The Russian lawyer at the center of the Trump-Russia ‘scandal’ was let into the United States by President Obama’s Department of Justice under ‘extraordinary circumstances.’ An explosive new report from The Hill claims that the Obama Justice Department enabled Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya to enter the United States even after being denied a Visa.
“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.”
And it only gets worse from there. Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch personally took the extraordinary step of allowing Veselnitskaya to enter the country, even after being initially turned down:
“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.”
As we now know, Veselnitskaya was not fully engaged in defending her client. She spent much of her time lobbying the federal government to repeal the Magnitsky Act which imposed sanctions on Russia over human rights abuses. And what AG Lynch did was extremely unusual and downright bizarre:
“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 Jan. 6, 2016.
“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,” he added.
We still don’t know for sure why Loretta Lynch granted special immigration parole to Natalia Veselnitskaya. But given her track record of using the DOJ for political purposes, the speculation of corruption will only intensify from here. There are reports that the Obama Administration used the meeting between Veselnitskaya and Donald Trump Jr. as pretense to attain a FISA warrant that allowed wiretapping of Trump aides. This led to the unmasking of said officials which ultimately brought down National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
So this scandal is going to get bigger, but maybe not in the way that left-wing outlets would like it to go. At the end of the day, the Obama Administration may be in more trouble than President Trump.
— The Hill (@thehill) July 13, 2017