Leaked email from Clinton campaign could be smoking Russian gun

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Breitbart has discovered that a leaked email from Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign which was published by WikiLeaks links directly to key issues brought up in media reports about Donald Trump Jr. and his now-famous meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

According to the Breitbart report, published on Wednesday, the email was purportedly sent by Clinton campaign foreign policy spokesman Jesse Lehrich.

The correspondence, which is not being reported on by mainstream news outlets but remains searchable in the WikiLeaks archive, contains a message from Lehrich saying that the campaign “killed a Bloomberg story” attempting to link Clinton’s opposition to the anti-Russia legislation known as the Magnitsky Act to a speech that Bill Clinton delivered in Moscow for $500,000.

The May 21, 2015 message, titled, “May 21st Nightly Press Traffic Summary,” was purportedly sent by Lehrich to the campaign’s “HRCRapid” Google group, and was captured when campaign chairman John Podesta’s Gmail account was hacked.

Lehrich wrote in the email:

With the help of the research team, we killed a Bloomberg story trying to link HRC’s opposition to the Magnitsky bill to a $500,000 speech that WJC gave in Moscow.

The New York Times ran a story in April 2015 regarding Clinton’s $500,000 speech in Moscow and its possible ties to a deal in which the Russians gradually assumed control of the Uranium One mining company, according to information from Peter Schweizer’s bestselling book Clinton Cash.

The Times reported that “the sale gave the Russians control of one-fifth of all uranium production capacity in the United States.” They also mentioned that “Clinton received $500,000 for a Moscow speech from a Russian investment bank with links to the Kremlin that was promoting Uranium One stock.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin hated the The Magnitsky Act so much that that he stopped the practice of letting Americans adopt Russian children.  The bill sanctions Russian officials accused of involvement in the 2009 death of Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, an anti-corruption whistleblower who died in prison, allegedly after being beaten.

“The administration, starting with Hillary Clinton and then John Kerry, did everything they could do to stop the Magnitsky act,” said American hedge fund manager Bill Browder, who lobbied Congress in favor of the bill.

Back in 2014, in a piece titled, “Hillary Clinton forgets her part in a disastrous Russia policy,” Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin referred to Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, asking, “Why did the State Department try to block the Magnitsky Act for so long?”

The bill was passed in 2012, but in an op-ed, Clinton referred to Magnitsky’s death and wrote, “We are continuing to work with Congress on addressing these issues.”

With questions raised about Clinton’s initial opposition to the Magnitsky Act, actions she took to ease trade restrictions on Russia, and her husband’s ties to entities close to the Uranium One deal, it would seem that the smoking gun is now pointing in Clinton’s direction.

However, CNN persists in accusing the Trump campaign of having enacted foreign policy toward Russia that may be “part of a quid pro quo based on help that was provided during the campaign.”

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