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Wed Jun 19, 2019, 03:50 AM

A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump's Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped.

Source: New York Times

By Kenneth P. Vogel
June 18, 2019

WASHINGTON — A Ukrainian-Russian developer who wanted access to President Trump’s inauguration filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying he was bilked out of the $200,000 he paid for what he thought would be V.I.P. tickets to the event.

The developer, Pavel Fuks, who once discussed a Moscow real estate project with Mr. Trump, said in the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, that he had paid the money to a firm at the direction of Yuri Vanetik, a prominent Republican fund-raiser and sometime lobbyist. But, the lawsuit said, Mr. Vanetik failed to come through with the promised tickets, and Mr. Fuks ended up watching the inauguration from a Washington hotel bar.

The lawsuit sheds new light on efforts to accommodate foreign politicians and business executives who sought to attend Mr. Trump’s inauguration to press their agendas, curry favor or make influential connections with the incoming administration.

It is illegal for foreign nationals to buy tickets from the committees that host the official parties and other events around United States presidential inaugurations, a ban intended to limit international influence in American politics and government. Foreigners have long flocked to inaugurations as guests of American donors, which is permitted.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/18/us/politics/trump-inaugural-lawsuit-pavel-fuks.html







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Reply A Foreigner Paid $200,000 for Tickets to Trump's Inaugural. Now He Says He Was Duped. (Original post)
Judi Lynn Jun 19 OP
Pachamama Jun 19 #1
Bernardo de La Paz Jun 19 #10
BigmanPigman Jun 19 #2
B Stieg Jun 19 #3
True Blue American Jun 19 #4
Scarsdale Jun 19 #5
SergeStorms Jun 19 #9
SleeplessinSoCal Jun 19 #6
Achilleaze Jun 19 #7
KG Jun 19 #8
Bayard Jun 19 #11
JohnnyRingo Jun 19 #12
NCjack Jun 19 #13
FakeNoose Jun 19 #14
phandancer917 Jun 19 #15
Bengus81 Jun 20 #16
durablend Jun 20 #17

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:04 AM

1. Mr. Fuks got fucked

Not the first time the GOP or Trump did that to someone

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Response to Pachamama (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:09 AM

10. Nope. He got trumped by that mothertrumper who stole the Electoral College. . . . nt

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:44 AM

2. ...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:49 AM

3. tRump Stiffed Others

I think his anthem singer had to sue him, too.
Our pResident...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 05:19 AM

5. The tRump campaign

still owes DC for the police protection. Many small towns across the country have not been paid for police protection for the orange disaster. Orlando will likely be stiffed for the latest "show", too. Serves them right, they should demand pay upfront, or no police protection. I hope his big Jly 4th. celebration is a big bust, just like his TV interview was.

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Response to Scarsdale (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 08:39 AM

9. His supporters...

will start a GoFundMe page in order to pay their hero's bills. Trump loves these suckers! I'd like to know how much of his campaign 'war chest' is being spent on his attorneys, and how much is directed into the various Trump bank accounts. The thing is, his cult followers don't care!

If people have to watch a Trump campaign speech in order to view the 4th of July celebration I predict a very low attendance figure. Of course Trump will say it's the largest gathering in the history of the world.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 05:38 AM

6. He needs to go on Fox News.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 05:48 AM

7. URGENT message from the KGOP republican Draft-Dodger-in-Chief

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 06:00 AM

8. ya really wanna tell the world what a dummy ya is?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 10:16 AM

11. So who has the $200K now?

Still Yuri Vanetik, or did that go in tRump's coffers?

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:44 AM

12. This is akin to suing a coke dealer....

...for selling fake blow.

Mr Fuks wants restitution from an unscrupulous Trump insider who failed to deliver on what would be an illegal contribution. When Trump hears about this we might have a new ambassador. "I like the cut of his jib."

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Response to JohnnyRingo (Reply #12)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 11:58 AM

13. Yeah. I don't think that a criminal can sue another criminal for failure to deliver

on criminal act. But, perhaps out society would be better served if such lawsuits were brought into our courts, with the understanding that both parties could be found guilty and punished. This problem should be settled by a Mafia godfather.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:40 PM

14. Oh, it was just a big misunderstanding, according to the lobbyist

From the OP:
Mr. Vanetik, a lawyer, said the $200,000 payment was at least partly for legal work conducted for Gennady A. Kernes, an ally of Mr. Fuks’s and the mayor of his hometown, Kharkiv, Ukraine. Mr. Vanetik said he “never intended to use Fuks’s money to buy tickets from the inaugural committee.” Instead, he said he referred Mr. Fuks to a lobbying firm “that tried to arrange for him to attend an official inaugural ball as a guest,” and also arranged a program of inauguration activities that were sponsored by groups other than Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee, which Mr. Fuks approved, according to Mr. Vanetik.

According to Mr. Vanetik, Mr. Fuks “irrationally expected to attend some million dollar event.”

Mr. Vanetik added, “When that did not happen, he became angry, made threats and left the following day.”

Had Mr. Vanetik used $200,000 from Mr. Fuks to buy tickets to official events from Mr. Trump’s inaugural committee, it could have resulted in an illegal foreign donation to the inaugural committee, said Brendan Fischer, an official at the Campaign Legal Center.


Wow I'm glad that was all cleared up! NO COLLUSION!

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Wed Jun 19, 2019, 04:54 PM

15. LOL

Suckers and their Rubles...

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 07:59 AM

16. Gosh...sniff,sniff........thoughts and prayers

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Thu Jun 20, 2019, 08:11 AM

17. Let's cut the guy a little slack...

I mean not as if people knew about what a crook Trump was before 2016...

Oh....right....

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