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Fox News: Fusion GPS Met With Russian Lawyer Before, After Trump Tower Meeting

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Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya (Yury Martyanov/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 07 November 2017 04:56 PM

The co-founder of research firm Fusion GPS, which financed a controversial 2016 dossier on then-candidate Donald Trump – met with a Russian lawyer before and after her June 2016 contact with Donald Trump Jr., Fox News reported.

At the time of the sit-down between Trump Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya, bank records show Fusion GPS was paid by a law firm for work on behalf of a Kremlin-linked oligarch while paying a former British spy Christopher Steele to dig up dirt on Trump, Fox News reported.

But hours before the Trump Tower meeting June 9, 2016, Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya in a Manhattan federal courtroom, Fox News reported. They also were together after the Trump Tower meeting, Fox News reported, citing an unnamed source.

According to Fox News, Simpson and Fusion GPS were hired by BakerHostetler, which represented Russian firm Prevezon through Veselnitskaya.

Senate Judiciary Committee investigators interviewed Simpson for more than 10 hours Aug. 22. A spokesman for the committee had no comment on whether Simpson confirmed his contact with Veselnitskaya during the closed-door session.

NBC News first reported Veselnitskaya and Simpson were both at a hearing centered around another Fusion client, Russian oligarch Denis Katsyv.

Katsyv's company, Prevezon Holdings, was sanctioned against doing business in the United States for its alleged role in laundering more than $230 million, Fox News reported, citing U.S. appeals court records.

The wrongdoing had been uncovered by Russian lawyer and whistleblower Sergei Magnitsky, who was beaten to death in a Russian prison in 2009 after being arrested for probing Prevezon and other companies with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In December 2012, the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act was passed into U.S. law, freezing Russian assets and banning visas for sanctioned individuals, Fox News noted. Simpson is believed to have been working with Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Soviet counter-intelligence officer turned Russian-American lobbyist, to overturn the sanctions, Fox News reported.

Over the weekend, Fusion GPS sought a restraining order after the House Intelligence Committee requested additional records that could reveal if Fusion was paying media companies or reporters for planting stories, Fox News reported.

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