Senators to scrutinize foreign agents -- but not Trump Jr

Sen. Chuck Grassley an Iowa Republican and Sen. Dianne Feinstein a California Democrat are the leaders of the Senate judiciary committee

Sen. Chuck Grassley an Iowa Republican and Sen. Dianne Feinstein a California Democrat are the leaders of the Senate judiciary committee

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.

Hermitage Capital CEO William Browder told the Senate Judiciary Committee at a hearing on Thursday that the effort to repeal the sanction, the Magnitsky Act, was an obsession of Putin's even though it would appear highly unlikely to ever be accomplished.

British-American investor William Browder, whom Russian Federation has accused of financial crimes, said reversing the 2012 Magnitsky Act is President Vladimir Putin's "single most important foreign policy goal". Browder was once the largest investor in Russia's stock market and a supporter of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The complaint says Rohrabacher "made personal introductions for lobbyists advocating the Russian government's and Grin's position against the Magnitsky Act".

But Browder didn't stop there; he went to Washington and persuaded a bipartisan collection of members of Congress to take up the banner of Sergei Magnitsky and corruption at the highest ranks of the Russian government. The hearing was set up to examine the firm's separate work on a legal case involving the Magnitsky Act, a law to punish Russian human rights violators. Simpson denies that, but he had several meetings with Russians closely tied to the government, including the lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who met with Donald Trump, Jr. last June. The 2016 meeting happened after the president's eldest son was offered potentially damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

"I hope that my story will help you understand the methods of Russian operatives in Washington and how they use USA enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests", Browder's statement reads.

"This was a big ask", Browder said.

When Sheldon asked whether Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort would have known about the code language, Browder responded, "I don't want to put thoughts into anybody's head, but I can say with certainty that nobody was talking about adoption".

'What they were willing to offer in return I don't know. "Why comply when the Justice Department clearly doesn't make this law a priority?"

"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".

So did a third player in the Russian Federation imbroglio who so far hasn't had anything like the public profiles of the other characters: Glenn Simpson, the founder of the political research shop Fusion GPS, which originated the infamous, unverified dossier of allegations against Trump that exploded onto the scene ahead of his inauguration earlier this year.

Fusion GPS was apparently representing these same Putin-connected interests when they were involved in arranging the controversial meeting Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort had with Rinat Akhmetshin, a former Russian intelligence officer and naturalized American citizen, and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya previous year.

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. 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.

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