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Awkward! Obama Justice Department Let Russian Lawyer Stay in U.S. without Visa

Written by Joe Scudder

The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr was admitted into the country under Obama under “extraordinary circumstances.”

Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya did not have a Visa yet she was allowed into the country anyway. Furthermore, the work she did while in the United States was not the work for which she was granted permission to be in the country. This was all done by the Obama Administration—by the Department of Justice under Loretta Lynch.

The Hill reports, “Exclusive: DOJ let Russian lawyer into US before she met with Trump team.

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.

Veselnitskaya has affirmed that she met with members of the Trump team, politicians, and State Department officials to lobby against the Magnitysky Act. Other witnesses have confirmed this.

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.

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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.

[…]

The prosecutor said Justice 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.

Read the complete The Hill story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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