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The dubious friends of Donald Trump part 3: The billion dollar fraud.

Trump and the Russian Mafiya

The Democratic Party has chosen to cater to its neocon wing in attacking Trump on the basis of his collusion with Putin, forgetting the many US collusions with right wing groups around the world to destabilize their countries. Russia is said to have spent $120,000 on Facebook ads while the US spent over $5 billion of publically announced funds on the Ukraine to produce a government full of real WWII nazis. The Dems are also seeking to distract from their collaboration with the Republican agenda.

This whole process has obscured Trump's long history with another part of Russia, the Mafiya, wealthy businessmen whose fortunes are anchored in organized crime. The relationship between these "Eurasian" (FBI speak) mafiya and Putin is sometimes held to be a mutually beneficial one in the US media, whereas Putin has locked up or killed many of them.

Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters  3/28/2017 USA Today: "To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering."

The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections  12/19/2016 The American Interest: "This suggests that whatever the nature of President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with President Putin, he has certainly managed to accumulate direct and indirect connections with a far-flung private Russian/FSU network of outright mobsters, oligarchs, fraudsters, and kleptocrats. Any one of these connections might have occurred at random. But the overall pattern is a veritable Star Wars bar scene of unsavory characters, with Donald Trump seated right in the middle. The analytical challenge is to map this network—a task that most journalists and law enforcement agencies, focused on individual cases, have failed to do."

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The dubious friends of Donald Trump Part 2: King of Diamonds

FBI files on Trump's father focus on mob ties  11/7/2017 WMR: "Trump's fear and loathing of the FBI may have something to do with what the bureau has amassed in its files over the years. The FBI searches of its arcane file system may have yielded little in the way of files on the Trumps, but the files on the connections of the Trump family to those investigated by the FBI for mob activities could fill an Olympic-size swimming pool."

America's Mobster President—New Evidence in Dutch Public TV Documentary of Trump's International Money Laundering Circles  9/27/2017 Alternet: "President Trump’s Manhattan properties and business partners, including former Soviet Union-connected oligarchs, were involved in a larger international money-laundering scheme involving upward of $1 billion, according to Dutch filmmakers whose third installment in an investigative series aired on public TV in Holland Wednesday."

Trump and Manafort get big reminder that pardon power does not extend to state crimes 8/31/2017 WaPo: "In the event Manafort or anyone else is charged under New York law, or threatened with indictment, there will be nothing Trump can do about it. His “power to grant reprieves and pardons” only covers “offenses against the United States,” according to Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution."

Trump's Longtime Business Partner Told Family He and POTUS Are 'Going to Prison': Report  8/17/2017 Alternet: "Sater, who has a long history of legal troubles and cooperating with law enforcement, was one of the major players responsible to for selling Trump’s condos to the Russians. And according to Wood’s sources, Sater may have already flipped and given prosecutors the evidence they need to make a case against Trump."

5 Major Takeaways from the FBI's Raid on Paul Manafort's Home  8/9/2017 Alternet: "It’s not clear what crime FBI agents expected to uncover at Manafort’s home, but a New York Times report on the raid offers a clue. The search warrant seeks tax and foreign banking records — which suggests that investigators may look to charge Manafort under the federal Bank Secrecy Act requiring Americans to report their foreign bank accounts."

EXCLUSIVE: ‘8th Man’ in mystery purchase of U.S. Mining Co.  7/21/2017 Mad Cow News: "At the now-famous confab in Trump Towers, Kaveladze was representing Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, who was paid $20 million to bring Trump’s Miss Universe Pageant to his family’s Moscow concert hall in 2013. Reports stated Kaveladze began working for Agalarov in the early 1990s. Federal investigators were said to believe he began laundering money shortly thereafter."

Chomsky: Trump is a Distraction, Used by the Deep State to ‘Systematically Destroy’ America  7/20/2017 Free Thought: "Essentially, Chomsky believes that the contrived pseudo-scandal that is Russiagate only serves as a distraction from the actual scandalous happenings that are taking place on a daily basis in Washington, D.C., and only serve to embolden the “rich and powerful.”"

Donald Trump's Ties to Russian Gangsters Stretch Back More Than 30 Years  7/14/2017 AlterNet: "But asking if Trump has investments in Russia was never the right question. The question to ask was whether any Russians had investments in Donald Trump."
Trump’s Russian Laundromat  7/13/2017 New Republic: "How to use Trump Tower and other luxury high-rises to clean dirty money, run an international crime syndicate, and propel a failed real estate developer into the White House."

Five times law enforcers could have arrested Donald Trump but didn’t  6/22/2017 City Paper 

Rachel Maddow Previews Bombshell Report Linking Trump to Putin-Connected Money Pouring into His Real Estate Deals  6/21/2017 Alternet: "Maddow revealed that the financial packages created by Sater show a direct link to several Trump real estate projects and an investment firm close to Putin. “We’re left with the question — Why’d that happen?” Maddow asked in summation. “Why was money connected to Putin pouring into Trump projects? Why did they do that?”"

Did Trump Revive Failed Cold War Cuba Policy to Buy Rubio’s Loyalty?  6/19/2017 Common Dreams: "What does Trump potentially get out of this deal? Rubio defended Trump from questions raised by former FBI Director James Comey in the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings."

The Truth About Trump's Golden Boy  6/17/2017 Truth Out: "Federal and congressional investigators announced that they were looking into Kushner's meeting in mid-December with Sergey Gorkov, a Russian banker whose financial institution has ties to Russian intelligence under Vladimir Putin and is under sanction from the US As the investigation into the Trump campaign's suspected dealings with Russia continues, the Democrats have kept a narrow focus on these allegations, to the exclusion of Trump's other crimes. But as inadequate as the Democrats' "opposition" has been, it's also easy to see why Trump and Co. could be suspected of corruption."

How a Crew of Hardliners Hijacked Donald Trump’s Cuba Policy  6/16/2017 Mother Jones: "Rubio had at least one ally inside the bureaucracy: Mauricio Claver-Carone, who is arguably the most vocal pro-embargo activist and lobbyist in Washington, was working on the inside. A onetime Rubio adviser, Claver-Carone has spent most of his adult life blasting the Castro regime for its human rights abuses and fighting any effort to open diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba. As the head of the US-Cuba Democracy Political Action Committee, he lobbied to help defeat several measures in 2005 to permit more humanitarian travel to Cuba and allow toothpaste and soap to be included in gift packages sent to the country."

Donald Trump Isn't Just Being Investigated for Collusion with Russia  6/15/2017 Alternet: "The Times report corroborates a separate bombshell Washington Post article, published Wednesday, that said in addition to possible obstruction, investigators are also “looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.”

Why Is Robert Mueller Probing Jared Kushner's Finances?  6/15/2017 Atlantic: "Flynn, Kushner, and Manafort were already under varying levels of scrutiny by federal investigators. Within days of his appointment as special counsel, Mueller assumed control of a federal grand-jury probe in eastern Virginia looking into Flynn’s lobbying relationships on behalf of Turkish officials as well as a long-running Justice Department investigation into Manafort’s business relationships with Ukrainian political parties aligned with Moscow. His command of both inquiries could give Mueller powerful leverage in the broader Russia investigation if either probe gathers enough evidence to warrant criminal charges."

With shift on Cuba, Trump could undercut his company’s hotel-industry rivals  6/15/2017 WaPo: "But as the owner of a real estate company with a big stake in hotels and resorts, Trump brings an added element to an issue that is unique to his presidency — the ability, through his official actions, to undermine a growth area for his industry rivals who have raced in recent years to establish a foothold in a lucrative new market."

Special counsel is investigating Jared Kushner’s business dealings  6/15/2017 WaPo: "The White House has said that the subsequent meeting with the banker was a pre-inauguration diplomatic encounter, unrelated to business matters. The Russian bank, Vnesheconombank, which has been the subject of U.S. sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, has said the session was held for business reasons because of Kushner’s role as head of his family’s real estate company."

Trump’s new Cuba policy is extortion on behalf of the Trump Organization  6/15/2017 Intrepid Report: "Trump is re-imposing sanctions on travel to Cuba to further the business interests of his Trump Organization, which wants a piece of the hotel and real estate action in Cuba. By maintaining the economic blockade of Cuba, which includes levying harsh fines on foreign companies doing business in Cuba, Trump is using the White House to advance his own development plans for the island."

What does Robert Mueller's team tell us about the Russia investigation?  6/15/2017 The Guardian: "One of the more recent recruits is reported to be Lisa Page, a justice department trial attorney with a substantial record of investigating Russian and former Soviet organised crime and in particular its reputed godfather, Semion Mogilevich."

Trump's Russia problems got a whole lot worse in the past 24 hours  6/15/2017 Vox: "From the beginning, the entire saga has centered on possible connections between members of the Trump campaign and Russians. The New York Times reported Wednesday night that investigators are looking into a specific type of connection: money laundering. If they find evidence that members of the Trump team received money from Moscow and then tried to hide it, the implications would be hugely significant. It would show there were money transfers worth hiding — and you don’t do that if what you’re doing is lawful."

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say  6/14/2017 WaPo: "The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said."

Trump Duped by RU/US Mafia at Trump SoHo/Florida  5/14/2017 Cryptome: "Plaintiffs, members in and creditors of Bayrock limited liability companies, direct ly and derivatively seek relief from Arif, Satter, Schwarz, for violations of substantive and conspiracy provisions of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act."

Trump’s Been Talking About His Business Interests in Russia for 30 Years  5/10/2017 The Atlantic: "Well, we don’t rely on American banks,” Eric allegedly responded. “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.” (Eric Trump denied that this happened.)"

Trump's business network reached alleged Russian mobsters  3/28/2017 USA Today: "To expand his real estate developments over the years, Donald Trump, his company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics — several allegedly connected to organized crime, according to a USA TODAY review of court cases, government and legal documents and an interview with a former federal prosecutor. The president and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering."

The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections  12/19/2016 The American Interest: "This suggests that whatever the nature of President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with President Putin, he has certainly managed to accumulate direct and indirect connections with a far-flung private Russian/FSU network of outright mobsters, oligarchs, fraudsters, and kleptocrats. Any one of these connections might have occurred at random. But the overall pattern is a veritable Star Wars bar scene of unsavory characters, with Donald Trump seated right in the middle. The analytical challenge is to map this network—a task that most journalists and law enforcement agencies, focused on individual cases, have failed to do."

A real estate empire built on corruption: The trouble with Trump's foreign-cash connection  11/2/2016 NY Daily News: "How did it come about that Trump Organization projects came to be financed with dirty money originating with international financial criminals from Russian, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, the former Soviet Republic of Georgia and other Eastern European and Central Asian sources? The answer is simple: It had no choice, if it wanted to survive. After four business bankruptcies, nearly all the legitimate U.S. banks realized that any further loans to Trump would be reckless. The Trump business empire was on the verge of collapse. Salvation was found in Russian money of questionable origin."

How White Nationalists Learned To Love Donald Trump  10/25/2016 Politico: "Perhaps surprisingly, it wasn’t Trump’s initial campaign announcement about Mexican “rapists” that cemented his support: It was his steady, consistent push for an anti-immigration platform, one of the central policy pillars of the nationalist right. And as white-nationalists began to rally around Trump as its closest political ally in a generation, they began to detect what members called “wink-wink-wink” communications from the candidate. There was his retweet of bogus murder statistics that exaggerated black crime; two separate retweets of a racist Twitter feed called @WhiteGenocideTM; and the interview that sealed the deal: the moment on CNN when—just days before the Louisiana primary—Trump dodged the question of whether to repudiate the endorsement of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, which one commenter on the white nationalist site Stormfront called “the best political thing I have seen in my life.”"

Former Federal Prosecutor Says Trump Blocked Mafia Investigation  10/19/2016 WNYC: ""Even though Donald Trump lied to law enforcement about his relationship and lying to federal agents is a federal crime, he basically got a pass at that point," he said."
 

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Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America, Robert I. Friedman, 2000: the classic text on the Russian Mafiya. The author, a Russian Jew, was threatened and died not long after the book came out from a rare tropical disease. www.thenation.com/article/robert-i-friedman/

What motivates Trump voters?

ZEMBLA - The dubious friends of Donald Trump: the Russians

 

August 4-6, 2017 -- Trump business linked to major corruption scandals on 5 continents

Justice Department Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, DC that could be looking into Donald Trump's complicated but suspicious financing of his businesses, as well as his presidential campaign. The U.S. Senate has recognized the gravity of the grand jury probe of Trump and his campaign and White House advisers by maintaining the body in "pro forma" session throughout the August recess. The move prevents Trump from firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replacing him with a recess appointee who could fire Mueller.

WMR has identified a number of corruption cases in the United States and abroad in which money launderers were identified as purchasing Trump real estate in an attempt to launder their ill-gotten gains. One such case was the 2009 U.S. convictions of Peter Kiritchenko and former Ukrainian prime minister Pavlo Lazarenko for laundering hundreds of millions of dollars in the United States, including through purchases of Trump condominiums in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. Because the Trump Organization is a privately-held firm, there is no incentive for corporate "due diligence" applied by many publicly-traded firms in terms of audits and Securities and Exchange Commission oversight. The Trump Organization appears to be as corrupt in allowing the laundering of dirty money as individuals like Kiritchenko and Lazarenko, who have hidden away "black money" in Trump real estate.

Others who have stashed money in Trump properties, including condos in the Trump Tower in Manhattan, have been involved in illegal gambling activities. These include Anatoly Golubchik and Michael Sall, who were involved in high-stakes poker involving the notorious Trincher-Taiwanchik criminal syndicate. Some of the illegal poker games reportedly occurred in Plaza Hotel and the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. When, during the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump complained that the FBI had his building wiretapped, it was primarily because of illegal poker games and related organized crime activity occurring in the Trump building. Trump argued that his and his family's privacy was violated while ignoring the fact that the Trump Tower welcomed as condo owners organized crime elements under continual surveillance by the FBI.

The FBI discovered that many illegal bettors in the 5th Avenue poker games lost their companies to pay off their gambling debts to the Trincher-Taiwanchik syndicate. One man, Peter Skyllas, lost his firm, Titan Plumbing, to cover a $2 million gambling debt. Another indebted gambler, referred to as "NYD Dave," tried to cover his debts by turning over 10 percent of his fashion company, worth $1.2 million, to the syndicate. Among the details being looked at by federal investigators and those working for New York state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr., is whether the Trump Organization benefited from illegal gains by the Trincher-Taiwanchik Organization, including the acquisition by the criminals of plumbing and fashion companies' assets. Trump businesses include a residential real estate maintenance company and several fashion entities, including those owned by Donald Trump and First Daughter Ivanka Trump.


Trump Sunny Isles Beach, Florida is rife with dirty cash from abroad

Other illegal foreign cash that was very likely involved in the purchase of Trump properties, including Trump SoHo in Manhattan and the Trump condo in Las Vegas, originated in Kazakhstan, Iceland, Cyprus, Venezuela, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Indonesia, Mexico, Panama, Uzbekistan, Israel, Seychelles, Russia, Georgia, Turkey, China, and Azerbaijan. Trump condo buyers include a Venezuelan oil executive and a Mexican bank swindler. One of the banks that is alleged to have helped launder funds into the Trump Organization is the Baltic International Bank, which is headquartered in Riga, Latvia and has branches in Moscow, Kiev, and London. The bank has been accused of laundering dirty money from a Mexican drug cartel and embezzled state funds from Kyrgyzstan. Donald Trump, Jr. spoke at a Baltic International Bank conference in 2012.


Donald Trump, Jr. speaking at a Baltic International Bank conference in 2012. Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump, Jr.'s links to Russian entities. President Trump dictated from Air Force One his son's official statement concerning a June 16, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Trump, Jr. and various Russians connected to syndicates. President Trump told his son to report that the meeting concerned "Russian adoptions" by American citizens.

Mueller and his investigative team have crossed Trump's "Rubicon," a red line drawn by Trump that forbids Mueller from looking into Trump's finances and those of his various businesses. Trump's syndicate activities are his Achilles Heel. Richard Nixon truthfully said he was "not a crook" during the Watergate scandal. It is a fact that Nixon did not benefit financially from the scandal that doomed his presidency. Trump, on the other hand, is a crook, a fact that may soon be demonstrated by Mueller in potential indictments of Trump and his family members for money laundering, emoluments clause violations, and structured financing to evade taxes.

 

August 2-3, 2017 -- Mueller's newest prosecutor provides focus on Trump's syndicate ties, Wayne Madsen Reporttop

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has appointed as a 16th investigator on his team a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn who helped prosecute a number of gangsters who also invested in properties owned by Donald Trump. Greg Andres served as the head of the criminal division of the US Attorney's Office in Brooklyn and is known as an expert on organized crime syndicates. Mueller's appointment is a further indication that Mueller's investigation is focusing not on national security issues involving Russia but Trump's long association with money laundering operations involving financial investments in his properties.

One problematic Trump-marqueed property, the Trump International Hotel and Condominium in Panama, may have laundered money from the Medellin drug cartel through both its development funding and purchases of its condominiums. Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, a Trump friend, is currently in jail in Miami awaiting extradition to Panama to face criminal proceedings for corruption. The Trump administration is reticent to extradite Martinelli in the event he starts to "sing" about the Trump Panama complex to prosecutors.

Andres is married to U.S. Judge for the Southern District of New York Ronnie Abrams. Last year, Abrams ordered Trump and his billionaire convicted underage sex predator Jeffrey Epstein to appear before her court in December 2016 in a civil suit brought by Katie Johnson, who alleges that Trump and Epstein sexually assaulted her in 1994 when she was a 13-year old teen model. Johnson dropped the suit after she said she and her family were physically threatened. Recognizing the conflict-of interest in being married to Andres, Abrams recused herself from two emoluments lawsuits brought against Trump by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) and White Plains attorney William Weinstein.

August 1-2, 2017 -- Update 1x. Trump investors and suspicious deaths of British spy and Polish President, Wayne Madsen Reporttop

Two investors in Donald Trump real estate properties, Soviet Jewish emigre and Brooklyn conman David Bogatin and Kazakhstan Trio member Alexander Mashkevich, a Kazakh-Israeli national and notorious oligarch, figure in two suspicious deaths.

Bogatin, a naturalized U.S. citizen who founded the corruption-ridden First Commercial Bank in Lublin, Poland in 1990, invested around $5 million in five condominiums in the Trump Tower in Manhattan. Lech Kaczynski, who was the chief of Poland's Supreme Audit Office, Najwyższa Izba Kontroli, or NIK, investigated all of Bogatin finances and interviewed him personally before Bogatin was extradited to the United States and convicted of fraud and tax evasion. Kaczynski, who, as Poland's chief auditor, knew where Russian oligarchs had cached their ill-gotten gains, was later elected Poland's fourth president. In April 2010, Kaczynski, his wife, and 95 of Poland's top government and military officials died when their delegation's plane crashed while approaching Smolensk airbase in Russia. They were flying to Russia to commemorate the Katyn massacre of Polish military officers during World War II. Had Kaczynski lived, he would have had intimate knowledge of the investments that Bogatin and other members of the largely Jewish "Eurasian mafia," as it is known by the FBI, made in Trump's worldwide properties.

Mashkevich, along with his billionaire business partners Patokh Chodiev and Alijan Ibragimov, were the subjects of a British police investigation of the bizarre death of British Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) agent Gareth Williams. The decaying body of Williams was found stuffed into a gym bag in his apartment in Central London in August 2010, three months after the crash of Kaczynski's aircraft. Williams, an encryption expert, was known to have a relationship with Furkat Ibragimov, the 25-year old son of Alijan Ibragimov. British police investigated Williams's links with Furkat. There is speculation that the Kazakhstan Trio's businesses and investments were the subject of MI6/GCHQ surveillance. Trio member Mashkevich was a significant investor in the Trump Soho complex in Manhattan, a development that also involved Jared Kushner.

Update 1x. In April 2015, just two months before Trump announced his presidential run, two executives of Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC), the mining giant owned by the Kazakhstan Trio, were found dead in their respective rooms at a hotel in Springfield, Missouri. The dead men were South African national Gerrit Strydom, 45, the former head of ENRC's Congo Cobalt Corporation subsidiary, and fellow South African James Bethel, 44, the head of ENRC's copper cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo until September 30, 2014. ENRC went private in 2013 after the Kazakhstan Trio's business ties forced the London Stock Exchange to begin an inquiry into the firm's practices. The Greene County coroner determined after an autopsy that both South African men died from "natural causes" and that there was no foul play.

 

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