Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson, who helped lead the anti-President Donald Trump effort alongside federal government partners, repeatedly mentioned Maria Butina, the Russian who supposedly infiltrated the National Rifle Association and was recently indicted by Robert Mueller.
Simpson worked on his anti-Trump effort for his employers the Washington Free Beacon, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic National Committee, and was integrally involved in setting up Don Jr. in a Trump Tower meeting with Russian infilitrator Natalia Veselnitskaya.
Simpson repeatedly referred to Butina as proof that Russians infiltrated the conservative Republican establishment, before most people knew who Butina was and before Mueller indicted her.
Here Simpson discusses Butina and even has first-hand knowledge of where she lived in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
This is from Simpson’s House Intelligence Committee testimony of November 14, 2017, which formed the basis of part of the official Democratic response on the Committee to Republican charges that Fusion GPS subverted our Republic:
Big League Politics has extensively covered Fusion GPS’ years-long effort to set up Trump and help Hillary Clinton and her friends in the Deep State to try to set up Trump for false crimes.
James 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 law firm that strategized with Fusion GPS operative Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian plant who set up Don Jr. in Trump Tower.
“Yes, 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 Brooklyn high-rise.
Cozen O’Connor managing partner Howard Schweitzer is listed 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. It turns out that Natalia Veselnitskaya was actually operating out of the Cozen O’Connor offices.
Akhmetshin was a controversial figure. In a letter this spring to U.S. government officials, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) described Akhmetshin as a person who “apparently has ties to Russian intelligence.”
Akhmetshin said he never worked as an intelligence agent, but he did say he was drafted as a teenager and served for two years in a unit of the Soviet military that had responsibility for law enforcement issues as well as some counterintelligence matters. He immigrated to the United States in 1993 and gained citizenship in 2009.
“I was not an intelligence officer. Never,” he said.
In 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.
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