By Phil  |  10-16-2017   News
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A new break in the Russiagate story reveals Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya made no mention of adoptions during her meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in 2016. Veselnitskaya's talking points were published by Foreign Policy today. According to the translated notes, Veselnitskaya was warning about the revamping of Cold War with Russia that grew out of the sanctions imposed on Putin represented by the Magnitsky act.

Jared Kushner, Trump son-in-law and senior advisor to the White House and campaign chairman Paul Manafort <a href="http://foreignpolicy.com/2017/10/16/heres-memo-kremlin-lawyer-took-to-meeting-donald-trump-jr/">also met with the Kremlin-connected lawyer</a>. Veselnitskaya brought along a Russian-American lobbyist, Rinat Akhmetshin, who evidently has ties to Russian intelligence.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fusion GPS and Orbis are fundamentally British operations. Why do they have such a role in Russiagate fraud? <a href="https://t.co/4AKzv3evus">https://t.co/4AKzv3evus</a></p>&mdash; Daniel Burke (@GlassSteagall) <a href="https://twitter.com/GlassSteagall/status/896138875503910912?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 11, 2017</a></blockquote>

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The Trump team evidently were hoping for a smoking gun of sorts. Meeting with Veselnitskaya for the purpose of obtaining "opposition research" has since been a key bit of evidence in the pro-collusion camp. The document was never offered to the Trump team as Veselnitskaya realized that the information she was offering was not what Trump Jr. and co. were looking for. Veselnitskaya's primary interest was in easing the Magnitsky sanctions that spread from the US across the globe. The scant mention of Hillary, however, is more interesting than Trump's team may have considered. According to Veselnitskaya, the scandal that resulted in the Magnitsky act was in part bankrolled by Ziff Brothers Investments, an American firm with deep pockets and a history of backing Democrat ponies in electoral races. "Ziff brothers participated in financing both Obama presidential campaign, American press dubs them as 'main sponsors of Democrats. It cannot be ruled out that they also financed [the] Hillary Clinton campaign," was evidently not enough of a smoking gun.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Good expose&#39; of Bill Browder and debunking of Russiagate hoax. <a href="https://t.co/sC0echPlFv">https://t.co/sC0echPlFv</a></p>&mdash; Kevin Gribbroek (@gkgribby) <a href="https://twitter.com/gkgribby/status/899248280227459074?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 20, 2017</a></blockquote>

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It is rather ironic to note that chasing after Hillary's potential Russian collusion would later become touted as proof of Trump's being beholden to Putin's Kremlin. Ironically, there are some who claim the Magnitsky act itself stemmed in part from <a href="https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/the-magnitsky-case">a Republican effort to poison the well for Obama,</a> who was currently attempting to improve Russian relations. All of this centers around William Browder, by the way, a grandson of the chair of the American Communist Party who earned much of his current wealth via his Hermitage Fund. The Hermitage fund, by the way had a quite lucrative turn investing in Boris Yeltsin's Russia. Oddly enough, speaking of election meddling, the US were <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/aug/03/spinning-hillary-a-history-of-america-and-russias-mutual-meddling">likely implicated in helping ensure their pro-Western, dark horse candidate a dramatic win.

It gets weirder though, speaking of opposition research, Fusion GPS, the investigation firm run by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson may be implicated in both sides of the Magnitsky affair. This according to Browder himself.

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SEN. GRAHAM: So, I just want to absorb that for a moment. The group that did the dossier on President Trump hired this British spy, wound up getting it to the FBI. You believe they were working for the Russians?

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