Sean Hannity, with his lips permanently glued to Donald Trump’s buttocks, has questioned why the Obama administration allowed Natalia Veselnitskaya to stay in the country last year, when she met with Donald Trump Jr. and members of the Trump campaign to give them damaging information on Hillary Clinton.
Sean Hannity is, of course, an idiot, and his trying to somehow strangely shifting the blame of this mess to Barack Obama isn’t going to fly. In fact, there is a very good reason Veselnitskaya was allowed to stay in the country and it makes it ever worse for Trump. Here’s why:
Natalia Veselnitskaya did not mark up her visa application with “coming to America to give Donald Trump high-level information straight from the Kremlin.” Which, considering the stealth that Trump Junior displayed at the other end of the pipeline, is really rather surprising. Instead, Veselnitskaya’s official reason for coming to the United States really did have to do with the Magnitsky Act. Not lobbying against the act, but acting as an attorney in a lawsuit against a Russian company accused of money-laundering for the mob.
The specific case in question here is against Prevezon Holdings Ltd., a Cyprus-registered company.
So, how exactly did Prevezon Holding move mob money into the United States? By buying up expensive condos and other pieces of real estate. Veselnitskaya had come to the states to fight U. S. District Attorney Preet Bharara, after she made her pitch to Donald Trump Junior.
The connection between Bharara’s cases and Trump–Russia wasn’t immediately obvious. But Bharara hinted heavily that he had been ousted to close down a investigation of corruption related to Trump.
Until now, the case didn’t seem to be a peek into corruption inside the Trump regime. But with the spotlight now falling on Natalia Veselnitskaya, the actions of Prevezon Holdings Ltd are coming squarely to the center. Prevezon appears to be yet another holding company created expressly for the purpose of turning Russian mob money into American real estate in deals that allow oligarchs to clean their stolen funds and US real estate moguls to pocket fat profits. Deals exactly like those Trump is known to have used to escape bankruptcy.
When Donald Trump Jr. says that Veselnitskaya came to his office to discuss “adoption,” what he means is that she wanted to discuss the Magnitsky Act. And that discussion not only reflects on the US sanctions and blacklisting of Russian officials that resulted from the act, it directly plays into the Russian use of US real estate for money-laundering. Which was something Trump Jr. knew very, very well.
“Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets,” Trump’s son, Donald Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, according to an account posted on the website of eTurboNews, a trade publication. “We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.”
So even the part of the conversation that Donald Trump Jr. has been passing off as “inane nonsense” was actually directly related to his business, and directly related to an investigation that Trump was anxious to see closed.
Trump, Trump Jr., Mike Pence, Mike Flynn, Paul Manafort…the list goes on and on. Trump and his associates are so clearly and deeply involved in this potentially treasonous behavior that it’s only a matter of time before it all comes crashing down.