veselnitskaya high on the hog on the hill

Why Did Loretta Lynch Grant Trump Jr’s Russian Lawyer A Special Visa To Enter Pindostan?
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Jul 13 2017

With everyone now rummaging through every document, intercept, and memo for something, anything tying Trump to Russia, The Hill’s John Solomon and Jonathan Easley have unearthed details that show the Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by Loretta Lynch’s Justice Dept under “extraordinary circumstances” after she had initially been turned down. Simply put, as The Hill notes, this revelation means it was the Obama Justice Dept that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.

The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter Pindostan lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-AG Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Dept asset forfeiture case in federal court in NYC. During a court hearing in early Jan 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in Pindostan. Asst Federal Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan 6 2016: “In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole. That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist.”

The prosecutor said the DoJ was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter Pindostan again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings. But just five days after meeting in Jun 2016 at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, it seems the Justice Dept had lost track of her, as The Hill details (with an unembeddable Rohrabacher interview at the end):

Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya showed up in Washington in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russia policy, video footage of the hearing shows. She also helped arrange an event at the Newseum in Faschingstein, where pro-Russian supporters showed a movie that challenged the underpinnings of the Magnitsky Act. About 80 people, including congressional staffers and State Dept employees, attended the viewing at the Newseum. At least five congressional staffers and State Dept officials attended that movie showing, according to a FARA complaint filed with the Justice Dept about Veselnitskaya’s efforts. And Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Dana Rohrabacher, and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans.

All of which was a far cry from the narrow reason the government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into Pindostan in late 2015, according to federal court records. William Browder, who was the main proponent for the Magnitsky Act and who filed a FARA complaint against Veselnitskaya, Dellums and others claiming they should have registered as foreign agent lobbyists because of their work, said:

There’s zero doubt that she and her Pindosi colleagues were lobbying to repeal Magnitsky or at least ensure his name was removed from the global law Congress was considering.

Furthermore, as The Hill notes, the federal attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from Oct 2015 to early Jan 2016. Justice Dept and State Dept officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr and the events in Faschingstein. Maybe Faschingstein is a “Sanctuary City” for Russian operatives? We look forward to the hearing where Lynch has to explain how she gave this “Russian operative” special access to Pindostan then lost track of her, only to discover her again via NSA intercepts, trying to pitch Magnitsky Act repeal to Trump Jr.

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