Fusion GPS’ Glenn Simpson Dined With Russian Lawyer Before & After Her Meeting with Trump Jr. at Trump Tower
(CNSNews.com) – Transcripts released Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee say that Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, had dinner with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya both the day before and the day after she met with Donald Trump, Jr. at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016.
Simpson had business dealings with Veselnitskaya, and that included a court hearing in New York on June 9, 2016. But Simpson said he did not know about the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower. He said the subject never came up at either of the dinners he had with Veselnitskaya on June 8 or 10, 2016; and he was “stunned” to learn about it later in The New York Times.
Veselnitskaya, however, told the committee that “no,” she did not have contact with Glenn Simpson on June 8, 9, or 10, 2016. In written responses to questions from the committee, she disputed a news report saying she met with Simpson before and after the Trump Tower meeting.
But in response to another written question, she said she met with Simpson on an “as-needed basis,” but “I cannot name specific dates because I do not keep a log of my meetings…”
- DNC and Hillary Clinton paid Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson to spread bogus Trump-Russia dossier.
- Simpson was also hired by a U.S. law firm Baker Hostetler to do opposition research for its client, Russian company Prevezon.
- Prevezon’s lawyer is Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who had a meeting with Donald Trump Jr. in Trump Tower.
[ Glenn ] Simpson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Fusion GPS did not receive any direct payment from Veselnitskaya, whom he described as “a very smart and ambitious lawyer” who “didn’t seem to be a heavy hitter in the Kremlin world.”Simpson indicated that all payments to Fusion related to the Prevezon matter flowed through Baker Hostetler.“[A]s the lawyer for Prevezon, Veselnitskaya would have arranged for Prevezon to pay Baker Hostetler which paid us,” Simpson said. “But, I mean, I don’t think the money came from her. It came from Prevezon.”
PREVEZON, Fusion GPS and Natalia Veselnitskaya
The sole shareholder of Prevezon was Russian citizen Denis Katsyv,
Denis Katsyv’s Russian lawyer was Natalia Veselnitskaya but she was not licensed to practice in the US.
Katsyv hired the law firm of BakerHostetler to represent Prevezon.
BakerHostetler hired Fusion GPS in early 2014 to provide research help for the litigation.
In June 2016, Fusion GPS retained Christopher Steele, a private British corporate intelligence investigator and former MI-6 agent, to research any Russian connections to Trump. Steele produced a 35-page series of memos from June to December 2016, which became the document known as the Donald Trump–Russia dossier.
The Magnitsky Act
In 2009, Sergei Magnitsky, a lawyer who had accused Moscow law enforcement of stealing $230 million in tax rebates from his client was beaten to death in jail.
In 2012, Magnitsky’s client, Bill Browder, secured passage of the Magnitsky Act, which imposed sanctions on the officials involved. Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by banning adoptions by Americans.
Prevezon and the Department of Justice settled the case in May 2017 for $5.9 million.
JUDICIAL WATCH SUES DOJ REGARDING THE FUSION PLANTED RUSSIAN LAWYER WHO MET DONALD TRUMP JR. AT TRUMP TOWER
BREAKING: Judicial Watch sued DOJ for communications related to the immigration parole of Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya – the Russian attorney who met w/ Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower & whose immigration parole was refused during the time when the meeting occurred.
Veselnitskaya met with Glenn Simpson, co-founder of Fusion GPS, before and after she met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower in June.
Natalia Veselnitskaya was denied a U.S. visa in 2015 and special permit to enter the U.S. expired in early 2016 and her request to extend her parole was denied , however.
Natalia was granted temporary ‘immigration parole’ by New York federal prosecutors and able to enter the U.S. in June of 2016 to meet with Don Jr. at Trump Tower, New York.
Via Judicial Watch:
Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower, had her immigration parole refused for the period in which the meeting occurred.
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for all records of communications relating to Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole. (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:17-cv-02357)).
Any and all records of communications sent to or from officials in the Offices of the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General regarding an immigration parole issued to Russian national Natalia Veselnitskaya between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.
PLANTED RUSSIAN LAWYER MET WITH FUSION GPS BEFORE AND AFTER MEETING WITH DONALD TRUMP JR. AT TRUMP TOWER
Fox News reports:
The opposition research firm has faced renewed scrutiny after litigation revealed that the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid for that research. Congressional Republicans have since questioned whether that politically financed research contributed to the FBI’s investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – making Fusion’s 2016 contacts with Russian interests all the more relevant.
[…]But hours before the Trump Tower meeting on June 9, 2016, Fusion co-founder and ex-Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn Simpson was with Veselnitskaya in a Manhattan federal courtroom, a confidential source told Fox News. Court records reviewed by Fox News, email correspondence and published reports corroborate the pair’s presence together. The source told Fox News they also were together after the Trump Tower meeting.
But before all of this, you have Paul Manafort
Paul Manafort was a client of Clinton-linked Podesta Group and Russia, who played a part in the Obama-Hillary Uranium One bribery scheme.
March 2016: Manafort became Donald Trump’ campaign convention manager.
May 19 2016: Manafort was promoted to campaign chairman and chief strategist on May 19.
June 9, 2016: Manafort arranged the Trump Tower meeting of Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Russian agents
BEFORE THE TRUMP TOWER MEETING:
April: Hillary Clinton, DNC hired anti-Trump smear-for-hire opposition research group Fusion GPS via Perkins Coie law firm.
- Perkins Coie law firm caters to Democrat Party clients. Marc Elias, known as go to fixer for Democrat politicians, was Hillary Clinton’s campaign lawyer. Perkins Coei Political Law founder Robert Bauer was Obama’s attorney and Obama WH chief legal counsel.
On June 9, 2016, Fusion GPS-linked Russian agents Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Russian-born interperter Anatoloy Samochornov met with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner at Trump Tower.
- Natalia Veselnitskaya was considered an international security risk and prior to the June sit down was not even allowed entry into the United States or the UK, federal sources said.
- Following the Trump Tower sit down, Obama tried to wiretap Trump campaign via British spy agency GCHQ, which worked from NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade.
- While it is illegal for U.S. agencies to monitor phones and emails of U.S. citizens inside the United States absent a warrant, it is not illegal for British intelligence to do so
June: Fusion GPS hires former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele and his London-based firm, Orbis Business Intelligence, to investigate Trump’s ties to Russia. Steele discloses this in court filings earlier this year as part of a lawsuit he faces over the dossier. Steele said he worked for Fusion GPS from June through November.
June 20: Steele writes first memo of the dossier. It alleges that Trump used prostitutes during a visit to Moscow in 2013 and that the Kremlin was blackmailing him with the evidence. The memo also alleges that the Trump campaign was engaged in a well-orchestrated collusion campaign with Russian operatives.
July: Chatter began appearing on social media referring to damning information about Trump’s ties to Russia.
From the court document: At least three of the individuals who attended a meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. at Trump Tower on June 9, 2016 – Soviet counterintelligence officer Rinat Akhmetshin, Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, and Russian-born interperter Anatoloy Samochornov – also have ties to Fusion GPS dating to at least 2015.
FBI: GOVT. PAID RUSSIAN LAWYER WHO MET WITH TRUMP JR., ALSO PAID TRUMP DOSSIER AUTHOR FOR POST-ELECTION INTEL
- FBI sources: Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who met with Donald Trump Jr. at Trump Tower may have been paid by the U.S. government
- Christopher Steele, who compiled the bogus Trump dossier for Hillary Clinton, was paid at least $100,000 from FBI funds to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russia after election
Via True Pundit:
Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who spearheaded the Trump Tower meeting with the Trump campaign trio, was previously barred from entering the United Sates due to her alleged connections to the Russian FSB (the modern replacement of the cold-war-era KGB).
Yet mere days before the June meeting, Veselnitskaya was granted a rare visa to enter the United States from Preet Bharara, the then U.S. Attorney for the southern district of New York. Bharara could not be reached for comment and did not respond the a Twitter inquiry on the Russian’s visa by True Pundit.
Federal law enforcement sources said Bharara was simply following the orders of Attorney General Lynch, who lobbied the State Department to issue the disavowed Russian a B1/B2 non-immigrant visa. This permitted Veselnitskaya entry into the United States for the sole purpose of entrapping Trump associates to use as fuel to commission wiretaps, federal sources said.Veselnitskaya may have been paid as well by the U.S. government, FBI sources said. It was reported last week that Steele, who compiled the Trump dossier was paid at least $100,000 from FBI funds as well. But that came later, after the wiretapping was well underway.
Christopher Steele, who compiled the bogus Trump dossier created and spread by Hillary Clinton campaign against Trump, was paid at least $100,000 from FBI funds
Some of Steele’s allegations began circulating in Washington in the summer of 2016 as the FBI launched its counterintelligence investigation into possible connections between Trump associates and the Kremlin. Around that time, Steele shared some of his findings with the FBI.
After the election, the FBI agreed to pay Steele to continue gathering intelligence about Trump and Russia, but the bureau pulled out of the arrangement after Steele was publicly identified in news reports.
- Seth Rich provided Natalia Veselnitskaya with a cache of stolen DNC emails at their meeting that may have, later, comprised the July 22nd WikiLeaks document dump.
Radar Online reports:
“New shocking evidence helps churn the theory that late former Democratic National Committee staffer, Seth Rich, was the Wikileaks source who helped hurl the 2016 presidential election into chaos, RadarOnline.com has learned exclusively.
Jack Burkman, a GOP-connected lawyer who has been probing Rich’s death since the fall of 2016, tells Radar that Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met Donald Trump, Jr. at Trump Tower in New York City in June of 2016 also met — around the same time — with the murdered DNC employee.
Burkman reveals to Radar, a current Democratic National Committee staffer, who contacted him with this information on July 20, 2017, told him that Rich provided Veselnitskaya with a cache of stolen DNC emails at their meeting that may have, later, comprised the July 22nd WikiLeaks document dump.
As Radar has reported, there’s a theory that the Russians meddled in the U.S. Presidential election to benefit Donald Trump.
Although refraining from sharing much information, Burkman also told Radar that he has verified the DNC staffer’s identity and position. “This is a very scared source so we had to talk them along and it took a while,” said Burkman. “We’ve confirmed the source and their identity and who they are.”