Loretta Lynch’s DoJ granted entrée to the Russian lawyer in the Donald Jr. Trump Tower case. She was allowed in on an ‘immigration parole’ under ‘exceptional circumstances.’
Those circumstances were to defend her client, a firm facing civil asset forfeiture. She was representing Russian client Denis Katsyv and his company Prevezon Holdings Ltd..
But she came into the country more than once. After she returned to Moscow, she came back by early June. So, who allowed this?
Multiple Obama agencies approved her original application
As Fox News reports, a number of Obama agencies okayed her stay in the U.S. without a visa. The DHS released a timeline that showed the Obama DoJ and Homeland Security department gave her ‘parole’ from September 2015 through February 2016.
When that expired, the DHS said the State Department issued her a B1/B2 non-immigrant visa in June, 2016. That was in time for the meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chair Paul Manafort.
Her original parole
She was granted ‘parole’ several times between September 2015 and February 2016. It was done in “concurrence with the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Southern District of New York”.
That is the district that bred both the unspectacular Loretta Lynch and unknown attorney Jim Comey.
The Attorney for the district at the time was Preet Bharara. He was recently fired by President Trump. However, the U.S. Attorney’s office agreed to the first parole until January 7 but denied the next one.
The parole Veselnitskaya received is used very “sparingly” and often for urgent humanitarian reasons or medical emergencies. Usually it’s for someone whose presence in the U.S. is for “significant public benefit.” Civil court cases do qualify but the company had a U.S. lawyer and didn’t need her, a woman suspected of being a Russian agent. This is a company affected by the Magnitsky Act.
The trail goes cold
The trail on Veselnitskaya’s immigration parole status in the U.S. runs dry after she applied for another extension in January 2016, where she stated she needed to represent her clients.
After January 14, there are NO PUBLIC RECORDS yet the government was watching her and suspected she was tied to the Russian government.
On May, 12, 2017 Prevezon Holdings settled with the U.S. government for $6 million dollars and at this point it appears it was no longer necessary for Veselnitskaya to be issued an extension to stay in the United States.
In fact, there appears to be no documents or court records showing Veselnitskaya’s extension of her parole status. with the U.S. government for $6 million dollars and at this point it appears it was no longer necessary for Veselnitskaya to be issued an extension to stay in the United States.
In fact, there appears to be no documents or court records showing Veselnitskaya’s extension of her parole status.
State Department spokeswoman Ambrose Sayles could not comment on how Veselnitskaya was allowed to return in early June or the status of her parole, telling Circa News that all “visa records remain confidential.” Sayles also noted that all visas are adjudicated on a “case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law. Section 222(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) prohibits us from discussing individual visa cases.”
She said noted that “visa records may be used for the formulation, amendment, administration, or enforcement of the immigration, nationality, and other laws of the United States.”