Moscow — President Vladimir Putin’s offer to help the US investigate alleged Russian election meddling, hailed as an "incredible" gesture by US President Donald Trump, included the same allegations made by a Kremlin-linked lawyer at a controversial 2016 meeting with top campaign officials of the future president. Putin said at his summit with Trump in Helsinki on Monday that he was ready to let Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team attend interviews of 12 Russian military intelligence officers indicted for alleged election hacking. In return, he said, Russia wanted to question a number of US citizens and UK financier and Putin critic Bill Browder over alleged $1.5bn tax evasion, part of which, Russia says, went to the Democratic Party. Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya made the same claims at Trump Tower in New York on June 9 2016 when she met with Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jnr, and other top campaign officials including his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, now a senior White ...

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