Tag: 2016 Election

Dec 06

The Russian Connection: Money Laundering 101

It was reported yesterday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had subpoenaed the bank records of the Trump family from Deutsche Bank. Duetsche Bank has a rather dubious history of laundering money for everyone from drug lords to arms dealers to oligarchs. Just this psst January, the bank was fined $620 million for its part in …

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Dec 05

The Russian Connection: Shoes are Dropping Fast

The Special Counsel Robert Mueller is moving right along. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Maanfort had come to a bail deal that acceptable to the court and Mueller’s office. Problem is that these guys have such huge egos they think they can flout the rules: Former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was, as recently …

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Dec 01

The Russian Connection: Why All The Lies?

With former National Security Advisor General (ret.) Michael G. Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to the FBI, we have still not seen evidence of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russians to interfere with the 2016 election. So why all the lies that have given fuel to allegation? Special Counsel Robert Mueller has tons of …

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Nov 30

The Russian Connection: Too Much Evidence

In her op-ed at the New York Times Michelle Goldberg wrote Three months ago, The Washington Post reported that even as Donald Trump ran for president, he pursued plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. The next day, The New York Times published excerpts from emails between Felix Sater, a felon with ties to …

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Nov 14

The Russian Connection: Don Jr. and Julian Affair

Yesterday in The Atlantic, Julia Ioffe discussed the private messages that were exchange between Donald Trump Jr. and the head of Wikileaks, Julian Assange that started during the campaign last Summer and continued until this past July. The messages, which The Atlantic obtained, were turned over to Congress as part its investigation into Russian interference …

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Nov 10

The Russian Connection: The Turkish Kidnap Plot

Another shoe may be about to drop in the probe of the Trump administration and Russian involvement in the 2016 elections. On Sunday, a report by NBC News revealed the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has enough evidence to indict Trump’s former national security adviser, General Michael T. Flynn and his son Michael G. Flynn. …

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Nov 01

The Russian Connection: More Evidence Sessions Lied

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions has a problem with the truth. With the guilty plea of former Trump campaign advisor (or whtever you want to call him) George Papadopoulos, it’s becoming clear that Sessions lied to Senator Al Frankin (D-MN) when he was questioned about his contacts wit Russian agents. The New Republic reports on …

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Oct 30

The Russian Connection: Indictments – Round One

The news on Friday was that indictments were handed down by a grand jury that had heard evidence from Special Counsel Robert Mueller into the Trump camapign’s conspiracy with Russia to influence the 2016 election. Early this morning, not only where there arrests but it was revealed that there was also a guilty plea. as …

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Oct 18

The Russian Connection: “A Blaring Red Siren”

Once the wealthiest man in Russia, former oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky spent ten years in Russian prison after the Russian government under Vladimir Putin charged him with fraud and tax evasion in 2003. After his release from prison in late 2013, he was exiled and was granted residency in Switzerland where he has since become …

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Aug 31

The Russian Connection: Teaming Up

Last night Politico reported Special Counsel Robert Mueller has teamed up with New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on the case of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. Part of the reason for the duel investigation is the possibility that Trump will pardon Manafort and others of federal charges involving the Trump campaign’s conspiring …

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Aug 29

The Russian Connection: Trump’s Tower In Moscow

The New York Times uncovered an e-mail from a Trump associate that boasted about a deal in Russia that would “get Trump elected” president. The business associate? None other than then guy with the margarita glass, convicted felon Felix Slater, the Russian immigrant from Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. A business associate of President Trump promised in …

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Jul 27

The Russian Connection: The Russian Mob

Update 16:24: This just dropped at TPM: Felix Sater, who worked obtaining financing for Trump projects including the Trump SoHo, told TPM that the “peace plan” came up in the course of his attempts to broker an agreement to sell energy abroad from Ukraine’s nuclear power plants with Andrii Artemenko, at the time a Ukrainian …

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