Grassley: Did Obama Intervene So Russian Lawyer Could Enter U.S. After Visa Denied?

The Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr. in June 2016 had been denied a visa to the enter the United States months before the infamous encounter.

“She shouldn’t have been in the country,” Senator Chuck Grassley said Wednesday.

The senior lawmaker is raising questions about how Natalia Veselnitskaya was able to gain access to the U.S. for a June 9 meeting with Trump Jr.

The meeting was set up by publicist Rob Goldstone, who promised “information that would incriminate Hillary.” Goldstone had said the dirt was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump,” but of course no dirt was provided at the meeting.

Asked Wednesday if the meeting may have been a setup by opponents of Trump Glassley said, “there’s no way I know that and I shouldn’t comment on things you don’t know.”

“I think the lady Russian lawyer that was there in that meeting, I’ve written to [The State Department and Department of Homeland Security] to find out what she was doing in the country when presumably either her visa or parole expired,” Grassley said.

In a letter here, Grassley wrote the departments saying Veselnitskaya had been granted parole to enter the U.S. sometime in 2015, but her parole expired in January 2016, months before the Trump Jr. meeting. Grassley and that her entry into the US was approved during the Obama administration’s watch.

“And if there’d been enforcement of the immigration laws she wouldn’t have been in the country,” he said. “The other thing, if she was representing a foreign government… She wasn’t registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as well.”

He added, “We do have a responsibility to congressional oversight to get to the bottom of it.”

Sen. Chuck Grassley: What was Russian lawyer doing in US?