Democrats of the House Intelligence Committee have revealed that both Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian Lawyer of the now infamous Trump Tower Meeting, and Aras Agalrov, a Russian Oligarch tied to the meeting, reached out to the Trump Administration after Trump’s election to discuss Russian sanctions promulgated by the Magnitsky Act in 2012. The initial Trump tower meeting, attended by Trump Jr., though thought to be about the exchange of information about Hillary Clinton, in fact focused on those same sanctions.
The impeachment enthusiast will want to know how this information affects Trump’s likelihood of being removed. Though continued contact by high-powered Russians may seem ominous, it could in fact better the case against a charge of Conspiracy to Defraud the United States. To prove a conspiracy, one must show that there was an agreement between two parties. If after the meeting at Trump Tower, Russians continued lobbying, that would seem to indicate that they were unable to establish an agreement at the initial meeting. That being said, the Trump Administration has denied that there was any follow up at all, so there may still be more to this story. The possibility of an agreement still exists.
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