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Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:02 PM

Trump's Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime

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Source: The Atlantic

Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

Natasha Bertrand
6:14 PM ET

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Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate. Nearly a decade later, Ohr and the FBI sought Deripaska’s help in taking down overseas criminal syndicates.

And then there’s Andy McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who spent over a decade investigating Russian organized crime and served as a supervisory special agent of a task force that scrutinized Eurasian crime syndicates. McCabe is a 21-year FBI veteran who handled aspects of the Russia investigation until Mueller was appointed last May, an appointment McCabe says he pushed for. He was fired in March, just two days short of being eligible to receive his pension and other benefits from the bureau. The official reason was that he had lacked candor when describing his interactions with the press to the Inspector General’s office. But Trump and his allies’ relentless attacks on McCabe on Twitter and cable news made it difficult for many to believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire him was completely devoid of political considerations.

One member of Mueller’s team, meanwhile, has provoked more ire from the president’s allies than others: Andrew Weissmann, a seasoned prosecutor who oversaw cases against high-ranking organized criminals on Wall Street in the early 1990s and, later, against 30 people implicated in the Enron fraud scandal. Trump has also villainized former Mueller team member Lisa Page, a trial attorney in the Justice Department's organized-crime section whose cases centered on international organized crime and money laundering. She has been targeted by the president and his allies for mocking Trump in text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, a Russian counterintelligence expert in the FBI, during a period in which both briefly worked on the Mueller investigation. Strzok was fired earlier this month for writing similarly caustic messages. Trump says the texts showed outrageous bias and has cited them as evidence that Muller is out to get him.

Mueller’s probe is first and foremost a counterintelligence investigation, and Trump famously declared last year that any examination of his personal finances would cross a “red line.” But Russia’s criminal syndicates have become increasingly intertwined with its intelligence services, blurring the line between mafia dons and spies. (As Russia expert Mark Galeotti wrote in his book “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia,” Putin’s Kremlin has consolidated power by “not simply taming, but absorbing, the underworld.”)

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-top-targets-in-the-russia-probe-are-experts-in-organized-crime/569056/



I think it's a BFD that a journalist used "Trump" and "organized crime" in the headline.

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Reply Trump's Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime (Original post)
MelissaB Aug 30 OP
MelissaB Aug 30 #1
dalton99a Aug 30 #5
MelissaB Aug 30 #6
Fred Sanders Aug 30 #2
bucolic_frolic Aug 30 #3
MelissaB Aug 30 #7
bucolic_frolic Aug 31 #13
Hermit-The-Prog Aug 30 #9
pecosbob Aug 30 #4
FakeNoose Aug 30 #8
Haggis for Breakfast Aug 30 #11
FakeNoose Aug 30 #12
spike jones Aug 30 #10
DonViejo Aug 31 #14

Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:09 PM

1. Please don't miss these 2 paragraphs

The president has denied having any business ties to Russia, and his dream of building a Trump Tower Moscow never materialized. But his links to Russian oligarchs and mobsters from the former Soviet Union have been documented: Millions of dollars from the former Soviet Union flowed into Trump’s developments and casinos throughout the 1990’s, as journalist Craig Unger has documented, as oligarchs looked for a place to hide their money in the west. The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was once known as a hot-spot for Brooklyn mobsters associated with the Russian mafia, and quickly became the "favorite East Coast destination" of top Russian mob boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, according to the 2000 book "Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America." It was also repeatedly cited by the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, for having inadequate money-laundering controls.

By the early 2000’s, a third of the buyers of Trump Tower’s most expensive condos were Russia-linked shell companies or individuals from the former Soviet Union—including Eduard Nektalov, a mob-connected diamond dealer from Uzbekistan, and David Bogatin, a Russian emigre mobster who specialized in bootlegging gasoline. Bogatin’s brother was involved in an elaborate stock fraud with top Russian mob boss Mogilevich, who himself is allied with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov—another Russian mob leader who ran an entire gambling and money-laundering network out of unit 63A in Trump Tower, just three floors below Trump’s own residence. (Tokhtakhounov was a VIP attendee at Trump's Miss Universe pageant in Moscow just seven months after the gambling ring was busted by the FBI.) Trump’s own sons have boasted of the Trump Organization’s dependence on Russian money. "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets," Donald Trump Jr. said in 2008. “We don't rely on American banks,” Eric Trump reportedly told a golfing buddy in 2014. “We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #1)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:27 PM

5. +1. Trump's mob connections run deep and are explained in Unger's book










etc. etc.

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Response to dalton99a (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:53 PM

6. Great post! Puts faces with criminals.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:12 PM

2. "The Kremlin has absorbed the Russian mob underworld"...to consolidate all power...

....one Putin's ring to find them all, and in the darkness, bind them.

Chilling article...and with the McCain film expose of Trump's Russian mob connections out tomorrow...how long can Putin's Puppet carry on being so naked without being figuratively lynched by the nation? How long can Fox carry water for this leaking empty vessel of a man?

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:21 PM

3. And what was

his father doing in the 1920s? Era of Prohibition, bootlegging, Canadian rum-running (see Bronfmann history, not exactly the lily-whites we were always told), Klan activity (even in NY and even with bootlegging). The family history is what, brothels in the gold rush? Then casinos? Do you begin to see some connections?

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Response to bucolic_frolic (Reply #3)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:55 PM

7. I'm still waiting for Republicans to see these connections.

Fox "News" won't report it until The Don is in handcuffs.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 05:24 AM

13. business connections forged over the decades are now the power structure

That's why they're all absent. It's not exactly that they're involved, it's that they understand. Implied complicity. A new meaning of the Silent Majority.

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Response to Fred Sanders (Reply #2)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 08:10 PM

9. TrumPutin and Russian Secret Service

And a reminder:


The Budapest Bridge: Hungary’s Role in the Collusion Between the Trump Campaign and the Russian Secret Service

Introduction

It was during the 2016 Presidential election campaign, and for the first time in American electoral history, that a hostile foreign power, aided and abetted by one of the candidates, was able to decisively intervene and significantly influence the outcome of an American election.

American public opinion, the mass and social media, the political establishment and, the country’s secret services, are bitterly divided about the veracity of the relationship between the Russian secret services and Donald Trump’s campaign team. Most commentators claim that even if conclusive evidence of collusion were to be found, it is well nigh impossible to prove, that the relationship had any tangible impact on the outcome of the election.

This first, of a two part series, summarizes some fresh evidence about the nature of the collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign. It will provide some empirically verifiable evidence of the electoral impact of the Russian leaks, in the context of the strategic aspirations of the Trump campaign.

We do not claim to have any insight into the evidence at the disposal of the FBI about the alleged collusion between the Trump team and the Russian secret service. What we have, is evidence, that the FBI is forbidden by law to investigate, because it lies outside the territory of the USA.


http://hungarianfreepress.com/2017/04/13/the-budapest-bridge-hungarys-role-in-the-collusion-between-the-trump-campaign-and-the-russian-secret-service/

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 06:24 PM

4. IMO the only reason we know as much as we do...European journalists

So much of this relates to Europe and Russia that European journalists have been on it from day one. Meanwhile we get constant noise from corporate media.

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Response to pecosbob (Reply #4)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 07:27 PM

8. Malcolm Nance covers a lot of this info in "The Plot to Destroy Democracy"

Chapter 12 but don't just read that chapter. The entire book is riveting!



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Response to FakeNoose (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 08:53 PM

11. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE REQUIRED READING FOR EVERYONE

I am reading this right now. Nance connects ALL the dots and follows the money and the history from decades ago to right up to the present day. I will admit that some of the book has made my blood boil, as these guys were not exactly the sharpest tools in the shed and it was there for all to see years ago, yet nothing was done to stop the forward march of these criminals and murderers into our lives. And then there were parts that chilled me to the bone. These people have a very long reach into so much of our country, it's downright scary.

Nance recently said that one of the things the Russian hackbots are doing is sewing contentious dissent in our chat-rooms and news stories, strictly for the purpose of dividing us as communities, and setting us against one another. He cited several instances of this from last year when there was a spate of pro- and anti-vaccine stories. The anti-vaxxer crowd about incites me to riot, and I remember reading a number of these stories. It never occurred to me that this was the work of Russian interlopers.

Now when I read things that seem to have but one goal - to rile people, I make it a point to find the source of the story.

We should all be wary of these kinds of encroachment in our media. The Russians are winning when they tear us apart and make us vulnerable to this kind of disruption.

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Response to Haggis for Breakfast (Reply #11)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 11:24 PM

12. Agreed - well stated Haggis

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Thu Aug 30, 2018, 08:51 PM

10. Back when the USSR disbanded,

I remember hearing that the mob had taken over the roll of the government.

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Response to MelissaB (Original post)

Fri Aug 31, 2018, 07:17 PM

14. Locking....

Forum Hosts feel this is a feature story with opinion and analysis.

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