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?
Why 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..."