It’s really hard to keep all these connections figured out in my brain-meat, but the latest one has to do with the conspiracy theory that Obama let in that Russian lawyer to “set up” Trump Jr. Another tantalizing tidbit here is that the other Russian at that meeting is connected to Fusion GPS.
And Fusion GPS is the group that paid for that questionable “Trump dossier” to be created.
We know this because of Senator Chuck Grassley’s letter:
It is particularly disturbing that Mr. Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS were working together on this pro-Russia lobbying effort in 2016 in light of Mr. Akhmetshin’s history and reputation. Mr. Akhmetshin is a Russian immigrant to the U.S. who has admitted having been a “Soviet counterintelligence officer.” In fact, it has been reported that he worked for the GRU and allegedly specializes in “active measures campaigns,” i.e., subversive political influence operations often involving disinformation and propaganda. According to press accounts, Mr. Akhmetshin “is known in foreign policy circles as a key pro-Russian operator,” and Radio Free Europe described him as a “Russian ‘gun-for-hire’ [who] lurks in the shadows of Washington’s lobbying world.” He was even accused in a lawsuit of organizing a scheme to hack the computers of one his client’s adversaries.
As you know, Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia. It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence –let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump/Russia dossier. The relationship casts further doubt on an already highly dubious dossier.
That letter was sent back in March [!], long before anyone knew this guy was at the meeting.
This guy Akhmetshin and Fusion GPS were working to get rid of the Magnitsky Act – these were sanctions imposed by Obama in 2012 on Russians accused of committing horrible acts of torture and other human rights abuses.
So was the lawyer Trump Jr. met with – in fact, four days after the meeting, she organized a propaganda film to be shown at the “Newseum” in Washington D.C. against the act.
SO… were both of these Russians, who were trying to get rid of sanctions on Russians… bamboozling Trump Jr. somehow?
OR… were they trying to exchange information on Hillary for the sake of pressuring the Trumps to get rid of the sanctions?