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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

The NYT jumps on every chance to bash Russia, operating as a virtual press agent for dark forces running America.

It publishes disinformation, Big Lies and fake news they want published – suppressing what’s most important to report on major issues, notably geopolitical ones.

Natalia Veselnitskaya is a private Russian attorney, unconnected to the Kremlin.

Last summer, disinformation about her circulated for days, making much ado about nothing over her meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. 

My article written at the time explained there was nothing improper or illegal about Trump Jr. meeting with her. No “collusion” occurred, no connection to Russia, no other criminal activity of any kind.

Trump Jr. published emails between himself and Veselnitskaya, showing they had nothing to do with Russia. Issues discussed related to adoption of children and related charitable activities.

Emails between him and publicist/tabloid writer Rob Goldstone claimed a Russian government lawyer had incriminating documents about Hillary, yet nothing of the sort was discussed or transmitted.

Yet the NYT last summer turned truth on its head, claiming Veselnitskaya’s meeting with Trump Jr. showed a connection between the president and Russia.

No connection existed then or now, nothing improper or illegal. The Times’ accusation was malicious slander.

The self-styled newspaper of record is at it again, disgracefully headlining “Lawyer Who Was Said to Have Dirt on Clinton Had Closer Ties to Kremlin Than She Let On,” saying:

“(N)ewly released emails show that in at least one instance two years earlier, the lawyer, Natalia V. Veselnitskaya, worked hand in glove with Russia’s chief legal office to thwart a Justice Department civil fraud case against a well-connected Russian firm.”

“Ms. Veselnitskaya also appears to have recanted her earlier denials of Russian government ties. During an interview to be broadcast Friday by NBC News, she acknowledged that she was not merely a private lawyer but a source of information for a top Kremlin official, Yuri Y. Chaika, the prosecutor general.”

She recanted nothing. She’s a private attorney representing clients. In this capacity, she surely had contacts with Russian prosecutors – as part of her job, unrelated to any Kremlin connection.

Yet the Times and other media scoundrels suggested she’s a Russian agent. On NBC News, she reportedly said:

“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant. Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general,” Yuri Chaika.

In a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee last November, she said:

“I operate independently of any governmental bodies. I have no relationship with Mr. Chaika, his representatives, and his institutions other than those related to my professional functions as a lawyer” representing clients.

US attorneys operate the same way. So do their counterparts in other countries. It’s common practice, nothing improper, devious or illegal about it.

Yet the Times and other media scoundrels tried making something out of nothing.

Veselnitskaya hasn’t responded so far to the latest disinformation about her. She likely will in the coming days to set the record straight.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.