Another piece falls into place, of a mosaic in which Democrats set out in 2016 to create a false appearance of collusion between President Trump and Russia. It’s pretty devious.
First, you need to know about something called the Magnitsky Act.
- Congress passed it in 2012, “intending to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky in a Moscow prison in 2009.” (Wiki; or BBC’s account here.)
- It prevents 18 Russian officials from entering the U.S. and freezes their assets.
- The Russian government (Putin regime) disputes how Magnitsky died and therefore, furiously disputes the act’s appropriateness.
- Russia responded in 2012 with their own blacklist on 18 U.S. officials.
- The list included Preet Bharara, former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bharara went on to be fired earlier this year by Trump, then hired by Special Counsel Mueller to investigate Trump.
- Russia also responded by banning U.S. adoptions of Russian children.
- Natalia Veselnitskaya is a lawyer connected to the Russian government, who lobbies against the Magnitsky Act (e.g., to get it repealed).
The report is that on June 9, 2016, Jared Kushner and Donald Trump, Jr. met briefly with Veselnitskaya. Per The New York Times, Trump Jr. said: “We primarily discussed a program about the adoption of Russian children…there was no follow up. I was asked to attend the meeting by an acquaintance, but was not told the name of the person I would be meeting with beforehand.”
Guess what? The name Fusion GPS pops up again.
Mark Corallo, a spokesman for President Trump’s legal team, told Circa:
We have learned from both our own investigation and public reports that the participants in the meeting misrepresented who they were and who they worked for. 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.
I’m not taking a position on the Magnitsky Act, here. (It may be a reasonable response to Putin regime corruption or murder.) The point is the intrigue.
- Democrats pay Fusion GPS to dirty-up Trump. Among other things, they create that fake Trump dossier, alleging a variety of non-existent Trump-Russia connections.
- As part of it (and this is the new bit), a Fusion GPS operative gets Kushner and Trump Jr. to take a brief meeting – probably “for the children” or something – with someone who turns out to be Veselnitskaya.
- I’m guessing that Fusion GPS adds the meeting to the Steele dossier, making it seem Trump could be involved with Veselnitskaya/Putin to undermine the Magnitsky Act. I’m guessing that the meeting also alienates Preet Bharara, when he hears of it.
- Then the dossier is used as a basis for getting the NSA and FBI to investigate or surveil candidate Trump.
- Which is then a basis for Susan Rice “unmasking”, leaks to create constant suspicion in the media, etc.
I admit that, if Fusion GPS weren’t involved, I’d be less sanguine; the Veselnitskaya meeting could seem suspicious. But, on current information, Fusion GPS is involved. That screams “election dirty tricks”; the more so as it fits into a known pattern of Democrat misdirection on Russia.
So much for the Veselnitskaya meeting. The larger questions remain:
- When the DNC was hacked in 2016 (allegedly – I still figure it probably wasn’t), why did the DNC withhold critical evidence from the FBI? What were they afraid of the FBI finding out?
- Were they afraid the FBI would find out the extent of the DNC’s dirty tricks with Fusion GPS? Or perhaps, the extent of AG Loretta Lynch’s alleged collusion with Hillary or the Democrats?