Norfolk Forum: Powerful Talk by Bill Browder

Tonight Bill Browder gave a talk at Chrysler Hall as part of the Norfolk Forum speaker series. It was very moving; his description of what Sergei Magnitsky went through at the hands of Vladimir Putin was truly painful to hear. And yes, he went there: the June 9 meeting between Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort with Russian lawyer and Putin asset Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower, where Trump tried to sell the Magnitsky Act down the river for personal gain, just as he has done with Ukraine.

I urge everyone on this forum to read his book Red Notice and realize the true menace that Trump is. The Magnitsky Act is the one real weapon that we have to bring Putin and his billionaire oligarchs to heel, but he continues to do Putin’s bidding and attempts to weaken its enforcement daily.

6 thoughts on “Norfolk Forum: Powerful Talk by Bill Browder

  1. Except that’s not what happened.

    Natalia Veselnitskaya arranged the meeting through a publicist, Rob Goldstone, who is an American citizen, with a promise of useful opposition research on the Clinton Foundation. Trump Jr., accepted the meeting to see what they were offering and if it could be useful.

    At the meeting, Veselnitskaya changed the subject to the Magnitsky Act at which point Kushner got up and left and Trump Jr ended the meeting as soon as it was clear they did not have anything the campaign could use and it was just a bait-and-switch.

    Trump did not know of the meeting in advance and neither Trump Jr nor Kushner offered to do anything about the Magnitsky Act in return for the non-existent dirt on Hillary.


  2. “On the facts here, the government would unlikely be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the June 9 meeting participants had general knowledge that their conduct was unlawful,” the [Mueller] report reads. “The investigation has not developed evidence that the participants in the meeting were familiar with the foreign-contribution ban or the application of federal law to the relevant factual context. The government does not have strong evidence of surreptitious behavior or efforts at concealment at the time of the June 9 meeting.”

    Not that it wasn’t a violation of the law, but the lack of evidence.

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  3. I’m still waiting for the Act to be applied to MBS based on the murder of Khashoggi….

    Oh, that’s right, we’re sending US troops to him to protect his and trump’s money…

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    1. Trump doesn’t have money in Saudi Arabia. Trump TAKES money from Saudi Arabia.

      I wish they’d stop calling it Quid Pro Quo — This for That — it implies only some shady dealing like trading a bag of weed for a gram of coke.

      And, bribery is out of the question, the $400M belonged to the Ukraine once the Congress appropriated it.

      It’s extortion. A reprehensible extortion equivalent to an EMT demanding money from someone before administering NARCAN to a dying loved one.

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      1. Nope. In sending appropriated foreign aid. the President and State Dept are required by law to assure that the aid goes for the purpose appropriated.

        That is not something new. It has been law at least since Bush started the Millenium Challenge Corporation in 2003.

        In addition to withholding aid from corrupt governments, the President is required to withhold military aid if he determines the recipient country is committing human rights abuses.

        Appropriation does not make delivery automatic.


        1. “ Appropriation does not make delivery automatic.” True.

          And has nothing whatsoever to do with what transpired in this extortion and bribery attempt.


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