Well, looky here… And this happened just days after the nothing burger meeting with Don Jr.
Just 8 days later, as a matter of fact.
But I’m thinking that the Media (D) isn’t really going to mention it.
The Washington Post mentions it a wee bit but doesn’t give proper context.
(Did you expect anything better from the ‘Democracy Dies in Darkness’ crowd?)
The photograph is striking: There sits Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. and others at Trump Tower in Manhattan on June 9, 2016, seated a few days later in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing at which witnesses discussed U.S. sanctions against her country.
The day before, Veselnitskaya was at Washington’s Newseum, attending the screening of a film that criticized U.S. sanctions.
Source: The Washington Post
But they don’t mention that this was a hearing discussing Russian involvement in Crimea and the Ukraine.
She’s on the far left of the screen sitting behind Ambassador McFaul.
That’s a bit weird, isn’t it?
Why would a Russian lawyer with alleged ties to the Russian government meet with Don Jr. on the pretense of providing damaging material on Hillary then chum around with Obama officials?
Natalia Veselnitskaya also says that she doesn’t speak English, but here she is on June 14, 2016, at a Congressional hearing on Russia and the Ukraine.
And she got a primo seat to boot.
Seems a little fishy.
Speaking of fishy…
The law firm, Kamerton Consulting, that Veselnitskaya is said to be a ‘Managing Partner’ is located in a suburb of Moscow and doesn’t even have a website, phone number, or email address.
It might just be a shell.
The spokesman for Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, said on Monday that they had no idea of a meeting with the Trump campaign, or even who she is.
MORE— That looks like Emin Agalarov sitting next to Natalia Veselnitskaya. He was mentioned in Donald Trump Jr’s statement this morning. Emin helped set up the meeting with Veselnitskaya.
Oh, what a magical moment.
Well, check out what the UK Independent is reporting:
The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and allegedly offered to supply damaging information about Hillary Clinton, is apparently linked to a firm that helped compile the notorious dossier of wild and unproven allegations about the US President…
…In a statement, Mark Corallo added: “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”
To understand how this works, we have to go over the Magnitsky case.
I’ll try to be brief.
Sergei Magnitsky was a lawyer that brought to light a Russian tax-fraud scheme. He died in prison.
In 2012, the U.S. government passed the Magnitsky Act to target the Russians behind Magnitsky’s death.
So, where does Veselnitskaya fit in?
Mr [sic] Veselnitskaya has for several years been leading a campaign to have the act overturned. As part of her effort she allegedly hired GPS Fusion. A complaint filed last year claimed that GPS Fusion headed the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Magnitsky Act.
Earlier this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley asked the US Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Fusion GPS.
“Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia,” Mr Grassley wrote in the letter. “It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence – let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump-Russia dossier.”
At the time, Fusion said it was not required to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Source: UK Independent
Fusion GPS has been dragging their feet on answering any questions relating to the Dossier.
Ms. Veselnitskaya seems like a real piece of work:
The Moscow lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. is an accused Russian government agent who once stuck U.S. prosecutors with a $50,000 Plaza Hotel and restaurant bill while representing a Russian oligarch client on money-laundering charges in New York…
…Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Grassley has been investigating a complaint filed last spring with the Justice Department, which claimed Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS were acting as unregistered foreign agents while working for Denys Katsyv, a Russian businessman accused of money laundering by the U.S.
Veselnitskaya travelled with Katsyv and two other Russian businessman to meet with U.S. prosecutors New York in 2015, when the group racked up a $50,000 tab for travel and interpreters, according to the Daily Beast.
The bill included nightly accommodations at the Plaza Hotel – which ran nearly $1,000 a night for Veselnitskaya – and an $793.29 dinner for five with two ‘expensive’ bottles of wine and glasses of grappa, even though only three witnesses were deposed.
Source: Daily Mail
Maybe it’s just me, but this behavior living large on other people’s money looks familiar…