a strip-searched Russian lawyer and a former GRU officer walk into a Tower … #TrumpRussia

 a strip searched Russian lawyer and a former GRU officer walk into a Tower ... #TrumpRussia

As part of the GOP active measures, Chuck Grassley tries to attack the PBO administration via some Democratic party association with Fusion GPS ignoring the original GOP connection to the project’s funding, because why?

It couldn’t be trying to discredit the Steele Dossier, heavens to Betsy, no.

Because Don Jr. wasn’t responsible for his email-related meeting with Natalia Veselnitskaya, claiming it somehow allowed the Russian lawyer to stay beyond her visa.

What such a snipe hunt may actually reveal is the broader network of #TrumpRussia.

Was the so-far unidentified second person accompanying her to the 6 June 2016 Don Jr. meeting, Rinat Akhmetshin? And if not, who was this “translator”.

In the 21st Century’s strategy of tension, partisanship is still just starting its scorched earth policies, where lobbying for orphans was a pretext for lobbying against sanctions placed on a foreign power because … decades of money laundering using real estate… and someone was willing to solicit political opposition election research in the name of orphan lobbying, whose declarations were first signed off on by POTUS45* in the name of transparency.  

Four days after she visited Trump Tower in New York, Veselnitskaya traveled to Washington, D.C. for a screening of an anti-Magnitsky Act film at the Newseum.

The next day, June 14, Veselnitskaya was photographed sitting behind former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing about “U.S. Policy Towards Putin’s Russia.”

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Veselnitskaya’s client was the owner of a Russian firm called Prevezon Holdings. Prevezon was accused by U.S. prosecutors of purchasing New York real estate in order to launder money stolen from Russia.

Prosecutors settled with Prevezon in May, days before the case was set to go to trial.

Prevezon was accused as part of a $ 230 million fraud scheme uncovered by lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian prison in 2009. The U.S. passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012, which sanctioned several dozen Russian officials over Magnitsky’s death and other alleged corruption.

Attending the same hearing was a lobbyist for Veselnitskaya’s group, Rinat Akhmetshin, photos given to The Daily Beast by Hermitage Capital show. (Hermitage is an investment company owned by Magnitsky’s former employer.)…

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Apr 5, 2017 – Grassley requested all immigration information available on Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian citizen who became an American citizen in 2009,
“I call him skilled because — though I am certain that they exist — I know of no Russian gun-for-hire who managed to run his campaigns so successfully, running circles around purportedly much more seasoned Washington hands,” says Steve LeVine, a veteran Washington reporter who explored some of Akhmetshin’s past work in his 2007 book The Oil And The Glory. 
More recently, Akhmetshin was caught up in a particularly nasty $ 1 billion legal fight concerning a potash-mining operation in central Russia. While a Dutch court was the main venue, the dispute spilled into U.S. courts when lawyers for one of the companies accused their counterparts of organizing a scheme to hack their computers and other communications.
The man who masterminded the scheme was Akhmetshin, according to a suit filed in November in New York state court that also accused him of being a former Soviet military intelligence officer who “developed a special expertise in running negative public-relations campaigns.”

Akhmetshin was paid $ 10,000 by Veselnitskaya’s group, according to his registered-lobbyist disclosure form. Akhmetshin was described by Radio Free Europe as a hired gun for various characters from the former USSR.

Charles Grassley claims Akhmetshin is a former Russian military intelligence officer who acts as an “unregistered agent for Russian interests and apparently has ties to Russian intelligence.”

In April 2017, Akhmetshin met Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in Berlin and reportedly approached him about the Prevezon case.

Rohrabacher, a pro-Putin Republican, told CNN he is “skeptical” about the case and echoed Moscow talking points that it may be intended to “create hostility and belligerence toward Russia.”

Rohrabacher is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee whose hearing Akhmetshin and Veselnitskaya attended.

 a strip searched Russian lawyer and a former GRU officer walk into a Tower ... #TrumpRussia
 a strip searched Russian lawyer and a former GRU officer walk into a Tower ... #TrumpRussia

(June 2017)

When former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort belatedly filed as a foreign agent on behalf of a pro-Russian Ukrainian political party this week, he listed a meeting with just one U.S. politician — Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Huntington Beach.

Manafort’s years-late filing with the Justice Department details $ 17 million in political consulting work he did between 2012 and 2014 for the Party of Regions, a Ukrainian party considered friendly with the Kremlin.

Rohrabacher told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday that the March 2013 meeting happened over dinner at the Capitol Hill Club, a popular Washington Republican social club. He said Manafort billed it as a chance to get reacquainted decades after they worked together in the 1970s on President Reagan’s campaign. Still, he assumed Manafort had an agenda.

“I assume when old friends call me up and are wanting to get reacquainted and stuff I always assume they are in some way under contract with somebody,” Rohrabacher said.

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