Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump's son worked for intelligence agency

According to emails released by Trump Jr the meeting at Trump Tower was set up for the purpose of receiving incriminating evidence about Hillary Clinton provided by the Russian general prosecutor

Browder filed the OFAC complaint on the heels of a Daily Beast report published last week which said that Rohrabacher, a staunch defender of Russian Federation and Putin, accepted a "confidential" document from the prosecutor general's office in Moscow in April 2016 which he then used to try to undermine the Magnitsky Act on Capitol Hill.

Browder said that to protect the vast amounts of money, some of which he said was in American banks, Putin launched a campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act, a US law that imposed sanctions on Russian officials whom the USA held responsible for the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in a Russian jail after being retained by Browder to investigate corruption.

Browder, the founder of Hermitage Capital Management, r enounced his United States citizenship in 1998 and moved to Russian Federation, where he quickly became the country's most successful foreign investor.

Congress was considering expanding the act at the time, and there was an intense lobbying effort by a handful of people with Russian ties on Capitol Hill to have Magnitsky's name removed from it. It was Browder who was among the first to identify Akhmetshin publicly, having followed his work closely, and Browder's testimony on Wednesday could shed new light about what he knows about Russia's advocacy inside the United States and specifically how Veselnitskaya and Akhmetshin fit in.

Browder hired a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, to investigate what was going on.

President Obama signed the bill passed by Congress into law in 2012. Grubbs said. "It may not be in the interest of some individuals for the Russian side of serious matters to be examined and evaluated".

Browder testified that Kremlin-linked Natalia Veselnitskaya was the "family lawyer" for the Russian family that owns Prevezon Holdings Ltd., the target of a $230 million fraud and money-laundering case that Magnitsky had exposed. "That's the one thing we can conclude with certainty about what happened in that meeting". "She has said it - it's been said by people who attended that meeting", Browder noted. And I would not understate the value of the Magnitsky Act in terms of the consequences, because not only does it freeze the assets that are held in America, but the moment that you get onto the Magnitsky list, you get put on the OFAC sanctions list (Office of Foreign Assets Control), which is a (U.S.) Treasury sanctions list. "It affects Putin's money", Browder said.

Grassley (R-Iowa) gavels in the hearing, he will attempt to focus on its stated subject, the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) and Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that paid former MI6 spy Christopher Steele to collect intelligence on the Trump campaign's ties with Russian Federation.

"Anyone who knows me understands that I am the Member of Congress least likely to take directions from government officials, especially foreign government officials".

Simpson also cut a deal with Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, in which he'll speak with committee members or staffers privately in the way Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, did this week with the Senate and House Intelligence Committees.

Fusion GPS and Mr. Simpson have been central to the Russian election-meddling saga ever since the salacious anti-Trump dossier, which alleged a yearslong Kremlin conspiracy to elect Donald Trump and included colorful sex stories, was leaked to the press after Mr. Trump's stunning election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton. Enacted in 1938, FARA requires agents representing the interests of foreign powers in a "political or quasi-political capacity" to disclose their relationship with that foreign government and information about related activities and finances.

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