Since Donald Trump Jr. revealed that he met with a Russian lawyer last year in order to get dirt on Hillary Clinton directly from the Russian government, there has been quite a bit of interest in the attorney, Natalia Veselnitskaya.
While conservative pundits and politicians, along with the president himself, are hyping up a report that states Veselnitskaya was only in the US for the meeting because then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch allowed it, Democrats in Washington are focusing on something a bit more recent. And directly related to the current administration.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 17 Democratic members of Congress wanted to know why the AG suddenly settled a money laundering case in May involving Russian tax fraud that just so happened to involve the Russian attorney now in the center of the news cycle.
As Foreign Policy noted, not only did the DOJ settle the case two days before it went to trial. And the settlement was only for $6 million, not the $230 million sought. And in an even more interesting twist, former US Attorney Preet Bharara was the one who filed the case. Bharara was fired in March by the president after being promised he could keep his job during the transition.
Veselnitskaya has spent quite a bit of effort attempting to get the Magnitsky Act reveresed. The act is tied to the tax fraud scheme at the center of this case and has levied sanctions against Russians involved.
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