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🚨💥Well well >> Russian lobbyist Rinat Akhmetshin (key figure at Trump Tower Meeting) received $500,000 in suspicious payments before AND after the June 9 meeting with Trump campaign top brass. #TrumpRussia buzzfeednews.com/article/emmalo… via @LoopEmma
You expect the Russian Trump Tower meeting attendees to be paid by Russians working against Magnitsky sanctions. But THIS >> Akhmetshin also received payments from longtime American political insiders—"one of whom is a veteran Republican operator with ties to the Trump campaign."
Bank examiners gave Akhmetshin's records to US Treasury officials, alerting them that the payments could be >> evidence of bribery or political corruption related to the Magnitsky Act<<. They noted it odd that all 5 deposits were close together—and before the Trump Tower meeting.
😃Did you catch this in Akhmetshin piece? As part of Mueller's inquiry into any Trump campaign collusion w/ Russia to interfere in the 2016 election, "banks were asked to pull financial information on the [Trump Tower] meeting attendees." That includes Don Jr & Kushner.😺#Maddow
It looks like Akhmetshin may be charged at minimum w/ FARA violations—failing to register as lobbyist for Russia. His comment to Buzzfeed ("Get the fuck out of here, okay?") suggests he wasn't too thrilled with the news that Mueller was looking into his financial irregularities.
Veselnitskaya's comment on the story was more melodramatic & loquacious than Akhmetshin's (She is a lawyer, after all😉): "Don’t bother with questions…Your article is paid for and you have your text ready. Don’t be distracted from what you consider the meaning of life.” lol
The report on Akhmetshin's lobbying payments is dense. It's seems clear he's in some legal jeopardy. Payments from GOP operative Lanny Wiles (whose wife chaired Trump campaign in Florida) look weird too. After 2 painful years of GOP abuse, I'm so glad Dems have subpoena power.💪
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