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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 08:42 PM

Important! Bill Browder's Testimony to Senate Judiciary Comte.

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Three paragraph rule can't do this justice, so I just posted the Atlantic's opening description. His full opening statement is at the link, and I suggest reading the whole thing. Sorry if this was posted already, but I'm really surprised how few are talking about this.

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/07/bill-browders-testimony-to-the-senate-judiciary-committee/534864/

The financier Bill Browder has emerged as an unlikely central player in the ongoing investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 elections. Sergei Magnitsky, an attorney Browder hired to investigate official corruption, died in Russian custody in 2009. Congress subsequently imposed sanctions on the officials it held responsible for his death, passing the Magnitsky Act in 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putinís government retaliated, among other ways, by suspending American adoptions of Russian children.


Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who secured a meeting with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, was engaged in a campaign for the repeal of the Magnitsky Act, and raised the subject of adoptions in that meeting. Thatís put the spotlight back on Browderís long campaign for Kremlin accountability, and against corruptionóa campaign whose success has irritated Putin and those around him.


Browder will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday in a hearing about Foreign Agents Registration Act enforcement; what follows are the prepared remarks he submitted to the committee. The committee also called as witnesses former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Donald Trump Jr., and Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the Fusion GPS research firm that commissioned the Trump dossier. As of Tuesday evening, only Browder is definitely scheduled to appear during that panel.

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Response to Bradical79 (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 08:50 PM

1. Totally agreed, and there have been a few posts today about Mr. Browder's testimony...there is

just so much crap going on right now, but all who have read testimony agree it should be front page news, period, and forget the idiotic pantsing contest in the WH

From your link:

(After Magnitsky Act passed and putin halted the adoption of Russian children):

This was particularly heinous because of the effect it had on the orphans. Russia did not allow the adoption of healthy children, just sick ones. In spite of this, American families came with big hearts and open arms, taking in children with HIV, Down syndrome, Spina Bifida and other serious ailments. They brought them to America, nursed them, cared for them and loved them. Since the Russian orphanage system did not have the resources to look after these children, many of those unlucky enough to remain in Russia would die before their 18th birthday. In practical terms, this meant that Vladimir Putin sentenced his own, most vulnerable and sick Russian orphans to death in order to protect corrupt officials in his regime.

Why did Vladimir Putin take such a drastic and malicious step?

For two reasons. First, since 2012 itís emerged that Vladimir Putin was a beneficiary of the stolen $230 million that Sergei Magnitsky exposed. Recent revelations from the Panama Papers have shown that Putinís closest childhood friend, Sergei Roldugin, a famous cellist, received $2 billion of funds from Russian oligarchs and the Russian state. Itís commonly understood that Mr. Roldugin received this money as an agent of Vladimir Putin. Information from the Panama Papers also links some money from the crime that Sergei Magnitsky discovered and exposed to Sergei Roldugin. Based on the language of the Magnitsky Act, this would make Putin personally subject to Magnitsky sanctions.



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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 09:05 PM

2. I don't understand why it isn't bigger news either.

I understand people being focused on the GOP maneuvering to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but this is more important than Scaramucci's f-bombs.

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Response to Bradical79 (Original post)

Thu Jul 27, 2017, 09:18 PM

3. thank you for posting

i've been tweeting and posting on fb all day with this. your OP title is missing the first "r" in his name.

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Thu Jul 27, 2017, 09:37 PM

4. It's up at the top of greatest but you wouldnt know by title that it's about this:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/10029379340
I dont think this can be posted too many times and it's good to have a title that identifies what it is. Hoping RAchel gets to it. This is HUGE.

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Response to Amaryllis (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 28, 2017, 12:14 AM

5. Thanks!

I'd been hunting titles beforehand to see if it was posted yet. Had no idea that's what that was.

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Fri Jul 28, 2017, 12:47 AM

6. I thought for sure it would be #1 on evening news.

It wasn't even mentioned.

Potty mouth was the first news item. A shiny object to distract. Sessions was next in line, whining about his hurt feelings and yet apologetic to the bully at the same time. Another shiny object.

Sounds of silence.

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