Donald Trump’s Russia scandal has seen a series of surreal turns, such as Trump’s White House National Security Adviser pleading guilty to a felony and a federal judge asking aloud if it amounted to treason. We’ve also seen the top two officials from the Trump campaign plead guilty to a nearly endless list of felonies. And of course the sitting “President” of the United States is a guy who committed treason and didn’t actually win the election. But now we have something new.
One day after the criminal indictment against Natalia Veselnitskaya was unsealed and made public, no one seems to know where she is. If the SDNY knew her location and were able to get to her, she’d have been arrested yesterday, and her arraignment would have shown up in court dockets by now. That means she’s a fugitive on the run.
Robert Mueller and his allies have previously indicted Russian spies and hackers who were never going to be brought to trial because they’ll never leave Russia. But Natalia Veselnitskaya is different, because she has a history of frequently traveling to the United States for business purposes, and at one point in the Trump-Russia scandal she was trying to clear her name in the hope of being able to continue to do business in the United States.
Of course Natalia Veselnitskaya’s indictment makes clear that her “business” has little to do with being a private lawyer, as she’s long claimed, and more to do with being a Kremlin employee who helped the Trump campaign rig the election. In any case, we’ve reached the point where the Russian government representative who criminally comnspired with Donald Trump Jr at Trump Tower is now a fugitive – and Trump Jr’s indictment can’t be far behind. Will he go on the lam too, or will he show up and answer for the treason-level charges that will land him in a cage for the rest of his life?
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report