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Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:03 AM

Newsweek: Donald Trump Is A 'Russian Asset' Owned By The Mafia

DONALD TRUMP IS A 'RUSSIAN ASSET' OWNED BY THE MAFIA, AUTHOR CLAIMS IN NEW BOOK

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In House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, veteran journalist and author Craig Unger names 59 Russians as business associates of Trump (who has claimed he has none) and follows the purported financial links between them and the Trump Organization going back decades.

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How much so-called kompromat do you believe the Russians have on Trump, how far back does it go, and what is the nature of it?
I am approaching things quite differently than looking for the pee tape. In a lot of ways, the kompromat is hiding in plain sight. I found 59 links between Trump and Russia. He said zero. I say 59. These cannot possibly be random or coincidental contacts. It evolves into something more than money laundering over time.

What is Manafort’s alleged role? What does he know about Trump?
Manafort is an incredibly crucial link to Putin’s goals. He connected Trump directly to Putin's strategic objectives. One question people are not asking: Where is the Russian mafia money coming from? In my book, I identify two pipelines. One is the Ukraine energy trade, in which Mogilevich has a gas intermediary. They get gas at low prices and resell it at market prices, and through this, they were skimming $750 million a year off the Ukraine energy trade. They were getting all that money and wanted the political wherewithal to support it. Manafort was hired to assist Putin's candidate in Ukraine. He was paid in money that he had to launder. And some of that went through a shell company, and I tie that directly to Mogilevich.

How can Manafort hurt Trump?
If he’s convicted, he can still flip. Manafort has known Trump for 30 years. He knows how the whole thing works.

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Which of your findings do you think Americans would find most shocking?
There is a Russian asset in the White House. He is an asset. I believe he is an agent, but it's hard to prove he is knowledgeable. When you look at the 59 Russians, some live in Trump Tower. The Russian mafia is a state actor, and it has direct ties to Russian intelligence, and they have been located in the home of the president of the United States!




MUCH MORE:
https://www.newsweek.com/manafort-trump-putin-russia-mafia-strzok-fbi-1076582

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Reply Newsweek: Donald Trump Is A 'Russian Asset' Owned By The Mafia (Original post)
kpete Aug 2018 OP
Chickensoup Aug 2018 #1
olegramps Aug 2018 #21
Grasswire2 Aug 2018 #31
Crash2Parties Aug 2018 #50
Crutchez_CuiBono Aug 2018 #44
Scarsdale Aug 2018 #2
Merlot Aug 2018 #14
2naSalit Aug 2018 #3
lindysalsagal Aug 2018 #4
edbermac Aug 2018 #5
LiberalLovinLug Aug 2018 #6
Texin Aug 2018 #24
LiberalLovinLug Aug 2018 #36
Achilleaze Aug 2018 #7
Botany Aug 2018 #8
dalton99a Aug 2018 #17
OnDoutside Aug 2018 #9
Doodley Aug 2018 #10
colorado_ufo Aug 2018 #19
peekaloo Aug 2018 #11
Sancho Aug 2018 #16
smirkymonkey Aug 2018 #12
Botany Aug 2018 #13
Sancho Aug 2018 #15
colorado_ufo Aug 2018 #20
world wide wally Aug 2018 #18
tblue37 Aug 2018 #22
calimary Aug 2018 #23
Racerdog1 Aug 2018 #25
underthematrix Aug 2018 #26
Fiendish Thingy Aug 2018 #27
meow2u3 Aug 2018 #28
Grasswire2 Aug 2018 #29
dalton99a Aug 2018 #30
tblue37 Aug 2018 #32
Scurrilous Aug 2018 #33
barbtries Aug 2018 #34
NastyRiffraff Aug 2018 #35
BadgerMom Aug 2018 #38
Uncle Joe Aug 2018 #37
heaven05 Aug 2018 #39
tclambert Aug 2018 #40
fierywoman Aug 2018 #42
Kablooie Aug 2018 #41
cp Aug 2018 #43
Crutchez_CuiBono Aug 2018 #46
DeminPennswoods Aug 2018 #45
GetRidOfThem Aug 2018 #47
mysteryowl Aug 2018 #48
dalton99a Aug 2018 #49
CountAllVotes Aug 2018 #51
ProfessorPlum Aug 2018 #52

Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:12 AM

1. OMG!!!!

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Response to Chickensoup (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:42 AM

21. It is all about money. Money buys power and presitige. Some will sell their soul to achieve it.

The occupant of the White House is defined by one thing and only one $$$$$$. He has demonstrated throughout his entire life that he will do anything to get it. Cheat people, lie to them and throw them under bus if it threatens his bottom line. He is willing to collude with the most despicable people to enrich himself. He would have absolutely no hesitancy to betray his own country if he was threatened with the loss of his precious golden idol. An idol that he worships and cherishes more than his children or numerous female partners, I refrain from calling them his spouses, since that would imply that he has even a basic moral code. They have been nothing more than cheap trophies to be used for display and easily tossed to the gutter when they become tarnished and someone more useful comes along. He is the ultimate con-man without a hint of morals or compassion for this victims. .

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Response to olegramps (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:25 AM

31. Let's just stipulate that he has identifiable multiple mental issues.

We can ascribe all of his manifestations to that one "condition". His moral compass is gone. Remember what they used to say about Goldwater. "In your guts, you know he's nuts."

We can stop trying to figure him out. He's nuts. And we have to stop him from destroying everything. Not just America.

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Response to Grasswire2 (Reply #31)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:21 PM

50. Many people have mental illnesses of the same types; they choose not to be evil

This in on Trump and his values - and on the GOP which could stop him and every day chooses not to do so.

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Response to Chickensoup (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 03:31 PM

44. Yes. Newsweek even. Wow.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:25 AM

2. I hope Maleria's parents phone

has been tapped. They are involved in this mess somehow. How does a Communist who used to sell cars, afford to live in tRump Tower, and Mar-A-Lago? He is likely neck deep in this mess.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:27 AM

14. My guess is his rich son-in-law put him in trumpft tower

Many bigger fish to fry.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:31 AM

3. sigh

This is f'ing hugh. This is a pretty strong argument. I need more coffee.

What a way to start the day.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:32 AM

4. Semantics: "Russia" means the government, so it's a weasel. The oligarchs are all deeply connected

with putin, so, they're unofficial, but they are real.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:05 AM

5. Putin made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:06 AM

6. Meanwhile Republicans yawn

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Response to LiberalLovinLug (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:21 AM

24. I think every rethug in Congress has accepted Russian money.

Whether it was funneled through the NRA or directly from mobsters, I couldn't say, but their complete, seeming lack of concern, or flat out obdurate refusal to address this critical issue proves it to me. Individuals like Flake and Ryan who are leaving their seats think that by leaving a burning, foundering ship like a couple of rats is going to inoculate them from any culpability later. The fact of the matter is they took this tainted spoil and are like a jewel thief taking the swag away from a successfully completed heist. I believe they're all involved in it up to their necks. Whether any of the Dems were involved, I wouldn't say, but it seems likely that many of them too were in on this.

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Response to Texin (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:54 AM

36. I think you are spot on

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:06 AM

7. k & r

stop the republican traitors in their evil betrayal of America and American democracy

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Response to Botany (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:38 AM

17. Putin's little busboy is showing his true colors at every opportunity

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:13 AM

9. Remember when he wanted to base himself in Trump Tower and kept slagging the WH ?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:18 AM

10. Trump"s behavior alone implies that - his constant attacks on the investigation are not the

Actions of an innocent man. His glowing support of Putin, while he attacks the CIA, the FBi, our allies and just about everyone else are not the actions of an innocent man.

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Response to Doodley (Reply #10)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:04 AM

19. Absolutely.

Why is anyone surprised?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:20 AM

11. Unger wrote a similar book about the Bush/Saudi connection(s).

and people still looked the other way.

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Response to peekaloo (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:32 AM

16. ..that book was an eye opener too...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:24 AM

12. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:26 AM

13. But really what about HRC's email server?

Which of your findings do you think Americans would find most shocking?
There is a Russian asset in the White House. He is an asset. I believe he is an agent, but it's hard to prove he is knowledgeable. When you look at the 59 Russians, some live in Trump Tower. The Russian mafia is a state actor, and it has direct ties to Russian intelligence, and they have been located in the home of the president of the United States!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:30 AM

15. I just downloaded this book on Kindle...

with all these books coming out, the dossier looks tame in comparison. Now we know why they are squeezing Manifort and Cohen - and before this is over the entire tRump organization may come down. We'll see...

The larger question is the repubs!!! How far into the GOP pockets does the Russian money go? NRA, trips of US politicians to Russia, and honeypot women seem to go back years. Did the Russians hack the elections with GOP help?

Unger has not been on the talk shows many times yet - maybe we'll see him more in the future.

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Response to Sancho (Reply #15)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:06 AM

20. Don't forget our friend Devin.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 08:46 AM

18. Trump's ONLY loyalty is to money.

And he lost what he started with and he's too stupid to make more. He lost money on freaking gambling casinos as no one before him has ever done.
He had to get it from somewhere.
There is a very good reason he won't release his tax returns. Even Trump is not THAT stupid.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 09:45 AM

22. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:12 AM

23. BOOM!

Okay gotta say - I’ve been calling him The Asset for weeks now!

Because he IS. He just IS.

That’s.

What.

He.

IS.

Glad somebody else is finally saying it - someone with a bigger, louder megaphone and a bigger, taller podium.

donald trump IS a fucking RUSSIAN ASSET.

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Response to calimary (Reply #23)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:24 AM

25. Russian Asshat!

 

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:01 AM

26. It appears the MSM is inching ever closer to the truth

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:02 AM

27. Sadly, I fear this book will largely be ignored and passed over for Omarosa's nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:03 AM

28. K&R for the truth!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:17 AM

29. Well, alrighty then.

As Brian Williams says about scary news: "Sooner or later you are talking about something serious." Or: "That gets our attention."

I hope this author has some security. He appeared to many to be uncomfortable telling these things on network television. He's a scholar and a writer. Be safe!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:19 AM

30. Kick

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:29 AM

32. A *very* important point (,emphasis added):

Semion Mogilevich. . . . is the brains behind the Russian mafia. He is worth $10 billion. He is the king of money launderers, and he is the financial genius behind many of their scams. . . . The Russian mafia fetishizes brutality. Mogilevich helped elevate it from this thuggish world of extortion to sophisticated financial scams. He lives in Moscow. He has been on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list, and one of the people on the Budapest task force investigating him was Lisa Page, who was part of Mueller’s investigation. (Page resigned from the FBI in May.)


No wonder Lisa Page freaked at the idea of Trump as president. She was part of the FBI task force on Russian money laundering, so she knew all about him. And no wonder Trump and his handlers wanted her discredited and fired or forced to resign.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:31 AM

33. K&R

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:37 AM

34. Another book to order.

I have a deep backlog at the moment. I think the next one (once I finish "The New Jim Crow" which i highly recommend) will be Rick Wilson's, but I have probably at least 10 books on the shelf all presumably worth reading.

So far the one I think everyone should read is "The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump." It's so important.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 11:45 AM

35. Holy shit.

There is a Russian asset in the White House.


We knew some of this before, but this is digging deep.

Holy shit.

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Response to NastyRiffraff (Reply #35)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 12:14 PM

38. Should have come out before the election.

There was lots of pre-2016 dirt to dig up, all of it disqualifying. I’m glad the light finally is dawning on some members of the MSM, but bereft that it’s happening so late in the game.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 12:11 PM

37. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread kpete.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:30 PM

39. trump, leader(in US)

 

of the Party of PUTIN and WSP/GOP. Amerika has finally put on its true predatory capitalist face(orange) and turned to Americans and our allies, that for decades have been there for us, and on that world stage said, you're getting screwed, I don't care and there is NOTHING you will be able to do about it.

Unless Mueller finds something really that will turn everyone against our orange nightmare. I know he's being precisely careful. I WANT THIS orange NIGHTMARE TO GO AWAY. I have it every day and night

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 01:59 PM

40. Every time Trump yells, "FAKE NEWS" he really means, "I plead guilty."

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Response to tclambert (Reply #40)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:29 PM

42. Exactly. At this point he's projecting 24/7.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 02:24 PM

41. This is it. This is the key to everything.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 03:12 PM

43. Don Putinovich Trumpski

This explains so much. Must-read book!

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Response to cp (Reply #43)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 04:02 PM

46. Doninski Putinoff-kov Traitorskya

aka mr president...

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 03:36 PM

45. Just got my copy

That will be my reading this evening.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 04:53 PM

47. Just saw this book at Costco...

...and I am $17.49 poorer, and one book richer...

(Every economist would berate me: You are not poorer, all you did was exchange currency for something that was of value to you, at least as much as the currency cost, otherwise you would not have done this!)

(I am berating myself, being a published economist...)

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:05 PM

48. This makes sense because...

there is NO chatter leaking. There is no leaking because they are all severe criminals of the mafia type.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 07:30 PM

49. The richer Trump got, the deeper he sank into the Russian criminal underworld

https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/is-there-a-case-for-trump-putin-collaboration-years-before-the-campaign/2018/08/16/00578f1e-9440-11e8-80e1-00e80e1fdf43_story.html

The richer Trump got, the deeper he sank into the Russian criminal underworld, which after the fall of the Soviet Union rose up to form the ruling class, now under Putin’s control.

Unger spends much of his story connecting the dots between Trump and individual alleged Russian mobsters, such as David Bogatin, the pioneer of a gas tax scam, who bought five apartments in Trump Tower in 1984 for $6 million.

Not all the connections run so directly. One famous gangster, Semion Mogilevich, who was renowned for his talent of making dirty money look clean, looms over the entire narrative like an orchestra conductor. Mogilevich, whom FBI agents have called the “boss of bosses,” directed the expansion of the Russian mob into the United States in the early 1990s. And although there is no definitive evidence connecting him directly to Trump, according to Unger, a mountain of facts places him in Trump’s corner of the real estate business.

As Unger tells it, Trump can’t be totally unaware of the criminality surrounding him, and even if he were, that ignorance is no defense. Trump allowed himself to become compromised by Russia, years before he seriously entertained running for public office.

The men who used Trump for their illicit purposes ensnared him. “They had ensured that he was beholden to Russia’s money, and its power,” Unger writes. “All largely unseen. With deniability.”

There is abundant evidence in Unger’s book that Trump made his business infrastructure — his condos, his developments, his very name — available to criminals and oligarchs trying to hide their ill-gotten gains, whether from tax collectors, investigators or the president of Russia. And that’s a form of collusion, too. ...

But Unger is convinced that the Russians succeeded in their goal because they had a willing target, who seized on false news stories, propaganda and unflattering Democratic emails that Russia disseminated. Trump weaponized Russian disinformation without ever questioning its provenance. He even asked for more when he publicly told Russia to “find” Hillary Clinton’s personal emails.

“Given Trump’s narrow victory in states such as Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan — states that were predicted to vote Democratic but were won by Trump with a margin of less than 1 percent, and which put him over the top in the electoral college, it is more than likely that the Russian interference made the difference,” Unger writes.


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2018, 10:11 PM

51. gee

Who would have ever suspected this? ME that's who!

Double agent/spy ... etc. etc. ad infinitum

Mafia? ha!



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Response to kpete (Original post)

Sun Aug 19, 2018, 06:34 AM

52. In other news, water is wet

No shit, Newsweek. I'm glad Unger is connecting all the dots for you, but this has been obvious for a long time now. Wakey wakey.

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