It Was Perhaps The Biggest Bombshell Of An Otherwise Subdued Press Conference In Helsinki.
As part of his swipe back at the Deep State over the alleged “Russia Narrative,” President Vladimir Putin used his press conference with President Donald Trump today to drop a two-for-one bombshell.
In response to allegations that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, Putin said he would be willing to allow U.S. prosecutors to come to Russia to inquire about the matter, as long as Russian prosecutors could sit down with Americans of interest—then singled out businessman Bill Browder.
As TruNews has previously reported, Browder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee to talk about how a Russian company hired attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and Fusion GPS—central figures in the Russia Narrative—as part of a smear campaign against him following the death of his attorney, Sergei Magnitsky.
Magnitsky’s death prompted Congress to enact sanctions against the Russian government and key businessmen who are connected with Putin. Fusion GPS and Nitskaya were reportedly hired to defame Browder and to lobby against the Magnitsky Act, which ultimately imposed those sanctions on Russia.
Today, however, Putin offered his own take (translated from Russian):
“For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over one and a half billion dollars in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russian army in the United States and yet the money escaped the country, they were transferred to the United States.
“They sent huge amount of money—$400 million—as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton.
Well, that’s their personal case. It might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal.
“So we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest of questioning them. That can be a first step and we can also extend it. Options abound.”
Like much of the case, Browder has a very tangled web of his own. The grandson of the former head of the Communist Party USA founded Hermitage Capital Management, and investment fund that at one time was the largest foreign portfolio in Russia.
He also took to social media Sunday to criticize the president’s decision to meet with Putin “as effective equals.”