(TeaParty.org) – Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer with close ties to Fusion GPS, the shady opposition research firm who compiled the fake Trump dossier, provided Congress with written answers to their questions.
In her written testimony, she lied through her teeth and denied that she met with the Chief at Fusion GPS before and after her meeting with Donald Trump Jr. at the Trump Plaza in New York City. She submitted those answers over a month ago, but she should have consulted with Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson before submitting them.
In a testimony before two congressional committees, Simpson testified that he did meet with Veselnitskaya before and after the meeting with Trump Jr. If Simpson were going to lie, he would have said they didn’t meet, but he didn’t. He did say that the meetings had nothing to do with Trump, but of course he has already lost all credibility, and the fact that Veselnitskaya lied about it might indicate that was exactly what they met for.
There has long been speculation that the meeting was a set up to advance the Democratic narrative that Trump colluded with the Russians and that it was that collusion that cost Hillary the presidency – not the fact that she ran the worst campaign in history, or that the Democrats nominated the worst candidate in history after Obama.
But her denial is inconsistent with previous reporting and with what Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) in a closed-door interview last month.
“Did you have contact with Glenn Simpson on June 8, 9, or 10, 2016?” reads one of the 94 questions posed to Veselnitskaya by the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“No, there had been no contacts with him on [sic] specified dates,” Veselnitskaya said in her written testimony, which was submitted electronically on Nov. 20 and published on Tuesday by NBC News.
Simpson was interviewed by HPSCI on Nov. 14, mostly about his involvement with the dossier. He was also interviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Aug. 22.
Fox News broke the story about the meetings between the Russian lawyer and Simpson before and after the Trump Jr. meeting in November. Veselnitskaya told the committee that the report from Fox News was incorrect and that those meetings never took place. Veselnitskaya had previously given jumbled and contradictory information about her meeting with Trump Jr.
She said that she met with him to discuss the Magnitsky Act that sanctioned high-ranking Russians with close ties to the Kremlin. She also claimed that she was not associated with the Russian government, but we now know she was working closely with Yuri Chaika, Russia’s prosecutor general.
All of this could lead to one wondering who really colluded with Russia , Trump or Clinton. It should be noted that Clinton broke ranks with her fellow Democrats and opposed the Magnitsky Act. That connects Veselnitskaya, Clinton and Fusion GPS. Clinton also paid Fusion GPS to compile the fake Trump dossier. It is from that unholy trinity where the saying “thick as thieves” comes from.
Trump supporters have raised other questions about Veselnitskaya, especially because of her relationship with Simpson. The Trump backers have theorized that the Trump Tower meeting was a setup used to plant negative claims about the Trump campaign in the dossier.
Fusion GPS was working on the dossier project at the time for the Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. The oppo firm hired former British spy Christopher Steele to investigate Trump’s activities in Russia.
Perhaps this will finally prompt someone to start an investigation into the connections between these three. We do know that Hillary and Fusion GPS shopped the dossier around to the media, creating an October surprise.