Foreign Agents In The Spotlight In Trump-Russia Investigation

Lucy Bush
July 29, 2017

In the complaint, Browder alleges Rohrabacher and Behrends "provided services to one of the central figures targeted by the Magnitsky Act" because they got information from the Russian official and used it to try to change the law.

The co-founder of a company with close ties to the Clinton campaign and Democratic party that created a scurrilous dossier on Donald Trump has agree to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Members of the Senate judiciary committee who were focused on alleged efforts by Russia to influence the U.S. presidential election turned their focus on Thursday to an American CEO who once employed Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer for whom the 2012 act that sanctioned Russian officials and nationals for human rights abuses was named.

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'. "So he is personally at risk of the Magnitsky Act". The ban was imposed in retaliation for the 2012 Magnitsky Act, a United States law that blacklisted suspected Russian human rights offenders. Since Russia was in no geo-political position to retaliate in kind to the United States, Putin took his familiar low road and had the Russian government pass a bill preventing Americans from adopting Russian children.

While emails released by President Trump's eldest son indicate that the meeting was arranged after Trump Jr. was promised compromising information on Hillary Clinton, Veselnitskaya told ABC News she attended the meeting to discuss the Magnitsky Act and Russian adoptions.

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Bill Browder, a businessman behind a Russian sanctions law, testified Thursday that he believes a Russian lawyer went into a June 2016 meeting with top aides to the campaign of President Donald Trump with something to offer, and that Russian intelligence likely monitored the meeting. Magnitsky worked to uncover a $230 million tax fraud scheme in Russian Federation, was jailed and later died in a Moscow prison under suspicious circumstances. And I would not understate the value of the Magnitsky Act in terms of the consequences, because not only does it freeze the assets that are held in America, but the moment that you get onto the Magnitsky list, you get put on the OFAC sanctions list (Office of Foreign Assets Control), which is a (U.S.) Treasury sanctions list.

Browder responded, "It's absolutely essential that they do, and it's absolutely essential that there's transparency about who people are talking to and about what their interests are".

Is this another one of those coincidental Trump/ Russian things that continue to happen, or an example of collusion waiting to be collaborated or does it just look like it?

'What they were willing to offer in return I don't know.

"Nobody was talking about adoption", Browder said.

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"So they're trying to play both sides against the middle and I hope the country wakes up to the threat Russian Federation presents to us all". In fact, she has denied having anything to do with the Kremlin, but the fact that she once represented interests of the court may raise numerous eyebrows, especially among US politicians.

"What is clear is that the president and his allies are desperately trying to smear Fusion GPS because it investigated Donald Trump's ties to Russia", Fusion said in the statement.

The witnesses are three officials from the Justice Department and the FBI, including one - Assistant FBI Director Bill Priestap, who has already appeared in at least one hearing in the Russian Federation imbroglio.

Simpson also cut a deal with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in which he'll speak with committee members or staffers privately in the way Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, did this week with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees.

The hearing on Wednesday pertained to violations by Fusion GPS of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, otherwise known as FARA.

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