— The Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya who set up Don
Trump Jr. for a meeting in Trump Tower as part of a Fusion GPS
plot was operating out of the Washington offices of Cozen
O’Connor, a law firm run by an anti-Trump former Obama
administration official whose super PAC donated to Hillary
Clinton and Jeb Bush in the 2016 presidential election.
work from the Cozen O’Connor office provides more evidence of
a Democrat and establishment Republican effort to set up the
Trump campaign for a future Russian collusion case.
Veselnitskaya was allowed into the United States by the Obama
Department of Justice while the former Obama official who runs
Cozen O’Connor publicly warned then-candidate Trump that if he
became president he would be investigated by the DOJ for
contacts with foreign leaders. Veselnitskaya reportedly
had dinner meetings with Fusion GPS chief Glenn
Simpson the day before she met in Trump Tower and also the day
after she went inside Trump Tower.
League Politics has confirmed that a Cozen O’Connor partner
who lives in the same apartment building as James Comey’s
friend Daniel Richman — who leaked classified information to
the press on Comey’s behalf — spoke with Richman during the
period that Comey and the Fusion GPS team were trying to
obtain FISA warrants on Trump Tower.
break down the facts of an Obama administration official’s
involvement in the Trump Tower plot:
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and U.S. citizen Rinat Akhmetshin, a Soviet military veteran,
was present at Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Don Jr. in Trump
Tower after leading a lobbying push supposedly to repeal the
Magnitsky Act. Akhmestshin is believed by insiders to be
linked to Russian government intelligence, a fact that the
Washington Post seized on when reporting that he met with Don
Jr. and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower. A nonprofit group
focused on promoting Akhmetshin and Veselnitskaya’s cause to
lawmakers actually hired Cozen O’Connor, which the law firm
Washington Post reported (emphasis
the spring of 2016, as the presidential race was heating up,
Akhmetshin and lobbyists he hired sought meetings on Capitol
Hill to make their case against the sanctions law. Akhmetshin
hired former Democratic congressman Ron Dellums, along with a
team of lobbyists from
the law firm of Cozen O’Connor.
Steve Pruitt, a business colleague speaking on Dellums’s
behalf, said his involvement was brief and ended when he
determined that Congress was unlikely to change the law.
June, after visiting Trump Tower in New York, Veselnitskaya
came to Washington to lend a hand in the lobbying effort.
attended a meeting of the team at the downtown offices of
Cozen O’Connor, where she spoke at length in
Russian about the issues but confused many in the room, who
had not been told previously about her involvement, according
to several participants.”
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O’Connor managing partner Howard Schweitzer is listed here on
a DOJ form from an investigation into the breaking of lobbying
laws by Russians trying to repeal the Magnitsky Act — which
was just a front to get Russians in the room with Don Jr. We
know now that Natalia Veselnitskaya was actually operating out
of the Cozen O’Connor offices.
as general counsel for the
Export-Import Bank under George W. Bush and was chief
operating officer of the TARP bailout program under both Bush
and Obama from 2008-2009.
October 2008, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson appointed
Howard as the first COO of TARP. In this position, Howard led
program execution and built the TARP infrastructure. He served
as a key point person regarding the financial crisis through
the presidential transition and continued to serve as TARP COO
under Secretary Timothy Geithner until August 2009,” reads
Schweitzer’s Cozen O’Connor bio.
served as chief operating officer of the TARP in the George W.
Bush and Obama administrations,” reads Schweitzer’s bio for a
Politico piece he wrote in August 2016 headlined “7
Reasons Why Trump Would Hate Being President.”
virulently anti-Trump piece for Politico tries to make the
case that Trump was “sabotaging his own bid for the White
House.” Schweitzer said that if Trump became president then
“He’ll be investigated to death” by Congress and the Justice
Department for his business dealings and “relationships with
narrative was being set.
Philadelphia-based Cozen O’Connor law firm also has a
political action committee that
donated to Hillary Clinton during the
2016 presidential election, in addition to Jeb Bush, Chris
Christie, John Kasich, and Martin O’Malley. In the 2018
election cycle, the Cozen O’Connor PAC donated
more money to Hillary Clinton’s dormant campaign.
is Veselnitskaya seated behind Obama ambassador to Russia Mike
McFaul at a June 2016 congressional hearing focused on Russia.
O’Connor’s connections to the anti-Trump “Operation Crossfire
Hurricane” plot are wide-ranging, and show up in unexpected
Comey’s friend, Columbia University professor Daniel Richman,
leaked classified information that Comey gave him. During this
leaking period, Richman was apartment-building neighbors with
a partner at the Cozen O’Connor law firm that strategized with
Fusion GPS operative Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian plant
who set up Don Jr. in Trump Tower.
and Fusion GPS, led by Glenn Simpson, were part of John
Brennan and Peter Strzok’s CIA-led “Operation Crossfire
Hurricane” plot aimed at President Donald Trump and the Trump
he is my neighbor,” Amy Wenzel, a partner at Cozen O’Connor,
confirmed in a phone conversation with Big League Politics,
confirming that they spoke. They live near each other in a
Washington Post’s release of Trump Tower documents shows the
crowd surrounding non-sexual honeypot Natalia Veselnitskaya.
The crowd of conspirators knew they were damaging Trump by
setting up the meeting.
Post confirms British-citizen music promoter Rob Goldstone’s
testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, in which he
described the conspirators’ push to get the meeting despite
the fact that they knew it would create trouble for the Trump
Goldstone told the committee that his client, the Russian pop
star and developer Emin Agalarov, had insisted he help set up
the meeting between President Trump’s son and the lawyer
during the campaign to pass along material on Clinton,
overriding Goldstone’s own warnings that the meeting would be
a bad idea.
said, ‘it doesn’t matter. You just have to get the meeting,’ ”
Goldstone, a British citizen, testified.
intensity with which Agalarov and his father, the billionaire
Aras Agalarov, sought the Trump Tower meeting, which has
become a key point of scrutiny for congressional inquiries and
special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, was revealed in more
than 2,500 pages of congressional testimony and exhibits
released by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday
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Veselnitskaya is also inextricably linked to the case against
Russian attorney partner of Paul Manafort who was named as a
defendant in new Robert Mueller charges is also linked to the
Russian spy Natalia Vesenilskaya, who attended a meeting with
Don Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner in Trump Tower.
to Mueller’s new charges, Manafort’s Russian partner
Konstantin Kilimnik tried to intimidate or coerce witnesses in
Manafort’s upcoming money laundering trial. That puts
Konstantin Kilimnik at the center of the Mueller effort to
find obstruction of justice in Trump-World (Mueller is giving
himself until September 1 to try to find obstruction of
justice, after finding no Russian collusion involving Trump).
So who is Konstantine Kilimnik? It turns out that Kilimnik is
linked to Veselnitskaya, the Fusion GPS agent, according to
is how ProPublica described Kilimnik: “Konstantin
Kilimnik: Manafort, who worked for the pro-Russian party in
Ukraine before running Trump’s campaign, had an employee in
Kiev named Konstantin Kilimnik who U.S. and Ukrainian
authorities have suspected of having ties to Russian
intelligence, according to Politico. Kilimnik served in the
Russian army and learned English at a school that experts say
often trains spies. Kilimnik denied being a spy to The
Washington Post. Manafort had dinner with Kilimnik last August
in New York, just before he was forced out of the Trump
campaign amid growing questions about his work in the Ukraine,
the Post reported.”
reveal Kilimnik’s ties to Veselniskaya. Let’s take a look at
United States Senate Judiciary Committee documents questioning
Veselniskaya in October. Judiciary Committee chairman Sen.
Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Sen. Dianne Feinstein asked
Veselniskaya if she knew a handful of characters believed to
be conspirators in the case.
and Feinstein specifically asked Veselnitskaya if she knew
is page 4 of the documents, naming Kilimnik:
Attorney General Jeff Sessions was a member of the Senate
Judiciary Committee as senator from Alabama.
meeting with Don Jr. in Trump Tower provided some of the basis
for warrants to surveil Trump Tower and for other FBI
surveillance measures on the Trump campaign.
fact that Veselnitskaya, a lawyer herself, was in the meeting
with Trump Jr. and Kushner opened the president’s son and
son-in-law up to being qualified as “target associations” for
law enforcement under Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act
of 2008, passed during the Bush administration.
link to suspected conspirator Kilimnik is now coming under
Howley is the founder and
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the 2016 election, where his coverage of the Clinton email
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