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  • Russia Collusion Witch Hunt is What Putin Wants, Bill Browder Testifies

    By Neil A. Carousso

    Bill Browder, a notorious Putin-critic (more about his background below), testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Russian foreign agents working in the U.S. and Russia’s attempt to repeal the Magnitsky Act. Browder said in his prepared opening statement ahead of his testimony that he will be speaking about “the enablers who conducted this campaign in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, by not disclosing their roles as agents for foreign interests.”

    Browder discussed his testimony on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Wednesday evening. Watch the interview below.

    Catherine Herridge’s detailed reporting on the matter is on the Fox News website. Herridge is an accomplished, award-winning and well-respected journalist and the Chief Intelligence Correspondent at Fox News Channel.

    President Donald J. Trump
    cited her report in two tweets Thursday morning, because the mainstream media have ignored the story (along with the DNC staffer who was arrested before trying to flee the country on bank fraud charges and possible corruption).

    Carousso’s Comments: Analysis of Russia’s Election Interference

    The media and the public is missing the fact that Russia is getting what they want: Not President Trump in office, but utter U.S. political chaos.

    Russia doesn’t necessarily care who is the president. They want Americans beating each other up in public spouts, riots and disgusting displays of political disagreement and anarchy. They want chaos in our political system, and that’s what Browder has testified to under oath.

    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today proves Russia has been manipulating everyone to believe they wanted Mr. Trump elected, but in reality, it is part of their larger machinations to inflict political turmoil in the U.S. and countries around the world.

    Did Russia meddle in our elections? Yes, they’ve been doing so for over 40 years and other countries have attempted to interfere in our elections as well. And news flash: Our former-President Barack Obama used taxpayer money to fund the opposition campaign to oust Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is supposed to be a strong U.S. ally and is again because of his personal relationship with President Trump and his pro-Israel foreign policy. We are long overdue to upgrade our cyber-security systems and counter warfare. We still use floppy disks at the highest intelligence levels of government. That’s pathetic.

    Testimony Thursday also revealed that Fusion GPS – the group that published the discredited, phony dossier in January alleging salacious activity by Mr. Trump – was paid by Russia to create the fake report that was first published by Buzzfeed, which is partially owned by NBC News. Fusion GPS helped advocate for corrupt Russian and Venezuelan officials while hiding its foreign work from federal authorities. The sketchy group has a connection to Democrats. It has been proven that Fusion GPS has published false reports multiple times. The left-wing party attempted to block this revealing testimony.

    “This is yet the latest piece of evidence that vindicates what the President has said that this is a witch hunt and a hoax and it’s a shame that the President and the country have had to go through this charade continually, and hopefully, this will help us move forward in that process,” said Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders at the end of The White House Press Briefing Thursday afternoon.

    The January fake news story actually claimed “Trump has deep ties to Russia,” but evidently the Russia’s intention to forge this dossier was to cause havoc in Mr. Trump’s transition and our political system. Further, it was leaked by a top intelligence official to all media outlets, which sat on the story because none could confirm the fictitious details.

    Reportedly, former FBI Director James Comey brought the dossier to then-President-elect Trump’s attention in an intelligence briefing at Trump Tower. Obama’s Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers were among the intelligence officials with Comey in the meeting in which Mr. Trump was made aware of the bogus allegations disseminated and funded by the Kremlin.

    Did Russia change votes or elect Trump? No, all intelligence officials definitively confirm that President Trump was elected by the American people – by the forgotten men and women of this country on his message and policies and a rejection of the corrupt Clinton-Obama establishment.

    There’s evidence of voter fraud that mostly benefits Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton, who also had her primary rigged by the DNC and special interest donors, but there’s no evidence of collusion by the Trump campaign.

    The witch hunt against the outsider, politically inexperienced candidate and his small novice team is what Russia bet on by making the appearance of impropriety, but in reality, this was all a calculated scheme to take advantage of our vulnerabilities enabled by Secretary Clinton and former-President Obama in the Uranium One deal that sold 20 percent of U.S. uranium (used to make nuclear bombs) and kicked-back $145 million to the Clinton Foundation, the failed Russian reset and other Obama Administration foreign policy disasters to cause pandemonium in the United States.

    And, what did Obama mean when he told outgoing Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in March 2012 in Seoul, South Korea that Vladimir Putin should give him more “space” and that “[a]ter my election, I have more flexibility?” That incident was caught on a hot microphone. Watch below.

    Who Is Bill Browder:

    Browder, who is the CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, was previously a hedge fund manager in Russia and one of the country’s most successful foreign investors. Since working on reducing corporate corruption in Russia, his entry into the country was revoked.

    Bill Browder/Twitter.
    Bill Browder/Twitter.

    In 2015, he spearheaded the Magnitsky Act — a sanctions package on Russia that was imposed for the first time in 35 years. The sanctions were created to punish Russian officials involved in the death of Browder’s accountant, Sergey Magnitsky, who was jailed in 2008 and died under mysterious circumstances a year later. Browder has been outspoken about Putin’s killings and menacing orders, including that of his friend and accountant.

    Magnitsky uncovered a $230 million corruption scheme involving Russian officials just before he was arrested.

    Browder also is familiar with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, who recently came into the spotlight when it was revealed she met with Donald Trump Jr. last year during the U.S. election, reportedly to offer damaging information on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Browder told NPR Veselnitskaya was part of the campaign to repeal the Magnitsky Act.

    h/t Fox News Channel

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