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…”
AVENATTI TWEETS 2016 PHOTOS OF FLYNN, COHEN WITH QATARI BILLIONAIRE AL-RUMAIHI ACCUSED IN BRIBERY PLOT….AND?
( Daily Mail ) Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti has tweeted out Trump Tower photos of Michael Cohen and a man he claims is a Qatari investor who according to a lawsuit boasted former Trump’s former top national security aide didn’t turn down ‘our money.’
‘Warning ignored. So here it goes. December 12, 2016 – Trump Tower. Details to follow…’ Avenatti tweeted on Sunday, without much clarifying further explanation.
The tweet contained three images. One showed Cohen and fired national security advisor Gen. Mike Flynn, who has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and is cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller.
Pictured in the background is a man who appears to be Qatari investor Ahmed Al-Rumaihi – who according to a lawsuit once said Flynn tried to bribe him.
Although Al-Rumaihi appeared like he could be the man in the photo, Avenatti did not identify him until hours after his initial tweet.
‘Why was Ahmed Al-Rumaihi meeting with Michael Cohen and Michael Flynn in December 2016 and why did Mr. Al-Rumaihi later brag about bribing administration officials according to a sworn declaration filed in court?’ Avenatti asked in a tweet Sunday evening.
Another photo Avenatti tweeted is of Cohen with a group of people behind him. A third shows Cohen with another group in the lobby of Trump Tower.
Al-Rumaihi appears in a shocking legal case where rapper Ice Cube and investor Jeff Kwatinetz claim the Qatari poured millions into their BIG3 basketball league in an effort to get close to former chief White House strategist Steve Bannon.
Kwatinetz is a former colleague and friend of Bannon’s.
And Kwatinetz claims that after Bannon had been fired by Trump and left his Breitbart website, the Qatari wanted to set up a meeting with him to offer to ‘underwrite all of his political efforts in return for his support’.
As DailyMail.com reported, they claim al Rumaihi invested less than the agreed-upon $20 million in the league, an infusion described in part as an effort to get to Bannon.
‘Mr. Al-Rumaihi requested I set up a meeting between him, the Qatari government, and Steven Bannon, and to tell Steve Bannon that Qatar would underwrite all of his political efforts in return for his support,’ Kwatinetz said in the filing.
Kwatinetz said in the court document that he was ‘appalled’ at the idea of ‘a bribe of any kind’, declined the offer immediately and did not tell Bannon about it.
According to the court document: ‘Mr. Al-Rumahi laughed and then stated to me that I shouldn’t be naive, that so many Washington politicians take our money, and stated ‘do you think [Michael] Flynn turned down our money?’
It appeared to be that statement that Avenatti was referencing when he tweeted about those who ‘brag about bribing administration officials.’
- Fire broke out just before 6pm at Trump Towers in Midtown Manhattan
- The fire, which erupted on the 50th floor is a third alarm with over 140 firefighters on the scene
- Incredible footage from the scene showed flames exploding through several windows with debris exploding out of the building and onto the street below
- There is at least one serious injury reported although it is unclear if it is a civilian or first responder
- The First Lady and their son Barron were are currently in Washington DC
- The President is currently in Washington DC as well, tweeting at 6:42pm local time that the fire was ‘confined’
( Daily Mail ) A fire has broken out on the upper floors of Trump Tower in Manhattan, the home of President Trump.
The blaze broke out on the 50th floor of the tower just before 6pm. A Fire Department of New York source tells DailyMail.com that the fire is a third alarm, with 140 fire firefighters tackling the huge blaze.
Thick black smoke billowed out from Trump Tower as burning debris fell on Fifth Avenue.
One person is in serious condition according to the Office of Emergency Management, reports ABC7.
Melania Trump and the couple’s son, Barron Trump, are both in Washington, D.C., according to the first lady’s spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham.
Read more: 140 firefighters tackle huge blaze on 50th floor residential apartment at Trump Tower in Manhattan, with flames engulfing several storys of the president’s New York home and burning debris falling on Fifth Avenue
( Daily Caller ) Notes taken by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort during the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting refer to “Russian adoptions by American families,” according to a transcript of a Senate Judiciary Committee interview released this week.
The notes provide the first contemporaneous evidence that shows that Russia’s adoption policy was discussed during that June 9, 2016 meeting, which members of the Trump campaign attended along with a Russian government lawyer and Russian-American lobbyist.
The notes, portions of which were revealed to Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson during his Aug. 22 Senate Judiciary Committee interview, also appear to make no overt reference to anything resembling collusion.
Many of the meeting attendees — including Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya — have previously claimed that adoption policy was discussed in the meeting, but no evidence had been made public.
…Business Insider first flagged a portion of the transcript which shows Simpson reviewing Manafort’s notes, which he reportedly took on an iPhone.
Simpson, whose firm commissioned the infamous Trump dossier, was showed the notes because at the time of the Trump Tower meeting, he was working with Veselnitskaya and Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist who also attended the meeting.
Simpson’s work with the two Russians dealt directly with the topics that they allegedly discussed with the Trump team.
According to the Senate transcript, Simpson read off several items in the notes, including “Active sponsors of RNC,” “Value in Cyprus as inter,” and “Illici.”
He also identified the phrase “Russian adoptions by American families.”
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.
- “Raúl was taken into custody in front of Trump Tower for civil disobedience along with Rep. Gutierrez and Rep. Espaillat.”
Via Fox News:
Three Democratic congressmen were arrested outside Trump Tower after protesting the president’s immigration policies in New York City on Tuesday.
Arizona Rep. Raúl Grijalva, Illinois Rep. Luis Gutiérrez and New York Rep. Adriano Espaillat were taken into custody by police, according to Grijalva’s campaign Twitter account and a Gutiérrez aide.
Grijalva’s account tweeted that “Raúl was taken into custody in front of Trump Tower for civil disobedience along with Rep. Gutierrez and Rep. Espaillat.”
Douglas Rivlin, Gutiérrez’s communications director, confirmed that the congressman was arrested.
Photos taken at the scene and posted on social media show the Democrats, all of whom are Latino, sitting in the street.
The lawmakers were part of a group protesting the president’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that shields young illegal immigrants who entered the country as children from deportation.