The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya 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.
Further more, the radical left-wing icon Rep. Ron Dellums was a hired lobbyist for Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump, Jr. last summer at Trump Towers, the media has learned. Dellums, who represented liberal San Francisco and Oakland, California, is a long-time darling of left-wing political activists. He served 13 terms in Congress as an African American firebrand and proudly called himself a socialist. He retired in 1996.
Dellums is one of several high-profile Democratic partisans who were on Veselnitskaya’s payroll, working to defeat a human rights law that is the hated object of a personal vendetta waged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
A national outcry has erupted in the mainstream media about Trump, Jr.’s meeting with Veselnitskaya. But there has been little focus on the Democrats who willingly served for years on her payroll to help wage a Russian-led lobby campaign against the humanitarian law.
According to a complaint filed before the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act division last July, Dellums failed to register as a foreign agent by representing a Russian-driven effort to repeal the Magnitsky Act led by Vesselnitskaya.
The Act was a bipartisan bill enacted in December 2012 intended to punish Russian officials responsible for the death of lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Moscow prison in 2009. The Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama.
The Act barred 18 Russians from entering the United States because of the lawyer’s death. Putin retaliated by freezing American adoption of Russian children and barred 18 Americans from entering Russia.
Magnitsky was a tax lawyer with the Hermitage Fund, a London-based firm that invested in Russia. The tax lawyer uncovered a $230 million scheme allegedly run by Russian mobsters and informed Russian officials.
Instead of investigating Prevezon Holdings Ltd, a Russian-owned firm implicated in the scandal, however, Russian officials arrested Magnitsky. He died in prison in 2009 after being tortured and killed in prison, according to the Russian Presidential Human Rights Commission.
Prevezon was owned by Denis Katsyv who, with Veselnitskaya, created the Human Rights Accountability Global Initiative Foundation in the United States. The foundation was designed to repeal the Act using a lobbying team that included Dellums.
This is not the first time Dellums’ advanced the interests of dictatorships. As a congressman, he was fond of Cuban President Fidel Castro and he supported Cuba’s military intervention in Africa.
But Dellums also sued President George W. Bush’s 1991 military effort to liberate Kuwait after Saddam Hussein ruthlessly invaded it.
Dellums is only one of a notable team of partisan Democrats Veselnitskaya hired to defeat the Magnitsky Act.
Glenn Simpson, founder of Fusion GPS, also joined the Russian lawyer and “worked with her on a legal case for years,” according to the Washington Post.
Fusion GPS is the firm that reportedly commissioned a phony “dossier” authored by former British spy Christopher Steele that told salaciously and largely erroneous charges about Donald Trump.
The dossier was rejected by most news organizations but eventually was published by Buzz Feed 10 days before Trump was to be inaugurated.
Christopher Cooper, the founder and CEO of Potomac Square Group, also joined Veselnatskaya. His company does campaign work for foreign principles and foreign governments including the authoritarian regime of Azerbaijan and the presidential political campaign in Nigeria.
Potomac Square also did pro-bono work on behalf of the families of radical Islamic terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene a hearing next week on the Russian government’s opposition to the Magnitsky Act. Witnesses are expected to include, among others, William Browder, the founder of the Hermitage Fund, the company whose employee, Sergei Magnitsky, was arrested and later died in the Moscow prison.