(National Sentinel)Â Political Intrigue: You can take this to the bank or take it with a grain of salt, but that Russian lawyer who said she had some dirt on Hillary Clinton so she could meet with Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign last year just threw a ton of cold water on the validity of the infamous “Trump dossier.”
As exclusively reported byÂ Fox News,Â Natalia Veselnitskaya slammed the dossier as “cheap gossip,” in an email sent in Russian. The network reported online that her translator sent an English version of the original message, which was reviewed and verified byÂ Fox News.
Her comments came afterÂ testimony from a Senate witness who claimed she worked with the firm behind that document on a separate project. The firm is Fusion GPS, which has also been linked to additional Democratic Party opposition research.
â€œWhen I read some parts of this â€˜dossierâ€™ in the media I laughed,â€ Veselnitskaya said. â€œWhat kind of idiots does one have to take Americans for to think that they can believe that stupid and incompetent [and] absurd [dossier]?â€
Fox News reported further:
The same email, in a confusing passage, also seemed to both defend and question the co-founder of the firm behind the document.Â
Last month, CEO of Hermitage Capital Bill Browder testified before a Senate committee thatÂ Veselnitskaya orchestrated a “smear campaign” against him as part of an effort to fight anti-Russia sanctions, working with the firm Fusion GPS and co-founder Glenn Simpson.Â
Fusion was the same company behind the anti-Trump dossier.Â
This detail was swiftly picked up by President Trump and his allies, who pointed to the alleged Fusion-Russia connection as proof Moscow was actually working against him in 2016 despite “collusion” claims.Â
Simpson had employed former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in the project, which was crafted as opposition research in requests by unknown political rivals of Trump. The dossier was first made public when BuzzFeed published contents in January. Steele since has been ordered to give a deposition in the multi-million dollar libel case brought against the media outlet.
Simpson and Fusion have refused to say who they were working for on the dossier case, claiming they must keep clients’ identities confidential. Simpson met with Senate Judiciary Committee staff for hours on Tuesday behind closed doors as part of their investigation.
Fusion GPS told Fox News the firm is cooperating and turned over more than 40,000 documents to the staff for their review.
However, the committee said that the firm only turned over media headlines and thousands of blank pages.
â€œFusionâ€™s initial production of documents consisted solely of headlines from publicly available news reports and more than 7,500 pages of blank paper,â€ committee spokesman Taylor Foy said after Simpsonâ€™s interview. â€œFusion eventually provided a copy of the same unverified dossier thatâ€™s been publicly available since January, and a privilege log that raises more questions than it answers.â€
â€œThe only thing I can say is that what I read on BuzzFeedâ€”that is not something of Glennâ€™s level, itâ€™s not his modus operandi, itâ€™s not his work,â€ Veselnitskaya told Fox News. â€œCheap gossip and tall talesâ€”that is diminishing for an investigator like Mr. Simpson.â€
The network reported further:
Veselnitskaya’s name burst into the headlines after it was revealed she had a June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The meeting, first reported in June of this year, fueled the investigation into Russian meddling and potential collusion with the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election which the Trump team denies.Â
In her email, Veselnitskaya acknowledged that Simpson’s firm was hired by “our lawyers” from law firm Baker Hostetler, and looked into Browder’s background in connection with his allegations against a client in a Magnitsky-related case. Veselnitskaya had worked on a U.S.-based case for a Cyprus-based real estate holdings company called Prevezon, which was caught up in a Justice Department money laundering case.Â
The email renewed numerous allegations against Browder, questioning his motives.
As is always the case,Â someoneÂ isn’t being truthful. But what we do know thus far is this: Nothing in the dossier has been substantiated, and in fact the author himself, Steele, has disavowed it.
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