A Former Russian Oligarch And Putin Nemesis Seeks To Revive "Russia Collusion" Hysteria

With the release of the House Intelligence Committee's report finding no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign, Congressional Republicans have seemingly dealt a death blow to the "Russian collusion" narrative which was already hurtling toward irrelevance. Indeed, the special counsel himself has publicly stated that he has "pivoted" toward investigating financial crimes and allegations of obstruction of justice.

But with President Trump threatening to take a more "hands on" role at the Department of Justice, Mueller has found himself in a bind. How can he continue to justify the probe if the original premise has been found to be completely invalid?

Veselnitskaya

Fortunately, Mueller received some badly needed assistance on Friday from a major Russian opposition figure: former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky. Somehow, an organization called Dossier, which was established and financed by Khodorkovsky - a former oil tycoon and longtime nemesis of Russian President Vladimir Putin who turned into one of Russia's most vocal dissidents - managed to get its hands on emails stolen from the inbox of Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the same lawyer who arranged the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. after promising through an intermediary to supply the Trump campaign with "dirt" on Trump's erstwhile rival, Hillary Clinton.

The emails reveal that Veselnitskaya worked closely with the Russian Ministry of Justice to help thwart a US Department of Justice probe into allegedly ill-gotten money being invested by corrupt Russian oligarchs in New York City real estate. And according to the New York Times, which was obtained the emails from Dossier, the communications undercut Veselnitskaya's claims of impartiality.

That said, the communications revealed in the emails took place years before Veselnitskaya set foot in Trump Tower. What's more alarming than the emails claims is the notion that Russian opposition figures are stepping up to independently assist Mueller and the Democrats in keeping the "Russia collusion" narrative alive is certainly...interesting.

Veselnitskaya acknowledged her work for the Russian government in an interview with NBC News set to air Friday.

Shown copies of the emails by Richard Engel of NBC News, Ms. Veselnitskaya acknowledged that "many things included here are from my documents, my personal documents." She told the Russian news agency Interfax on Wednesday that her email accounts were hacked this year by people determined to discredit her, and that she would report the hack to Russian authorities.

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The exchanges document Mr. Chaika’s response to a Justice Department request in 2014 for help with its civil fraud case against a real estate firm, Prevezon Holdings Ltd., and its owner, Denis P. Katsyv, a well-connected Russian businessman.

Federal prosecutors say Ms. Veselnitskaya was the driving force on Mr. Katsyv’s defense team, a description she has echoed in court filings. In a declaration to the court, she identified herself as a lawyer in private practice, representing Mr. Katsyv and his firm.

The Justice Department prosecutors charged Mr. Katsyv’s firm in 2013 with using real estate purchases in New York to launder a portion of the profits from a tax scheme in Russia. They were seeking Russian bank, tax and court records, the type of documents that typically form the crux of civil money-laundering cases. The Justice Department asked the Russian government to keep the matter confidential, "except as is necessary to execute this request," according to court documents. Russia and the United States have a mutual legal assistance treaty governing law-enforcement requests.

According to the  Times, the leaked documents refute Veselnitskaya's claim that she was acting in a "private capacity" when she initiated contact with the Trump campaign, even though the activities detailed in the documents took place years earlier.

Ms. Veselnitskaya had long insisted that she met the president’s son, son-in-law and campaign chairman in a private capacity, not as a representative of the Russian government.

"I operate independently of any governmental bodies," she wrote in a November statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer."

But while the Times details the contents of the documents in detail, it failed to highlight an obvious irony: that in exposing alleged machinations by the Russian government to interfere in the US election, it used the same alleged strategy pursued by shadowy Russian hackers and Wikileaks, the two biggest boogeymen in the ongoing Russian collusion saga.

This isn't the first time a Russian opposition figure has sought to aid Mueller. Earlier this year, Aleksei Navalny released videos that he said included evidence that Oleg Deripaska - who has since been targeted by US sanctions - attempted to meddle in the US political process.

And despite President Trump's insistence that everybody should "get over" the collusion narrative now that the Intel Committee report has been released, it appears his foreign enemies have other plans.

The question now is: Will Trump respond to the leaked emails, or is Trump convinced that his latest bombing raid on Syria plus the sanctions targeting "Putin ally" Oleg Deripaska will be sufficient to demonstrate to Mueller that he is not in bed with the Kremlin. A parallel question is whether this is the start of a coordinated campaign by Russian dissidents to weaken President Vladimir Putin using anti-Trump US intermediaries, and what will Putin's reaction be.

Comments

FireBrander wardaddy Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:04 Permalink

Everyone has evidence; that we will "soon see".

How about announcing your evidence while holding it in your hand...and a link for all to see and, if possible, verify.

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Read NYT piece....Natasha said that Boris told her that Nakita has emails...Trump is criminal...Hillary deserves to be in the WH.

What a bunch of garbage...hearsay of hearsay from the mouths of a bunch scumbag lawyers. 

 

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PrometeyBezkrilov Buckaroo Banzai Sat, 04/28/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

He was also involved with Bank Menatep which had problems with Clearstream and was under investigation in Switzerland. But as you rightfully mentioned, being a member of the chosen tribe he got residency in Switzerland instead of the jail time. Business as usual. Now they dragged him into this Russiagate circus, this clown will be sacrificed in order to blame Putin for next "crime against humanity". 

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Arctic Frost The First Rule Sun, 04/29/2018 - 10:36 Permalink

 

I think this is a lot more disturbing for more important reasons than just more salivation over the Russian Collusion Narrative. Isn’t anyone concerned about the obvious influence of an enemy state involving itself into American politics? I’m not talking about the election, I’m talking about the American media and politicians being easily led around from point to point through this “Russian Narrative” by Russians.

 

From American Senators being used to funnel Russian built dossiers to American Intelligence Agencies to now depending upon Russian “hackers” coming up with eleventh hour “evidence” to prolong this nation dividing debate. Whether Putin is in on this travisty or not, does ANYONE really believe he’s too stupid to take advantage of all of this? 

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thisandthat FireBrander Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:47 Permalink

Sure enough, I too have "undisputable evidence" this will all end up as yet another big, fat, whooper of a nothingburger, despite having every starving presstitute salivating, believing they're before the feastiest smorgasbord of saucy details...

Is that even up for a debate?

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I Am Jack's Ma… junction Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:02 Permalink

The meeting with Veselnitskaya looks like it was part of the Brennan/Clapper/Clinton set up to try to create ‘collusion’ where there was none.

But lest we forget, there was also no Russian ‘hack.’

 

 

Shouldn’t the real scandal be 

 

1.  efforts by obama, clinton, fbi, doj, and cia to overturn the election via fraud and perjury and leaks to a select few establishment agitprop rags, and 

 

2.  the US/UK/Saudi/Qatari/Turk/Israeli support for Al Qaeda and IS?

 

I think so, which is yet more reason why I think Mueller needs to be made to narrow his focus, and be given some date by which to finish -  at least a month before November.

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DemandSider junction Sat, 04/28/2018 - 17:03 Permalink

That's what our banker dominated government wants. Sure, real estate becomes too expensive for for the non parasitic working poor, but the overvalued dollar is good for  The Department of Offense contractors.

 

P.S.  "Before his arrest Khodorkovsky secretly transferred his shares in Yukos Oil to (Jacob) Rothschild.... What do Dick Cheney, James Woolsey, Bill Richardson, Jacob Lord Rothschild, Rupert Murdoch, Larry Summers and Michael Steinhardt have in common? They all are members of the Strategic Advisory Board of a Newark, New Jersey-based oil and gas group with the name, Genie Energy (Syria)."

 
https://journal-neo.org/2015/10/26/genies-and-genocide-syria-israel-russia-and-much-oil-2/

 

What a coincidence! It's a small world, after all.

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Lumberjack DemandSider Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:11 Permalink

I saw that. 

I’ve been following Summers from his First Wind days and his association with Brian Caffyn, founder and partner in UPC Renewables/ First Wind and Mafia affiliated IVPC wind. He (Summers) misused his treasury position bigly in this fiasco.

http://www.windtaskforce.org/m/blogpost?id=4401701%3ABlogPost%3A68714

http://commentators.com/sunedison-bankruptcy-exposes-climate-change-corruption/

http://www.windaction.org/posts/28820-white-house-memo-on-renewable-energy-loan-guarantees-and-grants#.WuT5ohYpDYU

 

A dark alley awaits....

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Pol Pot Sat, 04/28/2018 - 16:49 Permalink

Trump will call in a Favor with Netanyahu and we will find Mikhail with a self inflicted bullet to the back of the head....israelicide 

opport.knocks Pol Pot Sat, 04/28/2018 - 18:08 Permalink

Mikhail is untouchable and one of (((them))), he is one of a short list to install as puppet-in-chief of Russia if the opportunity arises.

The only way he becomes expendable is if he does something stupid and the west decides he is expendible and offs him by making it look like Putin did it. 

However, it seems they reserve that treatment for people further down the food chain.

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falak pema Sat, 04/28/2018 - 16:55 Permalink

This is like the spy who came in from the cold... Tinker, tailor, soldier, spy who is the fall guy and who is the real villain?

The Duck and Putin are in a web worthy of John Le Carre; of their own making with the help of the Hillary clan. 

So many russian dolls to unravel to find the true spy!