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‘Henry Greenberg’ and the Deep State Conspiracy Against Donald Trump

Posted on | March 29, 2019 | Comments Off on ‘Henry Greenberg’ and the Deep State Conspiracy Against Donald Trump


Michael Caputo, a longtime Trump associate whose life was wrecked by the Mueller investigation, called attention to an important fact this morning in an appearance on the Fox News Channel:

Caputo said that a man identifying himself as a Russian-American named “Henry Greenberg” called him one day from Miami, “offering information [on Hillary Clinton] to the Trump campaign.”
“I deflected the call to Roger Stone,” Caputo recalled, noting that at the time he knew Greenberg to be a convicted criminal with questionable ties.
Caputo said he found out that Greenberg is or was an FBI informant, and claimed his real identity is a Gennady Vasilievich Vostretsov, a Russian national with a violent criminal history.
One of Stone’s attorneys, Grant Smith, claimed in a 2018 letter to the House Intelligence Committee that Greenberg a.k.a. Vostretsov was trying to “entrap” Stone and “compromise the Trump effort.”

This has been public knowledge since last June:

Caputo said in a letter he sent to the House Intelligence Committee on [June 15] that the man, 59-year-old Gennadiy Vasilievich Vostretsov, had reached out to him in late May 2016 through his business partner in Miami, a Russian national named Sergey Petrushin. Vostretsov introduced himself as “Henry Greenberg” and said he had information about Clinton he wanted to provide the Trump campaign.
Caputo put him in touch with Roger Stone, who was serving as a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump and lived in South Florida. Stone met with “Greenberg” but later told Caputo that he had tried to sell information on Clinton, but he declined and thought “Greenberg” was “a nut,” according to the letter.
According to text messages reviewed by the Washington Post, Caputo wrote to Stone: “How crazy is the Russian?” Stone replied that “Greenberg” wanted “big” money. “Waste of time,” he texted Caputo.
Caputo said he forgot about this interaction until several weeks ago, when the Special Counsel asked him about a May 29, 2016, text message he sent to Stone asking if “Greenberg” had contacted him. Caputo said he was suspicious about how much the Special Counsel knew about the “Greenberg” approach and ordered his own investigation of him.
“After my [Office of Special Counsel] interview, I deployed the crowdfunding resources of to investigate Henry Greenberg in the United States and Russia,” Caputo said in a statement on Sunday. “We discovered very quickly that this shady character has a long career as an FBI informant.”
Caputo found that “Greenberg” was really Vostretsov and had also assumed the names Henry Oknyansky and Gennady Arzhanik. He learned that Vostretsov had a long history of criminal activity in Russia, served ten years in prison, he first arrived in the U.S. in 1994, was soon after charged with assault with a deadly weapon, and served time in U.S. prisons for that and other charges.

Ask yourself a couple of questions:

  1. Was it a coincidence that an FBI informant contacted Caputo in May 2016 offering to sell information on Clinton?
  2. Why did Mueller’s investigators know to ask questions about this guy?

Isn’t it obvious — aren’t we justified in surmising — that Vostretsov was part of an effort by the FBI to lure Trump’s associates into a trap? And if we are correct in this logical inference, isn’t it therefore apparent that federal agents were targeting the Trump campaign even before the FBI’s “Crossfire Hurricane” investigation was officially begun in late July 2016? This is the clearest clue we have that the so-called “Deep State” conspiracy against Trump had begun operating months before the date claimed by ex-FBI director James Comey. Whether or not Comey knew what was going on with Vostretsov, if Caputo’s version of the story is correct, it seems highly unlikely that a known FBI informant would have been independently trying to contact the Trump campaign.

Especially we should consider this bit of information important in light of the fact that Natalia Veselnitskaya, the central figure in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, was evidently in cahoots with Fusion GPS, the Clinton-connected firm which commissioned the Steele dossier. Is it possible that the same people who were pushing Veselnitskaya toward the Trump campaign were also involved in the earlier “Greenberg” ruse? And doesn’t this suggest that someone inside the FBI may have been working with Fusion GPS personnel or other Clinton operatives to do a “sting” on the Trump campaign? Well, I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I hope Senate Republicans will start trying to connect these dots, because this thing reeks to high heaven.



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