Kremlin denies link to Trump Jr meeting

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MOSCOW (AFP) – The Kremlin yesterday insisted it was in any way linked to a meeting between US President Donald Trump’s son and a Russian lawyer at the heart of a political firestorm.

“We have already said that we are absolutely not familiar with this whole story,” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

“We never had any contact with this lawyer, that is why we are not in the loop and have nothing to say. She doesn’t have even the slightest relation to us.”

The Kremlin had on Monday denied links to the lawyer.

The June 2016 meeting with lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya has thrust Donald Trump Jr into the centre of a growing scandal over whether Mr Trump’s associates colluded with Moscow to tilt the 2016 election in the Republican’s favour.

A string of emails Mr Trump Jr released on Tuesday showed he agreed to the meeting after claims from a British music promoter that a senior official in Moscow had offered to pass on dirt on Hillary Clinton and Ms Veselnitskaya was a “Russian government attorney”.

Mr Peskov ridiculed claims that Ms Veselnitskaya was working for the Russian government as “inappropriate and absurd”.

Ms Veselnitskaya has also denied she had any damaging information on Hillary Clinton or that she is tied to the Russian authorities.

The Kremlin has repeatedly denounced accusations it meddled in the US election to help get Donald Trump to the White House and Mr Peskov said the allegations resembled a “drawn-out TV series”.

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