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    More Trump Org documents leaked.

    Secret Files Show How Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin
    Ahead of Michael Cohen’s testimony, read the original paper trail behind the campaign to build Europe’s tallest tower in Moscow — and how it played out alongside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

    BuzzFeed News is today publishing a cache of internal Trump Organization documents that lay bare the secret negotiations that continued long after Cohen claimed the deal had been abandoned. The documents, many of which have been exclusively obtained by BuzzFeed News, reveal that — despite Trump’s claim that the development was never more than a passing notion — the effort to get the tower built was long-running, detail-oriented and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign.


    As Trump went from rally to rally, vociferously denying any dealings in Russia, his representatives, Michael Cohen and his associate Felix Sater, worked with Trump Organization lawyers and even Ivanka Trump to push forward negotiations to build a 100-story edifice just miles from the Kremlin. The fixers believed they needed Putin’s support to pull off the lucrative deal, and they planned to use Trump’s public praise for him to help secure it. At the same time, they plotted to persuade Putin to openly declare his support for Trump’s candidacy. “If he says it we own this election,” Sater wrote to Cohen.

    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article...en-sater-putin
    Link to the documents on Documentcloud.org (PDF)
    https://www.documentcloud.org/docume...mp-Moscow.html

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    Senate Intelligence chairman: No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion

    https://www.politico.com/story/2019/...gation-1156624

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    Well that may not be the case.
    Paul Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe, judge finds
    https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/manafo...udge-1.5018650


    U.S. President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe in a breach of his plea deal, a federal judge ruled on Wednesday.

    U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson found there was a "preponderance" of evidence that Manafort lied on three different topics, including his communications with his former business partner Konstantin Kilimnik. But she cleared Manafort of allegations that he intentionally lied on two other subjects.

    Jackson's ruling was another loss for Manafort, who faces years in prison in two separate criminal cases stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. ​It also hurts Manafort's chance of receiving a reduced sentence, though Jackson said she would decide the exact impact during his sentencing next month.


    The four-page order resolves a dispute that had provided new insight into how Mueller views Manafort's actions as part of his broader probe of Russian election interference and any possible co-ordination with associates of Trump.

    Jackson found there was sufficient evidence to say Manafort broke his plea agreement by lying about three of five matters that prosecutors had singled out. That included his misleading the FBI, prosecutors and a federal grand jury about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, his co-defendant, who the FBI says has ties to Russian intelligence.
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    Interesting:


    Public Opinion Of The Mueller Investigation Has Become More Partisan | FiveThirtyEight

    “If Mueller’s report finds that Trump directed his campaign staff to coordinate with the Russian government, ... 29 percent of Republicans, said they would support Congress’s efforts to impeach the president, according to the Washington Post-Schar School poll.”

    https://fivethirtyeight.com/features...more-partisan/


    Trump Is Immune From Impeachment if Mueller Can’t Share His Evidence
    David R. Lurie
    02.13.19

    https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-...e-his-evidence

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    Roger Stone says Instagram post against federal judge wasn't threat

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...at/2911514002/

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    Yeah right

    Posting the picture of the Judge presiding over your case and questioning her impartiality just makes you look sooooo innocent...

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    Even without the crosshairs or her picture, his public statements are offensive to the Court.


    Judge could revoke Roger Stone's bond and send him to jail because of 'crosshair' Instagram post
    A federal judge on Tuesday ordered Roger Stone to court on Thursday to explain why he should not have his release bond modified or even revoked because of his Instagram post showing the judge next to what appeared to be a rifle scope's crosshair. Stone, a friend of President Donald Trump, could be sent to jail if his bond is revoked.

    https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/19/judg...instagram.html
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    Bezos Says Amazon Drones Ready to Deliver Mueller Report to Every American Household
    Satire from The Borowitz Report

    Robert Mueller states that drones are not necessary. Robert Mueller discloses that Russian hackers have stolen the report and it is being released by WikiLeaks and is being downloaded onto Hillary Clinton's personal server for everyone to download.

    Mueller's report finds no collusion by the President.

    It did find that Trump committed treason, fraud, money laundering, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and 52 other crimes BUT NO COLLUSION!
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    Republicans Accuse Rosenstein of Secretly Plotting to Uphold Constitution
    Satire from The Borowitz Report

    WASHINGTON —House Republicans on Thursday accused the Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, of “secretly and nefariously” implementing a plot to uphold the United States Constitution.

    In a joint press conference, Representatives Mark Meadows, of North Carolina, and Jim Jordan, of Ohio, said that they had “ample evidence” that Rosenstein was prepared to protect the Constitution “by any and all means at his disposal.”

    “There is only one way to describe Rosenstein’s obsession with putting the Constitution before all other concerns,” Meadows said. “Conflict of interest.”

    “It is almost as if Rod Rosenstein had taken some kind of solemn oath to defend a centuries-old document,” Jordan said. “This should make every American very, very scared.”


    Though the Republicans have shelved their articles of impeachment against Rosenstein for now, they hope that their impeachment threat will send a clear message to Rosenstein that his reckless allegiance to the Constitution will no longer be tolerated.

    “If, going forward, Rosenstein uses his position at the Department of Justice to seek justice, he will be crossing a red line,” Meadows said.
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    Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC email dump.
    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/02/27/pol...w.google.ca%2F

    Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC email dump
    By Manu Raju, Senior Congressional Correspondent

    Updated at 12:18 AM ET, Wed February 27, 2019

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    How Cohen went from Trump's defender to his enemy 04:58
    (CNN) — Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen is prepared to testify that Trump was aware of long-time adviser Roger Stone's efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks in advance of its release of damaging information about Hillary Clinton's campaign, according to a copy of his public testimony submitted to Congress and obtained by CNN.
    In the testimony, Cohen will allege that, in 2016, he witnessed Trump taking a phone call from Stone, who was on speakerphone.
    "Mr. Stone told Mr. Trump that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Mr. Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton's campaign," Cohen will say, according to his prepared testimony.
    Trump responded, according to Cohen: "Wouldn't that be great."
    Cohen will also provide copies of cheques signed by Trump from his personal accounts including a $35,000 final installment on the pornstar payment as late as August 2017, while Trump had been President for 6 months. Cohen also will include 3 years of Trumps finances as part of his evidence.

    His 20 page initial statement has been released to the press.



    No wonder why the Republicans were so quiet today after a behind closed doors meetings today.

    Time to get out the popcorn for the testimony on Wednesday.
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    😴 zzzzz...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    😴 zzzzz...

    Right? LOL

    I'll join you

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    Cohen has released his opening statement.

    Read Michael Cohen’s Explosive Opening Statement: Trump Is a “Racist” and a “Con Man”
    It also includes the allegation that Trump knew in advance that WikiLeaks would be releasing hacked DNC emails.

    I am ashamed of my own failings, and I publicly accepted responsibility for
    them by pleading guilty in the Southern District of New York.


    I am ashamed of my weakness and misplaced loyalty – of the things I did
    for Mr. Trump in an effort to protect and promote him.


    I am ashamed that I chose to take part in concealing Mr. Trump’s illicit acts
    rather than listening to my own conscience.


    I am ashamed because I know what Mr. Trump is.


    He is a racist.
    He is a conman.
    He is a cheat.


    He was a presidential candidate who knew that Roger Stone was talking
    with Julian Assange about a WikiLeaks drop of Democratic National
    Committee emails.



    https://www.motherjones.com/politics...ing-statement/

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    Quote Originally Posted by H.L. View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbones View Post
    😴 zzzzz...

    Right? LOL

    I'll join you

    Zzz 😥
    Trump Supporters then - "It's a witch hunt!"

    Trump supporters now "Big deal, so he's a crook."

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    Trump apologists



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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmonton PRT View Post
    Michael Cohen will testify that Trump knew Roger Stone talked with WikiLeaks about DNC email dump.
    https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/02/27/pol...w.google.ca%2F

    I have three questions:

    1. Since Cohen was already sentenced for lying to the FBI before, why is he trustworthy now? He seems like a shyster who will say anything if he thinks it will save his own skin

    2. So what if Roger Stone spoke to anyone in Wikileaks or not? Wikileaks simply publishes content that is sent to them by whistleblowers in government. Roger Stone is a professional conspiracy theorist. I certainly believe that he would try to talk to Wikileaks.

    3. Was the content of the DNC emails (which are still online available to the public, by the way) authentic? If so, they need to own up to all of the sketchy stuff in there (the party showing favoritism to Hillary Clinton during the DNC primaries, DNC facilitating news media outlets giving debate questions to Hillary ahead of time, deliberately sabotaging Bernie Sanders' campaign, showering media personalities with gifts and lavish parties, etc.)

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    1. He's not saving his own skin, he's going to jail.
    2. Treason
    3. Treason.

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    1. He's not saving his own skin, he's going to jail for lying to Congress regarding the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow project where Trump and his legal team as part of their joint defence agreement, edited Cohen's prepared statement. At that point, Cohen stated that he would take a bullet for Trump until he found out that Trump was hanging out Cohen out to dry. That means the President knowingly helped create another lie that was presented to Congress. Furthermore, if Cohen lies to Congress or contradicts statements he made to the FBI, Cohen could go to jail for the restof his life. There is no reason to lie for Cohen. BTW, Cohen had proof with the documents including cheques signed by Trump, Trump Jr. And his CFO who were all in on the pornstar payments.
    2. Treason
    3. Treason.

    Can you imagine if Obama did 1/100th of what Trump did?
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    Was the content of the DNC emails that were leaked to the public authentic?

    Trump didn't do that.

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    Obama weaponized the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign.

    That's 100 times worse than anything Nixon did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Obama weaponized the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign.

    That's 100 times worse than anything Nixon did.

    Oh man... that's awesome. You are so far down the conspiracy rabbit hole, it still shocks me to this day.

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    Yes, the FBI's texts between Page and Strzok's talking about "insurance" to use in the event that Trump wins the election, and then their texts saying that Obama 'Wants to know everything we are doing" while they started spying on Trump (illegally) for their Russia investigation is just a small part of the conspiracy to prevent a Washington outsider (like Trump) from winning the election and maintaining the power he was granted by the election. Thank God he won to expose the corruption.

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    Wow. You really drank all that, you are now the koolaid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Yes, the FBI's texts between Page and Strzok's talking about "insurance" to use in the event that Trump wins the election, and then their texts saying that Obama 'Wants to know everything we are doing" while they started spying on Trump (illegally) for their Russia investigation is just a small part of the conspiracy to prevent a Washington outsider (like Trump) from winning the election and maintaining the power he was granted by the election. Thank God he won to expose the corruption.
    Do you keep a straight face when you post this stuff?

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    I know it's not as good of a conspiracy theory that Vladamir Putin has a video of Trump paying Moscow hookers to pee on Obama's hotel bed, and for some reason Putin used it to blackmail Trump to run for president - a job he didn't want - and helped Trump win against all odds by getting crafty Russian hackers to make Facebook posts and also expose all of the dirt found in emails by the DNC and Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.

    But dirty cops in high positions of power being used as political pawns is a highly realistic conspiracy that has a much higher probability of being true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Obama weaponized the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign.

    That's 100 times worse than anything Nixon did.
    The FBI was weaponized decades ago. It went after communists and anyone connected to communism. Communist countries were also actively seeking to spread their ideology all over the world so it was justified but went too far and was too ideological and fanatical itself.

    So should the FBI not spy on foreigners meeting campaign staff when meetings start and then continue occurring during an election campaign? Especially when the foreign power is a huge potential threat. Russian agencies guarding a democratic system would do the very same thing. Especially when it involves a future leader. (Both sides know each other would, and have, played the long game to undermine or gain advantage or maybe even control over the other.)

    Moreover, a clearly atypical candidate like Trump saying what Trump said would attract suspicion. No different than say an American born person with Iranian or some such connections publicly rallying for something and making cryptically supportive pro-Iranian etc. comments would invite investigation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man From YEG View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Yes, the FBI's texts between Page and Strzok's talking about "insurance" to use in the event that Trump wins the election, and then their texts saying that Obama 'Wants to know everything we are doing" while they started spying on Trump (illegally) for their Russia investigation is just a small part of the conspiracy to prevent a Washington outsider (like Trump) from winning the election and maintaining the power he was granted by the election. Thank God he won to expose the corruption.
    Do you keep a straight face when you post this stuff?
    Do you keep a straight face when you watch CNN, MSNBC, or FOX news?

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    I guess now you believe that Fox news is a lefty media outlet and part of the deep blue state?
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    These your words?

    "Do you keep a straight face when you watch CNN, MSNBC, or FOX news?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrOilers View Post
    Obama weaponized the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign.

    That's 100 times worse than anything Nixon did.

    Just a fellow stamp collector...


    Spy Like Us? - INDY Week
    Mar 7, 2001

    “On April 27, 1989, it says, U.S. authorities eavesdropped on a telephone call between Bloch and Gikman, a known KGB agent based in Austria. (Bloch had served at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna from 1980 to 1987.) The next day, the FBI opened a classified investigation of Bloch, who was then serving as a high-ranking Europe specialist at the State Department.

    With assistance from the CIA and French intelligence, the bureau observed two meetings between Bloch and Gikman in Paris in May. At one of them, Bloch was observed passing a piece of luggage, a shoulder bag, to the KGB man.

    Convinced they were onto a major espionage case, the FBI made plans for long-term surveillance in order to snare Bloch. But then,...”
    ...”

    https://indyweek.com/news/archives/spy-like-us/

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    The hypocrisy on TV yesterday was a mile deep.

    Everyone knew that Michael Cohen was a convicted liar. That was baked in.

    The Chair, Elijah Cummings sternly warned Cohen twice that if he lied to Congress, he would "nail him to the cross".

    Right from the beginning, the Republicans wanted to delay the hearings and prevent Michael Cohen from speaking. They then continually attacked his character even after Cohen submitted signed checks from Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr. for the payoff of Trump's pornstar mistress. The Republicans had no interest in the truth or questioning the evidence or his interaction with the Trump campaign or the Trump organization. They focused on assassinating his person rather than following the money or his associates.


    In response to questions from Rep. Jordan, Michael Cohen remarks on the fact that no Republican congressperson has asked him about President Trump.

    The Republican Party Completely and Utterly Disgraced Itself at Michael Cohen's Hearing
    The questioning from these products of the conservative bubble world was so bad it made a career hoodlum look good.
    https://www.esquire.com/news-politic...isgrace-trump/
    I mention this bit of history only to illustrate how utterly and completely the Republican Party disgraced itself on Wednesday when Michael Cohen, the current president*'s former king fixer, sat before the House Oversight Committee to describe some of the garish and baroque offenses against the law and the republic committed by Donald Trump. There was not a single Railsback to be found. Not one Republican asked a question about the specific offenses that Cohen had illuminated in his opening statement.

    Instead, they hammered away at Cohen's own crimes—which, of course, did nothing but remind the folks watching at home on whose behalf Cohen had told so many lies and paid off so many women. They spent great chunks of their time trying to get Cohen to promise he wouldn't sign a book deal after he gets out of the federal sneezer in three years. Rep. Michael Cloud of Texas told Cohen that any subsequent book deal would be "kind of sweet," as though he'd be willing to spend three years in a federal prison if an editor from Random House would be waiting on the day he got out.

    Who was your favorite? Was it Paul Gosar of Arizona, the guy whose entire family made a commercial for his opponent the last time he ran? (Gosar struggled so long with the phrase, "pathological liar" that he gave Cohen to opportunity to ask,"Are you referring to me or to the president?") Was it jacketless Clay Higgins of Louisiana, who once filmed a campaign spot at Auschwitz? (Cohen mentioned at one point that he'd consulted some documents that were stored in boxes. Higgins demanded that a warrant be served on the boxes only to be told that Robert Mueller already had examined the contents and returned the boxes to Cohen. Unbelievably, these boxes came up again a few minutes later.)


    Was it Bob Gibbs of Ohio, who seemed to drift away to Oz in the middle of his sentences, or Carol Miller of West Virginia, who was simply appalled at being a part of this when the committee could be discussing "neo-natal abstinence syndrome," a condition afflicting newborns due to their mother's drug use in utero? A worthy topic, surely, but hardly the provenance of the House Oversight Committee. And everybody kept yielding time to the egregious ranking Republican member, Jim Jordan of Ohio, or to Jordan's fellow Freedom Caucasian, Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and those two jamokes couldn't get out of their own way.


    Jordan insisted that some dark—Dare he say, Clintonian?—forces were behind Cohen's testimony, using the name of Lanny Davis, the old Clinton hand who is Cohen's attorney, as a conjuring word. Jordan expressed surprise that Cohen might have consulted with the chairmen of other committees before which he might testify. He got so insufferable that Steve Lynch, Democrat of Massachusetts, went all Southie on Jordan's mug, running through a litany of people connected with the Trump campaign and/or the administration* who have been arrested, indicted, convicted, or copped a plea.
    If Obama had paid off a pornstar mistress, the Republicans would have had his head on a platter. We all recall how Bill Clinton was impeached for lying to Congress.


    Cohen is going to jail for 3 years for lying to Congress about hush money payments and lying about the trump Tower Moscow project.

    Why are the Republicans so disinterested in even asking questions about his co-conspirators, Allen Weisselberg, Donald Trump jr. and the President himself?
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    Robert Mueller mocks Trump after Cohen hearings.

    Mueller pulls tie like a noose and sticks out tongue mocking how Trump will swing by the neck after his report is made public. (Satire )

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    Trump falsely claims in court documents that he barely knows Felix Sater.

    Funny, he had his office on the same floor as Donald Trump and paid no rent. Why would a Russian mobster get free rent in trump Tower?

    Just Trump throwing another one of his close associates under a bus?

    Felix Henry Sater is a Russian-American former mobster,[6] real estate developer and former managing director of Bayrock Group LLC a real estate conglomerate based out of New York City. Sater has been an advisor to many corporations, including The Trump Organization,[8] Rixos Hotels and Resorts, Sembol Construction, Potok (formerly the Mirax Group), and TxOil.

    In 1998, Sater pleaded guilty to his involvement in a $40 million stock fraud scheme orchestrated by the Russian Mafia, and became an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and federal prosecutors, assisting with organized crime investigations. In 2017, Sater agreed to cooperate with investigators into international money laundering schemes.


    Sater worked with Michael Cohen, former attorney for Donald Trump, to broker a deal to build a Trump Tower Moscow during the 2015-16 presidential campaign, asserting to Cohen that he could boost Trump’s election prospects through his Russian contacts. He is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14, 2019.
    Felix Sater was a managing director of Bayrock Group LLC, as well as a senior advisor to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization when construction of the Trump SoHo began in 2006.

    He played a major role throughout the process of the building's construction, and remained managing director of Bayrock Group when the Trump SoHo project was completed in 2010. The building is a $450 million, 46-story, 391-unit hotel condominium located at 246 Spring Street in SoHo, New York City. The project was a collaboration between The Trump Organization, Bayrock Group LLC and Tamir Sapir.
    Sater has been an advisor, investor, or developer in notable real estate projects including the Trump International Hotel & Residence in Phoenix, Arizona, the Conrad Fort Lauderdale and Midtown Miami in Florida, and Cornwall Terrace and 1 Blackfriars in London.[25][26]

    In addition to real estate development endeavors, Sater also has started businesses in the fields of philanthropy, investment, retail, and energy.[27]


    In late January 2017, Sater met with Ukrainian politician Andrey Artemenko and Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael D. Cohen, at the Loews Regency in Manhattan to discuss a plan to lift sanctions against Russia.
    In a 2013 sworn affidavit, Trump said "If [Sater] were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn't know what he looked like," and in 2015 he stated "Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it. I'm not that familiar with him." Sater is scheduled to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14, 2019.
    All https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Felix_Sater















    Here’s a rundown of Trump’s attempted business dealings in Russia:

    • Trump’s interest in doing business in Russia was first piqued in 1986, when he met the Soviet ambassador Yuri Dubinin and they began discussing building a “large luxury hotel across the street from the Kremlin in partnership with the Soviet government,” as Trump recounted in his 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal.”
    • Trump traveled to Russia in 1987 to survey potential locations for his hotel as landmark policies like perestroika and glasnost made the Soviet Union more open to foreign investments.
    • Trump in 1988 said the hotel plan failed because “in the Soviet Union, you don’t own anything. It’s hard to conjure up spending hundreds of millions of dollars on something and not own.”
    • Trump went back to Russia in 1996 and announced a plan to invest $250 million in Russian real estate and slap his name on two luxury residential buildings.
    • Trump boasted about his plan when he met the Russian politician Aleksandr Lebed in New York in 1997, telling Lebed, “We are actually looking at something in Moscow right now … Only quality stuff. And we’re working with the local government, the mayor of Moscow, and the mayor’s people. So far, they’ve been very responsive …” The plan never came to fruition.
    • But that wasn’t the end of Trump’s connection to Russian money. According to The Washington Post, the real estate mogul began seeing significant returns from Russian investments in US properties bearing the Trump name in the 2000s.
    • A Reuters investigation last year found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in seven Trump-branded luxury towers in southern Florida, for instance.
    • Reuters noted that its tally of Russian investors may be conservative. At least 703 – or about one-third – of the owners of the 2,044 units in the seven Trump buildings are limited liability companies, or LLCs, which have the ability to hide the identity of a property’s true owner.
    • In the mid-2000s, the Trump Organization partnered with a company called the Bayrock Group, contracting it to pursue a development deal in Moscow. This effort was led by the Russian-born businessman Felix Sater, who’s become a key figure in Mueller’s investigation and Cohen’s plea deal.
    • In 2005, Sater found a former pencil factory he thought could be converted into a high-end skyscraper, and was in discussions with Russian investors about it. The deal ultimately fell through, but Sater continued to maintain a relationship with the Trump Organization.
    • At a real estate conference in 2008, Donald Trump Jr. discussed the family’s attempts to break into the Russian business world. “As much as we want to take our business over there, Russia is just a different world,” he said at the time. “It is a question of who knows who, whose brother is paying off who…It really is a scary place.” Trump Jr. at that point had traveled to Russia a number of times, including a 2006 visit with Sater his sister, Ivanka Trump, and Sater.
    • At the 2008 conference, Trump Jr. also said, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets.” He explained that despite the difficulties his family had in trying to build in Russia they were still determined to keep pushing for it. In the 18 months prior to the conference, Trump Jr. made six trips to Russia.
    • In 2013, Trump traveled to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant. During the visit, he said, “I have plans for the establishment of business in Russia. Now, I am in talks with several Russian companies to establish this skyscraper.”
    • In 2015 and 2016, Cohen and Sater teamed up in an attempt to put up a Trump Tower in Moscow. Cohen said discussions on the plan lasted until June 2016, which was after Trump had clinched the GOP nomination for president.
    • Cohen was in touch with the office of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s press secretary over the matter, which reportedly included a plan to offer Putin a $50 million penthouse in the tower. Those talks fell through as well and the plan eventually crumbled.
    https://www.businessinsider.sg/trump...-ties-2018-11/
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    Nadler to request documents from more than 60 people in Trump probe
    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Sunday that his committee will request documents from more than 60 people connected to President Donald Trump and his administration "to begin investigations to present the case to the American people about obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power."
    https://www.msnbc.com/weekends-with-...-1451328579839


    Dems requesting documents from 60 people on Trump’s team, expanding Russia probe
    https://globalnews.ca/news/5018432/h...uments-russia/
    Declaring it’s “very clear” U.S. President Donald Trump obstructed justice, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, says the panel is requesting documents Monday from more than 60 people from Trump’s administration, family and business as part of a rapidly expanding Russia investigation.


    Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said the House Judiciary Committee wants to review documents from the Justice Department, the president’s son Donald Trump Jr. and Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg. Former White House chief of staff John Kelly and former White House counsel Don McGahn also are likely targets, he said.
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    Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb calls Mueller 'American hero'
    Cobb also disagreed with the president's assessment that the Russia investigation is a "witch hunt."
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/don...n-hero-n979331

    Ty Cobb, the White House attorney who served as President Donald Trump's lead counsel during the early stages of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, called the former FBI director and federal prosecutor an "American hero" in an interview published Tuesday.


    Speaking on ABC News' "The Investigation" podcast, Cobb also disagreed with the president's assessment that the Russian investigation is a “witch hunt.”


    "I think Bob Mueller's an American hero,” Cobb, who joined the White House in the summer of 2017 and left in May 2018, said. "I think Bob Mueller's a guy that, you know even though he came from an, arguably, privileged background, you know, has a backbone of steel."


    "I think the world of Bob Mueller. He is a very deliberate guy. And but he's also a class act. And a very justice-oriented person," Cobb added.
    Cobb said the Trump legal team's more confrontational approach to the Mueller probe "wouldn't have been" his strategy, adding that he doesn't "feel the same way about Mueller."


    "I don't feel the investigation is a witch hunt," he said. “I wish it had happened on a quicker timetable. But it didn't. And that's unfortunate. But at the same time, it’s not a real criticism of the special counsel that on the timing because there were a lot of surprises."


    Shortly after joining the White House in 2017, Cobb predicted in an interview with Reuters that the investigation would be over by Thanksgiving of that year. (more)
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    Gee, who could he have been acting as the agent for and who could he be representing?

    FBI Suspected Cohen as Foreign Agent Nearly a Year Before Raids

    The New York Times initiated the open-records request in October, months before Judge Pauley sentenced Cohen to three years in prison for what he called a “veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.”


    “Simply put, the public interest in knowing the underlying bases for the investigation could not be higher,” Times attorney David McCraw wrote at the time.


    The Associated Press, New York Daily News, New York Post, Dow Jones, Newsday, ABC, CBS and CNN later joined the proceedings, sparking the government to warn that production of the warrants could compromise an ongoing grand jury investigation.


    Pauley allowed the government to redact information about ongoing investigations into Cohen’s campaign-finance crimes, which Cohen said implicate the president. Several pages related to the “Illegal Campaign Contribution Scheme” remain hidden under black lines.

    https://www.courthousenews.com/avala...ials-released/

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    Given the release of Robert Mueller's report, I have closed this thread.

    The new thread can be found HERE.
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