Thursday, November 2, 2017

Trump’s Russian Money Trail

When the trumpster in the dumpster said: "My financials are off-limits..." we should have known!

Robert Mueller is looking into the Trump Soho Hotel, and Donald Trump with Tevfik... all involved laundering money, and eventually defrauding investors who litigated and won a settlement.

Trump’s Ties to Russian Oligarchs Go Back Decades

The “smoking gun” between Russian money and Trump lies with a little-known case that was abruptly settled involving a holding company related to Russia’s oligarchs.

Look first to Prevezon’s lawyer—Natalia Veselnitskaya—the Russian woman who initiated the meeting with Donald Trump Jr. last June.

Look at the people who were in the room at that meeting. It’s clear that there are ties to Russian money.

People like the business partner of Aras Agalarov, a Russian oligarch that Trump has been doing business with for years.

People like Natalia Veselnitskaya, a lawyer for a company called Prevezon, which was laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through New York City real estate.

Trump's casino was a money laundering concern shortly after it opened.

It’s no surprise that these names keep coming up, because this is definitely something that links Trump to Russia for a long, long time.

The 2012 Magnitsky Act was a result of a Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky, who was investigating a company in Russia that was linked to illegal activities by Russian oligarchs.

Magnitsky was put in jail, and Magnitsky was murdered in jail.

So, in 2012, the Obama administration enact the Magnitsky Act which essentially prevented Russian oligarchs from doing business in the U.S.

Russian oligarchs despise this act. They would like to see it repealed.

The lawyer who met with Don Jr., Natalia Veselnitskaya, has been lobbying against the Magnitsky Act for years.

With the Prevezon case, she was very happy to see it settled just a few months ago. -- And here, the timing is odd.
She meets with Donald Trump in June.
A few months after Donald Trump takes office, the Prevezon case is settled. It was settled in May, very suddenly and in a very strange way.
The DA was ready to prosecute. --- Then, suddenly, they settled it, no disclosure, no trial, no publicity.
2017-05-12 Prevezon settlement stipulation (a .pdf)

“This case was settled on Russian terms.”

So, if you’re looking for any sort of quid pro quo between Russian money and Trump, look here first.

Here we have a case where the Department of Justice, under Jeff Sessions, put pressure on a district attorney’s office—Bharara—to settle. Bharara was fired in March. And after he was fired, the case was settled.

So, it’s a nice series of coincidences. It is part of a pattern of deep ties between financial interests in Russia and Trump.

UPDATE: New York (November 1, 2017) -- A New York federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Justice Department and several Russian companies implicated in a high-profile tax fraud case back to court after the federal government accused the defendants of refusing to make a $5.9 million settlement payment.

Prevezon Holdings Ltd. and other companies controlled by Russian businessman Denis Katsyv and U.S. prosecutors both asked for a conference before they file renewed arguments over the deal. Federal District Judge William Pauley called for the meeting on Nov. 9!

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