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(CNSNews.com) – Transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee say that Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, had dinner with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya both the day before and the day after she met with Donald Trump, Jr. at Trump Tower on June 9.
Simpson had business dealings with Veselnitskaya, and that included a court hearing in New York on June 9. But Simpson said he did not know about the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower. He said the subject never came up at either of the dinners he had with Veselnitskaya on June 8 or 10; and he was “stunned” to learn about it later in The New York Times.
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Veselnitskaya, however, told the committee that “no,” she did not have contact with Glenn Simpson on June 8, 9, or 10, 2016. In written testimony, she disputed a news report saying she met with Simpson before and after the Trump Tower meeting.
But in response to another written question, she said she met with Simpson on an “as-needed basis,” but “I cannot name specific dates because I do not keep a log of my meetings…”
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Veselnitskaya also told the committee that “no,” she did not inform Simpson of her meeting at Trump Tower, either before or after it happened.
And finally, in his testimony to the committee, Donald Trump, Jr. said he had never heard of Fusion GPS or Glenn Simpson when he met with Veselnitskaya and other people with Fusion GPS connections at Trump Tower.
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Trump Jr. had never heard of Veselnitskaya, either, before he met her; and he said he was not aware that Fusion GPS was conducting opposition research on his father when the meeting took place.
Aside from business dealings with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, Glenn Simpson was asked if he met with her in person "on other occasions...
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