Was Donald Trump Jr.'s Meeting With Russian Lawyer A Set-Up? Here's The Evidence.
Lawyers has ties to left-wing strategy firm.
Donald Trump Jr. found himself as part of the ongoing Russia collusion story when revelations came out that he, brother-in-law Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 with the hopes of acquiring opposition research on Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton. The mainstream media have pointed to this instance as proof of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. However, new information has come to light that the meeting may have been a set-up perpetuated by a Democrat strategist firm.
The meeting in question was planned through an email exchange between Donald Trump Jr. and publicist Rod Goldstein. After the story was covered by the press, Donald Jr. posted the entire email conversation onto his Twitter account.
The mainstream media is working overtime reporting on alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government to interfere with the 2016 election.
Other than a few members of Trump’s staff having had undisclosed connections to Russia, no one has been able to directly tie Trump to any sort of collusion.
When the Goldstein emails came to the light, the Democrats and their allies in the press started parading the story as headlines news on various outlets. No evidence of a crime has come to light, but the optics have proved damaging.
A recent report in The Daily Caller show that a fifth person named Rinat Akhmetshin was present at the June 2016 meeting with the Russian lawyer.
Akhmetshin is identified by the The New York Times in an article as the director for the Washington, DC, think tank International Eurasian Institute. He has also worked as a lobbyist for Prevezon Holdings, a company that settled a laundering and fraud suit with the United States government.
Akhmetshin was given a visa for entry by the Department of Justice and then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch the same month the meeting took place.
Both Akhmetshin and Veselnitskaya are tied to the Democrat strategy firm Fusion GPS which compiled the opposition research for the Clinton campaign against Donald Trump. The firm was also behind opposition research against GOP candidate Mitt Romney during the 2012 election against then-President Barack Hussein Obama.
Fusion GPS joined Prevezon in lobbying to get the Magnitsky Act, a law preventing certain Russian officials from entering the United States or using the banking system, overturned or at least given a new designation.
The law is named after Russian lawyer and auditor Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a prison after he led fraud investigations against several Russian government officials. Following his arrest, he was tortured and denied medical treatments, which resulted in his death.
Veselnitskaya was in New York for the precise purpose of defending Prevezon in court when she connected with Donald Trump Jr.
Fusion GPS has denied any involvement in setting up the meeting, according to The Washington Post. “Fusion GPS learned about this meeting from news reports and had no prior knowledge of it,” they said in a statement. “Any claim that Fusion GPS arranged or facilitated this meeting in any way is false.”
Despite the denial, President Trump’s legal team has released a statement through outside counsel spokesman Mark Carolla on Monday emphasizing the connection between Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS.
“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.
Fusion GPS also worked with Planned Parenthood to target James O’Keefe after he released undercover videos exposing the abortion mill’s nefarious behind-the-scenes activities.