A Republican Congressman Just Got Caught Literally Taking Orders From Putin
The Daily Beast has just revealed that last April, Vladimir Putin’s favorite Republican Congressman Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) traveled with a Congressional delegation to Moscow where he met privately with Russia’s Prosecutor-General Yuri Chaika.
Chaika is the very same Russian government official who music publicist Rob Goldstone emailed Donald Trump Jr. about to set up an apparently incriminating meeting for dirt on Hillary Clinton last year.
The Daily Beast reports that the Republican legislator came back to America with a secret document and mission: to hold a posthumous show trial of murdered Russian tax auditor Sergey Magnitsky and his client Bill Browder in Congress:
Members of the team of Russians who secured a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner also attempted to stage a show trial of anti-Putin campaigner Bill Browder on Capitol Hill.
The trial, which would have come in the form of a congressional hearing, was scheduled for mid-June 2016 by Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), a long-standing Russia ally who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe. During the hearing, Rohrabacher had planned to confront Browder with a feature-length pro-Kremlin propaganda movie that viciously attacks him—as well as at least two witnesses linked to the Russian authorities, including lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.
A driving factor in passing Magnitsky Sanctions against Russia, which Congress approved in 2012, was that Russia put the dead auditor on trial posthumously along with his client Bill Browder, violating all international norms of the rule of law. So the Russians asked Rohrabacher to do the same in the United States Congress, and he complied.
Rep. Rohrabacher took documents from the Russian official Yuri Chaika last April, and then scheduled Congressional hearings, acing to remove the name Magnitsky from the new Global Magnitsky anti-corruption law and touted Putin’s cause in a House Foreign Relations Committee meeting on May 18th, 2016. (see video below)
The House Foreign Relations Committee rejected Rohrabacher’s amendment and his extensive arguments, approving the anti-corruption bill over his objections.
Next, the Republican-controlled foreign affairs committee decided to hold a hearing about “U.S. Policy Toward Putin’s Russia“(Transcript) instead of the hearing Rep. Rohrabacher wanted to hold grilling Browder and his dead employee, which was heard on June 14th, 2016.
Rep. Rohrabacher and Veselnitskaya attended an anti-Magnitsky propaganda film screening at Washington’s Newseum the night before the hearing. A showing of the Russian propaganda film at the EU Parliament only six weeks earlier was scrapped in a major political flap over its false contents. Rep. Rohrabacher had dinner with the major players in Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting at a private club for Republicans after the film:
During Royce’s hearing, Rohrabacher approvingly compared Donald Trump to Vladimir Putin. The congressman also submitted, for the congressional record, testimony that claimed Russia had not been behind the radioactive poisoning of former FSB officer Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Rohrabacher, Behrends, Akhmetshin, Veselnitskaya, and Matlock had dinner together later that night at the Capitol Hill Club, a private members’ establishment for Republicans. The evening was organized by Lanny Wiles, a veteran GOP operative.
The following day, Veselniskaya attended the House Foreign Relations Committee meeting and was quoted in a Sputnik News story about both events.
Rep. Rohrabacher’s top aide Paul Behrends – a former Blackwater lobbyist – was also at the meeting with Russian officials, and deeply involved in shepherding the Russian government’s agenda through the halls of power in D.C. In fact, also he knows ex-Blackwater CEO Erik Prince personally after serving with him in Rohrabacher’s office when the soldier for hire was just a Naval cadet and intern, long before he became Trump’s secret back channel to Russia this January.
Paul Behrends reached out to Bill Browder a couple of weeks before the loaded hearing and tried to get him to testify.
Russian prosecutor-general Yuri Chaika is so notriously corrupt and deeply loathed in Russia – as Maddow reported on MSNBC – that he personally inspired a Pussy Riot song and hand gesture based on his name, which translates as ‘seagull.’
Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya worked previously as a prosecutor for Chaika and she told the Wall Street Journal that she regularly met with the government lawyer. Her client in America was a Cyprus company named Prevezon, and its owner’s father is also a Russian transportation executive.
All of those men worked underneath a Russian billionaire former public railways boss Victor Yakunin, who publicly endorsed Donald Trump on CNBC in a story entitled “Putin Ally Backs Donald Trump for President” days after Donald Trump Jr.’s damning meeting with the lawyer Veselnitskaya and Rohrabacher’s hearing:
“It was always Republicans when, in the old days, some of kind of bridges were constructed. If Mr Trump is coming into power, that will be more facilitative to faster establishing new kinds of relations.”
Victor Yakunin is considered extremely close to Putin and has siphoned billions of Russian state dollars into strange places according to this extensive Reuters expose.
While in Russia last April, Rep. Rohrabacher met with the former state-owned Russian Railways boss Vladimir Yakunin, who was forced out of official office in 2015 when his son applied for British citizenship – seen as a disgrace akin to leaving the family businesses with the loot. Vladimir Yakunin served as a UN Diplomat for the USSR in the 1980s, prompting rumors of having KGB training.
Politico confirmed the meeting between Rep. Rohrabacher and the sanctioned tycoon in Moscow, just after last year’s election.
In fact, the list of dubious behaviors is so disgusting, that even Republican Senator Chuck Grassley – better known for being a staunch Trump apologist – has been raising hell with the Department of Justice to get to the bottom of an apparent spy ring in the House of Representatives.
The Global Magnitsky Act was ultimately added to a major defense bill and passed last December, aiming to sanction officials who commit human rights atrocities.
The Russian government’s aggressive and illegal lobbying efforts expose a web of corruption that stretches directly from the Kremlin’s halls of power right into Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher’s office and into the Trump campaign. President Trump’s reliance on felonious assistance from Russian government agents has been revealed and his campaign’s admitted collusion must be punished by Special Counsel Mueller to the fullest extent of the law.
Chief Of Staff Confirms That Trump Is Under Investigation By Mueller
Ever since the investigation into the 2016 election began, President Trump has steadfastly maintained that he isn’t personally under investigation.
Shortly after Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed earlier this year, Trump said former FBI Director James Comey had assured him he wasn’t part of the counterintelligence investigation being conducted by the FBI. And while that may be true in regard to counterintelligence, Comey didn’t offer any assurances that Trump wasn’t under criminal investigation.
And on Monday, just hours after indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business partner Rick Gates were unsealed in Washington, the president was on Twitter trying to distract from the growing scandal:
Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren’t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????
And yet, when White House Chief of Staff John Kelly appeared on The Ingraham Angle Monday evening, he clearly suggested that his boss is indeed being investigated, telling the host:
“It’s very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen, to be investigated, while at the same time trying to carry the weight of what it means to be president of the United States on his shoulders.”
If that’s not confirmation, what exactly is?
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As for Kelly’s whining that it’s an added “weight” on Trump to know he’s under the microscope while trying to do his job, all I can say is BOO FREAKING HOO! If he can’t handle the pressure, maybe he needs to step aside and let a legitimately elected person run the country. Someone like Hillary Clinton, who got nearly 3 million more votes than the Orange Menace.
Also, Trump made a choice to associate with unsavory characters like Manafort and Gates. He appointed Michael Flynn to one of the highest positions in the administration despite the fact that he was on the take from both the Russian and Turkish governments. You know the old saying: You are the company you keep.
So here’s a bit of advice for Trump and Kelly: No one wants to hear your pathetic whining. And we don’t believe any of your lies.
Harvey Weinstein to TWC Board, ‘I’m Sorry, I Have a Real Problem’
Harvey Weinstein was apologetic and contrite during the Board of Directors meeting Tuesday when he resigned under pressure from the Board … sources connected to the meeting tell TMZ.
We’re told there was no screaming, no yelling, no anger. Harvey Weinstein told the Board, “I have a real problem,” and then apologized for the “trouble and confusion” he caused TWC.
We’re told Weinstein, who was on speaker phone from Arizona, told the Board he needed to build a new life and move on.
Our sources say everyone sounded conciliatory … partly because the handwriting was on the wall. The Board made it clear Weinstein had a legal obligation to resign from the Board after it ratified his firing from TWC. He did just that.
Harvey, we’re told, was “peaceful” during the meeting and Bob was subdued.
We’re told the sense of the Board is that Harvey Weinstein will not force his firing to arbitration or court.
Our sources say both Harvey and Bob Weinstein have an overriding interest in making sure Colony Capital succeeds in restructuring the company — money. The each have roughly 21% equity interest in TWC, and if the company fails, they walk away with nothing.
As one source put it, “Harvey and Bob have a huge stake in making sure Colony Capital can put Humpty Dumpty back together again.”
As much as Donald Trump loves to brag about how rich he is, turns out he’s a lot less wealthy than he was a year ago.
Forbes magazine has just released their annual ranking of the 400 richest Americans has some very bad news for the Donald: His net worth has fallen drastically by $600 million, meaning he’s only worth an estimated $3.1 billion. That drops him 92 spots on the Top 400 list, from #146 to #248.
What led to the sudden drop in Trump’s worth? Forbes notes:
“A tough New York real estate market, particularly for retail locations; a costly lawsuit and an expensive presidential campaign.”
Ironically, America’s richest people are richer than they were in 2016, but not Trump.
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For the 24th year in a row, Bill Gates tops the list, with an estimated net worth of $89 billion. Here’s the rest of the top 10:
Jeff Bezos, Amazon, $67 billion
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway, $65.5 billion
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook, $55.5 billion
Larry Ellison, Oracle, $49.3 billion
Michael Bloomberg, Bloomberg LP, $45 billion
Charles Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
David Koch, Koch Industries, $42 billion
Larry Page, Google, $48.5 billion
Sergey Brin, Google, $37.5 billion
And Trump fared even worse on the Bloomberg’s worldwide billionaires list, which rates his worth at $2.86 billion. That doesn’t even qualify him to be named as one of the 500 richest people in the world.
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Expect a Trump Twitter meltdown before the end of business Tuesday.