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Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain

Westlake Legal Group yWf8Ekj4IN4G47QXNQjth4Ms0W8BSVImkfM1z3YT6p8 Trump’s envoy who denied quid pro quo now says he isn’t certain r/politics

Also another tid bit not trending on r/politics

Sorry for sniping top post…

These guys have about 1/12th (or more) of 1.5 Billion (or more) riding on all this, as well as all the nuts and bolts to erect the Biden/Ukraine conspiracy. Firtash is trying to get his extradition removed. This is why the envoy was fired. These guys were trying to get the stolen Ukrainian money moving.

Semyon Kislin is the longtime associate of Rudy Guiliani who is in control of part of $1.5 Billion stolen by the Former Pro-Russian Ukrainian President Victor Yanucovich.

In the 1980s, Donald Trump bought some 200 televisions for one of his hotels from an electronics store run by Semyon “Sam” Kislin and Tamir Sapir, immigrants from the then-Soviet Republics of Ukraine and Georgia, respectively. Their store was a known hot-spot for senior government officials, spies, and politicians all from the Soviet Union.

Sapir may have (once) been part of or even come to the U.S. secretly working for the Soviet Ministry of Internal Affairs (at whose academy he had apparently studied). Rumors swirled around the sources of his extremely unlikely and massive wealth. One of his primary business partners pled guilty to longtime scams with the Gambino Crime family.

Tamir Sapir is a former financier and development partner for the construction of the Trump SoHo in Manhattan through Sapir Organization. Alex Sapir of Sapir Organization accompanied Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia, where they reportedly “tried to pull strings behind the scenes with to make Trump Tower Moscow a reality”.

“It was during that weekend that Agalarov, the developer, met with Trump and his SoHo hotel partners, Alex Sapir and Rotem Rosen, to discuss a potential Moscow project, Real Estate Weekly reported two days after Trump’s return.” – Bloomberg

A little bit unrelated but the Agalarov’s were part of the chain that arranged the Trump tower meeting for passing info from the Russian government to the campaign.

About 2 weeks ago the House Oversight Committee sent Kislin a document preservation order.

As for Sapir’s partner, as I noted in more detail previously, Kislin was a longtime ally of Rudolph Giuliani: a prolific repeat donor to the future-Trump-ally’s mayoral campaigns, with Giuliani as mayor even appointing Kislin to his economic council where he served until Giuliani’s final year as mayor. Kislin would also later serve on another of the city’s economic advisory groups. By at least the mid-1990s, U.S. authorities believed Kislin had helped launder millions for the Russian mafia, had helped bring in a suspected hired assassin to America, and specifically had been linked by the FBI to Vyacheslav Ivankov’s Russian mob crew based in Brighton Beach as a “member or associate.”

Ivankov—one of the Russian mafia’s top men in America—lived in Trump Tower, had the Trump Organization’s private contact numbers in his address book, and also loved frequently spending time—along with other Russian mobsters at Trump’s Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, NJ.

Ivankov reported to Russian mafia “boss of bosses” Semion Mogilevich, perhaps the most powerful mobster in the world today, a financial mastermind known for long-term schemes, a top concern of the FBI for decades, and a longtime-friend and ally of current Russia President Vladimir Putin, who shields him to this day from U.S. (and other) authorities.

Mogilevich set up a front company in America in 1995 that would perpetrate a massive stock fraud worth $150 million on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Its ostensible “CEO” was Jacob Bogatin, who made repeated donations in this role to the National Republican Congressional Committee. Jacob’s brother, David Bogatin, had served in the Soviet Army in Vietnam during the Vietnam War, targeting U.S. aircraft. By the mid-1980s, Bogatin had purchased five Trump Tower apartments that Trump had personally sold to him. By 1990s, he was also a key soldier for Mogilevich.

A man that a U.S. Supreme Court petition for a writ of certiorari alleges was another Mogilevich lieutenant, Mikhael Sheferovsky, had a son, Felix Sater, who, even without his father’s possible relationship with Mogilevich (which Felix denies), ended up having his own ties to the Russian mafia.

Sater was involved in a massive stock fraud and money laundering scheme worth tens of millions. Sater ran his illegal operation in the mid-1990s from an office in none-other-than-Trump-owned 40 Wall Street. It’s well-known that Sater’s plan involved the Russian mafia, but it is not publicly known if Mogilevich was involved. If Mogilevich were involved, it would hardly be surprising because of his involvement in similar stock fraud and money laundering in the U.S. and Canada during the same period.

Many details of Sater’s case remain sealed because he later mysteriously cooperated with the U.S. government on national security issues in a deal made on the government’s side by Andrew Weissmann, then a federal prosecutor and now a key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Glenn Simpson (a Fusion GPS opposition research lead investigator on numerous Russian cases including Trump’s connections to Russia and the infamous Prevezon/Magnitsky case, discussed later) also testified to U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff that Sater has strong ties to the Mogilevich crew. Specifics on which basis Simpson is alleging this are not clear.

Sater also grew up in Brighton Beach—a neighborhood notorious for being a Russian mafia enclave—and had a friend since childhood from that neighborhood whose uncle ran a catering establishment in New York then popular with the Russian mafia figures. That friend was Michael Cohen, the same Michael Cohen close to Trump and at the center of the Stormy Daniels saga.

https://hillreporter.com/how-cohens-and-manaforts-ukraine-ties-tell-the-deeper-story-of-trump-russia-and-the-mueller-probe-4886

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U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria

Westlake Legal Group ZjihvL6W0vTH-cH6YgUch3AZlF_eyDAqUp66vUNfVhI U.S. forces say Turkey was deliberately ‘bracketing’ American troops with artillery fire in Syria r/politics

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Democratic lawmaker says Barr’s reported meeting with Murdoch should be investigated

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Murdoch, from the FOX TV station?

Why would he need to meet with Barr, the President’s personal fixer?

Was it official U.S. Government business, or not?

Was it related to Trump the 2020 candidate, Trump the President of the United States, Trump the Reality TV star, or, something else?

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Warren attacks Facebook for ‘quietly’ changing its political ad policy after Zuckerberg’s meeting with Trump

Westlake Legal Group cTYvMUuFsmFcB7Z9sCn5w-dR9bIMhjef18hbSjl_jBA Warren attacks Facebook for 'quietly' changing its political ad policy after Zuckerberg's meeting with Trump r/politics

It’s impossible to ban political ads because there’s hardly anything in existence that isn’t political. If explicitly political ads are banned then a whole new science of “what is political” will come about so corporations can lobby their position into being legally non-political and propagandize the fuck out of it.

This is also the problem with “getting corporate money out of politics.” If you put a hard cap on explicit political donations you’re just going to be pushing the problem underground so it’s even harder to see who’s the lizard person controlling everything.|

Any reasonable person should see the virtue in getting corporate money out of politics, but if we’re going to bring up policy like this we may as well start thinking now about how we’re going to deal with it when corporations skirt the “donation” line with supposedly unaffiliated propaganda operations

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Republicans must lie to survive: They have no other choice | From Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the path to Republican political success is rooted in profound deception

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Republicans must lie to survive: They have no other choice | From Ronald Reagan to Donald Trump, the path to Republican political success is rooted in profound deception

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Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US ‘you are leaving us to be slaughtered’

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Discussion Thread: Louisiana Gubernatorial Primary – October 12, 2019

Introduction

Today, voters in Louisiana head to the polls (or have already voted) in the gubernatorial jungle primary. Louisiana is one of 5 states (the others being MS, KY, VA and NJ) which elects its Governor in odd year elections, with elections for Governor and other row offices in Mississippi and Kentucky, as well as legislative elections in New Jersey and Virginia occurring next month. As a further quirk that is somewhat common in Southern states, Louisiana has a jungle primary – voters today will vote in a general election and, if no candidate obtains at least 50% of the vote, the top two candidates will face each other in a runoff election on November 16.

The incumbent, Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards, is seeking reelection. Edwards was elected in 2015 after defeating then-US Senator David Vitter, prominently attacking Vitter’s involvement in the DC Madam scandal in the runoff. He faces two major Republican opponents, Congressman Ralph Abraham (LA-05) and businessman Eddie Rispone, who are each vying for a chance to face Edwards in the runoff election. President Donald Trump won Louisiana by a 58-38 margin in the 2016 presidential election, but polling has shown Governor Edwards competitive in both the primary, and the runoff election.

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Voter Information

Candidates*

*3 other candidates, Democrat Oscar Dantzler, Republican Patrick Landy, and Independent Gary Landrieu will also be on the ballot. Public polling does not show these candidates garnering more than 5% of the vote.

Polling

*Pollster reaches this result by assuming that 90% of undecided black voters will support Gov. Edwards, and that black voters will account for 27% of the electorate.

**Internal poll for Congressman Ralph Abraham.

Results

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Warren Buys Facebook Ads That Claim Zuckerberg Backs Trump

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Trump campaign ‘still hasn’t paid security bills for rallies to at least six cities’

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In June, the Center for Public Integrity reported Mr Trump owed more than $840,000 from invoices across the US, not including the latest bill from Minneapolis. CNN found that six of those cities still are waiting for checks.

Mr Trump’s largest invoice came from El Paso, where a February rally cost $470,417.

Among Mr Trump’s outstanding bills were a $65,124 tab from Spokane, Washington in May 2016 and a $47,398 bill from a rally in Eau Claire, Wisconsin in April 2016, both several months before the election.

While in office, Mr Trump racked up unpaid bills in Mesa, Arizona; Lebanon, Ohio; and Burlington, Vermont, for a total of $89,122.

Each city should start adding extortionate rates of interest.

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