Hillary Clinton, Obama, Donald Trump Jr and the Magnitsky Act

The Magnitsky Act is the current weapon of choice against Trump in the media meltdown. The stories keep running about Russian lobbyists seeking to influence Trump Jr. to oppose the Magnitsky Act's sanctions on Russia. What all the shrill media innuendo hit pieces on Donald Trump Jr. fail to mention though is that the Russian position on the Magnitsky Act was also that of Hillary and Obama.

Media stories mention that Obama signed the bill into law. They neglect to mention that his administration was against it, before it was for it.

In December 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that Hillary Clinton opposed the Magnitsky Act while serving as secretary of state. Her opposition coincided with Bill Clinton giving a speech in Moscow for Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank—for which he was paid $500,000. “Mr. Clinton also received a substantial payout in 2010 from Renaissance Capital, a Russian investment bank whose executives were at risk of being hurt by possible U.S. sanctions tied to a complex and controversial case of alleged corruption in Russia. 

The State Department opposed the sanctions bill at the time, as did the Russian government. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pushed Hillary Clinton to oppose the legislation during a meeting in St. Petersburg in June 2012, citing that U.S.-Russia relations would suffer as a result.

The Wall Street Journal report continued, “A few weeks later, Bill Clinton participated in a question-and-answer session at a Renaissance Capital investors conference. He was paid $500,000. After the appearance, Mr. Clinton received a personal thank-you call from Vladimir Putin, then the Russian prime minister, the government news agency TASS reported.”

The opposition came to nothing. Hillary wasn't willing to pick too big of a fight over it. But the media is once again sailing on a sea of revisionist history. 

Obama and his people had a consistent track record of appeasing Putin. Obama had run for office promising to restore relations with Russia. Hillary's infamous Reset Button was topped only by Obama on a hot mic assuring one of Putin's boys that he would have more flexibility after the election.

And yes, opposed the very same bill, that the media is now trying to hang around Trump's neck.

"The Obama administration says it agrees with the aim of the legislation, but says it is not needed."

 

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