Tuesday, March 28, 2017

USA Today Links Trump, Trump Jr. and the Trump Organization to Shady Russians and Their Money

USA Today + investigative reporting - who'd a thunk it?

In any case McNews Inc. has been reviewing records, connecting the dots, and links America's president, DJT Jr. and the Trump organization to "Russian mobsters" and their shady money. It's a worthwhile read.

This story isn't going away. It seems that half of the Trump administration is embroiled in Russian contacts. Mike Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump, Don Jr., Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Felix Sater, Carter Page and dirty trickster Roger Stone to boot. They're all connected with the Russians and some of those Russians include Vlad Putin, Sergey Kislyak, Sergei Millian, the GRU, Rosneft and Gazprom - for starters.

Various news organizations, most recently CNN, have reported that Trump's disgraced former national security adviser, ret. gen. Mike Flynn, has struck a deal and is singing like a canary to FBI investigators. So far that's just an unconfirmed rumor.


Anonymous said...

'IF' Trump is guilty of anything is that he is a fraudster.
A fraudster bankrolled by suspicious Russian money$$

'IF ' this is so then Trump can be manipulated by his financiers and perhaps not by Russia itself.

Would it be different if his bailout financing came from the Barclay brothers? or BNP Paridas?


The Mound of Sound said...

I expect it would be considerably different, TrailBlazer, if only because the banks you reference aren't answerable to a murderous thug.

John B. said...

Foreigners don't do business of any sort with any entity in Russia without wittingly conducting it in concert with the presiding network of current and active-reserve FSB operatives and the corporate state they control. The Romanovs and Stalin wouldn't have any trouble recognizing private enterprise in today's Russian for what it actually is. Ask any dead journalist.

The Mound of Sound said...

I agree completely, John. It's bizarre how Trump's entire senior administration breaks down into three categories - generals, Goldman Sachs alumni (including Bannon) and the rest - the Russia crowd.

Northern PoV said...

" if only because the banks you reference aren't answerable to a murderous thug."
Ya think?

or do you mean: if only because the banks you reference aren't answerable to the same murderous thug

Choose your thugs carefully eh?

Owen Gray said...

I'm betting that he won't make it through his four year term.

Anonymous said...

When is the fake-news media going to link the Clintons and Obomba to all the bribe money they pocketed for taking it upon themselves to auction off democratic government to all manner of oligarch, foreign and domestic: Russians, Saudis, even African warlords.

That's what I like about Trump. Doing shady business with Russian oligarchs (if not just another fake-news fabrication) is a giant step up from taking bribes from looting global oligarchs hollowing out the Western economy and its democratic institutions in the process.

Trump is already draining the swamp by just being Trump. LOLOLOL


The Mound of Sound said...

Anon, don't you think you should get out for a walk and some fresh air. That FB world you're living in really isn't helpful.

No, Trump isn't draining the swamp. His attempt to throw two dozen of the most vulnerable Americans off health care to fund a yuuge tax cut for the rich ought to be enough even for you to realize that. His efforts to swell America's military excess by $54 billion should prove that. His pro-fossil efforts to repeal climate change policy proves it. His billionaire boys' club cabinet proves it.

You wouldn't recognize reality if it fell out of the sky, landed on your face and wiggled just like your last lap dance.

The Mound of Sound said...

NPoV, you got anything to back that up? Anything?

Dana said...

I don't see anything bumping Trump. The Repubs have almost no option but to double down on the crazy now. Anything else fractures the party so badly they'll be more dysfunctional than they are now and that's saying something.

There'll be lots of words, words, words and then some more words but there won't be any actual action. Just some more words.

The action will come about as a result of the republic fracturing instead of the GOP.

Anonymous said...

What is reality? Obama's Republican healthcare plan that left 30-million uninsured? Obama spreading war and terrorism across the Middle East after winning a Nobel Peace prize for promising to end Bush's wars? Obama's Republican climate change treaty that did absolutely nothing to reduce GHG emissions?

Trump has already accomplished a lot for Americans by killing the TPP and the Cold War revival with Russia. Since I believe in democracy, I'll take a wait-and-see approach to the Trump administration rather than jumping to conclusions, spinning conspiracy theories and calling on IA spooks to overthrow a democratically-elected American president.

Toby said...

If Trump is bumped out, the Koch Brothers win as Pence will be the new President. There is no point to bumping Trump unless his whole administration goes with him.

The Mound of Sound said...

Anonymous, I think comments should be limited to those who don't need to ask "what is reality?"

The Mound of Sound said...

Dana, I figure it's far more likely that the Repugs, all three camps, are set to dig in. The Republican Khmer Rouge, the Freedom Caucus, showed on health care how deeply they're entrenched. Paul Ryan's, Ayn Rand brigade have shown they can't shift gears out of opposition mode to embrace the heavy lifting of governance, and the establishment fear cooperating with Trump will be suicidal in 2018.

I don't think anyone appreciated how critical it was to Trump's agenda to pass a massive tax cut for the rich dressed up in the eviscerated cadaver of a health care bill. When that failed they found themselves handcuffed to a dead hooker.

Now the Congressional Repugs have defaulted to opposition mode. They've already made it clear that funding for Trump's wall will have to wait, presumably indefinitely. Ditto for his military budget expansion. They've even withdrawn the idea of defunding Planned Parenthood. They could be entering a state of governmental paralysis. Trump will reign by fiat, executive decrees, on everything that doesn't require significant funding allocation. Bannon will probably accept that because it would still allow Trump to dismember a good bit of the government.

Dana said...

Mound, it's my understanding the Supremes in the US can pretty much do whatever they want to do. If they decide that the evidence of Trump campaign collusion with the Russians becomes sufficient that Trump is perceived to be vulnerable to a foreign power that the Supremes could then decide on their won to open an investigation and ultimately choose to simply nullify the 2016 presidential election.

That's my understanding of how things *could* unwind. Yours?

The Mound of Sound said...

Ordinarily courts cannot act of their own instance, Dana, with some rare exceptions. For the USSC to direct the removal of a president or nullify an election at its own instance would be extraordinary and I can find no suggestion that such an inherent power or prerogative exists.

Article 25 of the Constitution provides for the removal of a president at the instance of the vice-pres and a number of cabinet members for incompetence. The Senate also has an impeachment power. Beyond that, it's a coup.

Lulymay said...

I spend some of the winter in the southern USA and have become friends with an American who has been very active in local politics as a member of the Democratic Party.

In his opinion, he doesn't see Trump lasting the entire 4 years of his mandate and last time we chatted he wondered if his tenure would even last one year. However, he also worried because he thinks that Pence is even scarier than Trump.

The USA appears to be a deeply divided country these days. And when many of their prominent politicians see health care as being market driven, it reinforces how important it is for us to protect our public health care, even with its current warts.