Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, the key player in a controversial meeting with Donald Trump Jr., in June of 2016, was granted entry into the United States by former president Obama’s Justice Department, despite not having a visa.
The Moscow lawyer’s initial visa application had been turned down, but according to a Hill report she “was granted special immigration parole by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch.”
An interesting development to say the least.
Via the Hill:
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 the president’s eldest son.
The U.S. attorney’s office in New York indicated Veselnitskaya was allowed in the country from October 2015 to early January 2016 due to a grant of immigration parole, something Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul Monteleoni described as “a type of extraordinary permission to enter the country” during court proceedings in January.
“The government bypassed the normal visa process,” Monteleoni explained.
The question is, why?
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Officials could not immediately explain why Veselnitskaya was still here in June when the meeting with Trump Jr., took place.
When asked if the meeting between the Russian lawyer had been a setup by opponents of Trump, including possibly Obama himself, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley wouldn’t comment.
But he didn’t dismiss the notion out of hand either.
“There’s no way I know that and I shouldn’t comment on things you don’t know,” he said.
Grassley said he contacted the State Department and Department of Homeland Security “to find out what she was doing in the country when presumably either her visa or parole expired.”
The Obama administration has some explaining to do.
The Russian conspiracy case seems to have turned back to the previous administration, and grows more curious by the day.
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