WASHINGTON — Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr., Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower in June 2016, told NBC News that when she was departing the building and waiting for an elevator, she exchanged pleasantries with a blond-haired woman whom she believed was Ivanka Trump.
Since Veselnitskaya was not introduced, she said, she cannot be sure. Veselnitskaya has said this previously.
Separately, another source directly familiar with the Trump Tower meeting says the woman was in fact Ivanka Trump.
The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators are interested in the encounter with Ivanka Trump as they examine the Trump Tower meeting.
Two sources familiar with the questions Mueller’s team have been asking about the meeting say the investigators are most interested in why the president crafted a misleading statement about the meeting much …