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Russian court documents, obtained by Reuters, reveal that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. last June, had "successfully represented" Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) in a legal battle over ownership of property in Moscow between 2005 and 2013.

  • Why it matters: As Reuters points out, the FSB is "the successor to the Soviet-era KGB service, [and] was headed by Vladimir Putin before he became Russian president."
  • The discovery of the FSB as a client of Veselnitskaya's doesn't necessarily mean she worked for the Russian government or its intelligence agencies, which Veselnitskaya has repeatedly denied.
  • Earlier this week, Veselnitskaya told Russian state media RT that she is "ready to testify" before Congress to help dispel "the mass hysteria."

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