Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells NPR that he has sent a letter to Donald J. Trump Jr. saying that he wants the president’s son to testify in an open session of the committee as early as next week and will subpoena him if necessary. There are some other people he surely wants to talk to as well.
While Donald Jr. has indicated he is fully willing to testify in Senate hearings or anywhere else, for that matter, the very fact that Natalia Veselnitskaya was in the country and able to attend such a meeting at all is becoming increasingly suspicious. Senator Grassley might want to take some additional steps to do whatever is necessary to prevent her from leaving the US for the time being.
The Hill reported, “The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.
During a court hearing in early January 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 the United States.
‘In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,’ Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing on Jan. 6, 2016. That is the same district that was at the time headed by Trump nemesis and Obama loyalist, Preet Bharara.
‘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.’
Veselnitskaya in the US on a visa overstay and flew in from Russia for June meeting?
The court record indicates the presiding judge asked the Justice Department to extend Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole another week until he decided motions in the case. There are no other records in the court file indicating what happened with that request or how Veselnitskaya appeared in the country later that spring.” It was barely spring as summer began on June 21st last year.
Veselnitskaya acknowledged her contacts with Trump Jr. and in Washington were part of a lobbying effort against the Magnitsky Act, which Putin strongly opposes. One source in the report by The Hill stated, “Natalia didn’t speak a word of English. Don’t let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I’ve ever seen. If she’s the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.”
Justice and State Department officials were unable to explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Trump Jr. and the events in Washington. It would appear she was a visa overstay, one brazen enough to attend hearings inside the Obama White House shortly after the Trump Jr. meeting.
It’s worth noting that in the Don Jr. emails, his contact, the acquaintance and intermediary, Rob Goldstone, wrote, “Emin asked that I schedule a meeting with you and the Russian government attorney who is flying over from Moscow for this Thursday.”
How could she have been flying over from Moscow when she was in the US on an expired extraordinary parole overstay and would not have been allowed to re-enter the country? She must have still been in the US, if we are to believe the story told by Preet Bharara’s US Attorney’s office and Loretta Lynch. No other visa was ever issued but this attorney’s decision to defy the US Attorney General after she “went out of her way” to accommodate her certainly is now proving to have been fortuitous for the leftists.
It’s even more beneficial than a coincidental release of the Billy Bush tapes or the sudden need to disclose incidences of being “treated disrespectfully” by a bunch of loose women from Trump distant periphery. Certainly someone is being deceptive and it isn’t, as the hand-wringing leftist media would have us believe, someone in the Trump camp.
Maybe the boys at Fusion GPS, who she seems to have been coordinating with, can enlighten us when Sen Grassley talks to them.
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