According to Donald Trump Jr., Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya may have been touting information on Hillary Clinton, but she appeared much more interested in discussing the Obama-signed Magnitsky Act, a series of sanctions targeting Russian entities for their involvement in a tax fraud scheme. This characterization of the meeting is not difficult to believe, considering the fact that Veselnitskaya has spent much of the last four years lobbying against the sanctions.
Interestingly enough, though, she’s not the only one opposed to that bill. Hillary Clinton, while serving as Obama’s secretary of state, was also initially opposed to the economic sanctions. And it so happens that she came around to that position in conjunction with a $500,000 speech her husband gave in Moscow that year. Was this a coincidence, or did Russian interests buy Hillary Clinton’s views on the sanctions with a whopping half-million dollar check to the former president?
At a briefing last week, White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders pointed out the, shall we say, interesting quirk of timing.
“If you want to talk about having relationship with Russia, I’d look no further than the Clintons,” she said. “Bill Clinton was paid half a million dollars to give a speech to a Russian bank, personally thanked by President Putin.”
All true. After Clinton delivered his speech, which was financed by Renaissance Capital, he indeed received a personal phone call of thanks from Putin. And at the same time, Hillary Clinton’s State Department was denying Congress’s request to refuse visas to those involved in the fraud case. Some of whom, it must be noted, were employees and shareholders in Renaissance Capital. See how it all works?
This bit of shady business might have become part of the election narrative against Hillary, thanks to a story in Bloomberg News. That story never made press, however, thanks to some fast footwork on the part of Hillary’s campaign.
“With the help of the research team, we killed a Bloomberg story trying to link HRC’s opposition to the Magnitsky bill a $500,000 speech that WJC gave in Moscow,” wrote Jesse Lehrich of Hillary For America, in an email later published by WikiLeaks.
Nice work, Jesse.
But now it’s all out there on the table for anyone to see. And what is there, exactly, to see? Well, if it doesn’t exactly stir a reprise of “Lock her up,” it at least goes to show you how overblown and outlandish the whole Russia/Trump story has become. It is, as Trump has always maintained, the Democrats continually making excuses for an election loss they STILL cannot come to terms with. Whether the Trump team held one meeting or one THOUSAND meetings with Russian officials, it didn’t change a single vote in a single state in America. And unless Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and many, many other Democrats want to start answering for every single contact they had with foreign governments over the course of their political careers, they might want to take a page from the Soros-sponsored group and MOVE ON.