As we reported earlier today, the media brouhaha over Donald, Jr. and his meeting with the Russians has a backstory that is much more intriguing if only the media would bother to take a second look.
The curious case of that meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya entangles both Hillary and the Obama administration.
After Hillary’s campaign spiked a Bloomberg story which revealed her kick-back for opposing an anti-Russia law in Congress, Veselnitskaya was granted diplomatic level access to the U.S.
That came despite her neither being a diplomat nor having a visa.
This means Obama’s DOJ and State Department let her enter the country to engage in lobbying efforts against the bill on behalf of Vladimir Putin, and it directly benefitted Hillary’s pocketbook.
Where’s the outrage?
Here’s more from the Hill…
The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.
Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding the president’s eldest son.
Just five days after meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner and then Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya showed up in Washington in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on Russia policy, video footage of the hearing shows.
She also engaged in a pro-Russia lobbying campaign and attended an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. where Russian supporters showed a movie that challenged the underpinnings of the U.S. human rights law known as the Magnitysky Act, which Russian leader Vladimir Putin has reviled and tried to reverse.
The Magnitsky Act imposed financial and other sanctions on Russia for alleged human rights violations connected to the death of a Russian lawyer who claimed to uncover fraud during Putin’s reign. Russia retaliated after the law was passed in 2012 by suspending Americans’ ability to adopt Russian children.