Sunday, July 16, 2017

Analysis: If We Really Want to Get to the Bottom of the Russia Matter, Trump Isn't the Only Story - Guy Benson

Analysis: If We Really Want to Get to the Bottom of the Russia Matter, Trump Isn't the Only Story - Guy Benson:
"Before you start calling me a Trump apologist on Russia, read this post and this one.
I emphatically am not, much to the chagrin of some our our readers.
...Nevertheless, there are other elements to this story -- and the wider controversy -- that ought to be explored, even if Democrats aren't as eager to talk about them.
If we are genuinely concerned about learning all the facts about foreign interference in our elections, we can't exclusively focus on the (ample) parts of the story that reflect poorly on Donald Trump and his associates.
For instance, what were the motivations of the female lawyer who was central to that infamous June meeting?
Image result for spy vs spyWhy did the Obama administration grant her access to the country, even though her expired visa extension was rejected?  
...what should we make of her known connection to Fusion GPS, a Democratic opposition research firm responsible for commissioning the notorious and dubious anti-Trump dossier primarily compiled by a former British spy?
Here's Erick Erickson:
Prevezon [a Russian company hit by US sanctions despised by Putin] hired Natalia Veselnitskaya, the lawyer who subsequently met with Donald Trump, Jr. Prevezon also hired Rinat Akhmetshin, described by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) as a former Soviet counterintelligence officer who specialized in disinformation and propaganda campaigns. 
Akhmetshin also retained Veselnitskaya as lawyer for a third party group that claims to be a Human Rights group. 
Prevezon and Akhmetshin also worked with a Democrat opposition research group called Fusion GPS...
According to Senator Grassley, who wants Fusion GPS’s executives to testify to Congress, “Fusion GPS was apparently simultaneously working on the unsubstantiated dossier alleging collusion between Trump presidential campaign associates and Russia” while also working with Prevezon to overturn the Magnitsky Act. 
Suddenly it seems more than a coincidence that Prevezon’s lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, has a meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. at the time Fusion GPS is putting together a dossier claiming the Trump campaign had been meeting with Russians..."
Read on!!


Karen Henry said...

Glad to see article that recognizes inter-related issue of GPS/Fusion and dossier. To shed light on all issues, however, need to add the DNC's & Clinton campaign's relationship to Ukraine--the last I checked, it was a foreign country and there is actual evidence that it interfered in our election with help of DNC & HRC campaign, Also, we are being totally self-righteous. We scream about Russia destroying our democracy, but we don't mention the multiple times we have interfered with other countries' elections. LA Times 12/21/16 article outlines our numerous activities in this regard--interestingly enough, is conceded that we interfered in past Russian election, Israel election (Obama adm. gave $350,000 for this effort.

Our self-righteous screams not worthy of us.

Karen Henry said...

Forgot to add. To analyze context of relationship/contacts with Russia have to include all relationships entered into by the parties. Have seen little discussion of relationship between Clinton Foundation, & HRC, and Russia. When her Foundation receives millions from Russia, Bill's speaking fees go up to half million, and she signs off on giving Russia 20% of our uranium, why shouldn't Russia investigation include this relationship which has real impact on our security.

Jim Riley said...

Karen, GREAT analysis!