Friday, July 14, 2017

Trump Incorrectly Blames AG Lynch for Letting Russian Lawyer into U.S.

President Trump tried to deflect questions Thursday about his Son's Meeting last year with a Russian Lawyer, implying that, Obama's Attorney General (AG) Loretta Lynch, had let the Lawyer into the U.S. under murky circumstances. Trump, employing an attribution that he often uses, "somebody said," remark.

There is no evidence that Lynch was involved in the decision to admit Veselnitskaya, and Trump provided none. Robert Raben, a Spokesman for Lynch, Denied that she was Involved in Admitting Veselnitskaya. "Atty. Gen. Lynch, as the former head of the Justice Department, does not have any personal knowledge of Ms. Veselnitskaya's travel," Raben said. "The State Department issues visas, and the Department of Homeland Security oversees entry to the United States at airports."

At the Homeland Security Department, Officials said that the Russian Lawyer had been Admitted to the Country to handle a Court Case. "Because she was coming here for a court case, there was a specific reason behind it," spokesman Dave Lapan said. Getting into the U.S. appears to have been extremely difficult for Veselnitskaya, however.

Before Meeting Donald Trump Jr., Veselnitskaya had been traveling to the U.S. while defending a Russian Firm against Civil Charges of Money Laundering and Fraud Filed by Justice Department Lawyers in New York. Prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan repeatedly impeded her Entry. In 2015, she Publicly complained that the U.S. Government had denied her Visa. To Attend Court Proceedings in the Case, she was Granted "Parole," a Short-Term Entry Authorization for Non-Citizens, after she was turned down for a Regular Visa. It's not known why she was turned down.

When she met with Trump Jr. at Trump Tower last June, she was in the U.S. on the Parole in Connection with the Case.

The State Department issues Visas, but the three main Subunits of the Department of Homeland Security: Citizenship and Immigration Services, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Customs and Border Protection, can Grant Parole allowing People to be in the Country without a Visa.

Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to DHS and the State Department on Wednesday asking for Information about the Decision to admit Veselnitskaya to the U.S.

In January, 2016, her Request to have her Parole Extended was Denied, she Claimed in the Court Filing, prompting her to Appeal to the Judge in the Case to Intervene. "If I am forced to leave New York, the defense of this lawsuit will suffer," she said. Her Parole was eventually Extended, and the Harassment Diminished.

The Meeting on June 9th, 2016, at Trump Tower in New York with Natalia Veselnitskaya, whom a Trump Family Business Associate described to Donald Trump Jr. in an email as a “Russian Government Attorney”, was premised on her delivering Kremlin-supplied Information the Associate assured Trump’s Eldest Son “would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father.” In the June 2016 email exchange, Trump Jr. replied, “I love it,” to the associate, entertainment publicist Rob Goldstone. “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information,” Goldstone wrote to Trump Jr., “but is part of Russia and its government’s support for” Presidential Candidate Trump.

Candidate Trump appears to have been inside the Manhattan Tower when Trump Jr., Son-in-Law and Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort met with Veselnitskaya. The Associated Press Reported Friday that Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian-American lobbyist and former Russian Counter Intelligence Officer, and a possible Interpreter, also attended the Meeting. 

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