aside President Trump Is Beginning To Feel The Heat From Mueller’s FBI Investigation

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The republican President Donald Trump is beginning to feel the heat as he learned that the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller III is delving into his past financial entanglements. The president and his surrogates are crying foul by stating that Mr. Mueller is venturing far afield from probing into any ties he had with Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

But . Mr. Mueller can’t do an adequate inquiry unless he follows the money. President Trump has financed major developments with the assist of Russian investors for at least 2 decades. Borrowing monies from the Russians is like borrowing monies from the Mafia. Eventually those who have benefited from these funds will end up being compromised which is what Mr. Mueller suspects is the situation with President Trump. The president looks, acts and talks like a Russian asset in the White house.

HQ, Alexandras ave. - Bank of Cyprus - GreeceFOR REVIEW:

Here are a few disconcerting facts for republicans to consider while they resist standing up to Russia to appease their standard bearer, President Donald Trump, and as they downplay the seriousness of Russia’s impact/ harm to our democratic institutions: 

1.) Deutsche is our president’s largest creditor.

2.) “Deutsche Bank has already been fined millions of dollars in January 2017 for laundering Russian dirty monies to the tune of $10 billion dollars via various methods and entities including the Bank of Cypress.”

3.) The head of Deutsche Bank during this dark period, Josef Ackermann became the chairman of the Bank of Cypress in 2014, which had just been bailed out by Wilbur Ross.  [Motherjones].  Both banks have been fined for laundering Russian monies.

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TRUMP’S PALM BEACH HOME/ SOLD IN 2008

4.) The largest shareholder of the Bank of Cypress, Dmitry Rybolovlev is the same Russian oligarch who purchased the president’s Palm Beach home in 2008 for the inflated price of $95 million to $100 million dollars when it was appraised 5 years after purchase for about $60 million dollars.

5.) Around the time that the Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev purchased the president’s property in Palm Beach in 2008, the president was suing Deutsche Bank in 2008 over a $40 million loan that came due. He claimed that the 2008 downward spiral in property values, due to the US recession was as an “Act of God” which absolved him from having to honor this obligation. Somehow this whole incident was taken care of and Deutsche Bank has continued to loan the president monies.

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Dmitry Rybolovlev

6.) Coincidentally, the newly confirmed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was the Vice Chairman of the Bank of Cypress in 2014. He has stepped down from this role.

7.) The Bank of Cypress has a lengthy history of laundering Russian dirty monies which has supposedly been corrected. However, a 2/2/17 EUobserver article by Andrew Rettman reports the following:

“Pieter Omtzigt, from the christian-democrat CDA party, put forward the criticism in a letter, on Saturday (January 30, 2017), to a financial crimes unit in The Council of Europe in Strasbourg.”

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Sergei Magnitsky
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Sergei Magnitsky

“Recent developments in Cyprus in relation to the Magnitsky case have shown the failure of Cyprus to apply money laundering legislation in practice,” he said.”

“This case is a litmus test for whether Cyprus is now really paying attention to proper controls or whether it is only paying lip service to recommendations.”

8.) And finally, the reason that the highly esteemed US prosecutor, Preet Bharara may have been fired by the White House, could be because he had been in charge of pursuing legally the Deutsche Bank for its Russian money laundering schemes.

In conclusion, that June 9, 2016 Trump Towers meeting was no accident but most likely a continuation of President Trump doing business with Russians to further his interests and where the attendees were the president’s son, Donald Trump Jr.; the president’s son-in-law and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner; the British pop star promoter, Rob Goldstone; the president’s campaign manager at the time, Paul Manafort with ties to Russia and Ukraine; the well connected Russian attorney with friends close to the Kremlin, Natalia Veselnitskaya with her Russian translator; the Russian money man based in the USA with a history of moving large sums of monies around, Ike Kaveladze; the hacker/ fixer/ opposition researcher, Russian-American Rinat Akhmetshin. To me, this gathering had all the makings of the start-up of a major Russian operation where President Trump was their man. The Russians would help Mr. Trump win the White House if he then, would do his part by lifting the sanctions that had been imposed on Russia since 2014. And he has been trying.

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MCCARTHY/ RYAN REPUBLICANS WHO ARE HOLDING UP PASSAGE OF THE MID JUNE 2017 SENATE’S BILL BARRING THE LIFTING OF RUSSIAN SANCTIONS WITHOUT PRIOR APPROVAL FROM CONGRESS

Here is the rest of the story…

On July 20, 2017, Carol Leonnig, Ashley Parker, Rosalind S. Helderman and  Tom Hamberger of the Washington Post have penned the following report, “Trump team seeks to control, block Mueller’s Russia investigation.”

Excerpts:

“Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.”

“Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.”

Image result for PHOTOS OF TRUMP WITH HIS LAWYERS“Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.”

“With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.”

“A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.”

“The president is also irritated by the notion that Mueller’s probe could reach into his and his family’s finances, advisers said.”

 

“If you’re looking at Russian collusion, the president’s tax returns would be outside that investigation,” said a close adviser to the president.”

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Jay Sekulow, one of the president’s private lawyers, said in an interview Thursday (7/20/17) that the president and his legal team are intent on making sure Mueller stays within the boundaries of his assignment as special counsel.”

Sekulow cited Bloomberg News reports that Mueller is scrutinizing some of Trump’s business dealings, including with a Russian oligarch who purchased a Palm Beach mansion from Trump for $95 million in 2008.”

“They’re talking about real estate transactions in Palm Beach several years ago,” Sekulow said. “In our view, this is far outside the scope of a legitimate investigation.”

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“The president has long called the FBI investigation into his campaign’s possible coordination with the Russians a “witch hunt.” But now, Trump is coming face-to-face with a powerful investigative team that is able to study evidence of any crime it encounters in the probe — including tax fraud, lying to federal agents and interference in the investigation.”

“Mueller’s probe has already expanded to include an examination of whether Trump obstructed justice in his dealings with Comey, as well as the business activities of Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.”

“Trump’s team could potentially challenge whether a broad probe of Trump’s finances prior to his candidacy could be considered a matter that arose “directly” from an inquiry into possible collusion with a foreign government.”

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“The president’s legal representatives have also identified what they allege are several conflicts of interest facing Mueller, such as donations to Democrats by some of his prosecutors.”

“Another potential conflict claim is an allegation that Mueller and Trump National Golf Club in Northern Virginia had a dispute over membership fees when Mueller resigned as a member in 2011, two White House advisers said. A spokesman for Mueller said there was no dispute when Mueller, who was FBI director at the time, left the club.”

Another Republican in touch with the administration described the public steps as part of a broader effort aimed at “laying the groundwork to fire” Mueller.

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Law enforcement officials described Sessions as increasingly distant from the White House and the FBI because of the strains of the Russia investigation.

Traditionally, Justice Department leaders have sought to maintain a certain degree of autonomy from the White House as a means of ensuring prosecutorial independence.

“But Sessions’s situation is more unusual, law enforcement officials said, because he has angered the president for apparently being too independent while also angering many at the FBI for his role in the president’s firing of Comey. ”

“Currently, the discussions of pardoning authority by Trump’s legal team are purely theoretical.  But if Trump pardoned himself in the face of the ongoing Mueller investigation, it would set off a legal and political firestorm, first around the question of whether a president can use the constitutional pardon power in that way.”

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BRIAN KALT

“This is a fiercely debated but unresolved legal question,” said Brian C. Kalt, a constitutional law expert at Michigan State University.”

“The power to pardon is granted to the president in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, which gives the commander in chief the power to “grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.” That means pardon authority extends to federal criminal prosecution but not to state level or impeachment inquiries.”

“No president has sought to pardon himself, so no courts have reviewed it. Although Kalt says the weight of the law argues against a president pardoning himself, he says the question is open and predicts such an action would move through the courts all the way to the Supreme Court.”

This blog was last updated on 7/ 21/ 2017.

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17 comments

    • Dear Horty,

      What this WAPO article tells me is that Mr. Mueller knows what he is doing and he is on the right trail. DDT Is shaking in his boots.

      As always, thanks a million for all of your support and for this reblog.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • You’re most welcome! Reading & watching all this has me concerned. I have to believe that his plans (batshyte crazy) won’t come to fruition. Congress has to stop him … spineless GOP! This has shown the sane part of the country that ALL of them a corrupt and inefficient. Ryan, McConnell and their cronies …. 🤡

        • Yes, he’s desperate … a cornered, wild animal who will lash out badly as he’s painted himself in the proverbial corner! All his own doing …. DDT has been like this & corrupt all his life. Didn’t understand the spotlight he’d be under as prez. Well, he doesn’t understands shyte! 🤡

  1. Gronda, the President reshaped his legal team to do two major things. Build a case against Mueller for conflict of interest (which is embarrassing coming from Trump, who exudes conflict of interest) and his ability to pardon people, including himself. Nixon’s attorneys said Nixon could not pardon himself.

    There also was an interesting revelation in the NY Times interview. The man who first said he was unaware of Junior’s meeting until it was revealed last week, who then it came out that he must have known last month as the campaign paid a $50K retainer for an attorney for Junior. Now, Senior said he was aware of the email inviting Junior to the meeting, but did not know it took place until recently. Really?

    I foresee a Saturday night massacre coming where people resign so as not to fire Mueller. Maybe then Republican legislators will get a backbone and remember who they swore an oath to. Keith

    • Dear Keith,

      DDT is practically advertising that he is guilty. The story is that when DDT read Bloomberg that the FBI was looking into his finances, he went ballistic. He just told Mr. Mueller that the FBI is on the right trail.

      At this point, I have no faith in our legislators.

      Hugs, Gronda

      • Agreed. Your posts have captured the financial concerns and the lack of veracity with lenders and interlocking board interests. Seeing his reaction makes it hard to believe he is innocent in this mess. He will throw Sessions under the bus now that the story is out Sessions may have perjured himself. There is certainly a lot of people around Trump who have discussed his campaign and what he could do for Russian interests. Unfortunately, he will replace Sessions with another stooge to control Mueller.

        By the way, this is worse than Watergate as the decimal is moved to the right making the numbers in play much larger.

  2. Yes the resignations have started with Sean Spicer. Panic sitting in with the anticipation of his family and close advisors being subpoenaed in the near future.

    • Dear Usfman,

      Sean Spicer has ruined what was once a sound reputation among his peers for this man who threw him under the bus without a second thought.Going to work for DDT is a “buyer beware” type of situation.

      Hugs, Gronda

  3. Savvy collusion artist and money-launderer that Trump is, has struck again:

    Trump: Mueller better not look into my finances!

    Mueller: Guess I better look into Donald’s finances.

    Yet, the absurd and impossible remains a reality so I am faced with the cognitive dissonance of being amused at Trump’s ineptitude, while terrified he might just still get away with everything.

    • Dear Dan S.

      Let’s pray that DDT has met his Waterloo with Mr. Mueller. The reality is that DDT’s financial history has everything to do with the Trump-Russian probe. It explains why DDT is so beholden to Russia.

      Hugs, Gronda

  4. The plot thickens! I have to take the position that just the fact that Trump is even discussing ‘pardons’ suggests guilt. I mean, it reminds me of many years ago when my son was out playing with his sister and some neighbor children … he came running into the house and said, “whatever they say I did, I didn’t do it!” This is how I see Trump … guilty as sin and like a wild animal caught in a trap, he is a danger to any who come too near.
    Hugs!!!

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