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Manafort and the Ukraine

Post by Firestarter » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:15 pm

Finally the “special prosecutor” has indicted 2 partners in crime of Donald Trump – Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. This looks more like “Ukrainegate” than “Russiagate” to me...
The trail also leads to the Podesta Group of Tony and John Podesta.

I’ve quickly scanned the full indictment, but didn’t read that Paul Manafort used property in the Trump Tower, to launder money.
I wouldn’t claim that Robert Mueller is nothing but a “special” cover-up artist, or that this is the most interesting in this scandal, but it's strange that Mueller “forgot” this...

Between 2006 and 2013, Paul J. Manafort bought 3 homes in New York — one in Trump Tower, one in Soho, and one in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. Using shell companies, Manafort paid for them in full, and then transferred the properties into his own name for no money.
In 2005, Manafort and Davis began pursuing work with Oleg Deripaska, one of the richest “businessmen” in Russia, CEO of RUSAL and close to Vladimir Putin.
Manafort’s 2006 purchase of a Trump Tower apartment coincided with signing a $10 million contract with Deripaska.

In 2012, one of Manafort’s shell companies, MC Soho Holdings LLC, purchased a fourth floor loft on Howard Street (on the border of Soho and Chinatown), for $2.85 million. In April 2016, when he was becoming Trump’s campaign manager, Manafort transferred the unit into his own name and borrowed $3.4 million against it.
In 2013, another Manafort-linked shell company, MC Brooklyn Holdings, purchased a townhouse at 377 Union Street in Carroll Gardens for $2,995,000. This transaction followed the same pattern: the home was paid in full without a mortgage. On 9 February 2016, after Trump’s victories in Michigan and Mississippi, Manafort took out $5.3 million in loans on the property.
This looks like a scheme to keep the source of the (dirty) money hidden.

Between April 2015 and January 2017 – including time that he worked on the Trump campaign – Manafort borrowed about $12 million against his 3 New York homes (including the apartment in Trump Tower). That was more than he had paid for them, and more than they’re worth.
Days before Trump was sworn in as President, Manafort transferred the Carroll Gardens brownstone from MC Brooklyn Holdings to his own name and refinanced the loans with The Federal Savings Bank, taking on more debt. He now has $6.8 million in loans on a building he bought for $3 million (in March 2017). According to David Reiss, a professor real estate law, it’s extremely unusual for a home loan to exceed the value of the property.

In August 2016, The New York Times published an article on Manafort, claiming he’d accepted $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments from a pro-Putin, Ukrainian political party between 2007 and 2012. Then Manafort had to resign as campaign manager: http://www.wnyc.org/story/paul-manafort ... purchases/
(archived here: http://archive.is/okldW)

Even more interesting is the “lobbying” for the European Center for Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) by Mercury LLC (of Manafort and his employee Rick Gates) and the Podesta Group from 2012 to 2014. ECFMU was affiliated with Viktor Yanukovych, who was the president of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014. Yanukovych is pro-Putin and had to flee the country after protesters overthrew his government. He was reportedly helped by Putin to escape to Russia.
Reportedly Podesta and Manafort had to lobby the message that Ukraine’s 2012 election was really democratic and that the country’s leaders wanted to move further away from Putin and closer to the West.

The Podesta Group has in the past lobbied for foreign government clients with abysmal human rights records, like Vietnam, Azerbaijan and South Sudan.

Mercury LLC’s filings with the Justice Department show that its lobbyists, including Ed Kutler (an ally of Newt Gingrich), spent time setting up meetings related to Ukraine issues. One person they introduced to numerous Hill offices and to a senior official at the Export-Import Bank was Sergiy Klyuyev.
Less than a year after Mercury LLC introduced Klyuyev around the Hill, the EU froze his assets in the wake of the collapse of the Yanukovych regime. Klyuyev was one of more than a dozen Yanukovych allies the EU suspected of embezzling state money. Klyuyev and his brother reportedly also fled to Russia. Sergiy’s brother has been accused of orchestrating mass killings of Euromaidan protesters: http://www.thedailybeast.com/how-dc-lob ... tin-puppet
(archived here: http://archive.is/lRJm1)

Over $1.5 million has been paid by the Party of Regions to American politicians in 2012 and 2013 alone. The founders of the ECFMU, at that time, were 3 Members of the Parliament from the Party of Regions, who in 2 years since have moved considerably up the power ladder — the current Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara, the current head of the Budget Committee of Parliament Ievgenii Hiellier and the current head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Verkhovna Rada Vitaliy Kahlyushnyy.
The reported budget of the ECFMU (located in Brussels, Belgium) is only €10,000. In 2012, the Belgian mediator paid the American lobbyists 80 times that amount — $800,000. In 2013 they have paid American lobbyists 79 times their budget — $790,000.
The Podesta Group, was founded by brothers Tony and John Podesta. John headed the office of President Bill Clinton in 1998-2001, since December 2013 was a senior adviser to President Obama and then campaign chairman for Hillary Clinton. In 2012, 2013 the Podesta Group received $1.02 million from the ECFMU.

The second company that was hired by ECFMU, is Mercury/Clark & Weinstock, of Manafort and Rick Gates. Mercury is affiliated with ex-Republican congressman John Vincent "Vin" Weber, who was involved in the last presidential election campaign of Mitt Romney. Mercury received $570,000 from Brussels in 2012, 2013.

What’s bizarre about the ECFMU is that it was first reported to be founded by acting Members of Parliament in the Ukraine: Leonid Kozhara, Ievgenii Hiellier and Vitaliy Kahlyushnyy.
The surnames of Kozhara, Hiellier and Kahlyushnyy were taken out of the registry, and replaced by former MP Oleg Nadosha, ex-MP Oleksiy Plotnikov and Kseniya Solovyova (born in 1987).

German Ina Kirsch Van de Vater, was also among the founders for the ECFMU. Ina Kirsch claimed that the ECFMU has no relation to the Klyuyev Foundation (suspected of embezzling state money):
U.S. companies that cooperate with the ‘European Centre for Modern Ukraine’ have no relation to the Party of Regions. They work exclusively in support of the Center (...) The Center has nothing to do, directly or indirectly, to Klyuyev’s fund.
Strangely Ina Kirsch “forgot” to mention that her husband Robert Van de Vater in 2014 was a Deputy Board Chairman of the Klyuyev Foundation: http://www.pravda.com.ua/articles/2014/02/5/7012902/
(archived here: http://archive.is/GhInS)

The following graph explains this in short.

President Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, has been charged with tax fraud and money laundering. Manafort surrendered to the FBI and pleaded not guilty to charges that he laundered millions of dollars through overseas shell companies. Manafort was also charged with failing to register as a foreign lobbyist.
Rick Gates, Manafort’s long-time partner in crime and a campaign adviser (even after Manafort resigned), was also charged and turned himself in.
Prosecutors say in:
total, more than $75 million flowed through the offshore accounts. MANAFORT laundered more than $18 million
Manafort spent the money extravagantly, including more than $1.3 million to clothing stores in New York and Beverly Hills.

According to the New York Times, even more damaging to President Trump, is that George Papadopoulos, a former foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and was cooperating with investigators. Reportedly Russian intelligence services had used intermediaries to contact Papadopoulos to gain influence on the campaign: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/30/us/p ... icted.html

Because of this scandal, Tony Podesta has resigned from his lobbying company, and will be handing over full operational and financial control to the company’s CEO Kimberly Fritts: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10 ... unsel.html

Where have I heard about FBI investigations before…
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Manafort, Podesta, and the ECFMU

Post by Firestarter » Thu Nov 02, 2017 5:00 pm

In this post is another publication that’s mostly about the Podesta Group’s connection to the ECFMU and both FARA filings from last April, by the Podesta Group and Manafort’s Mercury.

I suspect that Paul Manafort and Rick Gates were indicted by Robert Mueller, because the trail (also) leads to Podesta (thus Clinton and Obama). In this way Donald Trump can insinuate that he’s the victim (and claiming that this was years ago, in 2012, 2013), while he can continue to play the “crooked” Hillary Clinton game…

According to the laws in the USA it’s a criminal offence to violate FARA and not register as a foreign agent. In practice this means that when lobbyists “forget” to put this in their filing, and this comes out, they simply retro-actively register as a foreign lobbyist, and they’re off the hook.
Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, continued to work for Trump after Manafort's resignation, but in March 2017 (also) had to resign.

The European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) was formed in 2012 by 3 senior members of the Party of Regions, a pro-Russia party led by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and advised by Paul Manafort.

The Podesta Group arranged meetings with unnamed "Ukrainian officials".
In one of those meetings Ukraine's foreign minister Leonid Kozhara met Senator Christopher Murphy, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Europe subcommittee. Kozhara was a founder of the ECFMU and close adviser to President Yanukovych.

The Podesta Group, did not disclose at least 32 contacts with the State Department in a 2012 lobbying report to Congress. At that time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was scrutinising Ukraine's upcoming election.
In April of this year, the Podesta Group filed new lobbying disclosures to augment lobbying reports from 2012 to 2014.
Both the Podesta Group and Mercury have claimed that they believed the ECFMU was an independent group that was not funded or directed by Ukraine's government.

According to David Marin, Podesta’s spokesman, the Podesta Group’s work for the ECFMU was supervised by Manafort's associate Rick Gates: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/05/09/polit ... index.html

Here’s the 12 April 2017 FARA lobbying registration form by Podesta, Kimberley Fritts. The contract was signed between Ina Kirsch and Anthony (Tony) Podesta: https://www.fara.gov/docs/5926-Exhibit- ... 12-101.pdf
This form doesn’t have sufficient information. It doesn’t specify any of the activities.
It only contains a general description of the activities, which includes the following (interesting names):
former Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi;
former Chancellor of Austria Alfred Gusenbauer;
former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewksi;
former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko
The Podesta Group claims that they didn’t register as a foreign agent, because they didn’t understand they were working for the Ukraine…

Here’s the 28 April 2017 FARA lobbying registration form by Mercury, John Vincent Weber: https://www.fara.gov/docs/6170-Amendmen ... 428-29.pdf

The most interesting from this filing is the table with a description of the activities (meetings) arranged by Mercury (mostly) in May, June 2013.
The names include Sergiy Klyuyev, while Ina Kirsch has denied the relation between ECFMU and the Klyuyev Foundation...
Some of the interesting names that were in meetings arranged by Mercury:
Alfred Gusenbauer (former Chancellor of Austria);
John Schuster (US Export-Import Bank);
Caleb McCarry and Jason Bruder (Senate Foreign relations);
Andrew Palace (Center for Sustainable Shale Development);
The Macellus Shale Chamber of Commerce;
The Brookings Institution;
Representative Tim Murphy;
Representative Marino;
Representative Aderholt;
Representative Gardner;
Representative Ed Royce

Ed Royce is an honorary chairman of the Nowruz Commission, that's tied to the Nowruz where Michael Flynn repeatedly popped up.
Ed Royce was also present at the 23 May conference with the FDD of the largest campaign contributor to Donald Trump, Sheldon Adelson. For more information on Sheldon Adelson.
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:35 pm

I’ve found a (pretty complete) story on the US lobby firms that have registered with the US Department of Justice as a Turkish agent.

Gephardt Group, founded by former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt was hired by Turkey from February to December of 2016 for $1.7 million (this includes the period of the “coup”).
Gephardt subcontracted: i) the Capitol Counsel for $32,000 each month; ii) Madison Group $20,000 each month; iii) McBee Signal $20,000 each month; iv) Jim Arnold $20,000 each month; v) MediaFix for $9,000 per month.

The Gephardt Group also sub-contracted Capitol Counsel LLC, led by former Republican Congressman Jim McCrery, for $32,000 a month.
The Gephardt Group also sub-contracted Greenberg Traurig LLP, where Rudy Giuliani works, for $40,000 a month.
Greenberg Traurig in turn subcontracted The Daschle Group, founded by former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle. The Daschle Group will receive $432,000 in 2017.

Turkey also paid APCO Associates $741,000 in 2016.

Turkey and its embassy hired Amsterdam & Partners LLC for $50,000 each month.
Amsterdam subcontracted Mercury, of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, for $20,000 per month.

In May 2017, Burson-Marsteller signed a contract with the Turkish Embassy for $1.1 million till the end of the year, shortly before Erdogan’s visit (when Erdogan’s troops beat up some protesters).

The Brookings Institution received multi-year six-figure “gifts” from the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TUSIAD).

In 2013, the Atlantic Council released a list of “foreign government entities” that have given funds over the previous five years. The list includes Turkish firms.
In 2015, the Atlantic Council received “gifts” from the Turkish government and other sources affiliated with the Turkish government.
The Atlantic Council arranged a forum at the Turkish Ambassador’s residence for Erdogan to pitch luminaries like Madeline Albright, William Cohen, and David Petraeus.

HalkBank, a Turkish state bank, recently hired former Congressman Bob Wexler and Ballard Partners for $375,000 per quarter. Mehmet Hakan Atilla, Halkbank’s deputy general manager, has been charged by the Justice Department for conspiring to evade sanctions on Iran: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dr ... 0a1564def5
(archived here: http://archive.is/xAmap)

Brian Ballard’s firm, Ballard Partners, will be paid $1.5 million from 15 May 2017 to 14 May 2018.
Brian Ballard is a long-time lobbyist for Donald Trump, and raised $16 million for Trump’s presidential campaign. Trump called him after purchasing Mar-a-Largo in 1985, and paid Ballard at least $460,000 from 2013 to 2015 for lobbying work.
This year Burson-Marsteller was hired by Turkey. From 2012 to 2015, it was (also) lobbying for the Alliance for Shared Values, a group tied Erdogan’s partner in crime, Fethullah Gulen: https://armenianweekly.com/2017/06/20/t ... -pr-firms/

In November 2015, Turkish prime minister for the AKP, Ahmet Davutoglu, also hired Burson-Marsteller: https://euobserver.com/foreign/131009

On 4 August, a couple of weeks after the “coup”, Turkey hired global public relations firm APCO Worldwide to perform “crisis communications” to spin the “coup” into something that increases Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s power.
APCO Worldwide will provide:
media relations, crisis communications, third party outreach, and social media strategy and development within the United States all in furtherance of promoting positive relations between the Republic of Turkey and the United States
Gephardt Government Affairs, has worked for Turkey since 2008: http://thehill.com/business-a-lobbying/ ... up-attempt

For more information on the July 2016 “coup” that was staged in Turkey: http://www.lawfulpath.com/forum/viewtop ... =31&t=1164
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Burson-Marsteller, Clinton, and the Ukraine

Post by Firestarter » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:47 pm

I’ve got an interesting story that involves the same Burson-Marsteller that lobbied for the Turkish AKP party of Erdogan, and his partner in crime Fethullah Gulen.
Starting in 2012, Burson-Marsteller also lobbied for the Ukraine's ruling Party of Regions.
Possibly even more interesting are the stories about Hillary Clinton’s connections to Burson-Marsteller’s Mark Penn.

Party of Regions
The Ukraine government is interesting as it hired both the Mercury Group of Paul Manafort and the Podesta Group.
In the same period Burson-Marsteller was also hired by the Ukraine.

In April 2012, it was announced that the Party of Regions (PoR) of Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych hired Burson-Marsteller, amid a smear campaign against former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. On 1 April 2012, Renat Kuzmin accused Tymoshenko of involvement in a 1990s contract killing. In November 2011, he had already accused her of buying "cars, furs, jewellery, restaurants" while declaring a small income.
In 2011, Tymoshenko was jailed on charges of abuse of office in a trial, which EU diplomats denounced as "selective justice". In April 2012, she started a hunger strike in protest over a beating.

The British Martin Nunn, who runs PR firm in Kiev, wrote to the UK's Crown Prosecution Service over concerns that Burson-Marsteller is in violation of the UK bribery act: https://euobserver.com/foreign/116076

A spokesperson confirmed that Burson-Marsteller had worked for the Party of the Regions, between February and May 2012. Viktor Yanukovych was forced to flee the Ukraine after days of protests in the streets.
Starting in May 2012, Burson-Marsteller UK worked for the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU) “think-tank” that advocates closer ties between Ukraine and Europe.
ECFMU also paid $790,000 to Washington-based agencies Mercury and Podesta Group in 2013 alone, though it is not clear where the money came from.
According to Ina Kirsch, the ECFMU hired PR agencies:
with the help of sponsors from business, not politics, having an interest in progressing the European integration of Ukraine.
Different private companies were paying for the activities of the PR companies, charged with supporting the ECFMU in its efforts. There were no business linked to any member of government or parliament involved in sponsoring our activities. Once members of the board of the ECFMU were named to official positions they got removed immediately.
http://www.prweek.com/article/1284104/a ... ft-ukraine

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama
By now I’m thinking that Hillary Clinton’s role in last year’s presidential campaign was to get Donald Trump elected. As for Hillary Clinton as the opponent, that can make any politician a winner. It looks like this trick has been performed before...

When Hillary Clinton was launching her Senate re-election campaign in 2005, Mark Penn was named worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller, one of the largest public relations firms in the world.
Among Burson-Marsteller's clients has been the controversial military contractor Blackwater USA: http://content.time.com/time/politics/a ... 92,00.html

In May 2007, one of the most important men in Clinton’s team, was Burson-Marsteller's top executive world-wide, Mark Penn. Mark Penn was Hillary’s pollster.
In 2007, 2008, there was a “fight” between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to become the Democratic presidential candidate.
In December 2007 Penn, guided by Clinton, told the press that Obama was “unelectable”, because of his skin colour. In doing so, they were making him into the hero that could make a “change we can believe in”. Clinton-Penn had made Obama’s race work for his advantage.

To help Obama even more, Mark Penn was forced to leave Clinton’s team after the Wall Street Journal (of president-maker Rupert Murdoch) reported that, Mark Penn, as CEO of Burson-Marsteller, had met the Colombian ambassador to promote a free-trade agreement with Columbia. At the same time, Senator Hillary Clinton was publicly opposing the trade agreement with Colombia.

To make this even more bizarre, Penn publicly resigned from his post as “Chief Strategist” for the Clinton campaign. Only 2 months earlier, Penn had denied that he was “Chief Strategist”. In a swift response the campaign’s Communications Director, Howard Wolfson, immediately explained that Mark Penn was, indeed, the official “Chief Strategist” for the “faltering” Clinton campaign.
Just think about that for a second or 2; only after Penn had to resign over a conflict of interest scandal, the Clinton campaign claimed that he was its “Chief Strategist”: https://www.globalresearch.ca/scandal-h ... tanic/8636

In 2009, it became known that Burson-Marsteller, where Mark Penn was still the CEO, and his polling firm, Penn, Schoen & Berland Associates, had been awarded $6 million in federal stimulus contracts by the Obama administration.
Burson-Marsteller was hired by the Obama administration to advertise the national switch from analogue to digital television.
Clinton reportedly had to pay off her 2008 $20 million leftover campaign debt, of which only $995,500 debt remained. All of the remaining debt was owed to Penn, Schoen & Berland (a $6 million contract for a $995,500 debt…): http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... e-1.435097
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:14 pm

I haven’t found out yet who funnelled money through the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine (ECFMU)...
It appears that Dmytro “Dmitry” Firtash had lots of money to spend. Firtash effectively controlled the Party of Regions of Viktor Yanukovych, and has a long standing relationship with Paul Manafort.
Firtash in turn was an associate of Oleg Deripaska.

Paul Manafort has previously acted as a consultant to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bob Dole, before becoming (and resigning as) the campaign chairman for Donald Trump.
Manafort has also represented amongst others Filipino dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire, to improve their public reputations.
In the summer of 2005, Manafort and his team – including Rick Gates - was recruited to work for the Party of Regions in Ukraine by the oligarch Rinat Akhmetov.

In 2007, Manafort set up a private equity firm called Pericles Emerging Partners LP, based offshore in the Cayman Islands. Pericles had 3 American partners – Manafort, Rick Gates and Rick Davis. Davis was cofounder of Davis Manafort, Manafort’s lobbying company in Delaware.
Pericles was set up to make investments in the Ukrainian cities of Kiev, Odessa and Mariupol. It would acquire small companies, consolidate them into larger enterprises, and then sell them for a profit. One of the investors in Pericles was the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, an aluminium baron and close friend of Putin, who invested almost $19 million.
Pericles ever only made a single investment, in a Ukrainian telecoms company called Black Sea Cable. The money was funnelled through offshore companies in the British Virgin Islands. The cash went through other opaque shell firms, including Cascado AG, set up by the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.
After the global financial crisis hit in 2008, Deripaska wanted his cash back. In 2011, the Americans emailed to say that it was difficult to sell his stake because of “market conditions”. Deripaska claimed that he didn’t get his money back, and filed a 2014 petition against Manafort’s firm. Maybe this was just another charade, because later Manafort introduced Deripaska to Senator John McCain, over problems travelling to the US, after the US in 2006 had revoked Deripaska’s visa.

In February 2014, riot police shot dead 100 people in downtown Kiev. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych had to flee, and escaped to Russia.
Putin exploited this crisis to seize Crimea and launch a covert military invasion of eastern Ukraine – which resulted in 10,000 dead.

Also in 2014, Firtash was arrested on a US warrant in Vienna, accused of bribing Indian officials over a titanium deal. But an Austrian judge denied a US extradition request (later the Austrian court granted the request, but Firtash still fights extradition): https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... yanukovich
(archived here: http://archive.is/qP78c)

According to a writ filed in 2011 by former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Group DF (of Dmytro Firtash) never had any intention to purchase the Drake property for $850 million, but instead used the real estate project as a vehicle to “invest” $25 million in New York bank accounts, for the purpose of money laundering, racketeering and bribes.
Firtash even acquired his own bank, Nadra Bank: http://freebeacon.com/wp-content/upload ... aint-2.pdf
1. This case concerns the arbitrary prosecutions, arrests, and detentions of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other political opposition members in violation of international law, which have been carried out by or with the assistance of Defendants, representing a collection of private and public figures that stand to benefit politically and/or financially by eliminating Ukraine’s political opposition.
7. From 2004 to early 2009, Defendant RosUkrEnergo AG (“RUE”) received substantial profits for serving as a middleman in natural gas dealings between Naftogaz, a Ukrainian state-owned gas company, and Gazprom, a Russian company. Ukrainian billionaire Defendant Dmytro Firtash a/k/a Dmitry Firtash (“Firtash”), who largely controls RUE, was able to secure profits from the Russia-Ukraine gas deals due to his close relationship with, and payment of illegal kickbacks to, Ukrainian government officials, including then Naftogaz Chairman Yuriy Boyko and Deputy Chairman Ihor Voronin, both of whom were nominated to RUE’s Coordination Committee after securing RUE’s initial brokerage contract.
35. (…) Manafort played a key role in the defendants’ conspiracy and racketeering enterprise by assisting Firtash to become a major “investor” and silent partner in defendants CMZ Ventures (sometimes referred to as “ZMC Investors”), Group DF and their affiliated companies, through which Firtash and his associates were able to money launder a large portion of the funds that Firtash, Group DF and RUE were skimming from numerous Gazpron/Naftogaz natural gas transactions, as well as the windfall payments and profits worth approximately $3.5 billion that they received as a result of the corrupt transactions and breaches of fiduciary duties that resulted in the Stockholm Arbitration award, as described below in greater detail. These monies were then laundered through various New York based bank accounts under the guise of otherwise legitimate real estate and other investment activities in New York and elsewhere in the United States, and the contracts, agreements, meetings, discussions and electronic communications (e.g., computer, email and fax transmissions) relating to said money laundering and investment activities were primarily conducted through defendants’ offices located at 1501 Broadway, 25th floor.
83. RUE is owned by Russian state-owned energy company, Gazprom (owning a 50% share of RUE), Firtash (owning a 45% share of RUE through holding company Centragas), and Ukrainian businessman and Firtash associate Ivan Fursin (owning a 5% share of RUE also through holding company Centragas, which is almost wholly owned by Firtash through Group DF).
100. Firtash, Mogilevich, and their affiliated companies used three U.S. companies in particular—CMZ Ventures LLC, Kallista Investments LLC, and the Dynamic Fund (which were sometimes referred to collectively as “The Dynamic Group)—to launder money in the United States and abroad under the guise of investing in legitimate business ventures.
136. As of June 2011, Nadra Bank had approximately $500 million on deposit in New York bank accounts at JP Morgan Chase (Acct No. 762804508), BNY Mellon (formerly Bank of New York) (Acct. No. 8900341629); and Standard Chartered Bank (Acct No. 3582021684001).

According to Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau, handwritten ledgers found in the Ukraine show $12.7 million in undisclosed payments to Manafort from the Party of Regions from 2007 to 2012.
Investigators assert that the cash was part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.
The network comprised shell companies whose ultimate owners were shielded by the secrecy laws of the offshore jurisdictions where they were registered, including the British Virgin Islands, Belize and the Seychelles.
Oleg Deripaska claimed he had also paid about $7.3 million in management fees to the Pericles fund in over two years: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/15/us/p ... .html?_r=0

Peter Mandelson is a member of the Bilderberg Group and appointed “life peer” by Queen Elizabeth. Mandelson is director of the Russian defense firm Sistema, which supplies Putin with early warning missile systems.

Oleg Deripaska is CEO of RUSAL and friends with Roman Abramovich.
Abramovich is Putin’s close confidant, and a joint shareholder along with the Russian government in Gazprom, Aeroflot, and RUSAL.

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth and is also her financial adviser. Evelyn de Rothschild lives in the same New York building as Henry Kissinger and Wilbur Ross Jr. Wilbur Ross is the current US Secretary of Commerce, and has previously worked for the Rothschild family.
Nat Rothschild, son of Baron Jacob Rothschild, is business partners and close personal friends with Peter Mandelson, Roman Abramovich and also Oleg Deripaska: http://www.dzig.de/sites/default/files/ ... feller.htm
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:27 pm

Another of Trump’s foreign policy advisers, Carter Page, is an investment banker with close links to Gazprom, the Kremlin-controlled gas company, and an outspoken supporter of Putin.
Frank Mermoud, a former state department official with business ties in the Ukraine by Cub Energy, also has longstanding ties to Paul Manafort.
Manafort’s relationship with Dmytro Firtash was first exposed in a 2011 racketeering lawsuit that was later dismissed. Paul Manafort has been closely tied to Ukraine over the past decade, making millions from consulting work. He worked as an adviser for Rinat Akhmetov, Firtash and Oleg Deripaska: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/201 ... putin-ties

Months after an Austrian court ruled that Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash can be extradited to the USA, wanted in Chicago since 2013, it’s still not certain if he'll ever show.
Austrian Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter said in February that he would not extradite Firtash until the Austrian courts have ruled on the Spanish claim on Firtash.

Paul Manafort has arranged an all-star legal team to keep Firtash out of the USA, including former US Attorney Dan Webb, Clinton White House counsel Lanny Davis and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Webb wrote:
The Indictment fails to allege a single illicit act by Firtash that either occurred in the United States or affected the United States.
Never mind that Firtash was involved in a scheme to sell titanium to Chicago-based Boeing: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chic ... story.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/SpgCj)

For more on Michael Chertoff’s expected profits from the 1 October Las Vegas “mass shooting”: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1156#p4356

For more on Michael Chertoff’s involvement in 9/11: viewtopic.php?f=31&t=1126&start=10#p4467

Firtash once confided to the US ambassador in the Ukraine that he had made use of the organised crime boss Semion Mogilevich to protect his business from attacks by competitors, and had to ask Mogilevich’s permission to make business deals.
See the 10 December 2008 Wikileaks cable:
He acknowledged ties to Russian organized crime figure Seymon Mogilevich, stating he needed Mogilevich's approval to get into business in the first place. He was adamant that he had not committed a single crime when building his business empire, and argued that outsiders still failed to understand the period of lawlessness that reigned in Ukraine after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In the meeting, which lasted two and a half hours, Firtash told the Ambassador that he was not a public person, but had recently been pulled deeper into Ukrainian politics. He admitted that he has "loyally served" as an unofficial advisor to President Yushchenko during tense gas negotiations with Russia and political crises dating back to the Orange Revolution in 2004. He reported that he met with the Yushchenko at his dacha (cottage residence) three times in the last week at the President's request. He described himself as a close friend and confidante of the President -- someone the President can trust totally.
Firtash also recounted that Makarov invited him to dinner in Kyiv in January 2002, shortly after Firtash had signed the gas deals with Central Asia. Firtash added he went to that dinner not knowing if he would be beaten up or even killed for having taken Makarov's business from him. According to Firtash, Makarov was there with his head of security, Semyon Mogilevich, Sergei Mikhas, from the Solnstevo Brotherhood, and a Mr. Overin when Makarov told Firtash he would regain his gas business as easily as Firtash had taken it away.
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Blackstone, Saudia Arabia and Kushner

Post by Firestarter » Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:42 pm

Since 2013, the Blackstone Group has loaned more than $400 million to finance 4 Kushner Cos deals - 2 of which weren’t reported.
1. In June 2013, Kushner and Los Angeles-based CIM Group, bought an office building in Manhattan. They reported a $88 million loan from Deutsche Bank AG, but forgot to mention that Blackstone was also among the project’s lenders. CIM and Kushner repaid the loan in full in March 2016 after the property was sold for roughly $225 million.
2. In October 2013, Kushner Cos purchased 5 Jehovah’s Witnesses buildings aided with a $249 million loan from Natixis Real Estate Capital. Kushner again “forgot “to disclose that Blackstone was amongst the lenders.

That Kushner made a $110 billion deal between Saudi Arabia and Lockheed Martin got some attention from the media.
But I missed the news that Saudi Arabia also made a $20 billion investment in a US infrastructure fund managed by Blackstone…

CEO and co-founder of Blackstone and member of Skull & Bones, Stephen Schwarzman, heads Trump’s business-advisory council and joined Donald and Kushner on their trip to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The Saudi promise to invest in Blackstone’s fund drove the Blackstone’s stock up more than 8%. Thanks to the Saudi boost, Blackstone shares are once again above their IPO price of $31 after slumping two years ago.

As a result of the rise of his shares, Schwarzman has gained about $500 million net. How’s that for a return in the loans/investment in Kushner Cos...

In 2010, Ivanka Trump invested in a Blackstone fund.
To make it more confusing, for people who don´t believe that Donald Trump effectively belongs to the same party as Clinton, Jon Gray, Blackstone’s global head of real estate, met with Trump when he was talking to candidates for Treasury secretary. Gray publicly supported Hillary Clinton: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... cent-deals
(archived here: http://archive.is/1ObCe)

Here’s a nice photo at the “feminist” Women20 Summit in April of this year. From left to right: Juliana Rotich, Anne Finucane (Vice Chairwoman Bank of America), Chrystia Freeland (Canadian Minister for Foreign Affairs), Ivanka Trump (daughter and Advisor to the President Donald), Stephanie Bschorr, Angela Merkel (German Chancellor), Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, Mona Kueppers, Christine Lagarde (Managing Director IMF), Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller (CEO Trump Ltd.), Manuela Schwesig (German Minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth).
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:36 pm

In 1994–96, under the infamous “loans-for-shares” program, Russia privatised 150 state-owned companies for just $12 billion.
The principal beneficiaries of this cartelisation, were just 25 or so oligarchs with the right insider connections. The needed money to buy the companies was mostly loaned from the Russian state, who in turn had loaned it from the World Bank, IMF, and the Clinton Administration (USAID).
Many banks, private bankers, hedge funds, law firms, accounting firms, leading oil companies (like ExxonMobil and BP), as well as needy borrowers, like the Trump Organization, effectively looted the post-Soviet spoils.

In 2005, according to a Wikileaks cable, Patokh Chodiev (referred to as “Fatokh Shodiyev”) attended the birthday party of reputed Uzbek mob boss Salim Abduvaliyeva and presented him with a $10,000 “gift”.
Wikileaks cables from November 2010, describe a close relationship between “the Kazakh Trio” and the Nazarbayev kleptocracy.
Chodiev and Alexander Mashkevich were also partners in crime with the Russian-Canadian businessman, Boris J. Birshtein. Birshtein was also in business with the reputed head of Solntsevskaya Bratva - Sergei Mikhavlov. According to Fortune in 2014, Solntsevskaya was the world’s highest-grossing organised crime group.
Birshtein hosted a meeting in his Tel Aviv office for Mikhaylov, the Ukrainian-born Semion Mogilevich, and several other leaders of the Russo/FSU mafia.

In 1991, while in law school, young Alex Shnaider started working for Birshtein at Seabeco’s Zurich headquarters. When Alex Shnaider had become a Canadian billionaire, he financed the 70-story Trump hotel-tower in Toronto, Canada (which opened in 2012). Shnaider reportedly owns Talon International Development, which oversaw construction of the Toronto Trump hotel-tower.
In 2008, the previously mentioned money laundering Iceland’s FL Group extended a €45.8 million loan to “poor” billionaire Alex Shnaider so he could buy a yacht.
There are rumours about a secret US Federal Reserve report on Iceland banks that were laundering Russian money.

On 23 October 2009, Felix Sater, after turning government informer, got a $25,000 fine, no jail time or probation for his $40 million fraud. The court files remained sealed...

Reportedly Donald Trump has personally sold five separate condos in Trump Tower to David Bogatin. David’s brother Jacob Bogatin was CEO of the ghost company YBM Magnex International. YBM was founded in 1995 indirectly in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania by "the Brainy Don" Semion Mogilevich, who earned a spot on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list.
In 2003, Mogilevich was indicted in Philadelphia on 45 felony counts for this $150 million stock fraud. There is no chance that Russia will ever extradite Mogilevich. Jacob Bogatin was also indicted in the Philadelphia case.
Another key Mogilevich lieutenant in the US during the 1990s, Vyacheslav Ivankov, also once resided at the Trump Tower: https://www.the-american-interest.com/2 ... nnections/
(archived here: http://archive.is/gkiZX)

Mogilevich ran his YBM scam from Budapest, with $2.4-million to start it up. To make YBM look legitimate, he bribed lawyers and accountants and set up a network of shell companies to disguise his ownership.
In 1997, YBM unsuccessfully applied for a listing on the US stock markets.
YBM issued press releases and held investor conferences about its success. The trust in the phantom company was increased by having former Ontario Premier David Peterson on its board.
Shares in YBM on the Toronto Stock Exchange rose from 10 cents per share in July 1994 to $20.15 in March 1998. Mogilevich made a nice profit of $18.4 million.

In 1998, the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Department of Justice got a tip that YBM had (unsuccessfully) offered its auditors a $500,000 bribe to certify its financial statements.
When the FBI raided YBM’s headquarters there were no magnets (to be sold) at all: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-i ... cle556022/
(archived here: http://archive.is/j2e9G)

According to an August 1996 report by the FBI, Boris Birshtein hosted "a summit meeting of Russian organised crime figures" at his office in Tel Aviv in October 1995.
Participants in this meeting included Sergei Mikhailov and Semion Mogilevich.

In 1999, Olexander Volkov was a top adviser to Leonid Kuchma (Ukrainian President from July 1994 to January 2005).
Belgian investigators revealed that Volkov was associated with the Russian Solntsevskaya crime syndicate.
Kuchma's political rivals used the media to criticise his connections to Birshtein.
Belgian prosecutors have confirmed that at least $5 million of the transfers to Volkov from September 1994 to January 1996, came from companies or associates of Boris Birshtein: http://willzuzak.ca/lp/clover01.html
(archived here: http://archive.is/n2izj)
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Sun Dec 17, 2017 5:38 pm

Here’s some more on Dmytro Firtash...

On 21 February 2017, Austrian police detained Dmytro Firtash after an EU arrest warrant issued by Spain. In Spain, Firtash was accused of money laundering $10 million through companies on Cyprus and the British Virgin Islands.
Firtash also has a residence in London’s Knightsbridge: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/c ... 39621.html

The US criminal investigation against Firtash is based on the FBI’s charge of bribing Indian public officials to obtain licences for the mining of ilmenite, to manufacture titanium for Boeing. The investigators claim that he paid $18.5 million in kickbacks to Indian officials.
Lanny Davis represents Firtash for a fee of $60,000 dollars per month.
Michael Chertoff was recruited by Paul Manafort as Firtash’s defence lawyer.

Austria is the headquarters of Firtash’s Centragas Holding GmbH, a company that holds 50% of RosUkrEnergo (RUE) shares.
Firtash main lawyer in Austria is Dieter Böhmdorfer, who was Austrian Justice Minister from 2000 to 2004 for the FPÖ party.
Firtash’s media advisor Daniel Kapp is almost as illustrious. Kapp’s boss, former Austrian vice-chancellor Josef Pröll of the ÖVP party, is closely linked to the same Raiffeisen group that acted as a front for Firtash when he was still hiding his involvement with RUE.

Dmytro Firtash has his own public relation group in the Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine, which has boasted names of famous politicians, including EU Commissioners Günter Verheugen, Stefan Füle and Peter Mandelson (member of Bilderberg and life peer), Germany’s former finance minister Peer Steinbrück, and former French foreign minister Bernard Kouchner.
Three celebrity names were announced as the Agency’s founding fathers: the French writer Bernard-Henri Lévy; the German MP and chair of the Bundestag’s Ukrainian-German group Karl-Georg Wellmann; and Richard Risby (member of the British House of Lords).

Ukrainian Modernization Agency has a “sister” organisation in the UK - the British Ukrainian Society (BUS). BUS was founded in February 2007 with 2 directors: Robert Shetler-Jones and Richard Spring. Spring is also known as Lord Risby and is a life peer.
Robert Shetler-Jones is very close to Firtash. From its inception until August 2012, he was CEO of Firtash’s parent company Group DF: http://www.eurozine.com/the-firtash-octopus/
(archived here: http://archive.is/E6XMt)
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Re: Dutch message to President Trump

Post by Firestarter » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:24 pm

Because of Tevfik Arif, I had almost forgotten about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
It looks like Erdogan is caught in some money laundering scandals.

The leader of Turkey’s main opposition party CHP, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, claims he has documents to prove that members of Erdogan’s family and their allies, in late 2011 and early 2012, transferred $15 million to offshore company Bellway Limited, registered in the British Isle of Man.
According to Kilicdaroglu, Erdogan’s brother Mustafa, his eldest son Ahmet Burak, and brother-in-law Ziya Ilgen - each paid $3.75 million into the Bellway account. Close associates reportedly also made payments to this account, including $2.25 million from Osman Ketenci (Ahmet Burak’s father-in-law), and $1.5 million from Mustafa Gündogan (Erdogan’s former private secretary) - EDIT Blacksea site changed URLs images.

Erdogan responded to the allegations:
Do you have any proof of your allegations? If so, show them to the public… If Tayyip Erdogan has a penny abroad, in any bank, come out and prove it. When you prove it, I give you the guarantee that I will not stay in the Presidency one more minute.
Photos taken of Kilicdaroglu’s documents with snippets of SWIFT transactions, suggest that the money goes in the opposite direction: the Erdogans and associates didn’t pay but received millions from Bellway Limited.

The Erdogan family owns 2 other offshore company (besides Bellway Limited) - Pal Shipping Trader One Ltd in Malta, and Bumerz Limited (owned by Ziya Ilgen) on the Isle of Man.
Since around 2008, the Erdogan family has operated a network of companies from Malta to Turkey to the Isle of Man. The opaque offshore network is designed to obscure the family’s ownership of the $25 million oil tanker Agdash, built in 2007.

The bill for the Agdash tanker was paid by 2 businessmen close to the Erdogan family. The first is childhood friend of Erdogan Sitki Ayan – mentioned by Kilicdaroglu -, who provided a $7 million “loan” from his Turkish company Som Petrol. The second is Mübariz Mansimov, president of shipping conglomerate Palmali Shipping, who provided the remaining $18 million.
The Erdogans never repaid the “loans”. Instead, they leased the ship to the same billionaire Azeri-Turkish businessman Mübariz Mansimov, who had already paid millions for the oil tanker in 2007.

In November 2011, shares in the Erdogan’s Turkish company, Bumerz Denizcilik, were transferred to Bellway Limited, which was set up by Sitki Ayan using an Isle of Man service company called Equiom. Sitki’s son, Bahaddin Ayan, and employee of Sitki Ayan, Kasim Oztas, appear as directors on several companies in the offshore network - Pal Shipping Trader One, Bumerz Limited, Bumerz Denizcilik, and Bellway Limited: https://theblacksea.eu/malta-files/arti ... ore-update
(archived here: http://archive.is/B9HjT)

I’ve found the court document that describes the complaint of attorney Frederick Oberlander, against Bayrock, Tevfik Arif and Felix “Satter” Sater dated 10 May 2010 (6 MB, 165 pages): https://assets.documentcloud.org/docume ... plaint.pdf

It really is a bizarre strategy. This was a civil case, where the attorney describes criminal wrongdoing. It’s more like a description of how the Department of Justice and IRS are helping Arif and Sater in their criminal activities.
Then argues that because the defendants hid the money they took, his clients (that were working for this criminal organisation) are entitled to part of the money they “skimmed”.

There are 2 main topics in this document:
1) Tax evasion.
2) Taking millions of dollars.

I find the tax evasion boring.
They simply booked “profits” as “loans” (with the help of deaf, dumb and blind accountants) and, when you borrow money, you can’t be expected to pay taxes…
40. One way they did this was to use Bayrock to skim millions of dollars of cash, giving Satter a million dollar a year unreported income and causing Bayrock Group to execute a sham “note” with him, a note Arif and Schwarz have admitted on MP3 was never meant to be repaid
125. The Satter Frauds II. By late 2007, Satter’s $1,000,000 skims had reached $3,750,000

They showed the FL group from Iceland, since 2008 known as Stodir, a portfolio that included developing property for hundreds of millions of dollars, and sold FL a stake in the “Four Subs” enterprise for $50 million, which they skimmed:
534. The terms of FL’s partnership and “trial merger” with Bayrock called for FL to transfer S50.000.000 and other consideration in return for. inter alia, a partner’s share of the distributions expected to flow up front the Four Projects into the Four Subs, 1(518.
560. So all through January, February, March, and April, Arif, Satter, and Schwarz were negotiating a deal that would repay hidden interests in Russia and Kazakhstan on behalf of Arif, would give Arif $8,000,000, millions more than he had in personally given what he had already taken out from Michael Samuel’s payment and other withdrawals, would pay Arifs taxes, would pay an old Mafia buddy of Satter’s, possibly do other things for Satter with or without kickback from Lauria, but otherwise do nothing for Bayrock or anyone else, particularly Schwarz.

Firestarter wrote:
Sat Dec 16, 2017 4:36 pm
On 23 October 2009, Felix Sater, after turning government informer, got a $25,000 fine, no jail time or probation for his $40 million fraud. The court files remained sealed...
What’s also interesting is that Felix Sater had been partners in crime with the Gambino crime family in this $40 million fraud:
209. Twenty of Satter’s White Rock confederates, including members of the Bonanno, Gambino, and Colombo Mafia organized crime families, were also convicted, many on racketeering charges. Most were sentenced to prison terms and multimillion dollar restitution.

This is all the more interesting, because in one of those strange coincidences, President elect Donald Trump rang in the New Year at the Mar-a-Lago with Joseph Cinque - a convicted felon with ties to the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti.
The American Academy of Hospitality Sciences, owned and operated by Cinque, has awarded more than a dozen of Trump's golf courses, hotels, casinos and private clubs with so-called "Star Diamond" awards. Trump was listed on the company's website as its "ambassador extraordinaire", and he appeared in a 2009 video in which he complemented Cinque: "There's nobody like him. He's a special guy". About half of the roughly 30 people listed as "trustees" to the Academy are associates of Trump.
Donald simply denied knowing anything about his criminal past: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politic ... -1.2932315

Last Sunday, Washington lawyer Jeffrey Lovitky started a lawsuit against Ivanka and Jared Kushner, because they failed to disclose the assets owned by 30 investment funds they have stakes in.
The complaint also claims they should have declared the value and income they derived from 2 investment vehicles, but didn’t.

Kushner has updated his financial disclosure form several dozen times since it was first filed in March.
In a half dozen instances Kushner's explains not giving more detailed information because of a "pre-existing confidentiality agreement".

In March 2017, Lovitky filed a similar complaint against President Trump, because a financial disclosure filed during the 2016 campaign didn’t detail his personal liability for various debts. That suit — which now includes complaints about a new form by Trump in June — is still pending: https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/ ... res-302240

Jared Kushner, owns the New York Observer, which introduced him to Rupert Murdoch.
Kushner has acted as a liaison with dozens of influential figures, including Henry Kissinger, Paul Ryan, and Roger Ailes (founder and former CEO of Fox News).

From 1996 to 2004, Jared’s father, Charlie Kushner, gave more than $1.4 million to Democrats.
Charlie paid $125,000 to Bill Clinton for a speech at the bank that Kushner Companies owned. After Hillary Clinton won the Senate race in 2000, she immediately visited the Kushners’ house.

A month after James McGreevey was inaugurated as Governor of New Jersey, Charlie Kushner was nominated for chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which would have put him in charge of the billions of dollars for rebuilding the WTC.
Charlie Kushner was in a vicious court case against his brother-in-law, Billy Schulder. He hired a prostitute to seduce Schulder so he could make a video of the sex act. Kushner mailed images from the tape to his sister.
McGreevey was forced to apologise for his nomination of Kushner. Months later, in 2004, he had to resign over a sex scandal of his own.

Then New Jersey US Attorney Chris Christie started an investigation into the Charlie Kushner campaign donations.
Kushner pleaded guilty to 18 counts of tax evasion, witness tampering, and illegal campaign donations. Charlie was sentenced to 2 years in prison, and spent 18 months in a federal penitentiary: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016 ... power-play
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