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Russian Lawyer Who Met with Trump Jr. Wants to Testify Before Congress

Natalya Veselnitskaya is offering a side of fries to go with Donad Trump Jr.'s 'nothing burger'.YURY MARTYANOV AFP/Getty Images

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr after his father won the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential nomination has said she is ready to testify to Congress to dispel what she called “mass hysteria” about the encounter.

President Donald Trump’s eldest son eagerly agreed last year to meet Natalya Veselnitskaya, a woman he was told was a Russian government lawyer who might have damaging information about Democratic White House rival Hillary Clinton, according to emails released by Donald Trump Jr.

Veselnitskaya has previously said she is a private lawyer, that she never obtained damaging information about Clinton, and that she has no ties with the Kremlin. However, the e-mails stated that the information came from Russia’s chief prosecutor Yuri Chaika, the counterpart of the U.S. Attorney-General.

“I’m ready to clarify the situation behind this mass hysteria – but only through lawyers or testifying in the Senate,” Veselnitskaya said in an interview with Russia’s Kremlin-backed RT TV channel released late on Tuesday.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied U.S. allegations that Moscow interfered in the presidential campaign to help Trump win the White House.