumbled and inconsistent statements about the events surrounding the Trump Tower meeting. She initially denied after the Trump Tower meeting was revealed this summer that she had any ties to the Kremlin. But it has since been revealed that Veselnitskaya worked closely with Yuri Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general.
Veselnitskaya has consistently claimed that she went into the Trump Tower meeting, which was led on the Trump campaign side by Donald Trump Jr., to discuss the Magnitsky Act, a sanctions law that blacklists Russians accused of human rights abuses.
Simpson and Veselnitskaya were working at the time for Denis Katsyv, a Russian businessman whose assets were at risk because of the Magnitsky Act. Simpson’s task was to investigate Bill Browder, a London-based banker who is almost single-handedly responsible for pushing through the 2012 sanctions law.
While Veselnitskaya insists that she went into the meeting with Trump Jr. in order to lobby against the Magnitsky Act, the real estate executive had different motives.
He accepted the meeting after an acquaintance sent an email offering up dirt on Hillary Clinton.
Rob Goldstone, the acquaintance, told Trump Jr. that a “Russian government attorney” would be providing the information. “If it is what you say I love it,” Trump Jr. responded.
Though Veselnitskaya was the attorney referenced in the email, she has denied in interviews as well as in her recent testimony that she was aware of the offer of Clinton dirt to the Trump campaign.