Saturday, July 15, 2017

Were Democrats Working With Russia Against Trump? That Russian Lawyer Has Ties to Democrat Oppo Researchers

This will not get nearly as much coverage as Donald Trump, Jr. meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, but it does raise the issue of whether Democrats and Russians were as collaborative as the Democrats claim the Trump team was. There is a remarkably small degree of separation between Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS, the Democrat opposition research firm that came up with the Trump dossier.
In 2012, the Russian government started hiring hordes of Washington law firms, lobbyists, political strategist, and others to get the Magnitsky Act repealed. The act, named for Sergei Magnitsky, sought to hold the Russian government accountable for the man’s death. Mr. Magnitsky was a lawyer who uncovered massive tax fraud in Russia. He was arrested, tortured while in prison, and died.
One of the law firms hired by Russia to work on repeal is Baker Hostetler, which also has ties to Glenn Simpson’s Fusion GPS. According to Senator Chuck Grassley, who wants Fusion GPS officials to testify before the Senate, Fusion GPS was also involved with the Russians over the Magnitsky Act. Senator Grassley’s office notes “Despite the reported evidence of their work on behalf of Russian interests, neither Fusion GPS nor Akhmetshin are registered as foreign agents under the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).”
Grassley continued, “Fusion GPS was apparently simultaneously working on the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between Trump presidential campaign associates and Russia” while helping Russia with the Magnitsky Act. It also appears the FBI was willing to pay Christopher Steele, the former spy, who helped Fusion GPS compile the dossier.
Now, let me quote directly from the Chuck Grassley press release on Fusion GPS with the major, relevant portions highlighted: --->
Read the rest from Erick Erickson HERE and follow a link below to a related story:

Twist: Obama DoJ granted visa waiver to Russian lawyer in Trump Jr meeting

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Anonymous said...

I've seen this story debunked, but who even cares.

The Trump campaign either tried to collude with Russia, or did so.

We don't know yet.

Funny how the story keeps changing.

The lies keep coming.

R's used to care about silly things like honesty, character, and decency.

Or maybe they never did. (?)

Don't know. Don't care. Glad I'm not an R anymore.


cimbri said...

I still don't understand the underlying morality behind people who are upset that DNC/Hillary corruption was exposed.

I also do not believe, based on history, that Trump was involved in cajoling Russians to hack the DNC (assuming for the sake of argument that it happened, although doubtful). Russians have a history of hacking westerners who are aligned against their interests. Study the East Anglia University hack, when Russians humiliated the global warming alarmists by releasing their internal emails, wherein they admitted to each other, that they were covering up evidence that contradicted their positions.

The bottom line is clear as day; the great powers don't require Trump or any politician to ask them to hack some other group or person. Why can't Democrats just admit that?