In a stunning moment, President Donald Trump revealed today that former attorney general Loretta Lynch personally signed off on allowing Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya to enter the country to meet with Donald Trump Jr., despite not having a legal visa.
The claim by President Trump comes from an exclusive report from The Hill, who revealed that it was Loretta Lynch personally who allowed Natalia Veselnitskaya to enter America with a lapsed immigration status.
The President made the remarks at a press conference in France this afternoon.
President Trump lashed out at the media and the Obama administration Thursday over the criticism his team is facing for his eldest son’s 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer thought to have damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
At a joint press conference with the French president in Paris, Trump said the media are making “a very big deal over something that really a lot of people would do.”
He then turned his focus to Obama Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying he had “heard” Lynch was the one to approve Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya’s visa.
This is an apparent reference to reports that Lynch signed off on granting the attorney special “parole” to be in the country — though it remains unclear whether she had permission to be in the U.S. at the time of the June 2016 meeting.
“Somebody said that her visa or her 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.”
Here is the video.
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