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Tue Sep 11, 2018, 12:08 PM

Understanding Trump vs. Bruce Ohr: Think Russia's top crime boss, Semion Mogilevich

by Craig Unger
August 30, 2018

Amidst President Donald Trump’s ongoing threats to revoke security clearances from various critics, perhaps the most mysterious person on his enemy list is Bruce Ohr, the Justice Department lawyer who has repeatedly been a Trump target for reasons that have never been clearly articulated. Ohr has never criticized Trump as far as anyone is aware, and has worked at the Justice Department as an award-winning civil servant for nearly thirty years in Republican and Democratic administrations alike.

It has been noted that Ohr had ties to the notorious Christopher Steele dossier and that his wife worked for Fusion GPS, which hired Steele, a former British agent, to investigate Trump. But there is quite likely another reason which could trouble Trump even more: Ohr’s job in the Justice Department involved facing off against Russian crime boss Semion Mogilevich whose operatives have been using Trump branded properties to launder millions of dollars for more than three decades. If the FBI’s investigations turn toward Trump’s ties to Russian organized crime, which is entirely foreseeable, the president may be interested in trying to delegitimize those efforts as he has attempted with other aspects of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. What the public should also understand is how Mogilevich has served as an agent for Vladimir Putin’s efforts in the United States and abroad.

If one tracks Trump’s ties to Russia, the name Mogilevich pops up more than any single name, beginning in 1984 when alleged Mogilevich operative David Bogatin bought five condos in Trump Tower for $6 million in cash. Over the years, no fewer than 1,300 Trump-branded condos were sold in all cash purchases to anonymous shell companies—the two criteria that set off alarm bells among anti-money laundering authorities. In 2002, after Trump had gone belly up in Atlantic City, Bayrock, a real estate development company that allegedly had ties to Mogilevich, moved into Trump Tower and partnered with Trump—in the process bailing out the bankrupt real estate mogul and putting him in a position to eventually run for the presidency.

And Ohr is not the only Mogilevich specialist who has been the subject of Trump’s ire. Last September, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page was fired from her position on Mueller’s probe into the Trump-Russia scandal after anti-Trump text messages exchanged between her and Peter Strzok came to light. (Strzok, a member of Mueller’s team with whom Page was having a relationship, was also fired.) However, little attention was paid to what may well be the most interesting item on Page’s resume—her considerable experience prosecuting money laundering cases involving Russian organized crime, including working with the FBI’s task force in Budapest to prosecute a money-laundering case against Dmitry Firtash, the Ukrainian oligarch who partnered with both Paul Manafort and Semion Mogilevich.

https://www.justsecurity.org/60528/understanding-pres-trump-vs-bruce-ohr-russias-top-crime-boss-semion-mogilevich/


And guess what the traitor did today...........................

Quoting Dobbs, Trump Attacks Strzok, Page And Holder

By Matt Shuham
September 11, 2018 11:06 am

President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Lou Dobbs on Tuesday to attack former Attorney General Eric Holder, fired FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page.


Trump referred to a new letter from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), which quotes portions of two text messages — without context — from Strzok to Page. Strzok’s attorney told Fox News the phrase “refers to a Department-wide initiative to detect and stop leaks to the media.”

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/trump-strzok-holder-lou-dobbs-tweets

What a POS......................

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turbinetree Sep 11 OP
Wellstone ruled Sep 11 #1
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Guy Whitey Corngood Sep 11 #3
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erronis Sep 11 #5
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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2018, 12:17 PM

1. Trump will be rolled up in

Russian Money laundering and will be tied to foreign crimes against the USA.

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Tue Sep 11, 2018, 12:33 PM

2. In a perfect world even Lou Dobbs would not quote Lou Dobbs.

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Tue Sep 11, 2018, 12:36 PM

3. Scumbag is as scumbag does. nt

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2018, 12:37 PM

4. Mogilevich is the big Kahuna - after Putin, that is

He pops up over and over in the book, House of Trump House of Putin. An oligarch, a mover, shaker and killer.

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Response to turbinetree (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2018, 01:03 PM

5. I have my own list of articles/pages but am interested in collaborating on a broader indexing

ProPublica and other sites are providing great resources.

What I'd like to have is a centralized site that contains all the articles over time, indexed, that we can all collaborate on.

Wikipedia and others are great but I want to see today's news feeds as well as other live data. This would need to be indexed by date/time, tagged, reliability factors, etc. Oh, and it would need to be totally open source so the methods of weighting importance and connections are visible to all.

I may be too close to the technology bare metal to realize that this is already available.

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Response to erronis (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 11, 2018, 10:28 PM

6. I really like ProPublica

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