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We are now in the midst of the most controversial presidency in our in our country’s history. Trump’s erratic and often bizarre behavior, his Twitter storms, his failing public agenda, his plummeting poll ratings, the mounting pressure of multiple ethics and campaign investigations, his attacks against members of his own party, keep the world riveted to our various media devices. Sadly, for the country his first 7 months in the Oval Office have been nearly toxic, starting with his dark and angry Inaugural Address has led to anger and violence on “both sides.” There is an uptick of violence by whites against blacks and other people of color.
How did we go from a Republican House, a Republican Senate and a Republican President that had the potential to ramrod through any legislation they proposed has dissolved into the current chaos. What started as whispers over drinks at dinner between Republican party operatives and legislators, moved to the first timid voices, and what now can best be described as a near free-for-all between the varying Republican factions. Louder voices are demanding either changes in his behavior, or they will use the power of the Congress and remove his spoiled, delinquent ass, from office.
You can almost see the salivating lawmakers as they look to their quiet former colleague, the up-tight Vice President Mike Pence. The visual is all photo perfect, with Pence looking like a TV game host and sounding like a Baptist preacher. That budding love affair between Pence and the Legislative Branch, is at the moment, only wishful thinking, but as Trump becomes more toxic I can see increased support for the presumptive “new” president. I can see Trump when forces begin to close in on him; Trump will pardon everyone in sight, including himself and resign, leaving us with that devoted conservative Mike Pence.
I promise you, if Trump resigns, or is removed from office and they try to leave us with Mike Pence I will lose it–seriously lose it. If Russia colluded with the Trump campaign, then Pence was at the very center of the scandal and should never under any circumstances be sworn into the office of the President of the United States.
So, how did it come to pass that a probable losing candidate for a second term as Indiana governor, could now be standing this close to being sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. Paul Manafort is the man behind Trump picking Mike Pence for this now pivotal role. Paul Manafort and Mike Pence. What ties did those two have between them, that made Manafort confident enough in Pence that Manafort would push Pence for the Vice President role, working apparently overtime to convince Trump that Pence was the perfect balance to the ticket.
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More Trump Russian scandal news keeps leaking out. It appears that the GOP candidate and his inner circle are intricately enmeshed with various Russian oligarchs and the Russian government. One of the major characters in this building drama is former Senator Jeff Sessions, Trump campaign surrogate and Trump appointee to the position of the highest law official in the United States, the Attorney General.
Mr. Sessions appeared at his confirmation to have developed a sudden onset of amnesia, totally forgetting 2 separate visits he had with then Russian Ambassador, Kisylak. When those meetings were disclosed by the press, Sessions went back and changed his statements, protecting himself from possible perjury charges.
In May of 2017 the U.S. Department of Justice quietly and abruptly settled a case against Prevezon Holdings. Prevezon is a Russian firm accused of laundering an estimated $230,000,000 dollars through Manhattan real estate purchases and sales. The case was about to go to trial when DOJ made Prevezon an offer they couldn’t refuse. DOJ headed by Attorney General Jefferson Sessions felt a fine of 6,000,000 was appropriate. The six million is far less than the case was expected to settle for. Furthermore, the Russian firm was not required to make any admissions of guilt.
Way back in May, the lawyer representing the family of Pyotr Katsyv, the former Vice Governor of the Moscow region, whose son Denis owns Prevezon was an unknown Russian lady lawyer named Natalia Veselnitskaya.
In a statement at the time of the settlement announcement, Veselnitskaya said the offer by Trump’s lying Attorney General was almost “like an apology from the United States government”.
As of July 9, 2017 anyone with ears or eyes knows who Natalia Veselnitskaya is. She is the “Russian government lawyer” whose meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort as well as a former Russian intel officer who is now a U.S. citizen and registered lobbyist, and numerous other people, including a translator and a mysterious and rumored money laundering Russian real estate figure named Kaveladze.
This June 2016 meeting is the biggest political bombshell revelation in the quest to uncover any evidence of Trump Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential election. Hair raising information. This story is starting to burn very hot and the fire is getting closer to the Oval Office.
A group of Democrats in Congress are interested in the dealings the Trump campaign has had with the Russian government and they further are seeking information to learn if Veselnitskaya, the female attorney who came to Trump Tower a year ago described as “a Russian government lawyer” peddling dirt on Hillary Clinton, had any unethical connection with Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration that led to his decision to settle the lawsuit on terms so seemingly friendly to Prevezon.
The Prevezon case was being brought by Preet Bharara, the U.S attorney for the Southern District of New York. Mr Bharara was fired by President Trump after initially being asked to stay on post-inauguration. Bharara similar, to fired FBI Director James Comey, has stated that he was uncomfortable with personal overtures made by Donald Trump and surrogates.
The day prior to Bharara’s firing, Trump attempted to reach Mr. Bharara by phone and the prosecutor refused to speak to him or call him back, citing discomfort with Trump’s desire to ingratiate himself with a U.S. attorney.
Seventeen Democrats came together and sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions stating in part:”We write with some concern that the two events may be connected and that the DOJ may have settled the case at a loss to the United States in order to obscure underlying facts”
The lawmakers want to know if Natalia Veselnitskaya had any role in the Prevezon settlement talks, whether Sessions–who had been a Trump campaign advisor–knew of the 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, whether any Trump administration officials had contacted the DOJ about the case, and the Democratic lawmakers also asked for documents explaining the decision to abruptly settle a very strong case for a ridiculously low fine. A soft settlement that none believe the Bulldog prosecutor Bharara would ever have settled for. Suspiciously, the settlement was arranged within several weeks of Bharara’s firing.
The public rarely gets excited over dirty business dealings involving money laundering and a complex tax fraud scheme, but this “matter seems to intersect with too many key signposts of the burgeoning Trump-Russia scandal to ignore,” said Will Bunch in an article for Philly.com, which was one source used by Calamity Politics in the research for this post.
The early dishonesty by Sessions, regarding issues Russian, is a broader *”mosaic of lies” that have permeated the Trump campaign and the subsequent Trump administration regarding their contacts with Russians. The mounting number of secret contacts by Trump officials coming to light are making it increasingly difficult to believe those past and current dealings between the Trump campaign and their administration with the Russian government are honest and above board.
Sessions had by his own statement, recused himself from the Russian investigation and all things Russian. However, there is no reason to believe that the disgraced Sessions recused himself from the Prevezon settlement, and as such the Prevezon settlement and Natalia Veselnitskaya have fallen into the growing abyss of the Russian-Trump conspiracy scandal.
I’m more and more convinced that these activities with the Russians originated in dirty money transactions and probable purchases/sales at Trump properties that were designed to launder ill gotten money out of Russia. It is possible that there are salacious dossiers and ugly sex transactions by Trump, I have no problem believing that such information exists, unless of course it is boy-on-boy. That dirty scenario would put an end to Trump. But, I think it all started because of money and Trump’s need to feed his hyper-expensive life style.
Donald Trump had tried to market everything from ties, to vodka, to steaks, to his name, and most of the ventures were a failure, most notably Trump University which got him in hot water with multiple states. Several state AGs filed suit against Trump and his “scam” university. The real estate business however, was tailor made for laundering large sums of money, millions and hundreds of millions of dollars per transaction.
So, in my view this is how it went down. On one side you have an eager, not so law abiding guy who owes everybody in the world, and on the other side you have a group of foreign oligarchs bent on hiding skimmed money stolen from Russian sources. Such a perfect arrangement. An evil marriage that has after a three decade plus relationship culminated in the installation of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.
The information is being hemorrhaged out almost hourly. It will take time but I believe that the disgusting relationship between Russia and all things Trump will be revealed. I’m not sure, but I believe that the greatest scandal in US history, involving possibly hundreds of individuals, is nothing more than a conspiracy to make more money. You can never have too much money. Right? I call it sick. When money is more important that your country, the sacredness of the vote, the near holiness of the U.S. Constitution you should be banished to that f’ing country you sold out to.
Explain to me why every American soldier serving this country doesn’t throw his gun down and demand an air line ticket home? When you don’t know who your President is working with it’s time to cut the ties that bind. I will keep writing about the Russia scandal. It’s gonna be a rough ride. Join the Resistance.
Good morning, Calamity Politics readers.
I’m here to tell you it is still colder than hell here at the beach. But, the U.S. political news scene is hot. Really, really hot. The political shenanigans that went on during the 2016 Presidential campaign are a constant lingering pimple on the ass of the President of the United States. We all know it is weird. I mean, have you ever heard so many Russian names in your whole frickin’ life? Well, what ever you just answered, I didn’t hear it, because I know I have never, in 70 plus years, heard so many Russian names as I’ve heard since Trump began his 2016 campaign.
The tentacles of the Kremlin are pervasive. It seems they have penetrated everywhere. They have reached out actively to affect U.S. policy. The Russian government and Russian special interest groups, have spent millions of dollars contracting with American lobbying firms targeting several specific goals.
The Kremlin first and foremost, wants a softening, or a total removal of Obama sanctions. The first round of sanctions came as punishment for Russia’s annexation of Crimea. The original sanctions were then intensified secondary to Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. The second lobbying target was aimed at reducing increased fracking in the U.S. The fracking process had produced abundant oil supplies and resulting plunging oil prices were devastating to the Russian economy. The third major target was aimed at just the financial sanctions. Sberbank and VTB Capital were facing severe cash shortages due to plunging oil prices plus U.S. sanctions. As far as the banks were concerned if the sanctions were lifted both banks could then legally seek funds from U.S. financial institutions.
With this bizarre background of influence and computer hacking it has been revealed that the FBI and the Justice Department are conducting an investigation into possible links between the corrupt former Ukrainian pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych and former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort.
John Sexton wrote in a Hot Air article, that also coming under investigation is the Democratic super lobbying firm, The Podesta Group, LLC. The Podesta Group is owned by Tony Podesta and his brother John, Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager. John denies recent involvement with the group he helped found. Hmmm, it is a very tangled web. I don’t know if anyone will ever know the full extent of this web of corruption. It looks like it is world wide.
By reports, The Podesta Group did not register their work as agents for a foreign government as required by law. Buzzfeed says that PG has lawyered up. PG was listed on lobbying disclosure forms, however. The Podesta Group reported receiving $24 million in fees in 2016, most from foreign governments.
The Democratic super lobbyist Podesta Group, got $170,000 over 6 months from Sberbank to lobby for lifting sanctions on Russian banks. Records indicate Sberbank met with State Department officials twice accompanied by a Podesta representative. The PG did not at any time register as an agent of a foreign power during this time.
The Podesta Group represented Sberbank and its subsidiaries, Troika Dialog Group (Cayman Islands, SBGB Cyprus Ltd, in Nicosia, Cyprus and SB International in Luxembourg. Interestingly, “Troika Dialog was related to Klein Ltd, a Cayman Island organization that once funneled tens of millions of dollars to environmental groups to oppose low-cost fracking in U.S., which was hurting Russian oil industry,” said Richard Pollock, Daily Caller.
Two other big lobby groups, best known for their Democratic ties have also become entangled with the Russians. The Madison Group, owned by Hillary Clinton supporter, was paid $330,000 to lobby for removing the sanctions against Russian financial institutions. Manatos & Manatos, known backers of Carter and LBJ, represented VTB Capital at the tune of $17,500 monthly to lobby for sanction lifting.
With their combined efforts, VTB and Sberbank are known to have spent at least $700,000 in 2016 to end financial sanctions.
My concern here is of course, that even without meddling in the election, the Kremlin is actively undermining many aspects of our lives.
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