That “Russian lawyer” has been a Dem operative for years.
Radical left-wing icon former California Democratic Rep. Ron Dellums was a hired lobbyist for Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. June 9, 2016, the Daily Caller News Foundation Investigative Group has learned.
Dellums, who represented liberal San Francisco and Oakland, Calif., 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.
The former congressman is one of several high-profile Democratic partisans who was on Veselnitskaya’s payroll, working to defeat a law that is the hated object of a personal vendetta waged by Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Donald Trump Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner confirmed that they met with a Russian lawyer in June 2016 during the election campaign. The lure was that she had dirt on Hillary, and as it turns out, the DNC set it up through Fusion GPS. She denies ever having any information.
……“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,” Mark Corall, spokesperson for President Trump’s lawyer Marc Kasowitz told NBC.
From New York Post
The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. denied having any dirt on Hillary Clinton — or ties to the Kremlin — in a new interview Tuesday.
“I never had any damaging or sensitive information about Hillary Clinton. It was never my intention to have that,” Natalia Veselnitskaya told NBC News.
Veselnitskaya said she met with the president’s eldest son in June 2016 to discuss the 2012 Magnitsky Act, which allowed the US to impose sanctions on Russian officials over human rights violations.
In retaliation to the act, Russia banned Americans from adopting Russian children — a move that soured the relationship between Moscow and Washington.
Trump Jr. was told by a middle man ahead of the meeting that Veselnitskaya had potentially damaging information on his dad’s opponent — and that it was part of the Kremlin’s effort to help the Trump campaign, the New York Times reported Monday night.
But the lawyer denied that she had — or promised — any intel.
“It is quite possible that maybe they were longing for such an information,” Veselnitskaya said. “They wanted it so badly that they could only hear the thought that they wanted.”
Trump Jr. has said Veselnitskaya offered intel on Clinton but that it “became clear that she had no meaningful information.”
Instead, he claimed, Veselnitskaya — who’s built a career advocating for the Russian government — pushed the country’s adoption policy during their conversation.
Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his son-in-law-turned-advisor Jared Kushner also attended the meeting, Veselnitskaya confirmed.
A lot of Twitter Lawyers and/or People Who Play Internet Lawyers on Twitter are making the claim that any willingness to accept informationfrom a foreign source is violation of campaign finance laws — the claim is being made that this is either a solicitation of something “of value” or else a solicitation of an “in-kind” contribution.
A trial lawyer writes at Dan Abrams’ Law Newz site that this is just the chatterings of non-lawyers or lawyers yapping outside their fields of actual expertise — because campaign finance rules specifically permit any foreign national to volunteer services, including, specifically, information. The only forbiddance is that such volunteers cannot be compensated, which would make them non-volunteers.
The Code of Federal Regulations makes the law immunizing Trump Jr.’s actions precisely clear: any foreign national individual may volunteer personal services to a federal candidate or federal political committee without making a contribution. The law provides this volunteer “exemption” as long as the individual performing the service is not compensated by anyone on the campaign. See 11 CFR 100.74. For example, as the Federal Election Commission advises all, “an individual can provide volunteer services to a candidate or party without considering the value of those service a contribution to the candidate or party.” Section 30121 of Title 52 does not apply to voluntary activity or services. The thing “of value” must be actual money, or its transferable equivalent, not a volunteer of services or information.
The Twitter Legal Brigade is big on reading that “of value” caveat expansively, claiming it means pretty much “anything helpful to you.” But actual lawyers fluent in the field know it means cash or cash-equivalents, and specifically does not include volunteered services or information.
Otherwise, if volunteering information in coordination with a campaign constituted donations, everyone from John Harwood to Chuck Todd (and maybe all of CNN) made millions in donations to the Hillary campaign, as WikiLeaks emails disclosed.
The hystrionic partisan Jake Tapper is claiming, meanwhile, that these emails demonstrate “collusion” without any possible counterargument. Collusion means “cooperation with a corrupt purpose,” and cooperation includes the idea of “working together” or, second definition, “rendering aid.”
Trump Jr. did not offer to work with Russians, nor to render them aid. He stands accused of being willing to do what the media does as its daily trade — listen to a source with possibly interesting information.
The fact that the leftists in the media see this so easily as “collusion” is due to the fact they can only see this from their own vantage point.
Consider: To them, those who voted with all their girlish might for Hillary and who cried when Pennsylvania’s votes were counted, of course Trump Jr. must have been acting on behalf of Russia. Their Narrative is that Russia wanted Hillary to lose; ergo, if Trump Jr. is willing to hear information about Hillary that the media would itself cover up, his only motive would be to help Russia.
The “aid” that he would be rendering Russia is only that of beating Hillary, which they assert is Russia’s whole Nefarious Scheme.
Matter of fact, Veselnitskaya met with Obama’s Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul during a Foreign Affairs Committee hearing, 8 days after contacting Trump Jr. in Trump Tower. Gotta love that shit.
The media is making a complete ass out of itself. Their animosity for Donald Trump and his supporters is so intense they go to absurd lengths to propagate some of the most hideous yellow journalism, violence, and hatespeech on record. When Trump hits back, which is something they’re not used to, the meltdown is pathetic and laughable.