The Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower to dish dirt on Hillary Clinton was let into the country by the Justice Department under the Obama administration without a visa.
Natalia Veselnitskaya entered the US in late 2015 under “extraordinary circumstances,” The Hill reported.
The news site said she was granted a “special immigration parole” by the feds to help defend a client under criminal investigation.
At the time, Veselnitskaya was representing a Russian businessman, Denis Katsyv, who was being investigated by the Justice Department for alleged money laundering.
The US charged Katsyv’s company Prevezon Holdings as part of a $230 million tax fraud case, which was settled for $6 million in May.
The US Attorney’s Office in New York confirmed that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.
The Justice and State departments could not explain how she was still in the US in June 2016 for the meeting with Trump Jr., which was also attended by Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, the website reported.