Not the first time that the folks at NBC have botched a news report…
Regan Pifer reports that what was originally a meeting between then presidential nominee’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya over supposed adoption policies has evolved into something much more interesting.
Or, at least that is how NBC News wants to spin it…
It has recently been found out that a third party was at this meeting. And not just anyone; it was a Soviet-born counterintelligence officer.
Now, he did emigrate to the United States and holds dual citizenship. NBC News referred to him as a “Russian-American lobbyist–a former Soviet counter intelligence officer who is suspected by some U.S. officials of having ongoing ties to Russian intelligence.”
But, according to Zero Hedge, it really isn’t that big of a deal:
…[W]e’re just spitballing here so don’t hold us to it, maybe, just maybe, bringing a ‘lobbyist’ to a meeting in which your intent is to ‘lobby’ for the overturn of the Magnitsky Act might just be something that makes sense rather than being part of a larger plot to rig an entire American presidential election.
Meanwhile, as Natasha Bertrand of Business Insider notes, the identity of this ‘mysterious’ 6th person was actually revealed last week by the New York Times as Rinat Akhmetshin. And, guess what? He was part of a lobbying team put together by Veselnitskaya to overturn the Magnitsky Act and was actually the person who organized the showing of that anti-Magnitsky Act film at the Newseum, which Veselnitskaya attended, 4 days after the infamous Don Jr. meeting.
At the end of the day, this is either an “elaborate plot to coordinate with Russian operatives which resulted in the first successful American coup in history or a useless meeting that has become a convenient tool in advancing the media’s Russian narrative.”
My money is on the latter. After all, Donald Trump, Jr. headed up the meeting.