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Bible Studies at the White House: Who’s Inside This Spiritual Awakening?
WASHINGTON – A spiritual awakening is underway at the White House.
Some of the most powerful people in America have been gathering weekly to learn more about God’s Word, and this Trump Cabinet Bible study is making history.
They’ve been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history – men and women who don’t mince words when it comes to where they stand on God and the Bible.
Ralph Drollinger of Capitol Ministries told CBN News, “These are godly individuals that God has risen to a position of prominence in our culture.”
They’re all handpicked by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.
“I don’t think Donald Trump has figured out that he chained himself to the Apostle Paul,” Drollinger laughed.
Drollinger is a former NBA-playing giant of a man with an even bigger calling. He founded Capitol Ministries with the idea that if you change the hearts of lawmakers, then their Christian world view will guide them to make good policies.
He’s started Bible studies in 40 state capitols, a number of foreign capitols, teaches weekly studies in the U.S. House and Senate and now leads about a dozen members of President Trump’s Cabinet in weekly studies of the scriptures.
Health Secretary Tom Price, Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Agriculture Secretary Sunny Perdue, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo are just a few of the regulars.
“It’s the best Bible study that I’ve ever taught in my life. They are so teachable; they’re so noble; they’re so learned,” Drollinger said.
It’s groundbreaking since he doesn’t think a formal Bible study among executive Cabinet members has been done in at least 100 years.
America’s top cop, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, also attends the study.
“He’ll (Jeff Sessions) go out the same day I teach him something and I’ll see him do it on camera and I just think, ‘Wow, these guys are faithful, available and teachable and they’re at Bible study every week they’re in town,'” Drollinger said.
President Trump is invited to attend the Bible studies, too. Each week he receives a copy of Drollinger’s teaching.
And Vice President Pence is also planning to join the study as his schedule permits. He also serves as a sponsor.
In Pence, Drollinger sees many similarities to biblical figures like Joseph, Mordecai and Daniel – all men who rose to the number two position in governments at different times in history.
“Mike Pence has respect for the office. He dresses right – like it says Joseph cleaned himself up before he went to stand before the Pharaoh,” Drollinger told CBN News.
“Mike Pence has uncompromising biblical tenacity and he has a loving tone about him that’s not just a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal,” he continued. “And then fourthly, he brings real value to the head of the nation.”
Like others, Drollinger often compares President Trump to biblical strongman Samson.
“I just praise God for them,” he said. “And I praise God for Mike Pence, who I think with Donald Trump chose great people to lead our nation.”
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Trump to GOP senators: Cancel your recess
President Trump told GOP senators at the White House on Wednesday that they should cancel their August recess and not leave town until acting to repeal ObamaCare.
“We shouldn’t leave town until this is complete,” he said during a lunch at the White House. “We should hammer this out and get it done.”
Trump also said that repeal isn’t enough, and that Republicans should also replace ObamaCare with new legislation.
“We can repeal, but we should repeal and replace,” he said.
“Frankly I don’t think we should leave town unless we have a health insurance plan, unless we can give people great health care,” he continued. “Because we’re close. We’re very close.’’
The president challenged the GOP senators, saying that anyone who votes against beginning debate on the legislation is saying “you are fine with ObamaCare.”
Trump’s opening remarks at the luncheon were open to the press and quickly broadcast on cable television.
The president took a scolding tone at times during his remarks, urging GOP lawmakers to keep their campaign promises.
But the public tongue-lashing from Trump might not be well received by Republican senators, many of whom believe he has failed to master the details of the healthcare proposal and did little to sell it.
Trump took aim at those members during his remarks, saying that they now had someone at the White House who would sign a repeal bill.
He acknowledged this was different from 2015, when Republican lawmakers knew former President Barack Obama would veto legislation rolling back his signature healthcare law.
“Any senator who votes against debate says you are fine with ObamaCare,” Trump said, criticizing GOP lawmakers who have said they would do just that.
“I’ve been here six months,” he continued. “I’m ready to act, pen in hand, believe me. I’m sitting in that office. I have pen in hand. You never had that before.”
He also took a shot at Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.), who had announced his opposition to an earlier Senate ObamaCare repeal-and-replace bill, which contributed to its failure.
Trump sat next to Heller, and joked about him wanting to “remain a senator.”
The senator responded by tilting back his head, chuckling and saying “oh.”
Heller is arguably the most endangered Republican Senate incumbent in 2018. Past White House-backed efforts to pressure the Nevada senator, including an ad campaign hitting him on healthcare, have sparked tension with GOP leaders.
Trump has expressed frustration with the Senate, which is scheduled to begin its recess the third week of August. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) previously cut back the recess by two weeks.
Senate Republicans this week failed to move forward with their legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare after several senators said they would not vote in favor of a motion to proceed to the bill.
A fallback option to simply repeal ObamaCare also seems destined for failure, with several centrist Republicans saying they also will not vote in favor of a procedural motion on that measure.
The president’s stated desire Wednesday for a repeal-and-replace bill may have added even more confusion to the jumbled process.
Just one day earlier, he said that Republicans in Congress should just sit back and “let Obamacare fail.”
That came after a Monday tweet, in which he appeared to endorse the repeal-without-replace plan.
“Republicans should just REPEAL failing ObamaCare now & work on a new Healthcare Plan that will start from a clean slate. Dems will join in!” he wrote.
Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said he is limiting his trips to the White House while his panel investigates Russia’s election interference. McCain is in Arizona recovering from surgery.
— This story was updated at 1:53 p.m.
WHAT I HAVE BEEN AFRAID TO BLOG ABOUT: THE ESF AND ITS HISTORY (PART 1-5) – FUNDING COVERT OPERATIONS – THE “DEEP STATE”: E$F – ESF’S CHOICES: LYING TO PEOPLE OR SCARING THEM TO DEATH
Source: Market Skeptics
June 3, 2011 by Eric deCarbonnel
After months of work, the video series on the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF) is finally finished!
Why you should watch these five videos:
It is impossible to understand the world today without knowing what the ESF is and what it has been doing. Officially in charge of defending the dollar, the ESF is the government agency which controls the New York Fed, runs the CIA’s black budget, and is the architect of the world’s monetary system (IMF, World Bank, etc). ESF financing (through the OSS and then the CIA) built up the worldwide propaganda network which has so badly distorted history today (including erasing awareness of its existence from popular consciousness). It has been directly involved in virtually every major US fraud/scandal since its creation in 1934: the London gold pool, the Kennedy assassinations, Iran-Contra, CIA drug trafficking, HIV, and worse…
These five videos are the “answer” I have arrived at after three years of blogging on MarketSkeptics.com. They took me a month and a half to make (and months of research). You will not find the material covered anywhere else. So if you enjoyed them, please donate.
The Links to all the material covered can be found below the videos. I recommend following them and confirming the facts for yourself.
(The youtube view counts for these videos are incomplete (because they only count views on youtube’s website)).
What I have been afraid to blog about: The ESF and Its History – Part 1
What I have been afraid to blog about: The ESF and Its History – Part 2
What I have been afraid to blog about: The ESF and Its History – Part 3
What I have been afraid to blog about: The ESF and Its History – Part 4
What I have been afraid to blog about: The ESF and Its History – Part 5
Debt, debt and more debt is the ONLY economic future Americans will have….
The article immediately linked above was written by Anthony Scaramucci. Scaramucci was appointed by President Trump as the White House Communications Director on July 21, 2017.
A Scaramucci flashback:
A connection worth noting considering the article linked above in which Scaramucci thinks debt is alright and a part of the inevitability of American life now that he has been moved to the position as White House Communications Director:
Trump’s daughter and son-in-law pushed Scaramucci’s appointment
Commentary from Oasis Forum on the Exchange Stabilization Fund (ESF):
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July 13, 2015 at 7:13 PM
Because its so secret, the activity’s of the giant Exchange Stabilization Fund, are not known by the public. Whoever controls this fund, my thinking is that it is Jack Lew, is probably one of the most powerful men in the world. It would be natural, for China to accuse the US, and Jack Lew, of being involved in pricking the Chinese stock market bubble. You have to ask yourself, does the pricking of the Chinese stock bubble help the US? How much? If its a lot, then probably the ESF is involved. The ESF enters all markets and controls them in the interest of the US government. They are also involved in pm manipulation. Anyone who acts as an agent for the ESF is exempt for the rule of law. Any bank who acts an agent for the ESF is exempt from all criminal prosecution. It explains a lot. Any covert project that the Treasury Dept or the President wishes to involve himself with can be covered by using the ESF. Whether it is the Secret Space Program, or Covert CIA or alphabet soup agency’s or sabotaging global stock markets. Its all opaque. There is no over site. It does not exist as far as the law is concerned. The most powerful man in the world controls this fund. Period.
You will never hear a politician discuss this fund. It does not exist.
Brother Nathnael has a few words about Jack Lew and David S. Cohen (the “synagogue rules with US Treasury”) on the US Treasury Department regarding economic sanctions against Russia:
What The Media Won’t Tell You About Putin – MUST SEE
Trump Fired James Comey for Elite Pedophile Ring Coverup FBI Director firing by President Trump over pedophilia claim By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 11th May 2017 @ 11.29am © press Donald Trump fired James Comey as FBI Director over pedophile ring coverup Donald Trump made a surprise move this week when he fired the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey, citing the reason as wanting to “restore public trust and confidence”.Comey’s firing came shortly after the FBI corrected his sworn testimony on the Hillary Clinton investigation, in which he stated that Clinton’s sidekick, Huma Abedin, had forwarded thousands of emails to her to her husband’s laptop when the emails had actually been transferred there from electronic backup devices, meaning Comey had lied under oath.Abedin’s estranged husband, disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner is currently facing trial for the creation child pornography that may well result in a lengthy prison sentence.The victim of Weiner’s child pornography case claims that Comey knew about the abuse at the time it was happening, and not only covered it up but also facilitated it to use as political leverage to further his own career.The young girl, who is now 16 years old, describes herself as a “survivor” of Elite “predatory” pedophile Weiner in an open letter she has written to the press in which she says the FBI had the power to protect her but instead chose to add to the abuse to further Comey’s agenda.Anthony Weiner’s sex crimes were discovered during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server misuse, when her aide, Huma Abedin’s phone and devices were seized, and this extended to her husband’s phone and laptop as Abedin has also used these to access emails.It was when Weiner’s devices were examined by law enforcers that the gruesome discoveries were made.The New York Police Department confirmed that the laptop contained sufficient evidence of pedophilia and proved that Clinton knew about, and covered up these crimes.The NYPD officers also found a file on the computer called “Insurance” that officers have nicknamed the Rosetta Stone due to the amount of incriminating evidence it contains for Elite pedophilia, which is thought to be Weiner’s “get out of jail card”.James Comey said the laptop had “nothing of value on it”.According to The Daily Wire: “New York Police Department detectives and sources working an underage child pornography case against Anthony Weiner confirm the laptop seized from the former congressman contains proof that Hillary Clinton knew he was engaging in a long sexual relationship with a minor but did not intervene to alert any state or federal authorities to protect the 15-year-old.Not blowing the whistle on the serial sexter allowed Weiner to keep sexting the youth via cell phone and internet chats for approximately another four more months, NYPD sources said. While Clinton was busy campaigning to be the first female US president with Weiner’s wife and aide Huma Abedin, he was at home sending the 15-year-old online porn and divulging his rape fantasies to the girl, NYPD sources said. Weiner also apparently talked on the telephone with the girl, based on intelligence gleaned from the laptop.”Is Comey’s firing due to his help in covering up for Elite pedophile networks or the fact that he’s in some way connected, or even part of, these pedophilia rings?Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a letter in which he cites Comey’s handling of the Clinton Investigation, stating that Comey shouldn’t have closed the Clinton investigation without further action: “I cannot defend the Director’s handling of the conclusion of the investigation of Secretary Clinton’s emails, and I do not understand his refusal to accept the nearly universal judgment that he was mistaken.”Attorney General Jeff Sessions recommended that Comey should be replaced in another letter saying that “a fresh start is needed”.Others reports claim that James Comey is not just covering for high-level pedophiles, but that he himself is part of a network of pedophilia and child trafficking, although this has not been confirmed.Crowd-souces investigations on Voat claim that the video below provides conclusive evidence for Comey’s involvement.tags: pedogate | pedophile
Brad Pitt: ‘Elite Hollywood Pedophiles Control America’ Movie star speaks out against pedophilia rings By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 26th June 2017 @ 8.00pm © Press Movie star Brad Pitt exposes Hollywood’s Elite pedophile rings Following the recent spate of pedophile arrests in California, movie star Brad Pitt has revealed the true depths of Hollywood pedophilia in a shocking exposé.As a 30-year seasoned veteran in the movie business, Pitt speaks about his experiences after witnessing the dark side of the entertainment industry first hand.Mr. Pitt describes how the whole TV and film industry is run around a culture of grooming children for child trafficking networks that reach across the United States and beyond, into the upper echelons of the political spectrum and societal hierarchy: “You think Hollywood is about making movies? That’s just a byproduct: It’s about money, and more importantly, power and control.””The people who run Hollywood, also run America, and most of the world, and they don’t care about movies.””You’ve heard of the Illuminati right? The secret societies, the politicians, the bankers and the media – they’re the ones running these pedophile rings, and they’re the ones that run the world, and it all goes back to Hollywood.””Kids wanna be in movies, or should I say; parents want their kids to be in movies, and they’ll do anything to get them famous”When asked why Hollywood was targetted by these Elite networks, he said; “It’s the parents. It’s the American dream to be famous and the parents will do anything to get them there.””Have you ever met the mom of a child actor? They’re nuts.””It’s easy pickings, and it’s not just movies, it’s TV, music… it’s showbiz.””The parents are basically selling their kids souls for fame.”Mr. Pitt goes on to expose the motivation behind the Elite child trafficking and how the children are given roles to influence other children to push agenda.He describes how children are used as political currency whilst the parents turn a blind eye in the hope their offspring will be in the next box office smash: “One of these [Elites] buys into a movie. A thousand kids go for the lead role, and 100 of them would probably work. Some young kid with a pushy mom turns up who will do anything to get the part.””The kid gets sent off to some guy that runs a TV network. The network pushes the movie, and the first guy makes loads of money when it’s a hit.””The TV guy will never say a bad thing about the movie because movie guy knows what TV guy did with that young kid.””The same thing happens with politicians and bankers and the rest of them,””It’s all backroom deals with kids as bargaining chips.”READ MORE: Pedophile Priest With HIV who Raped 30 Children Forgiven by ChurchWhen asked about who these “Hollywood players” are, Pitt was reluctant to name names, saying, “I’m from the land of the free and easy lawsuit”, but said he was confident these high-level child abusers will soon see justice: “The media will never expose the truth as they’re part of it. It’s the independent media that will expose this.””The internet is a wonderful thing and the free flow of information is bringing it all to the surface now.””They’re losing their hold over the American people, and people everywhere, and they know it.””It’s just a matter of time before it all comes out.”Brad Pitt has had a rocky past with secret societies, after a leaked video of his ex-wife Angelina Jolie, in which she discussed Hollywood Illuminati rituals, went viral.Mr. Pitt responded to the video by saying he was “sickened” by the revelations.
WASHINGTON – Republican senators who successfully lobbied Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to truncate lawmakers’ summer break said today that with limited working days left between now and the end of the fiscal year they have to tackle multiple items on President Trump’s agenda.
“The president basically said at the first of the year that there were four major priorities this year. One was healthcare, one was regulation, one was tax and one was the Supreme Court,” Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) said during a press conference with a group of GOP senators.
“We’re moving on most of those, but right now even if we get through healthcare in the next week or two, between now and the end of the fiscal year, we only have 31 working days left and we have the debt ceiling to get through, the budget for 2018, the reconciliation that goes with that and the appropriations process to fund the government before September 30,” he added.
Perdue said not taking the traditional August recess is “much bigger” than repealing and replacing Obamacare.
“We need to get to this tax bill. This bill is the final chapter in getting this economy going that the president laid out earlier this year,” Perdue said. “We just want to make sure we have plenty of time to get all of that done.”
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) compared Congress to struggling college students.
“We’ve got healthcare. We’ve got budgets. We’ve only got 31 scheduled days in the Senate between now and the end of our fiscal year, Sept. 30, to get a budget passed. This past year we were 7 months into the fiscal year before we finally passed a budget,” Daines said.
“So I don’t see any reason why we need to be leaving this town in August. We should be here doing the people’s business. If you were going to school and you were getting failing grades in your spring semester, you better stay in school for the summer and go to summer school, not take a recess,” he added.
Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) agreed with Daines.
“What we don’t have is time. What we are running out of is time … so what do we do? We can create more time. We can do that,” Sullivan said.
After the senators’ presser, McConnell announced he would trim the five-week break by two weeks, letting lawmakers go home the third week of August.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said there’s an “enormous amount” of work for Congress to do and that the Senate’s “artificially imposed” deadlines do not “serve the interest” of the American people.
“Whether you are on the left end of the political spectrum or the right end or somewhere in between, it’s difficult to dispute the fact that there’s a lot that needs to be done,” Lee said.
MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A small Minnesota town is getting a lot of attention for a Satanic monument coming to their veterans park.
The monument going up for The Satanic Temple — which features an upturned helmet atop a black cube — will soon be at the site of the Veterans Memorial Park in Belle Plaine.
It is being built by a group of Satanists out of Massachusetts, and it will be the first Satanic monument on public property in United States history.
The city is allowing the monument to be built after a religious freedom group threatened to sue over another statue, which features a soldier praying over a grave marked with a cross.
City officials say the memorial, which is not inside the park yet, is finished, but they are still working out a date for when it will go in.
It has to be put in a small area called “The Free Speech Zone.” It is an area designated to 10 or fewer memorials, as long as they honor veterans.
“They said they were putting it up and I did not like it,” said resident Donna Karnitz.
City Councilmember Cary Coop says he voted against the designated free speech area.
“I don’t think there’s too many Satanists around here, but it’s free speech,” Coop said.
He says they anticipated other groups coming in.
“We were warned against creating this free speech zone, and it will be probably be just as well that we didn’t have one, that people could use private property to say whatever they want,” Coop said.
Karnitz, whose husband is a veteran of the Vietnam War, says she finds the new Satanic monument offensive.
“It was approved a while back already, and it has not come here,” she said. “I am hoping and praying that it doesn’t come into the park here [laughs]!”
Karnitz is not alone. There is a protest planned at the park on Saturday during the city’s popular BBQ Days festival.
Despite its name, the Satanic Temple says it does not promote a belief in a personal Satan and that that “religion can, and should, be divorced from superstition.”
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The Russian lawyer who penetrated Donald Trump’s inner circle was initially cleared into the United States by the Justice Department under “extraordinary circumstances” before she embarked on a lobbying campaign last year that ensnared the president’s eldest son, members of Congress, journalists and State Department officials, according to court and Justice Department documents and interviews.
This revelation means it was the Obama Justice Department that enabled the newest and most intriguing figure in the Russia-Trump investigation to enter the country without a visa.
Later, a series of events between an intermediary for the attorney and the Trump campaign ultimately led to the controversy surrounding Donald Trump Jr.
Just five days after meeting in June 2016 at Trump Tower with Trump Jr., Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and then-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya showed up in Washington in the front row of a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearingon Russia policy, video footage of the hearing shows.
She also engaged in a pro-Russia lobbying campaign and attended an event at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where Russian supporters showed a movie that challenged the underpinnings of the U.S. human rights law known as the Magnitsky Act, which Russian President Vladimir Putin has reviled and tried to reverse.
The Magnitsky Act imposed financial and other sanctions on Russia for alleged human rights violations connected to the death of a Russian lawyer who claimed to uncover fraud during Putin’s reign. Russia retaliated after the law was passed in 2012 by suspending Americans’ ability to adopt Russian children.
At least five congressional staffers and State Department officials attended that movie showing, according to a Foreign Agent Registration Act complaint filed with the Justice Department about Veselnitskaya’s efforts.
And Veselnitskaya also attended a dinner with the chairman of the House subcommittee overseeing Russia policy, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) and roughly 20 other guests at a dinner club frequented by Republicans.
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.”
Rohrabacher said he believed Veselnitskaya and her U.S. colleagues, which included former Rep. Ronald Dellums (D-Calif.), were lobbying other lawmakers to reverse the Magnitsky Act and restore the ability of Americans to adopt Russian children that Moscow had suspended.
“I don’t think this was very heavily lobbied at all compared with the other issues we deal with,” he said.
As for his former congressional colleague Dellums, Rohrabacher said he recalled having a conversation about the Magnitsky Act and the adoption issue: “Ron and I like each other … I have to believe he was a hired lobbyist but I don’t know.”
Veselnitskaya did not return a call seeking comment Wednesday at her Moscow office. Dellums also did not return a call to his office seeking comment.
But in an interview with NBC News earlier this week, Veselnitskaya acknowledged her contacts with Trump Jr. and in Washington were part of a lobbying campaign to get members of Congress and American political figures to see “the real circumstances behind the Magnitsky Act.”
That work was a far cry from the narrow reason the U.S. government initially gave for allowing Veselnitskaya into the U.S. in late 2015, according to federal court records.
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 on 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.
The prosecutor said the Justice Department was willing to allow the Russian lawyer to enter the United States again as the trial in the case approached so she could help prepare and attend the proceedings.
The court record indicates the presiding judge asked the Justice Department to extend Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole another week until he decided motions in the case. There are no other records in the court file indicating what happened with that request or how Veselnitskaya appeared in the country later that spring.
The U.S. Attorney’s office in New York confirmed Wednesday to The Hill that it let Veselnitskaya into the country on a grant of immigration parole from October 2015 to early January 2016.
Justice Department and State Department officials could not immediately explain how the Russian lawyer was still in the country in June for the meeting with Trump Jr. and the events in Washington.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has demanded the U.S. government provide him all records on how Veselnitskaya entered and traveled in the U.S., a request that could shed additional light on her activities.
Interviews with a half dozen Americans who came in contact with Veselnitskaya or monitored her U.S. activities in 2016 make clear that one of her primary goals was to see if the Congress and/or other political leaders would be interested in repealing the 2012 Magnitsky Act punishing Russia or at least ensure the Magnitsky name would not be used on a new law working its way through Congress in 2016 to punish human rights violators across the globe.
“There’s zero doubt that she and her U.S. colleagues were lobbying to repeal Magnitsky or at least ensure his name was removed from the global law Congress was considering,” said U.S. businessman William Browder, who was the main proponent for the Magnitsky Act and who filed a FARA complaint against Veselnitskaya, Dellums and other U.S. officials, claiming they should have registered as foreign agent lobbyists because of the work.
The 2012 law punished Russia for the prison death of Sergei Magnitsky, a Moscow lawyer and accountant who U.S. authorities allege uncovered a massive $230 million money laundering scheme involving Russian government officials that hurt U.S. companies.
Magnitsky became a cause celeb in the United States after his mysterious death in a Russian prison, but Russian officials have disputed his version of events and in 2011 posthumously convicted him of fraud in Russia.
It is that alternate theory of the Magnitsky fraud cause that Veselnitskaya and her U.S. allies tried to get into the hands of American officials, including Rohrabacher, the Trump team and other leaders.
Browder’s complaint, which alleges that Washington lobbyists working with Veselnitskaya failed to register as foreign agents, is still pending at the Justice Department. It identified several events in Washington that Veselnitskaya and her allies attended or staged in June 2016.
All of them occurred in the days immediately after the Russian lawyer used a music promoter friend to get an audience June 9 with Trump Jr. promising dirt on then-Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clintonbut instead using the meeting to talk about Magnitsky and the adoption issue, according to Trump Jr. and Veselnitskaya.
On June 13, 2016, Veselnitskaya attended the screening of an anti-Magnitsky movie at the Newseum, which drew a handful of congressional staffers and State Department officials, according to Browder’s complaint.
The next day, she appeared in the front row of a hearing chaired by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.), sitting right behind a former U.S. ambassador who testified on the future of U.S-Russia policy.
Rohrabacher said he recalled around the same time a conversation with Dellums about Magnitsky and the adoption issue and then attending a dinner that included Veselnitskaya at the Capitol Hill Club with about 20 people.
Sources close to the lobbying effort to rename the Magnitsky Act, conducted over the summer of 2016, said it fizzled after only a month or two. They described Veselnitskaya, who does not speak English, as a mysterious and shadowy figure. They said they were confused as to whether she had an official role in the lobbying campaign, although she was present for several meetings.
The sources also described their interactions with Veselnitskaya in the same way that Trump Jr. did. They claimed not to know who she worked for or what her motives were.
“Natalia didn’t speak a word of English,” said one source. “Don’t let anyone tell you this was a sophisticated lobbying effort. It was the least professional campaign I’ve ever seen. If she’s the cream of the Moscow intelligence community then we have nothing to worry about.”
The sources added they met with Veselnitskaya only once or twice over the course of the lobbying campaign, which culminated with airing of a Russian documentary that challenged the notion that Magnitsky was beaten to death in a Russian prison
About 80 people, including congressional staffers and State Department employees, attended the viewing at the Newseum.
Last updated 31 May 2017 13:20 PST