Senator Grassley: Conspiracy - Waldman, Christopher Steele And Russian Oligarch Deripsaka?

February 27, 2018 - San Francisco - CA - PipeLineNews.org – On 2.26.18, Senator Charles Grassley [R-Idaho], the Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee demanded, in an interrogatory that Adam Waldman, a registered foreign agent who had/or is still providing “services” to Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska.

Deripaska is a controversial figure, even as set against Russia’s vast mafia-like criminal subculture that has largely replaced the antiquated, graft-filled "an·cien ré·gime" that was a central aspect of Soviet politics and intrigue.

For example in an October, 2008 piece the UK Times carried the following gem, that provides a window through which Deripaska's importance in Russian politics, especially the aspect linking him with Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“Deripaska, the richest Russian businessman in the world before the credit crunch, is unable to travel to America after his visa was withdrawn. The decision was made after a series of allegations in American courts about alleged criminality in his business. These claims are strongly denied by Deripaska, who says courts have ruled the allegations lack "factual support".

However, the alleged involvement of a Russian mafia boss in Deripaska's early business career is likely to raise new questions over Mandelson's judgment in accepting his hospitality and holding a series of meetings with him.” [source, Peter Mandelson oligarch Oleg Deripaska linked to mafia boss , Sunday UK Times]

Considering the aforementioned, Grassley’s probing of any Waldman/Steele/Deripaska collusion as regarding the fraudulent “dossier” that has become the touchstone in Robert Mueller’s Inquisition against the President of the United States, Donald Trump, seems more than warranted.

Below the text of the Grassley interrogatory:

“Dear Mr. Waldman:

The Senate Judiciary Committee has been investigating issues relating to the Russian

government’s disinformation efforts targeting the 2016 presidential election, as well as the nature

of the FBI’s relationship with Christopher Steele. Part of that inquiry involves examining the

connections between those involved and Russian interests.

In 2009, you registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act as an agent for

Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Recent news reports publicly revealed your role as an

intermediary on behalf of not only Mr. Deripaska but also Mr. Steele. The nature and extent of

the relationship between Mr. Steele, Mr. Deripaska, and you are of potential relevance to the

Committee’s work.

In light of this, the Committee would like to schedule a transcribed interview with you to

be taken in private. Please contact the Committee by no later than March 5, 2018, to schedule

the interview. In addition, by March 12, 2018, please answer the following questions and

provide the requested documents:

1. As noted above, public reports and government records indicate that you are an

attorney and lobbyist for Mr. Oleg Deripaska. Have you ever hired or otherwise

worked with Mr. Christopher Steele, Orbis Business Intelligence Limited, Orbis

Business International Limited, Walsingham Training Limited, or Walsingham

Partners Limited? If so, when, and what was the nature of the arrangement?

Please provide all related documents.

2. Is it the case that Mr. Steele, through you, works or has worked on behalf of Mr.

Deripaska or businesses associated with him? If so, when has such work

occurred?

3. Are you aware of any work Mr. Steele has conducted for Mr. Deripaska’s

London-based attorney, Mr. Paul Hauser, on behalf of Mr. Deripaska or

businesses associated with Mr. Deripaska? If so, when has such work occurred?

4. Are you otherwise aware of any business or financial relationships between Mr.

Steele and Russian government officials, Russian oligarchs, or Russian

businesses?

5. Other than the potential relationships described above, what is the nature and

extent of your relationship with Mr. Steele? Has Mr. Steele ever hired your firm,

the Endeavor Group? If so, when, and what was the nature of that arrangement?

6. Please provide copies of all communications you have had with Mr. Steele from

April of 2016 to the present.

7. Have you had any communications, whether directly or indirectly, with Fusion

GPS since September of 2015? Please provided all related documents.

8. Have you ever hired or otherwise worked with Fusion GPS? If so, when, and

what was the nature of the arrangement? Please provided all related documents.

9. Have you had any interactions with Mr. Daniel Jones relating to Mr. Steele’s

dossier, Fusion GPS’s work, or any other attempts to investigate or disseminate

allegations of collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and the Russian

government? If so, please describe the context and content of those interactions.

Please provide all related documents.

10. When and how did you first become aware of Mr. Steele’s work involving

allegations of collusion between associates of Mr. Trump and the Russian

government? Do you know how and when Mr. Deripaska first became aware?

11. Please describe all interactions you have had with the United States Government,

regardless of branch, relating to investigations of Russian efforts in the 2016 U.S.

presidential election. Please provide all related documents.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. If you believe any records responsive

to the inquiries above are subject to any privileges, please provide a detailed privilege log.

Please contact Patrick Davis of my staff at (202) 224-5225 if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Charles E. Grassley

Chairman

Committee on the Judiciary

United States Senate

cc: The Honorable Dianne Feinstein

Ranking Member

Committee on the Judiciary

United States Senate

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Deripaska, the richest Russian businessman in the world before the credit crunch, is unable to travel to America after his visa was withdrawn. The decision was made after a series of allegations in American courts about alleged criminality in his business. These claims are strongly denied by Deripaska, who says courts have ruled the allegations lack "factual support".

However, the alleged involvement of a Russian mafia boss in Deripaska's early business career is likely to raise new questions over Mandelson's judgment in accepting his hospitality and holding a series of meetings with him.

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/peter-mandelson-oligarch-oleg-deripaska-linked-to-mafia-boss-0jx60pvcdls

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