Grassley: Trump Jr. , Manafort will cooperate in Russian Federation hearing

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 27, 2017

According to the Russian lawyer, the investor had collected private information about her. Veselnitskaya said that the smear campaign was a revenge for Browder's recent defeat in a U.S. court in the "Prevezon" company case in which Veselnitskaya acted as a legal expert representing the Cyprus-based holding company in its defense against allegations of money laundering.

Browder alleged in the complaint that Rohrabacher provided "services" to Russia's deputy general prosecutor, Victor Grin, by attempting to stymie an expansion of the Magnitsky Act being deliberated in Congress last summer.

"Let's start by saying that [Russian President Vladimir] Putin doesn't like the Magnitsky Act. because Putin was one of the beneficiaries of the $230 million [tax fraud] that Sergey Magnitsky exposed and was killed over". It is believed that Fusion tried to smear Bill Browder, a client of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died while in a Russian prison. The hearing, in which individuals Veselnitskaya brought to Trump Tower for the July meeting might have been discussed, was postponed late Tuesday.

Reports that Rohrabacher accepted anti-Magnitsky Act materials from Grin also appeared in The New York Times and The Atlantic.

Browder filed the OFAC complaint on the heels of a Daily Beast report published last week which said that Rohrabacher, a staunch defender of Russian Federation and Putin, accepted a "confidential" document from the prosecutor general's office in Moscow in April 2016 which he then used to try to undermine the Magnitsky Act on Capitol Hill.

In June 2012, Congress passed the Magnitsky Act to punish those who were in some way were responsible for Magnitsky's death and laundering the stolen tax money by preventing them from coming to the United States or using our banking system.

Rohrabacher's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) speaks during a House Foreign Affairs Europe, Eurasia and Emerging Threats Subcommittee hearing.

But Rohrabacher was allowed to propose a witness for a full committee hearing held on June 14, 2016: "U.S. Policy Toward Putin's Russian Federation".

The negotiations with Trump Jr. and Manafort do not preclude them testifying in public at a later date, Grassley said.

Russian Federation does not have a crown prosecutor, leading many to conclude the reference was meant to describe Russia's prosecutor general, Yuri Chaika.

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in G20 Nations Summit. He banned the adoption of Russian orphans by American families.

As a result, discussions about adoptions are closely linked to talk on sanctions.

The absence of Mr. Trump Jr. and Mr. Manafort took much of the suspense out of the hearing.

Browder told OCCRP that he expects the Treasury to carefully review Hermitage's allegations against Rohrabacher and Behrends, and to take punitive action if the details are confirmed.

In a conversation with CNN's Manu Raju, Graham said the Russians were "clearly working both sides" since they set up an a research body to find dirt on Trump while simultaneously offering assistance through lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya. Now he's likely to participate in the process privately, Politico reported.

Browder testified: 'In a kleptocracy like Russian Federation and other countries the way that the world works is that the president of that country allows certain people to get rich, he often gets a share of the wealth of those people and then he can rely on those people to do the state's bidding in situations where it may not be appropriate or they may not want to show the government's face'.

"The Russians were involved on both sides". These were some truly outrageous allegations about the president and his past visits to Russia (Trump has denied the allegations).

Rohrabacher voted in favor of the sanctions.

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