The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. promising juicy details about the Clinton campaign was allowed into the country by Obama’s Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances.”
Once inside the country, she started a lobbying campaign that grabbed members of Congress, reporters, State Department officials, and the son of the President of the United States.
In an exclusive story at The Hill, they conclude that the attorney – Natalia Veselnitskaya – who is behind one of the biggest scandals to hit the White House – was allowed into the country by the Obama Administration using deep connections.
In fact, it was then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch who was personally involved in letting Veselnitskaya into the country.
The connections were so great that just five days after meeting with Trump Jr., in Trump Tower, Veselnitskaya was seen sitting in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs committee hearing, right behind Obama cabinet officials.
She also was involved in a pro-Russian lobbying campaign at the “Newseum” in Washington where Kremlin supporters showed a movie challenging a U.S. human rights law that Vladimir Putin has been trying to reverse.
At least five congressional staffers and state department officials attended the filming.
Veselnitskaya was also at a dinner with the House chairman overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif).
In an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, Rohrabacher said, “There was a dinner at the Capitol Hill Club here with about 20 people. I think I was the only congressman there. They were talking about the Magnitsky case. But that wasn’t just the topic. There was a lot of other things going on. So I think she was there but I don’t remember any type of conversation with her between us. But I understand she was at the table.”
It appears now that the Russian lawyer tried to “play” the Trump administration – pretending to have dirt on the Clinton campaign when in fact she wanted to talk about something completely different.
The Moscow lawyer had been turned down for a visa to enter the U.S. lawfully but then was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch for the limited purpose of helping a company owned by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv, her client, defend itself against a Justice Department asset forfeiture case in federal court in New York City.
During a court hearing in early January 2016 as Veselnitskaya’s permission to stay in the country was about to expire, federal prosecutors described how rare the grant of parole immigration was as Veselnitskaya pleaded for more time to remain in the United States.
“In October the government bypassed the normal visa process and gave a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country called immigration parole,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni explained to the judge during a hearing Jan. 6, 2016.
“That’s a discretionary act that the statute allows the Attorney General to do in extraordinary circumstances. In this case, we did that so that Mr. Katsyv could testify. And we made the further accommodation of allowing his Russian lawyer into the country to assist,” he added.
So who enabled this meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russian lawyer? All along, it was the Obama administration itself.