The Kremlin-linked attorney at the heart of the Donald Trump Jr. collusion controversy was admitted to the United States multiple times by the Obama administration’s State Department, receiving a temporary visa just days before her meeting with the President’s son, according to new documents released by government officials
The mystery over how the Russian lawyer managed to enter the country was seemingly solved late Thursday evening, after the Department of Homeland Security released unseen records detailing how the woman gained entry to the US ahead of her meeting with the Trump campaign.
According to Fox News, Natalia Veselnitskaya was cleared by the Obama State Department to enter the United States using a special “parole” application from September 2015 through the following February to work on a legal case in New York. The “parole” eventually expired, and the attorney was then issued a B1/B2 non-immigrant visa in June of 2016; just before the infamous meeting at Trump Tower.
“Ms. Veselnitskaya was subsequently paroled into the U.S. several times between 2015 and 2016, ending in February 2016. In June 2016, she was issued a B1/B2 nonimmigrant visa by the U.S. Department of State,” said a spokesperson from DHS.
President Trump addressed the controversy while speaking at a joint press conference in France earlier this week, blaming former Attorney General Loretta Lynch for admitting the Russian lawyer.
“Somebody said that her visa or passport to come into the country was approved by Attorney General Lynch, now maybe that’s wrong, I just heard that a little while ago…[that] she was here because of Lynch,” said the President.
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