The Russian lobbyist who met with Donald Jr. last year, one Rinat Akhmetshin, appears to be an ex-Soviet counterintelligence officer. He has at times denied it, but Sen. Grassley reported he was a self-admitted former spy who lobbies in the U.S. for Russian interests. The obvious question is, if so, how did he get U.S. citizenship?
Both he and Natalia Veselnitskaya met with Donald Jr. last year to discuss the Magnitsky Act which they want repealed. Donald Jr. thought he was getting opposition research.
Hillary supported the repeal of the Act after her husband received a lucrative speech offer in Russia and donations went to the Clinton Foundation.
Repeal would protect Russian murderers and human rights abusers.
Both Rinat and Natalia have ties to Fusion GPS, a firm that is also committed to repeal of the Magnitsky Act. Fusion GPS is the organization that came up with the mostly debunked Russia dossier. In other words, Fusion GPS hired a Russian spy.
Sen. Grassley filed a complaint last year about Akhmetshin for not registering as a foreign agent during his lobbying activities.
The senator’s website posting reads:
Grassley wrote in his complaint that Akhmetshin admitted he was a Soviet counterintelligence officer. He also wanted to know why Fusion GPS didn’t register as lobbyists for foreign agents.
The NY Post reported:
The Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month threatened to subpoena the firm, Fusion GPS, after it refused to answer questions and provide records to the panel identifying who financed the error-ridden dossier, which was circulated during the election and has sparked much of the Russia scandal now engulfing the White House.
What is the company hiding? Fusion GPS describes itself as a “research and strategic intelligence firm” founded by “three former Wall Street Journal investigative reporters.” But congressional sources say it’s actually an opposition-research group for Democrats, and the founders, who are more political activists than journalists, have a pro-Hillary Clinton, anti-Trump agenda.
“These weren’t mercenaries or hired guns,” a congressional source familiar with the dossier probe said. “These guys had a vested personal and ideological interest in smearing Trump and boosting Hillary’s chances of winning the White House.”
This is an investigation that must be included in Mueller’s probe.