Hermitage Capital CEO to Fox: Fusion GPS Working for Russians


In the complaint, Browder alleges Rohrabacher and Behrends "provided services to one of the central figures targeted by the Magnitsky Act" because they got information from the Russian official and used it to try to change the law.

Browder told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday that Fusion pitched false stories to journalists about Magnitsky, including that he died of natural causes, which Browder disputes.

Browder testified: 'In a kleptocracy like Russian Federation and other countries the way that the world works is that the president of that country allows certain people to get rich, he often gets a share of the wealth of those people and then he can rely on those people to do the state's bidding in situations where it may not be appropriate or they may not want to show the government's face'. He personally is at risk of the Maginitsky Act. Its founder Glenn Simpson, a former Wall Street Journal reporter, was one of the people in Washington who has helped Veselnitskaya lobby to repeal the Magnitsky Act-by working for an American law firm hired to defend Prevezon.

Browder testified that when Congress passed the Magnitsky Act, Putin retaliated by imposing a ban on Russian orphans. This man said the Russians were behind Fusion GPS.

Browder testified that Kremlin-linked Natalia Veselnitskaya was the "family lawyer" for the Russian family that owns Prevezon Holdings Ltd., the target of a $230 million fraud and money-laundering case that Magnitsky had exposed.

Although Trump Jr.'s publicly released emails show Clinton was to be the the primary topic of discussion at the Trump Tower meeting, Trump Jr. has maintained the topic was instead the adoption of Russian children.

Browder testified that the goal of repealing the Magnitsky Act is "the one thing we can conclude with certainty about what happened in that meeting".

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For those of you who only get your information from Fox and other right-wing media outlets and believe there's nothing wrong with members of President Donald Trump's inner circle and campaign staff talking to Russians about adopting cute little innocent Russian babies, here's what's wrong with it. "She has said it - it's been said by people who attended that meeting", Browder noted.

"Nobody was talking about adoption", Browder said. "They wouldn't have gone in and said please, can you repeal this for us, without having something to offer in return".

"The Foreign Agents Registration Act, or what our chairman called FARA, is really an important issue".

Beginning with Lou Carter and continued with several other fine history instructors, I was taught that if someone was standing in front of the People's House or speaking from behind a podium with the People's emblem on it, they were doing the government's or People's business. Enacted in 1938, FARA requires agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" to disclose their relationship with that foreign government and information about related activities and finances. For example, it's possible to remove banks from the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctions list with executive action after they've been added.

Like seeing Ivanka Trump taking her father's seat at a G-20 meeting with world leaders, instead of a member of the administration confirmed by the Senate, and Kushner being in charge of nearly everything in this administration.

Browder also said that Fusion GPS, the group hired by Hillary Clinton supporters that put together the salacious dossier on Donald Trump, was receiving money indirectly from a senior Russian government official.

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