In the months of March-April 2017, more and more revelations have been forthcoming about the republican President Donald Trump, his surrogates and their connections to Russia. The floodgates of the leaks and pertinent information started when the the FBI Director James Comey FBI confirmed on March 20, 2017 that the bureau has been investigating possible links and coordination between Russia and the president’s team, as part of a broader probe of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election since the summer of 2016.
We now know for sure, that at least three key players associated with the president have been subject to monitoring by the intelligence community who are Paul Manafort, Carter Page and retired Lt. General Mike Flynn. We have been informed that both Paul Manafort and General Flynn have recently registered as lobbyists representing foreign entities and governments. It has been confirmed that Carter Page had been the subject of a FBI FISA warrant since the summer of 2016. Soon after all this intelligence data had been made public, a friend of Eric Trump, Boris Epshteyn, a Russian immigrant who had been a surrogate for the president, suddenly resigned for no apparent reason, and of course, this has raised some eyebrows. We have learned that three Russian hackers have been apprehended to be questioned by the FBI while they were traveling in European countries.
As per a 3/10/17 Business Insider report, “The FBI has been examining why a computer server for a Russian bank (Alpha/ Alfa Bank in Cyprus) led by oligarchs with close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin had a disproportionate interest in reaching a server used by the Trump Organization (Cendyn) during the US presidential campaign.”
CNN reported on (3/9/17) that last summer (2016) a computer server owned by the Russia-based Alfa Bank “repeatedly looked up the contact information for a computer server being used by the Trump Organization —(Cendyn) far more than other companies did, representing 80% of all lookups to the Trump server.”
News sources indicate that from 5/4/16 to 9/23/16, about 99% of all the 2,700-2,800 “look up” messages from the Trump organization were with the Alfa Bank (80%), and with a server from Spectrum Health (19%), a company led by Betsy Devos’ husband.
The following data has been garnering a lot of buzz on the twitter feed but be warned, it falls under the category of “Fake News” because nothing it contains has been confirmed. However, the source Louise Mensch has broken news which had been later verified like the 10/15/17 FBI FISA warrant to look in part into the above Alfa Bank mystery. The order gave permission for the Department of Justice to investigate two banks suspected of being part of the Kremlin’s undercover influence operation into the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.
As per a 4/16/17 Palmer report by Bill Palmer, “The latest revelation, from intel sources with a history of being proven right, is that Trump is caught on tape laying out the terms of the treasonous deal he cut with the Russian government to rig the election in his favor – and that three of his advisers are caught discussing it on a separate recording.”
“This new revelation about Trump and his advisers being caught on tape committing Russian treason is a game changer, and if it proves fully correct as expected, it will mean they’re all in the kind of legal trouble that can’t be escaped. You can read the report here. The source says U.S. intelligence has these recordings in hand.”
Journalists like Seth Abramson are questioning Ms. Louise Mensch’s reporting because by July 2016, the Russian President Putin would have been fully aware of President’s pro-Russia stance without any tape but based on his pro-Russian speeches delivered frequently at his numerous campaign rallies. And why would Mr. Trump record himself committing the crime of treason?
Of course, I am rooting for Louise Mensch to be the one who uncovered the news item of an era.