Though some may see her answers as self-serving, Veselnitskaya's written answers reinforced what has always been understood about the Trump Tower meeting: that Donald Trump Jr. accepted it on the promise of incriminating information about Clinton that he had been told was coming from the Russian government. Veselnitskaya met with Russian President Vladimir Putin's prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika, ahead of the meeting to discuss the talking points, The Times reported in October.
Trump Jr. firmly denied that he had communicated with his father about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to the sources.
A lawyer for Trump Jr. declined to comment, but referred NBC News to the statement his client released in September, which said Trump Jr. wanted to "hear (the Russians) out" if they had information concerning Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications".
Details were limited from Donald Trump Jr.'s closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, but sources said the younger Mr. Trump tried to draw clear lines between himself and his father concerning the meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, who was said to have "dirt" from the Russian government on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Separately, sources said, Trump Jr. said he could not recall some key details about the White House response.
The interviews, both of which will occur behind closed doors, come as investigations into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russian Federation previous year accelerate in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller's charges against four Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.
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Mueller has charged four people so far, including two - George Papadopoulos, a campaign foreign policy adviser who maintained Russian contacts, and former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn - with lying to investigators.
A congressional source said that investigators want to quiz Trump on his meeting a year ago at the National Rifle Association's annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., with Alexander Torshin, a deputy governor of the Russian central bank and an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Wednesday Trump Jr.is set to testify to the House Intelligence Committee, according to reports. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), who was a leading Trump backer, according to a recent New York Times report. Previously, she told NBC News she had raised the issue of potential questionable contributions to Clinton's campaign by Americans accused in Russian Federation of tax evasion.
In her 51-page statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Veselnitskaya said she did not work for the Russian government and was not carrying any messages from government officials.
In that interview, Trump Jr. cast the 2016 meeting as simply an opportunity to learn about Clinton's "fitness, character or qualifications", insisting to investigators that he did not collude with Russian Federation to hurt Clinton's campaign.
The Senate Intelligence Committee already completed interviews with all other available participants in the Trump Tower which means that they will grill Trump Jr. armed with fairly detailed knowledge of the gathering.
Prior to the hearing there was intense speculation that lawmakers would also ask President Trump's eldest son about correspondence he had with the radical transparency group WikiLeaks during the campaign. He also asked the site about a rumor about an upcoming leak, and tweeted a link that the account sent him.