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Russians celebrated Trump's inaugural; guests included French Hill's contact

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click to enlarge FRENCH HLL'S RUSSIAN CONTACT: Natalia, at right. - WASHINGTON POSTH
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  • FRENCH HLL'S RUSSIAN CONTACT: Natalia, at right.

In case you missed it, here's a recent Washington Post story about how Russian bigshots flocked to Washington for Donald Trump's inauguration a year in expectation of good things to flow from the man they'd worked  to elect.

It's interesting in its own right. But it also notes the Russian players on hand included at least one with an Arkansas connection.

The Washington Post identified at least half a dozen politically connected Russians who were in Washington on Inauguration Day — including some whose presence has not been previously reported. Among them was Viktor Vekselberg, a tycoon who is closely aligned with Putin’s government.

Another was Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer whose June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr. has become a focus of the Russia investigation. She attended a black-tie inaugural party hosted by the campaign committee of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.), according to an associate who accompanied her.

The bold-faced name is that of a woman who passed a document (supposed dirt on HIllary Clinton) to Republican Rep. French Hill of Little Rock when he was on a 2016 trip to Russia with Rohrabacher, one Russia's best friends in Congress. Nothing to see here, Hill has indicated, though Robert Mueller is taking a look all the same.

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