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Spider-Man's No Kill Rule

2020.11.27 21:27 Yousuf1212 Spider-Man's No Kill Rule

One of Peter ParkeSpider-Man's moral principles is that I want to touch upon is that he is a non-lethal crime fighter. He doesn't kill. Many superheroes have a moral code, which is that they usually don't kill. I think a lot of people gloss over because they typically think of Batman when superheroes and their moral codes are brought up, and I will actually talk about Batman's moral code later on. But Batman is not the only one who is adverse to killing. Spider-Man is also adverse to killing, and I will post a few examples of situations that Spider-Man refuses to cross that line when he easily could have gone in for the kill. There are many examples, but I will only pick a few from different continuities. I am not going to explain the context in their full detail because that would require me to post dozens of scans, and reddit doesn't allow more than 20 images. Not to mention, scan dumping can get tedious, and it's honestly better to read the stories themselves rather than listening me to saying what happened. Comics in general are mostly a "show, don't tell" kind of experience, but I will give basic summaries and allow the scans to speak for themselves. I'll start with one from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics:

Spider-Man Imposter

In the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, a criminal impersonated Spider-Man by dressing up as Spider-Man whilst robbing banks, even going as far killing a cop. This seriously damaged Spider-Man's reputation because the general public didn't know that it was an imposter. When the real Spider-Man confronted the imposter, this happened:
Source ― Ultimate Spider-Man Issue #32.
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When confronting his homicidal imposter, Peter was understandably enraged and gave his imposter a brutal beating, demanding an explanation for why his imposter had the audacity would murder someone whilst dressing up as Spider-Man. Peter verbally expressed his rag and frustrations over the fact that his imposter ruined his reputation by committing robberies and murders in Spider-Man's name. The imposter screams in pain and begs for mercy, saying he only did it for the publicity. Peter continues to brutalise his imposter:
Source ― Ultimate Spider-Man Issue #32.
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In a continued fit of unbridled rage, Peter not only continues to beat up his imposter, but also threatens to kill him. But Peter eventually comes to his senses and lets go his battered imposter. Then this happens:
Source ― Ultimate Spider-Man Issue #32.
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Then this happens:
Peter: Dammit! I lost it! I completely lost it! I didn't even know I could get that angry. It just creeped up on me. I-- I didn't even realize it was even happening. I could have killed him-- killed a man with my bare hands. Then what would I be? I can't even think about it. I just have to make sure-- that I can never let anything even remotely like that happen again. I have to remember why I do this in the first place. I-- Uh oh...
Source ― Ultimate Spider-Man Issue #32.
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Whilst reflecting on his actions against his imposter, Peter expresses remorse over the fact that he came close to killing someone. He swears that he make sure that he doesn't allow himself to do anything like that again, because it goes against his views on morality. Peter expresses remorse for nearly killing an imposter who robbed banks and murdered a cop whilst dressing up as Spider-Man, desecrating his public image by making him look like a homicidal thief, even though the reality is that Peter is just doing what he can to make his world a better place to live up to his Uncle's ideals. That says a lot about Peter's views on morality and killing. He could have easily just killed his imposter, but didn't, because it goes against what he believes in.
Now I am going to pick an example from The Amazing Spider-Man comic run that began in 1963:

The Night Gwen Stacy Died

This is a really awesome story, it's one of the most iconic and famous Spider-Man stories of all time for various seasons. One of the reasons why I like it so much is because we get to see Spider-Man on the edge, fuelled by pure anger and rage. Spider-Man is tempted to seek revenge on the Green Goblin for murdering Gwen Stacy:
Spider-Man: Wrong Goblin! You murdered the only girl I'll ever love--and today's the day you're going to die!
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #122.
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They have an aerial fight over the bridge, but Peter is unable to fully vent out his rage because of the impracticality and limited freedom in aerial fights, and the Green Goblin gets away. But Peter catches up, finding Norman in his hideout:
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #122.
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Peter ambushes Norman and they exchange insults. Norman mocks Peter for his feelings of loss and grief over Gwen Stacy, who Norman belittles, perceiving Gwen as a worthless waste of life. Peter is enraged by this, and fights more intensely:
Peter: You're talking about my lady, creep! Someone I loved-- I mean loved--! Do you know what that means? HAVE YOU ANY IDEA WHAT THAT MEANS?? I LOVED HER, GOBLIN!! AND YOU--! YOU-- TOOK-- HER-- AWAY! FILTHY-- WORM EATING-- SCUM! Good lord... What in the name of heaven am I doing! In another moment I might have killed him! I would become like him-- a-a murderer!
Narrator: And, as Spider-Man drops back, disgusted with the violence that nearly consumed him-- he is unaware of the reappearance of old violence-- in the deadly form of the Goblin's remote controlled flyer!
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #122.
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Peter beats the crap out of Norman whilst screaming and hounding him at the same time, but stops, realizing that he could've ended up killing Norman if he continued beating him up for just another moment. Peter expresses remorse and disgust with himself, thinking that killing Norman would make him a murderer just like Norman, as the narrator expands upon this by saying Peter "drops back, disgusted with the violence that nearly consumed him" whilst Norman takes the opportunity to recuperate:
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #122.
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Norman tries to use his glider to kill Peter, but his attempts horrifically backfire and he ends up impaling himself. Peter's reaction isn't what he expected:
Peter: He's dead. Somehow... I thought it would mean more. When a man dies-- even a man like the Goblin-- it should mean something. It shouldn't just be an accident... A stupid, senseless accident. It's got to have a point. So it doesn't just mean... We live in vain. Funny, I thought seeing the Goblin die would make me feel better about Gwen. Instead, it just makes me feel empty... Washed out... And maybe just a little bit more alone.
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #122.
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Peter says that he thought seeing Norman die would make him feel better about Gwen's death, but instead of that, it just made him feel empty, washed out, and maybe slightly more alone. Keep in mind that in this story, Peter had literally just witnessed Norman Osborn murder his Gwen Stacy, the first woman Peter had ever truly loved, and he failed to save Gwen. That is one of Spider-Man's most iconic failures. It's arguably his greatest failure. His powers weren't enough to prevent Gwen from being kidnapped. His powers weren't enough to save her. And Norman just laughed at Peter's loss and grief, showing no remorse, but mockery and contempt. So even when Peter had the chance to avenge Gwen and go over the edge by ending Norman once and for all, he stops. Peter refuses to cross that line, otherwise he would be a murderer just like Norman. He'd be no better than Norman in that regard. And when Norman died, it didn't make Peter feel any better, it just made him feel worse. Peter reflects on this in ASM #177:
Peter: Why are the sins of the father always revisited on the son? Despite everything that's happened... Despite all he's done... This really isn't poor Harry's fault! If anyone is to blame, it's Norman Osborn-- Harry's father! And then, it wasn't really his fault either! It was an accidental chemical explosion which caused Osborn's brain damage... And transformed him into the Green Goblin-- the only foe who knows my secret identity! We battled repeatedly, until that fateful day atop the George Washington bridge-- when the Goblin murdered Gwen Stacy, the girl I loved! I went after the Goblin then, aching for revenge-- but when Norman died as a result of his own actions... I found just how hollow vengeance can be! Unfortunately, his father's death totally unhinged Harry's already unstable mind-- and he became the new Green Goblin, carrying on in his old man's footsteps... Until I finally defeated him, and the authorities carried him away... Raving like the lunatic he had become!
Source ― The Amazing Spider-Man Issue #177.
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Peter says that he was "aching for revenge" when going after Norman, but "found how hollow vengeance can be" when Norman "died" as a result of his actions. Even as flawed human being, Peter's strong moral compass prevented him from actually giving into his vengeful desire to kill the Green Goblin. Revenge is not what Spider-Man is about. Now I'm going to move onto another example from a retelling of Spider-Man's origin story:

The Burglar

OK, I will have to admit that I was not a fan of John Byrne's Spider-Man: Chapter One. It's probably my least favourite version of the classic Spider-Man origin story. I found it to be pretty lame and unnecessary for the most part. But one aspect I do like about it is the way the Byrne wrote this specific moment:
Burglar: Hey, don't worry, pal! I ain't gonna blow your little TV Star gig! But as long as you're gonna play cat burglar on th' side, you an' me, we could be partners! With your talent and my brains...
Peter: No! No!! I didn't even recognise you, it was all so unimportant to me! You're the one I didn't stop! And now Uncle Ben is dead!! Because of me!!! No... No... Gotta stop. Before I kill him. He's out cold. Probably since my first punch. He didn't hear anything I said. Now... There's only one thing for me to do...
Source ― Spider-Man: Chapter One.
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The way Peter's confrontation with his Uncle's killer goes down differently than in Amazing Fantasy #15, Ultimate Spider-Man Issue #5 and Spider-Man: Season One. In those versions of the classic origin story, Peter incapacitates his Uncle's killer with a punch, and only realises the identity of his Uncle's killer when getting a closer look at his face, who is incapacitated. In this version, it's the opposite; Peter realizes the identity of his Uncle's killer immediately, and then proceeds to beating him up in a fit of rage and grief. But Peter eventually restrains himself, realizing that he needs to stop, otherwise he'll end up killing him. Bear in mind that this is the man who killed Uncle Ben. Peter already knows who is, and even when he gives him a beating in a fit of unbridled rage, Peter demonstrates enough self discipline and strong moral compass to stop himself from killing the man who murdered his surrogate father. And last, but certaintly not least, I'm going to move onto another example from a Marvel/DC Comics crossover...

The Joker

I saved this example for the last because even though it's from a Marvel/DC comics crossover, it's the best example in my opinion, because anyone who know the Joker should how evil and homicidal this guy is. Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds is the first crossover between Batman and Spider-Man. I won't go into much detail about what happens in the story, but Spider-Man and Batman team up to fight Carnage and the Joker. This story was published in 1995, written by J. M. DeMatteis, who has authored many Batman and Spider-Man comics. The story itself features the Earth 616 versions of Spider-Man and Carnage, and the Post Crisis versions of Batman and the Joker. So even though it takes place outside of the mainstream Marvel and DC universes due being a crossover, it's supposed to be an accurate representation of how these characters would interact with each other if they met. Towards the end of the story, Spider-Man has a confrontation with the Joker, and it goes like this:
Joker: Run away... Run away... Kill again another-- day..?! A spider signal?! I hope Commisioner Gordon doesn't hear about this!
Peter: YOU! You spit on everything that's decent in this world!
Joker: But of course!
Peter: You murder hope! You trample goodness! You suck it all down into the chaos!
Joker: We aim t'please!
Peter: The only way to stop a sneering animal like you -- IS TO KILL YOU!
Joker: Then go ahead-- do it! It'll be hilarious, don't you think? A goody two-shoes like you -- murdering a stinker like? Come one, I dare you! I double dare you! HAHAHAHAHA
Peter: What am I doing? Dear god-- what am I doing?
Joker: Too bad. I thought he had the makings of a decent lunatic! Ah well-- once I unleash my vi-- Rus--
Peter: Sorry, Joker -- I could never you... Or anyone. You see, I've got an example to live up to. A faith I'll never betray. That may not be very funny-- but it's true.
Source ― Spider-Man and Batman: Disordered Minds.
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When Spider-Man confronts the Joker, he is tempted to kill the Joker, and even threatens to kill the Joker, knowing fully well how evil Joker is, saying that the Joker murders hope, tramples goodness, sucking it all down into chaos. Spider-Man declares to the Joker that the only way to stop "a sneering animal" like him... Is to kill him. Joker however, isn't even afraid of Spider-Man, but only encourages Spider-Man to give into his darker impulses, finding that the prospect of a "goody two-shoes" like Spider-Man murdering "a stinker like" the Joker is hilarious. But Spider-Man has a change of heart and calms down, realizing how violent and vindictive it would be to kill the Joker. Joker appears to express slight disappointment, but shrugs it off because he has other plans, but before he can finish talking, Spider-Man punches Joker so hard, that the clown prince of crime is rendered unconscious. Spider-Man talks to the incapacitated Joker, saying that he could never bring himself to kill Joker and anyone else for that matter because he has an example to live up to. A faith he'll never betray. This is likely a reference to Uncle Ben and the moral values he taught Peter, which may not be funny to the Joker, but it's true.
Granted, the story doesn't make it clear whether Peter knows the full history of the Joker's atrocities, but I would assume he has a hunch. But regardless of what Peter knows or doesn't know about the Joker, it's still a very awesome moment to the reader when you take into consideration of what the Joker has done. Yeah I know this isn't a Batman subreddit, but I would still like to talk about the terrible things the Joker has done to Batman. This guy crippled Barbara Gordon (The Killing Joke), murdered Jason Todd (A Death in the Family), murdered Sarah Essen (No Man's Land) and has done various other terrible things. So the fact that Spider-Man demonstrated a strong moral compass to overcome the urge to kill the Joker is a really great moment. I'm not sure if this has actually been confirmed in any Spider-Man story, but I belive that the reason why Peter has a moral code is because he thinks Uncle Ben would be ashamed of him if he became a killer. It just seems like the sort of thing he would believe in, considering how his career as a superhero is driven by living up to his Uncle's ideals and beliefs. Batman however, has very different reasons for his moral code, which I will now touch upon:

Batman's Moral Code

One of the most core elements of Post Crisis Batman's character are that he has a moral code i.e. no killing and no guns, which is part of what makes him a very psychologically fascinating character. I am not going to comment about what I think whether Batman's moral code is right or wrong, I'm just going to explain why he has it. A lot of people bitch and moan about Batman's moral code all the time even though Batman isn't the only superhero who refuses to kill because Spider-Man, Daredevil, Superman and the Flash (Barry Allen) are also against killing, but I've never seen anyone ask why Spider-Man doesn't kill the Green Goblin or Carnage for example. Perhaps they would prefer Batman being more like the Punisher. There are many reasons why Batman has a moral code. These reasons are primarily psychological. Batman has a no guns rule because a man with a gun killed his parents, so he naturally harbors a lot of hatred for guns. As for his no kill rule, he explains it to the Joker:
Joker: Will you do it? Kill me? Release the burden that torments both of us?
Batman: No. Oh, I want to -- I've never wanted anything so much. But I won't. Because if I did, I'd be violating a belief that has sustained me all these years. I believe in the absolute sacredness of human life. I may not really believe in anything else. There's more. If I did as you ask, I'd be no better than my enemies -- I'd be the insane avenger some people are certain I already am.
Source — Legends of the Dark Knight Annual #1.
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As explained in the scan above, Batman has a moral code because he believes in "the absolute sacredness of human life." Life is sacred to Batman because he has witnessed the power of taking a life when he saw Joe Chill murder his parents, and he doesn't want to become the kind of man that killed his parents. Anyone can take a life if they really wanted to, but the sheer ramifications of taking a life is so monumental, and Batman knows this with every fiber of his being. What also makes life so sacred to Batman is that he believes in second chances and redemption. That's why he apprehends criminals rather than just killing them. Apprehending them gives them a chance to rethink their lives and turn away from a life of crime. Not all criminals in Gotham are homicidal psychopaths, some criminals commit petty crimes because they're desperate and crime is the only way they can get money because Gotham is that corrupt. So to Batman, there's always a chance they could get reformed. Not only does taking away the life of a criminal take away any chance of redemption, it could also impact the lives of other people because some criminals have people that love them i.e. family. Robbing them of the person they care about is going to cause them the same pain that Batman went through as a child. One of the ways that Batman fights crime is that he tries to help criminals get reformed as Bruce Wayne by using the Wayne Foundation to address the social issues that encourage crime in Gotham, so he doesn't just put them behind bars to help them get reformed.
Another good instance of Batman explaining his moral code is when a resurrected Jason Todd tries to entice Batman into killing the Joker:
Bruce: You don't understand. I don't think you ever did.
Jason: What? Your moral code just won't allow for that? It's too hard to "cross that line"?
Bruce: No. God almighty... No. It'd be too damned easy. All I have ever wanted to do is kill him. For years a day hasn't gone by where I haven't envisioned taking him... Taking him and spending an entire month putting him through the most horrendous, mind boggling forms of torture. All of it building to an end with him broken, butchered and maimed... Pleasing -- screaming -- in the worst kind of agony as he careens into a monstrous death. I want him dead -- maybe more than I've ever wanted anything. But if I do that, if I allow myself to go down into that place... I'll never come back.
Source — Batman (1940) Issue #650.
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As Batman says here, it would just be "too damned easy" to kill. He's worried that he might not be able to stop killing if he goes down the path of being an executioner. Part of what motivates Batman to fight crime is a desire for vengeance. He witnessed his parents get brutally murdered by a man with a gun when he was only 8 years old, so he has deep rooted feelings of anger and rage towards the criminal underworld for taking his parents and childhood away from him. Batman uses a strict moral code to control and restrain his desires for violence and revenge. Self discipline is one of Batman's most defining traits. Self discipline is why he follows his moral code very strictly. Alfred has even made a remark on it:
Dick: Besides, what's the use of keeping my strength up? Bruce has probably already put out a want ad for a new partner!
Alfred: That's hardly fair, master Dick. His foremost concern is for your welfare.
Dick: Aw, I know. It's just that he's so -- so darn tough!
Alfred: He's more strict with himself than with anyone else.
Source — Batman: Full Circle.
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Alfred describes Bruce as being "more strict with himself than with anyone else" to Dick Grayson in a conversation about why Bruce forced Dick to stay at home whilst Bruce is out as Batman.
Granted, these aforementioned reasons for Batman's moral code are psychological in nature, but they're not the only reasons why Batman has a moral code. Batman's moral code are one of the only reasons why the GCPD permit his crusade against crime:
Batman: I don't kill, Zsasz.
Zsasz: Ah yes, your "saving grace" -- the one factor that allows the zombies to sanction your actions... That and your choice of victims of course. But you'd like to kill them, if only they'd let you get away with it... Because it would make your work so much easier, wouldn't it?... And ever so much more satisfying.
Source — Batman (1940) Issue #493.
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Batman is already breaking the law by simply being a vigilante, but the GCPD still permit him to operate because they need him. The only reasons they approve of Batman's crusade is because he specifically targets criminals and doesn't kill them. Jim Gordon would never approve of Batman if he was an executioner. If Batman didn't have a moral code, Jim Gordon would condemn him and lead the entire GCPD to apprehend him, and he's more than capable of deducing Batman is Bruce Wayne because deep down, Jim already knows who Batman is. It would take nothing more than 20 minutes of honest detective work to confirm his suspicion that Batman is Bruce Wayne, the only reason why he hasn't is because he doesn't care. Jim respects Batman's privacy because they're friends, and Batman's identity doesn't matter to Jim because it's not relevant, what's matters to Jim is that Gotham is salvageable.
Of course, one could still argue that even superheroes like Batman should make exceptions to their no kill rules because certain people just can't be reformed, such as the Joker. Part of why so many people give Batman a lot of heat for his moral code is that he refuses to kill the Joker because he's too dangerous to be kept alive, but what these people forget is that even Batman has made the Joker an exception at least twice. Batman has tried to kill the Joker in A Death in the Family and Batman: Hush, but several people stopped him. In the former instance, Batman tries to kill the Joker for murdering Jason Todd, but gets stopped. In the latter instance, Batman tries to kill the Joker for seemingly murdering Thomas Elliott (among other things), but also gets stopped. I'm not going to explain everything in those situations in full detail, because it'd be better to read the stories themselves. The latter instance of Batman trying to kill the Joker has been posted on YouTube, with great voice over:
Batman: Hush - Batman Almost Kills The Joker [DUB]
I don't want to delve too much into the "should Batman kill the Joker?" shenanigans because that's ultimately just another tiresome discussion on moral issues. Killing the Joker isn't even contingent on Batman breaking his moral code because there are other people who could also do it. Perhaps Jim Gordon should do it. He's a cop, he has killed people, he is among the people who have been affected the most by the Joker's atrocities, and yet he never gets any heat for this. As for those who would prefer a Batman to be more like the Punisher, he does exist; he's called the Grim Knight.
Well, that marks the end of this post, hope you liked reading it.
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2020.07.27 02:44 Trueheart_RavenOmega The Red Goo War (The Story of Humanity)

[A/N] I'm using this as an opportunity to clean up on a few things. [A/N]
Y2025: Humanity embarks on new frontier, the first manned mission to Mars.
Y2030: Colonization of Mars begin, primary participants were US, China, Russia, Japan, UK, EU, and ASEAN (While the members of both the EU and ASEAN never made it to Mars individually, EU and ASEAN did so as their respective blocs)
Y2040: The Colonies became full fledged cities, thus humanity began the Mars terraforming initiative.
Y2050: Despite the protests from everyone on Mars and many back on earth, Hong Long City (Translate: Red Dragon City, one of China's) and China decided to nuke the polar ice caps to "Speed up the process". Not many people believed that, since New California (US) was hit with the nuclear fallout.
Y2050: The nuclear blast have awakened something, unbeknownst to humanity.
Y2055: Despite the nuclear blunder, the Terraforming was a success to a small extent. While still extremely cold and lacking plant life, Mars atmosphere became thicker and breathable. Held together by 2 Strong Mega Electromagnets at 2 points across the planet.
Y2055: Explorers sent to test terraforming result, however, they came across an unknown lake of red liquid. Said lake actually followed them to New California. The meeting incident resulted in the death of a scientist and the assigned guardsmen. Witness reports liken them to the gree goo, but red in color. As such, the records will refer to this liquid as "Red Goo", or RG.
Y2055: New California wasted no tracking the RG down (a task a little too easy), NC used explosive weaponry to retaliate against the RG.
Y2056: It really was too easy. There came many reports of RG attacks across multiple cities, all across Mars and the nations on there.
Y2056: Reports of RG indicate that the RG blew up by NC is a small fraction, the real fight will be against an entire ocean of RG. NC attempted to slow the RG down by Heavy Artillery fire
Y2057: Lubek (EU) made breakthrough with Electromagnetic Suspension Technology, able to isolate and study the liquid, which conformed the NC witness reports. The Red Goo was in fact found to be nano-machines intercommunicating with one another. The specimen is thus kept bound in suspension for all foreseeable future.
Y2057: The RG showed extreme levels of adaption speeds. Ever since NC used Artillery fire, the RG began making they're own variant. They gather RG up into a sphere, and lob them (at low speeds) into the cities, where the sphere will break apart inside the city, causing untold damage. It was thus agreed upon by all of Mars that nukes are not to be used against the RG. The only exception is of course, China, who was then forcibly disarmed of nuclear weapons and faced embargo preventing possible acquisition of new nuclear weapons.
Y2057: All of Mars went on High Alert after fall of Hong Long, due to sanctions China following near nuclear attack on the US preventing Hong Long from procuring sufficient AA defense. China pins the blame of Hong Long's fall on the US, with little success. What proceeds is China breaking war convention; China attempting to nuke the American Capital of Washington DC without prior declaration of war. The nuke failed thanks to early interception from the US space force. The Rest of the UN, by necessary, joined the the war In defense of the US. The War ended in 2065, with China no longer existing.
Y2058: With WW3 starting on Earth, and the cities of mars under attack by RG, the remaining cities signed the Mutual Defense Treaty. This event had eventually lead to the forming of the Common Martian Front (CMF).
Y2060: An odd discovery. When comparisons between the RG and the Grey Goo remain accurate, it is also possible to compare it to a society. Some of the RG seems to be "revolting" against the others. Due to further testing upon an isolated specimen, they seems benign to humans. As such the name Benign Goo (BG) will suffice. When Isolated BG comes into contact with Isolated RG of equal amounts, the result is that the RG is destroyed with BG containing only 60% of its original Volume. It was not worth noting until a method of creating BG was discovered. Due to Yuvengrad's (Rus) Mining efforts, the cities began using BG as weapons, often in the form of explosives which disperses BG.
Y2065: Ever since the discovery of BG, the RG have seemed to slow down their adaptation speed. However, they are still adapting. Though crude, malformed and non-functional, the RG has began mimicking the shapes of human soldiers, tanks, and planes. Since RG have shown the ability to adapt and mimic, scientists have speculated that BG could also mimic if given time and plenty of interactions. This was proven true. Within months the BG have taken a near perfect mimicry of a human. So much so, that had the scientists not witness the transformation itself, they would have thought that the BG were human.
Y2070: The adaptation capability of the RG continue to be both fascinating and terrifying. The once near constant tidal wave of RG has now been replaced with armies, with infantry, tanks and artillery, and planes, all with funtional weapons. The "War" on RG seem to have become one in a more literal sense. It seems that both the BG and the RG have a unique flaw, one that has been occurring throughout the war. Their speed of adaptation seems to be inversely proportional to its overall size. Yet their ability to adapt seems proportional to its overall size. For experimental purposes, the BG is to be separated into chunks of 75Kg.
Y2075: Yet again the RG adaptation have changed war. Originally, explosives were used against the RG as it was the most effective at dispersing the RG. However, now they seem to have developed armor against both explosives and BG coated weapons. No matter, the armor shatters in contact with traditional metal bullets. Each BG specimen was taught how to read and write various languages. Specimens 0-137 all show excellent speeds at comprehending them. Despite fears, the BG specimens have been given access to the internet, though the results of it no one could suspect. Specimens 40, 96, 135 all came across various games, and began replicating them, with full functionality. Said games in question were Kantai Collection, Azur Lane, and Mechwarrior respectively. These specimens have thus been pulled aside for more study.
Y2080: Satellite imaging proves more difficult as the war changes, with what the satellites have managed to get, It seems like they are building something. However, no one is able to get close enough, ground or space to make out what it is. The results are excellent. The size of 2 infantry divisions but the power of a full battalion, The Mecha division was formed. The humans jokingly nickname this as the "Waifu Division". This is due to the fact that the Mecha part of the name is a misnomer, since they are actually unable to appear as tradition mechs and more akin to that of Kancolle and Azur Lane, appearing in a more "waifu" like manner. It does not help that the fact that the RG can resist some BG attacks means that each BG soldier must be paired with a human soldier who are male. It also does not help that the pairs often DO become romantic partners years later, sticking together well after their official retirement. However, the Mecha Division never got used in this war, instead coming of use in the wars thereafter.
Y2085: The war just abruptly ended. Any and all traces of the RG have just vanished up in thin air. Humanity did not wipe them out, but nonetheless they are gone. They did leave behind some artifacts, and a message. "Dear Humanity, We are the Erai. We apologize for the last 30 years. Due to a misunderstanding, we both are wrapped up into a war neither of us wanted. We have just woken up from a 100,000 year slumber, to fight the Druq'neqs (Sounds a lot like Darkness). We must look for the Arc, the Bringer of Light, but it does not look like the Arc is here, so we must leave and search for it. We thank you for teaching us a great many things, and no doubt you have also learnt much from us. As our thanks, we give you theses, the keys you need to travel the stars." With This, all BG specimens were renamed as Erai after the message was found. Erai Specimen 257 has escaped. Location Unknown. When it was found years later, she became the mother of the first Half-Erai.
Give Humanity technology, and they will learn to weaponize it.... After learning how to replicate FTL, they turned their sights to other uses. Most Notably are their FTL Cannons, to be implemented into the military.
And thus began Humanities Story among the Stars...
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2019.05.02 19:51 Puffin_Fitness The Center of the National Interest is the Center of Trump-Russia: How Kislyak, Torshin, Butina, Burt, Kissinger, and the NRA infiltrated Trump's campaign

Richard Burt’s Russian Connections: Oleg Deripaska, Alfa-bank, Deutsche Bank
Richard Burt’s Russia connection began with his father, a Russian emigre that made a fortune mining in Siberia. Burt became a Henry Kissinger protege in his 20‘s (1), and by the late 70's joined the New York Times (2), where he published a number of leaked US security secrets. This led to a contentious nomination of Burt to US ambassador to Germany in 1985 when a number of US senators, including Orin Hatch, accused Burt of violating US espionage laws (1), though nothing came of those accusations, and his confirmation was ultimately railroaded through by Senator Majority leader Bob Dole (3). By 2004, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska would hire both Bob Dole and Richard Burt’s Diligence to lobby on his behalf after Deripaska was banned from entering the US due to his ties with Russia organized crime (4)(5).
Another owner of Diligence was Nathanial Rothschild, business partner to Oleg Deripaska (5). The two own a major stake in Russian aluminum company, RusAl (6).
Another client of Diligence was Alfa-bank. In 2005 Diligence LLC allegedly attempted to illegally acquire information from an Alfa-bank Rival, though the case was settled out of court (7). By 2006, Richard Burt himself joined the senior advisory board of Alfa-bank (8). Alfa-bank's server was found pinging Trump Org servers regularly during the 2016 campaign, a total of 2000 times between May and September (11).
At some point Burt also joined the board of Deutsche Bank (10). Since, Deutsche bank has been caught multiple times involved in Russian money laundering schemes (12)(13).
In 1998, when no other bank would loan to Donald Trump after a string of bankruptcies, Deutsche created a brand new real estate operation and gave Trump it’s first loan of $125 million for renovation of his 40 Wall Street property, then backed the construction of his Trump World Tower (14), which ultimately sold 1/3 of its properties to Russians or limited liabilities connected to Russia (15). Other notable residents included Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who once claimed at a wedding he was part of the Russian mob (16), and Trump pollster, Kellyanne Conway, who was connected to the Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff’s Russia scandal (more on that later) (17).
In 2005, Deutsche bank loaned Trump $640 million (14). The following year Richard Burt, representing Alfa-bank, and Ron Lauder, Trump’s childhood friend, awarded Deutsche Bank for “Excellence in Foreign Investment in Russia” (9).
  1. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n23-19850610/eirv12n23-19850610_057-the_kissinger_soviet_roots_of_ri.pdf
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/09/archives/neutron-bomb-controversy-strained-alliance-and-caused-splits-in-the.html
  3. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n29-19850726/eirv12n29-19850726_030-richard_burt_politically_wounded.pdf
  4. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ruslobby-dole-04172007.pdf
  5. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  7. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/haley-barbour-iran-nuclear-program-bgr_n_1375102.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  10. https://maglobal.com/team/richard-burt/
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign
  12. https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/31/investing/deutsche-bank-us-fine-russia-money-laundering/index.html
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/ap17/deutsche-bank-faces-action-over-20bn-russian-money-laundering-scheme
  14. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-deutsche-bank-mueller-2017-12
  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/behind-trump-s-russia-romance-there-s-a-tower-full-of-oligarchs
  16. https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-bragged-about-being-part-of-russian-mob-2018-4
  17. https://medium.com/@trumpwatchdog/trumps-labor-nominee-lobbied-for-sweatshops-and-russian-interests-65bfd9589c00
Richard Burt and Sergey Kislyak
In 1989, George HW Bush appointed Richard Burt as chief negotiator of the START I treaty between the US and Russia. On the other side, a little known Sergey Kislyak worked at the Soviet Union’s ministry of foreign affairs, focused on nuclear negotiations (1). On July 31, 1991, the START I treaty was signed by Russia and the United States. When START I was due to expire in late 2008, it was Kislyak hard at work re-negotiating it (2). Several current and former US intelligence agents now consider Kislyak a “top spy and recruiter of spies" for Russia (3).
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/21/world/summit-linked-to-arms-pact-russian-insists.html
  2. https://www.armscontrol.org/20081114_Kisylak
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-us-profile/
Sarah Palin and Sergey Kislyak
In May 2007, Russian politician Vladimir Yetylin visited Sarah Palin in Anchorage, Alaska and invited her to Russia’s Chukotka region where Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich governed (1). Abramovich is close business partners with Oleg Deripaska (15), was one of the founders of RusAl (16), and has his own mafia connections (17).
This was not something new. In 2000 Yetylin and Abramovich visited Alaska in an attempt to recruit famed Alaska politician Victor Fishcher to govern Chuktoka, but when that failed, Abramovich took the seat himself (2)(3).
Then in January, 2008, Sarah Palin invited Kislyak to attend Alaska’s 50th anniversary since joining the US, scheduled for the following January (4).
In March, Nathanial Rothschild hosted a fundraiser for McCain’s campaign during McCain’s trip to the UK, a move many accused of violating election laws (18). McCain had met with Oleg Deripaska on several occasions by then, first introduced by Paul Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis, at DeVos in 2006. In 2004 Paul Manafort had signed a contract with Deripaska to “greatly benefit the Putin Government” (21). Deripaska would later host John McCain’s 70's birthday party on a yacht off the coast of Montenegro (19).
In May, Dmitry Medvedev stepped down as head of Russian oil and gas giant, Gazprom, to head the Russian Federation as the new President. At some point Gazprom would hire Richard Burt as a lobbyist (20). In July, Medvedev appointed Kislyak Russia’s ambassador to the US (5).
That same month, July 2008 Rick Davis, chose Sarah Palin as McCain’s running make (6). Ever close to her side was Richard Burt and his wife, Gahl Hodges Burt, who was responsible for Palin’s well fitted suits (14). Richard Burt acted as McCain’s top advisor on foreign relations, a familiar role he had also fulfilled in McCain’s 2000 run.
Then, in September, Medvedev attended ELAT in Chukotka, becoming the first Russian president to visit the area, and met with Abramovich (7) and Yetlyin. During Yetlyin’s presentation at ELAT, Yetlyin “point[ed] out the best known dead caribou for many years, lying beside Alaska Governor Sarah Palin” (8). Just weeks later on Oct 13, Gazprom sent eight executives to Alaska to meet with state officials (9), including Aleksei Miller who was later sanctioned by the US for election meddling (10), and Aleksandr Golubyev, veteran FSB agent (11).
The following January, 2009, Kislyak accepted his invitation and visited Palin in Alaska (12). Five months later, Kislyak emailed Sarah Palin about meeting with what would turn out to be a Russian mob “godfather,” Alexander Torshin (13).
  1. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/are-russian-ties-a-palin-priority/
  2. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA349
  3. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA270
  4. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak#Diplomatic_career
  6. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  7. http://reindeerherding.org/blog/herders-blog/president-medvedev-visits-reindeer-herders-in-chukotka/
  8. http://reindeerherding.org/ru-blog/sarah-palin-vladimir-etylin-the-chukotka-connection/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-gazprom.4.16947310.html
  10. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-millegazprom-ceo-miller-says-proud-of-inclusion-on-u-s-sanctions-list-idUSKCN1HD2DH
  11. https://pgjonline.com/magazine/2008/november-2008-vol-235-no-11/projects/russian-gas-executives-make-visit-to-alaska
  12. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  13. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610206357/documents-reveal-how-russian-official-courted-conservatives-in-u-s-since-2009
  14. https://observer.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-and-cindy-mccains-secret-style-adviser-revealed/
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2003/jul/06/russia.football
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusal#Founding_of_Rusal_and_company_expansion_2000_%E2%80%93_2007
  17. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-abramovich-revealed-the-dangerous-world-89764
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/ap29/johnmccain.uselections2008
  19. https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about
  20. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  21. https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a
Kislyak, Alfa-bank, and the Center for the National Interest
Prior to being named Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak was deputy minster of foreign affairs, working under Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov had been meeting reguarly with Donald Trumps personal lawyer and “America’s mayor” Rudy Giuliani since 2004 (1) and his son-in-law, Alexander Vinokurov sits on the board of Alfa-bank alongside Richard Burt (3). In Oct 2008, with Richard Burt present as an Alfa-bank board member, Giuliani presented the keynote speech for Alfa-bank’s “Excellence in Foreign Investments in Russia” award (2).
As recently as October 2016 Richard Burt claims to maintain a close working relationship with Alfa-banks co-founder, Mikhail Fridman (4).
The Ministry of Foreign Relations was actively linked to the Alfa-bank’s Alfa Fellowship internship program and Lavrov and Kislyak met the 2008 interns just prior to Kislyak heading to the US as the newly-appointed ambassador to the US (2).
After arriving in the US, Kislyak was welcomed with a dinner party hosted by Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, a think tank group founded by Nixon (5). Also on the board are Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger, as well as Grover Norquist (6). In 1995, Norquist worked with Tom Delay on the infamous K Street Project (7). Years later it was found Delay was bribed by Russia’s Gazrprom for his vote on an IMF bailout of the Russian economy in 1997 (8), a scandal, orchestrated by Delay’s prior aid, Jack Ambroff, that shook the US political world. Jack Ambroff’s friend, Paul Erickson of the NRA, would later “date" the notorious Russia spy, Maria Butina and assist her in infiltrating US politics (9).
  1. https://www.newsweek.com/giuliani-mysterious-ties-russia-former-soviet-union-decades-1215349
  2. https://alfabank.com/app/uploads/2018/02/ab_social_report_2008.pdf
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html
  6. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_Project
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay#Contributions_from_Russian_oil_executives
  9. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/12/nra-leader-jack-abramoff-gop-operative-russian-spy-maria-butina-lobbying/
Rusnano
In 2007 Richard Burt had left Diligence and joined his mentor, Henry Kissinger, at Kissinger McLarty & Associates (1). The following year in September 2008, “Father of the oligarchs” Anatoly Chubais joined the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase alongside Kissinger (2).
For those unfamiliar, Chubais was responsible for bringing capitalism to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and worked closely with Harvard professors in the 90‘s through a group called the Harvard Institute of International Affairs, or HIID, that eventually erupted in scandal when a number of those professors were caught profitting from the very advice and direction they were giving to the Russian government (3)(4). Henry Kissinger was the founding director of HIID in 1958 (orginally CFIA), then focused on nuclear arms control theory (5).
HIID’s Andrei Shliefer worked closely with Len Blavatnik and business partner Viktor Vekselberg, helping them attain loans for investments in Russia (11). In return, Blavatnik would make investments to Shleifer in the very companies Shleifer worked to privatize (3). In 2014 Jared Kushner and Ivanak Trump partied in Moscow with both Blavatnik and Veksleberg, as well as head of Mikhail Fridman’s Letter One and Sergey Lavrov’s daugher and son-in-law (13). Both Blavatnik and Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater, later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (12).
Just prior to joining JP Morgan, Chubais had worked from 2004-2008 breaking up and privatizing the Russian government-owned electrical giant, RAO-UES (6), assisted by Carter Page (7). Shortly after that work, Page teamed up with a Gazprom executive, Sergei Yatsenko, to found Global Energy Capital in a building connected to Trump Tower via bridge (8).
Also in September of 2008, when Chubais join the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase, Chubais was appointed General Manager of RUSNANO (9). On the supervisory board of Rusnano was Alexander Torshin (10).
  1. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/jpmorgan-chubais-appointment/jpmorgan-names-russia-reformer-chubais-to-board-idUSLP18050820080926
  3. https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150npp3q49x7w/how-harvard-lost-russia
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/harvard-boys-do-russia/
  5. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674027770
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais
  7. http://www.globalenergycap.com/management/
  8. https://www.justsecurity.org/46786/timeline-carter-pages-contacts-russia/
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais#RUSNANO
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/the-billionaires-playlist
  12. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
Rusnano and Schwarzenegger
Sarah Palin ultimately failed her bid for the White House, so Sergey Kislyak turned to another US politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the time Governor of California.
For those unfamiliar, Schwarzenegger made his first trip to Russian in 1986 for the filming of “Red Heat”, where he met up with Russian weightlifter, Yury Vaslov. Vaslov, along with his friend, Vladimir Dubinin, formed the USSR’s Federation of Bodybuilding, or IFBB (1). While Vaslov ended up joining the Russian state Duma, Dubinin would continue to connect to Schwarzenegger through the Arnold Classic in Ohio, where Dubinin would gift Schwarzenegger busts of Russia leaders, including Stalin in 1995 and Putin in 2009 (2)(3).
In 1999, Russian action star Alexander Nevsky, called the “Russian Arnold Schwarzenegger,” gifted Schwarzenegger a memoir signed by Gorbachev, whom Nevsky knew personally (4)(5). Soon after Schwarzenegger teamed up with US politicos that once ushered Russia’s Yeltsin into power to push him to California governor (6).
In Oct 2009, amid the world financial crisis, Schwarzenegger was set to close California’s only standing Russian settlement, Fort Ross, until approached by Sergey Kislyak, who suggested Russian assistance to finance the park (7). A month later, Medvedev announced Moscow’s own answer to Silicon Valley Skokovo, and appointed Viktor Vekselberg to lead the project (8). Ultimately it was Vekselberg’s Renova Group that financed Fort Ross, the deal signed on Oct 21, 2010 following a keynote speech by Schwarzenegger and Kislyak at an event held at Vekselberg’s Skolkovo, Russia, an event sponsored by Rusnano (10). And, as it turns out, Skolkovo was a suspected spy facility.
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.
“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (9)
In attendance at the infamous meeting in Skolkovo was Carter Page’s father, Alan Page, as well as Arkady Dvorkovich (10). When Carter Page founded Global Energy Capital in 2008, he listed his father’s home as the address (11). In 2013, Page got caught up in a Russian spy ring (16), and yet, unfazed, in 2016 emailed Trump’s campaign boasting he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (17). Carter Page was introduced to the Trump campaign by Ed Cox (19), who’s wife’s sister, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, sits on the board for the Center for the National Interest (18). Rudy Giuliani once worked at Ed Cox’s law firm in the 70‘s (20), and, more recently, in 2005, Bracewell Giuliani lobbied for Ed Cox’s Houston-based Nobel Energy (21)(22). Then, in July 2016 amid Trump’s campaign, Carter Page flew to Russia and met with Dvorkovich (12).
Also in attendance was “Russia’s favorite Congressman" Dana Rohrabacher (10). Two years later the FBI would approach Rohrabacher warning Russian spies were trying to recruit him (25).
Also in attendance was Alexander Torshin as well as Preston Kline (10). Kline introduced Torshin to the NRA’s David Keene (13) soon after, in May 2011 (14). David Keene also sits on the board of the Center for the National Interest alongside Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger (15). After that, Torshin often appeared at the NRA’s annual convention and claimed he knew Donald Trump through the NRA (26). Torshin’s protege, Maria Butina, took a picture with Scott Walker at the 2015 NRA convention and met with Walker again when Walker announced his presidential bid. Shortly after Butina met with Scott Walker, Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries donated to Scott Walker’s political operation and $1.5 million to a pro-Walker Super PAC (29). Torshin also chatted with Don Jr at the 2016 NRA convention (28).
Also in attendance was Viktor Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater (10), who later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (30).
On that same trip to Skolkovo, Schwarzenegger met with Medvedev who offered him the mayorship of Moscow (23 @1:23). Though that never came to pass, in 2014 Schwarzenegger starred in the film, “Sabotage”, that was financed by Mikhail Lesin, founder of Russia’s propaganda outlet, RT (24).
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  2. https://persona.rin.ru/eng/view/f/0/36873/dubinin-vladimir
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6448502/Vladimir-Putin-to-be-cast-in-bronze-for-Arnold-Schwarzenegger.html
  4. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/18/from-moscow-to-hollywood-alexander-nevsky-pursued-his-schwarzenegger-fueled-dreams-of-a-life-in-action-movies/
  5. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/meet-the-russian-arnold-schwarzenegger-3385
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/sep/07/film.russia
  7. https://www.rferl.org/a/California_Looks_To_Russia_To_Help_Preserve_Historic_Settlement/1841800.html
  8. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/person.aspx?un=vvf
  9. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://thesternfacts.com/suspected-russian-spy-carter-pages-father-ran-a-regional-power-company-b93e9e6f4222
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/03/politics/carter-page-russian-officials-new-york-times/index.html
  13. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/20/russia-nashville-lawyer-marsha-blackburn/431448002/
  14. https://medium.com/@ScottMStedman/in-2011-handwritten-letter-nra-president-offered-help-to-alexander-torshin-for-his-endeavors-370f68101e3b
  15. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  16. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/04/russian-spy-met-trump-adviser-carter-page-and-thought-he-was-an-idiot/
  17. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  18. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson_Belknap_Webb_%26_Tyler
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20170616173941/http://investors.nblenergy.com/directors.cfm
  21. https://bracewell.com/people/g-alan-rafte
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyeWJuInPI
  23. https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-media-czar-brad-pitt-movie-2014-8
  24. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/dana-rohrabacher-russia-spies.html
  25. https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed
  26. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/08/scott-walker-had-second-brief-encounter-accused-russian-spy/1244899002/
  27. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  28. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/gov-scott-walker-political-operation-snagged-250000-check-mere-days-after-meeting-with-accused-russian-spy/
  29. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/5/17505728/trump-inauguration-mueller-russians-rick-gates
Richard Burt, Sergey Kislyak, and Alexander Torshin infiltrate US politics
In early 2011, Donald Trump discussed running for president with Steve Bannon, but they both agreed 2016 would be better (1). Then in May, Sarah Palin paid Trump a visit at Trump Tower (2). Sarah Palin became an early endorser of Donald Trump, appearing at a Trump rally to give her endorsement just weeks before the Iowa caucus (13). Here’s Palin spouting out pro-Putin talking points in 2014 (14).
In 2012, Kissinger, whom Putin considers a trusted foreign policy adviser, visited Vladimir Putin to discuss US and Russia elections (3).
In August 2014, Rand Paul named Richard Burt and the president of the Center for the National Interest’s Dimitri Simes as key foreign policy advisers (4). Two months later Rand Paul delivered a speech at the Center for the National Interest’s annual dinner (5). It didn’t take much time before Rand Paul started spouting Russian talking points (6), as well as his father, Ron Paul (7). In 2018 Rand Paul traveled to Moscow and hand delivered a personal note from Trump to Putin and invited Russian senators to meet with the US congress in the US “or elsewhere” (11). The Russian senators then asked for assistance in the Maria Butina case and suggested they may use the invite to protest her arrest (12).
The following February, 2015, Simes met with Putin in Moscow. In May, the Center for the National Interest arranged for Alexander Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, to visit with US government officials (8). On June 12th, the Center for the National Interest published Maria Butina’s op-ed discussing that only a Republican can improve relations with Russia (9). Around the same time, Simes emailed Butina about connecting one of his top donors with Russian officials (10).
  1. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/steve-bannon-donald-trump-relationship/index.html
  2. https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/palin-visits-trump-in-new-york/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin-in-russia.html
  4. https://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-pauls-russian-connection/
  5. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/rand-paul-the-case-conservative-realism-11544
  6. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/08/16/rand_paul_on_diplomatic_trip_to_russia_us_sanctions_are_designed_to_cause_problems_not_fix_them.html
  7. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/ron-paul-is-putins-new-best-friend/439533/
  8. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-butina-exclusive/exclusive-accused-russian-agent-butina-met-with-u-s-treasury-fed-officials-idUSKBN1KC0DC
  9. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-bear-the-elephant-13098
  10. https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-private-messages-reveal-accused-russian-spys-true-ties-to-dc-wise-man
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/u-s-senator-invites-russian-lawmakers-to-washington-for-talks
  12. http://tass.com/politics/1016200
  13. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/sarah-palin-donald-trump-2016/index.html
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHsuI_4Aomo
The Russians and the Trump Campaign: The Beginnings
The following month, July 2015, Butina attended the Freedom Fest where she was called on my Donald Trump shortly after he announced his candidacy for president. Asked about sanctions, Trump promised, “We’ll get along with Putin” (1). That same month, Rob Goldstone, publicist to a Russian pop star who’s father is an oligarch, emailed Trump’s personal assistant about possibly hooking Trump up with a personal meeting with Putin (10). Within that same same summer, Donald Trump met up with Michael Flynn for the first time (2). At the time, Flynn was seemingly romantically involved with an accused Russian spy, Svetlana Lokhova, who had access to Russia’s GRU files (3).
In August, Dana Rohrabacher met up with Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin in St. Petersburg (4).
On Dec 2, 2015 Flynn visited Sergey Kislyak at his home (5). Shortly after, on Dec 8th, a delegation of NRA officials, arranged by David Keene, met with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina at Moscow while Flynn, at the same time, delivered a paid speech at an RT Gala in Moscow and sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. Officials notice after the RT Gala an increased communications between Flynn and Kislyak and British intelligence agencies detecte suspicious interactions between Russan and Trump aides that they pass to US intellgence (6). Recently reported, Maria Butina also updated her progress to Kislyak as well (7).
Shortly after the NRA delegation returned to the states, Ed Cox (connected to the Center for the National Interest) introduced Carter Page to Trump’s campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski (8). Page then emails Trump’s campaign boasting that he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (9). After meeting with Lewandowki in January, Lewandowski steered him to Sam Clovis who ultimately hired Page to Trump’s National Security team (8).
  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1730496/Alleged-Russian-spy-Maria-Butina-asks-Trump-question-2015.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/15/trump-adviser-michael-t-flynn-on-his-dinner-with-putin-and-why-russia-today-is-just-like-cnn/?utm_term=.31693a2a7de0
  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  4. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/18/orange-county-congressman-rohrabacher-met-with-accused-spy-in-russia/
  5. https://investigaterussia.org/media/2018-04-28/flynn-met-kislyak-2015
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/05/a-so-far-complete-timeline-of-the-investigation-into-trump-and-russia/?utm_term=.df52a2972a66
  7. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  8. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  9. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  10. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
The Center for the National Interest and the Trump Campaign
Then on March 14, 2016 Jared Kushner attended a luncheon hosted by the Center for the National Interest where he met with Dimitri Simes and Henry Kissinger (1). That same day George Papadopoulos met with the infamous Professor Mifsud in Italy who would later reveal Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. Then, on March 31st during Trump’s first National Security meeting that also included Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos revealed he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (2). Though Trump never ended up meeting with Putin, less than three weeks later on April 19, Donald Trump’s childhood friend, Ron Lauder, did (3).
A little more than a week later, the Center for the National Interest hosted Trump first speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel. Richard Burt and George Papadopoulos worked on that speech, where Trump promised a “good deal with Russia” (4). It was at that event that Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions first met Sergey Kislyak (5). Sessions would again meet with Kislyak, this time with Carter Page and JD Gordon, on July 18 during the Republican National Convention. And yet again in September Session met Kislyak in his Senate office (6).
Burt also attended two dinners with Jeff Sessions while a lobbyist for Gazprom (7).
In May, 2016, a political operative connected to the NRA emailed Jeff Sessions and Rick Dearborn for advice arranging a meeting with Trump and Putin, with first contact to be made at the NRA’s 2016 convention. Dearborn forwarded a similar email stemming from Christian causes to Jared Kushner (11).
During the 2016 NRA national convention, Alexander Torshin ultimately met up with Don Jr and Maria Butina delivered a speech to the governor and lieutenant governor of Kentucky (8). Butina also later dined with Don Jr on a separate occasion (9) and went on a Styx date with JD Gordon from Trump’s National Security Team (10).
Then in December Jared Kushner joined Michael Flynn to see Kislyak at Trump Tower where they discussed “setting up a secret and secure communications channel” (6). Afterward, Flynn kept communicating with Kislyak (12), negotiating by Kushner’s direction (13), in violation of the Logan Act. Flynn would eventually enter a plea deal for lying about those negotiations to the FBI (12).
At Kislyak's request, the head of VEB, Sergei Gorkov, visited Kushner at Trump Tower in Dec 2016, where he gifted Kushner art and a "bag of dirt" from Kushner's ancestral land of Belarus (14). The two discussed Kushner Companies, though VEB was under US sanctions. Previously, Gorkov led Sberbank at the time Sberbank sponsored Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow (15). While there, Herman Gref, the CEO of Sberbank, hosted a dinner for Trump (16). Immediately afterwards Trump started tweeting about a Trump Tower Moscow (17). Then, in early 2014, a former Sberbank employee with access to GRU files, Svetlana Lokhova, met with Michael Flynn at Cambridge University, birthplace of Cambridge Analytica (18). Immediately after Carter Page flew to Moscow amid Trump's presidential campaign, Page traveled to Cambridge University and met up with Paul Manafort-protege, Vin WWeber (19)(20).
  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/kushner-foreign-policy-role-grew-after-kissinger-lunch-correct
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/30/george-papadopoulos-timeline-trump-campaign-adviser-russia-links
  3. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51751
  4. https://thesternfacts.com/meet-putins-top-influencers-behind-russia-s-election-attack-on-america-852516c5a423
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html
  6. http://time.com/5572821/donald-trump-russia-contacts/
  7. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  8. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/louisville-news-kavanaugh-rand-paul-butina-town-more/824816002/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html
  10. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/03/jd-gordon-maria-butina-styx-concert/903701002/
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  12. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
  13. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/01/politics/jared-kushner-michael-flynn-russia/index.html
  14. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/25/why-did-russia-send-sergei-gorkov-to-meet-with-jared-kushne
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Gorkov#Meeting_with_Jared_Kushner
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  17. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/399939505924628480?lang=en
  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cambridge-university-perch-gave-fbi-source-access-to-top-intelligence-figures--and-a-cover-as-he-reached-out-to-trump-associates/2018/06/05/c6764dc2-641e-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html
  20. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/politics/paul-manafort-news-ukraine.html
Russia and the Trump Administration
On February 2nd, Trump was scheduled to meet Alexander Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast, but the meeting was canceled when it was revealed Torshin had ties to organized crime . Dana Rohrabacher, however, still dined with Torshin and referred to him as “conservatives’ favorite Russian” (13).
On May 9, 2017, Trumped fired Comey over the “Russia thing" (1). That same day, Sergey Lavrov met with Rex Tillerson (2). According to her plea deal, Butina helped the Trump administration select Rex Tillerson as his first Secretary of State (3). While head of ExxonMobil, Tillerson won the Order of Friendship personally from Vladimir Putin for signed a deal with Rosneft’s Igor Sechin. Exxonmobil was ultimately fine $2 million for that deal for breaking US sanctions (4).
On May 10, the day after Trump fired Comey, Trump met with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office (2), where he admited he fired “nutcase" James Comey to ease pressure form investigation (8) and revealed classified information honed by Israel (9). After the meeting ended and the doors opened to the press, Lavrov and Kislyak were gone and instead, Henry Kissinger accompanied Trump (2).
At some point, Kushner delivered a Russian-sanctions relief plan approved by Putin to Tillerson himself. The plan was originally delivered from Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, to Kushner’s friend, Rick Gerson (5). At one point, Stephen Schwartzman of Blackstone Group sat on the advisory board to the Russian Direct Investment Fund at it's inception in 2011 (6). Since 2013, Blackstone Group loaned Kushner Companies more than $400 million over multiple projects (7). Also on the board of Blackstone is Jacob Rothschild (10), who’s son, Nathanial, is business partners with Oleg Deripaska and owns a major stake in Rusal (11).
On January, 2019, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on Rusal as well as two other firms connected to Oleg Deripaska (12).
  1. https://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-s-statements-linking-russia-1494682462-htmlstory.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/?utm_term=.ac66d1476505
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  4. https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/treasury-department-fines-exxon-mobil-2-million-russia-violations-rex-tillersons-watch
  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/kushner-friend-worked-with-putin-deputy-on-reconciliation-plan
  6. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html
  9. https://www.businessinsider.com/bombshell-report-trump-oval-office-meeting-russians-comey-2017-11
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
  11. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/politics/trump-admin-lifts-sanctions-oleg-deripaska/index.html
  13. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-gangster-washington-dc-meeting-cancelled-claims-a7664701.html
  14. https://www.thedailybeast.com/butina-boss-alexander-torshin-the-kremlins-no-longer-secret-weapon
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2019.05.02 16:37 Puffin_Fitness The Center of the National Interest is the Center of Trump Russia: How Kislyak, Torshin, Butina, Burt, Kissinger, and the NRA infiltrated Trump's campaign

Richard Burt’s Russian Connections: Oleg Deripaska, Alfa-bank, Deutsche Bank
Richard Burt’s Russia connection began with his father, a Russian emigre that made a fortune mining in Siberia. Burt became a Henry Kissinger protege in his 20‘s (1), and by the late 70's joined the New York Times (2), where he published a number of leaked US security secrets. This led to a contentious nomination of Burt to US ambassador to Germany in 1985 when a number of US senators, including Orin Hatch, accused Burt of violating US espionage laws (1), though nothing came of those accusations, and his confirmation was ultimately railroaded through by Senator Majority leader Bob Dole (3). By 2004, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska would hire both Bob Dole and Richard Burt’s Diligence to lobby on his behalf after Deripaska was banned from entering the US due to his ties with Russia organized crime (4)(5).
Another owner of Diligence was Nathanial Rothschild, business partner to Oleg Deripaska (5). The two own a major stake in Russian aluminum company, RusAl (6).
Another client of Diligence was Alfa-bank. In 2005 Diligence LLC allegedly attempted to illegally acquire information from an Alfa-bank Rival, though the case was settled out of court (7). By 2006, Richard Burt himself joined the senior advisory board of Alfa-bank (8). Alfa-bank's server was found pinging Trump Org servers regularly during the 2016 campaign, a total of 2000 times between May and September (11).
At some point Burt also joined the board of Deutsche Bank (10). Since, Deutsche bank has been caught multiple times involved in Russian money laundering schemes (12)(13).
In 1998, when no other bank would loan to Donald Trump after a string of bankruptcies, Deutsche created a brand new real estate operation and gave Trump it’s first loan of $125 million for renovation of his 40 Wall Street property, then backed the construction of his Trump World Tower (14), which ultimately sold 1/3 of its properties to Russians or limited liabilities connected to Russia (15). Other notable residents included Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, who once claimed at a wedding he was part of the Russian mob (16), and Trump pollster, Kellyanne Conway, who was connected to the Tom Delay/Jack Abramoff’s Russia scandal (more on that later) (17).
In 2005, Deutsche bank loaned Trump $640 million (14). The following year Richard Burt, representing Alfa-bank, and Ron Lauder, Trump’s childhood friend, awarded Deutsche Bank for “Excellence in Foreign Investment in Russia” (9).
  1. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n23-19850610/eirv12n23-19850610_057-the_kissinger_soviet_roots_of_ri.pdf
  2. https://www.nytimes.com/1978/04/09/archives/neutron-bomb-controversy-strained-alliance-and-caused-splits-in-the.html
  3. https://larouchepub.com/eiw/public/1985/eirv12n29-19850726/eirv12n29-19850726_030-richard_burt_politically_wounded.pdf
  4. http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ruslobby-dole-04172007.pdf
  5. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  6. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  7. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/29/haley-barbour-iran-nuclear-program-bgr_n_1375102.html
  8. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  9. https://web.archive.org/web/20061012094801/https://alfabank.com/media/news/2006/06/20/
  10. https://maglobal.com/team/richard-burt/
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018/10/15/was-there-a-connection-between-a-russian-bank-and-the-trump-campaign
  12. https://money.cnn.com/2017/01/31/investing/deutsche-bank-us-fine-russia-money-laundering/index.html
  13. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/ap17/deutsche-bank-faces-action-over-20bn-russian-money-laundering-scheme
  14. https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-deutsche-bank-mueller-2017-12
  15. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-16/behind-trump-s-russia-romance-there-s-a-tower-full-of-oligarchs
  16. https://www.businessinsider.com/michael-cohen-bragged-about-being-part-of-russian-mob-2018-4
  17. https://medium.com/@trumpwatchdog/trumps-labor-nominee-lobbied-for-sweatshops-and-russian-interests-65bfd9589c00
Richard Burt and Sergey Kislyak
In 1989, George HW Bush appointed Richard Burt as chief negotiator of the START I treaty between the US and Russia. On the other side, a little known Sergey Kislyak worked at the Soviet Union’s ministry of foreign affairs, focused on nuclear negotiations (1). On July 31, 1991, the START I treaty was signed by Russia and the United States. When START I was due to expire in late 2008, it was Kislyak hard at work re-negotiating it (2). Several current and former US intelligence agents now consider Kislyak a “top spy and recruiter of spies" for Russia (3).
  1. https://www.nytimes.com/1986/08/21/world/summit-linked-to-arms-pact-russian-insists.html
  2. https://www.armscontrol.org/20081114_Kisylak
  3. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/02/world/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador-us-profile/
Sarah Palin and Sergey Kislyak
In May 2007, Russian politician Vladimir Yetylin visited Sarah Palin in Anchorage, Alaska and invited her to Russia’s Chukotka region where Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich governed (1). Abramovich is close business partners with Oleg Deripaska (15), was one of the founders of RusAl (16), and has his own mafia connections (17).
This was not something new. In 2000 Yetylin and Abramovich visited Alaska in an attempt to recruit famed Alaska politician Victor Fishcher to govern Chuktoka, but when that failed, Abramovich took the seat himself (2)(3).
Then in January, 2008, Sarah Palin invited Kislyak to attend Alaska’s 50th anniversary since joining the US, scheduled for the following January (4).
In March, Nathanial Rothschild hosted a fundraiser for McCain’s campaign during McCain’s trip to the UK, a move many accused of violating election laws (18). McCain had met with Oleg Deripaska on several occasions by then, first introduced by Paul Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis, at DeVos in 2006. In 2004 Paul Manafort had signed a contract with Deripaska to “greatly benefit the Putin Government” (21). Deripaska would later host John McCain’s 70's birthday party on a yacht off the coast of Montenegro (19).
In May, Dmitry Medvedev stepped down as head of Russian oil and gas giant, Gazprom, to head the Russian Federation as the new President. At some point Gazprom would hire Richard Burt as a lobbyist (20). In July, Medvedev appointed Kislyak Russia’s ambassador to the US (5).
That same month, July 2008 Rick Davis, chose Sarah Palin as McCain’s running make (6). Ever close to her side was Richard Burt and his wife, Gahl Hodges Burt, who was responsible for Palin’s well fitted suits (14). Richard Burt acted as McCain’s top advisor on foreign relations, a familiar role he had also fulfilled in McCain’s 2000 run.
Then, in September, Medvedev attended ELAT in Chukotka, becoming the first Russian president to visit the area, and met with Abramovich (7) and Yetlyin. During Yetlyin’s presentation at ELAT, Yetlyin “point[ed] out the best known dead caribou for many years, lying beside Alaska Governor Sarah Palin” (8). Just weeks later on Oct 13, Gazprom sent eight executives to Alaska to meet with state officials (9), including Aleksei Miller who was later sanctioned by the US for election meddling (10), and Aleksandr Golubyev, veteran FSB agent (11).
The following January, 2009, Kislyak accepted his invitation and visited Palin in Alaska (12). Five months later, Kislyak emailed Sarah Palin about meeting with what would turn out to be a Russian mob “godfather,” Alexander Torshin (13).
  1. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/are-russian-ties-a-palin-priority/
  2. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA349
  3. https://books.google.com/books?id=TrgcEOqv9PkC&pg=PA270
  4. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  5. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergey_Kislyak#Diplomatic_career
  6. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  7. http://reindeerherding.org/blog/herders-blog/president-medvedev-visits-reindeer-herders-in-chukotka/
  8. http://reindeerherding.org/ru-blog/sarah-palin-vladimir-etylin-the-chukotka-connection/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/14/business/worldbusiness/14iht-gazprom.4.16947310.html
  10. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-sanctions-millegazprom-ceo-miller-says-proud-of-inclusion-on-u-s-sanctions-list-idUSKCN1HD2DH
  11. https://pgjonline.com/magazine/2008/november-2008-vol-235-no-11/projects/russian-gas-executives-make-visit-to-alaska
  12. http://us4palin.com/gov-palin-meeting-with-diplomats-from-9-countries-1-29-2009-update/
  13. https://www.npr.org/2018/05/11/610206357/documents-reveal-how-russian-official-courted-conservatives-in-u-s-since-2009
  14. https://observer.com/2008/10/sarah-palin-and-cindy-mccains-secret-style-adviser-revealed/
  15. https://www.theguardian.com/business/2003/jul/06/russia.football
  16. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rusal#Founding_of_Rusal_and_company_expansion_2000_%E2%80%93_2007
  17. https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/roman-abramovich-revealed-the-dangerous-world-89764
  18. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2008/ap29/johnmccain.uselections2008
  19. https://www.circa.com/story/2017/06/21/heres-the-russia-influence-controversy-that-john-mccain-doesnt-want-you-to-know-about
  20. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  21. https://www.apnews.com/122ae0b5848345faa88108a03de40c5a
Kislyak, Alfa-bank, and the Center for the National Interest
Prior to being named Russia’s ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak was deputy minster of foreign affairs, working under Sergey Lavrov. Lavrov had been meeting reguarly with Donald Trumps personal lawyer and “America’s mayor” Rudy Giuliani since 2004 (1) and his son-in-law, Alexander Vinokurov sits on the board of Alfa-bank alongside Richard Burt (3). In Oct 2008, with Richard Burt present as an Alfa-bank board member, Giuliani presented the keynote speech for Alfa-bank’s “Excellence in Foreign Investments in Russia” award (2).
As recently as October 2016 Richard Burt claims to maintain a close working relationship with Alfa-banks co-founder, Mikhail Fridman (4).
The Ministry of Foreign Relations was actively linked to the Alfa-bank’s Alfa Fellowship internship program and Lavrov and Kislyak met the 2008 interns just prior to Kislyak heading to the US as the newly-appointed ambassador to the US (2).
After arriving in the US, Kislyak was welcomed with a dinner party hosted by Dmitri Simes of the Center for the National Interest, a think tank group founded by Nixon (5). Also on the board are Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger, as well as Grover Norquist (6). In 1995, Norquist worked with Tom Delay on the infamous K Street Project (7). Years later it was found Delay was bribed by Russia’s Gazrprom for his vote on an IMF bailout of the Russian economy in 1997 (8), a scandal, orchestrated by Delay’s prior aid, Jack Ambroff, that shook the US political world. Jack Ambroff’s friend, Paul Erickson of the NRA, would later “date" the notorious Russia spy, Maria Butina and assist her in infiltrating US politics (9).
  1. https://www.newsweek.com/giuliani-mysterious-ties-russia-former-soviet-union-decades-1215349
  2. https://alfabank.com/app/uploads/2018/02/ab_social_report_2008.pdf
  3. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
  4. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  5. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/02/world/europe/sergey-kislyak-russian-ambassador.html
  6. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K_Street_Project
  8. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_DeLay#Contributions_from_Russian_oil_executives
  9. https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2018/12/nra-leader-jack-abramoff-gop-operative-russian-spy-maria-butina-lobbying/
Rusnano
In 2007 Richard Burt had left Diligence and joined his mentor, Henry Kissinger, at Kissinger McLarty & Associates (1). The following year in September 2008, “Father of the oligarchs” Anatoly Chubais joined the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase alongside Kissinger (2).
For those unfamiliar, Chubais was responsible for bringing capitalism to Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union and worked closely with Harvard professors in the 90‘s through a group called the Harvard Institute of International Affairs, or HIID, that eventually erupted in scandal when a number of those professors were caught profitting from the very advice and direction they were giving to the Russian government (3)(4). Henry Kissinger was the founding director of HIID in 1958 (orginally CFIA), then focused on nuclear arms control theory (5).
HIID’s Andrei Shliefer worked closely with Len Blavatnik and business partner Viktor Vekselberg, helping them attain loans for investments in Russia (11). In return, Blavatnik would make investments to Shleifer in the very companies Shleifer worked to privatize (3). In 2014 Jared Kushner and Ivanak Trump partied in Moscow with both Blavatnik and Veksleberg, as well as head of Mikhail Fridman’s Letter One and Sergey Lavrov’s daugher and son-in-law (13). Both Blavatnik and Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater, later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (12).
Just prior to joining JP Morgan, Chubais had worked from 2004-2008 breaking up and privatizing the Russian government-owned electrical giant, RAO-UES (6), assisted by Carter Page (7). Shortly after that work, Page teamed up with a Gazprom executive, Sergei Yatsenko, to found Global Energy Capital in a building connected to Trump Tower via bridge (8).
Also in September of 2008, when Chubais join the international advisory board of JP Morgan Chase, Chubais was appointed General Manager of RUSNANO (9). On the supervisory board of Rusnano was Alexander Torshin (10).
  1. https://www.thenation.com/article/mccains-kremlin-ties/
  2. https://www.reuters.com/article/jpmorgan-chubais-appointment/jpmorgan-names-russia-reformer-chubais-to-board-idUSLP18050820080926
  3. https://www.institutionalinvestor.com/article/b150npp3q49x7w/how-harvard-lost-russia
  4. https://www.thenation.com/article/harvard-boys-do-russia/
  5. http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog.php?isbn=9780674027770
  6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais
  7. http://www.globalenergycap.com/management/
  8. https://www.justsecurity.org/46786/timeline-carter-pages-contacts-russia/
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anatoly_Chubais#RUSNANO
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/01/20/the-billionaires-playlist
  12. https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/investigators-follow-flow-money-trump-wealthy-donors-russian/story
  13. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-18/billionaire-ally-of-putin-socialized-with-kushner-ivanka-trump
Rusnano and Schwarzenegger
Sarah Palin ultimately failed her bid for the White House, so Sergey Kislyak turned to another US politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger, at the time Governor of California.
For those unfamiliar, Schwarzenegger made his first trip to Russian in 1986 for the filming of “Red Heat”, where he met up with Russian weightlifter, Yury Vaslov. Vaslov, along with his friend, Vladimir Dubinin, formed the USSR’s Federation of Bodybuilding, or IFBB (1). While Vaslov ended up joining the Russian state Duma, Dubinin would continue to connect to Schwarzenegger through the Arnold Classic in Ohio, where Dubinin would gift Schwarzenegger busts of Russia leaders, including Stalin in 1995 and Putin in 2009 (2)(3).
In 1999, Russian action star Alexander Nevsky, called the “Russian Arnold Schwarzenegger,” gifted Schwarzenegger a memoir signed by Gorbachev, whom Nevsky knew personally (4)(5). Soon after Schwarzenegger teamed up with US politicos that once ushered Russia’s Yeltsin into power to push him to California governor (6).
In Oct 2009, amid the world financial crisis, Schwarzenegger was set to close California’s only standing Russian settlement, Fort Ross, until approached by Sergey Kislyak, who suggested Russian assistance to finance the park (7). A month later, Medvedev announced Moscow’s own answer to Silicon Valley Skokovo, and appointed Viktor Vekselberg to lead the project (8). Ultimately it was Vekselberg’s Renova Group that financed Fort Ross, the deal signed on Oct 21, 2010 following a keynote speech by Schwarzenegger and Kislyak at an event held at Vekselberg’s Skolkovo, Russia, an event sponsored by Rusnano (10). And, as it turns out, Skolkovo was a suspected spy facility.
As Obama’s effort to reboot diplomatic relations [with Russia] sputtered, federal officials began raising alarms about the Skolkovo Foundation’s ties to Putin.
“The foundation may be a means for the Russian government to access our nation’s sensitive or classified research, development facilities and dual-use technologies” (9)
In attendance at the infamous meeting in Skolkovo was Carter Page’s father, Alan Page, as well as Arkady Dvorkovich (10). When Carter Page founded Global Energy Capital in 2008, he listed his father’s home as the address (11). In 2013, Page got caught up in a Russian spy ring (16), and yet, unfazed, in 2016 emailed Trump’s campaign boasting he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (17). Carter Page was introduced to the Trump campaign by Ed Cox (19), who’s wife’s sister, Julie Nixon Eisenhower, sits on the board for the Center for the National Interest (18). Rudy Giuliani once worked at Ed Cox’s law firm in the 70‘s (20), and, more recently, in 2005, Bracewell Giuliani lobbied for Ed Cox’s Houston-based Nobel Energy (21)(22). Then, in July 2016 amid Trump’s campaign, Carter Page flew to Russia and met with Dvorkovich (12).
Also in attendance was “Russia’s favorite Congressman" Dana Rohrabacher (10). Two years later the FBI would approach Rohrabacher warning Russian spies were trying to recruit him (25).
Also in attendance was Alexander Torshin as well as Preston Kline (10). Kline introduced Torshin to the NRA’s David Keene (13) soon after, in May 2011 (14). David Keene also sits on the board of the Center for the National Interest alongside Richard Burt and Henry Kissinger (15). After that, Torshin often appeared at the NRA’s annual convention and claimed he knew Donald Trump through the NRA (26). Torshin’s protege, Maria Butina, took a picture with Scott Walker at the 2015 NRA convention and met with Walker again when Walker announced his presidential bid. Shortly after Butina met with Scott Walker, Russian oligarch Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries donated to Scott Walker’s political operation and $1.5 million to a pro-Walker Super PAC (29). Torshin also chatted with Don Jr at the 2016 NRA convention (28).
Also in attendance was Viktor Vekselberg’s cousin, Andrew Intrater (10), who later donated to Donald Trump’s inaugural fund (30).
On that same trip to Skolkovo, Schwarzenegger met with Medvedev who offered him the mayorship of Moscow (23 @1:23). Though that never came to pass, in 2014 Schwarzenegger starred in the film, “Sabotage”, that was financed by Mikhail Lesin, founder of Russia’s propaganda outlet, RT (24).
  1. https://www.net-film.us/film-73188/
  2. https://persona.rin.ru/eng/view/f/0/36873/dubinin-vladimir
  3. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/6448502/Vladimir-Putin-to-be-cast-in-bronze-for-Arnold-Schwarzenegger.html
  4. https://www.dailynews.com/2018/01/18/from-moscow-to-hollywood-alexander-nevsky-pursued-his-schwarzenegger-fueled-dreams-of-a-life-in-action-movies/
  5. https://themoscowtimes.com/articles/meet-the-russian-arnold-schwarzenegger-3385
  6. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2003/sep/07/film.russia
  7. https://www.rferl.org/a/California_Looks_To_Russia_To_Help_Preserve_Historic_Settlement/1841800.html
  8. http://sk.ru/foundation/team/p/person.aspx?un=vvf
  9. https://apnews.com/5e533f93afae4a4fa5c2f7fe80ad72ac/Sanctioned-Russian-oligarch-linked-to-Cohen-has-vast-US-ties
  10. https://issuu.com/usrbc/docs/usrbc_annualmeeting2010
  11. https://thesternfacts.com/suspected-russian-spy-carter-pages-father-ran-a-regional-power-company-b93e9e6f4222
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2017/11/03/politics/carter-page-russian-officials-new-york-times/index.html
  13. https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2018/03/20/russia-nashville-lawyer-marsha-blackburn/431448002/
  14. https://medium.com/@ScottMStedman/in-2011-handwritten-letter-nra-president-offered-help-to-alexander-torshin-for-his-endeavors-370f68101e3b
  15. https://cftni.org/about/board-of-directors/
  16. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/04/04/russian-spy-met-trump-adviser-carter-page-and-thought-he-was-an-idiot/
  17. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  18. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  19. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patterson_Belknap_Webb_%26_Tyler
  20. https://web.archive.org/web/20170616173941/http://investors.nblenergy.com/directors.cfm
  21. https://bracewell.com/people/g-alan-rafte
  22. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmyeWJuInPI
  23. https://www.businessinsider.com/putin-media-czar-brad-pitt-movie-2014-8
  24. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/dana-rohrabacher-russia-spies.html
  25. https://www.npr.org/2018/03/01/590076949/depth-of-russian-politicians-cultivation-of-nra-ties-revealed
  26. https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/politics/elections/2018/09/08/scott-walker-had-second-brief-encounter-accused-russian-spy/1244899002/
  27. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  28. https://urbanmilwaukee.com/pressrelease/gov-scott-walker-political-operation-snagged-250000-check-mere-days-after-meeting-with-accused-russian-spy/
  29. https://www.vox.com/2018/7/5/17505728/trump-inauguration-mueller-russians-rick-gates
Richard Burt, Sergey Kislyak, and Alexander Torshin infiltrate US politics
In early 2011, Donald Trump discussed running for president with Steve Bannon, but they both agreed 2016 would be better (1). Then in May, Sarah Palin paid Trump a visit at Trump Tower (2). Sarah Palin became an early endorser of Donald Trump, appearing at a Trump rally to give her endorsement just weeks before the Iowa caucus (13). Here’s Palin spouting out pro-Putin talking points in 2014 (14).
In 2012, Kissinger, whom Putin considers a trusted foreign policy adviser, visited Vladimir Putin to discuss US and Russia elections (3).
In August 2014, Rand Paul named Richard Burt and the president of the Center for the National Interest’s Dimitri Simes as key foreign policy advisers (4). Two months later Rand Paul delivered a speech at the Center for the National Interest’s annual dinner (5). It didn’t take much time before Rand Paul started spouting Russian talking points (6), as well as his father, Ron Paul (7). In 2018 Rand Paul traveled to Moscow and hand delivered a personal note from Trump to Putin and invited Russian senators to meet with the US congress in the US “or elsewhere” (11). The Russian senators then asked for assistance in the Maria Butina case and suggested they may use the invite to protest her arrest (12).
The following February, 2015, Simes met with Putin in Moscow. In May, the Center for the National Interest arranged for Alexander Torshin and his protege, Maria Butina, to visit with US government officials (8). On June 12th, the Center for the National Interest published Maria Butina’s op-ed discussing that only a Republican can improve relations with Russia (9). Around the same time, Simes emailed Butina about connecting one of his top donors with Russian officials (10).
  1. https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/12/politics/steve-bannon-donald-trump-relationship/index.html
  2. https://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/05/31/palin-visits-trump-in-new-york/
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/world/europe/henry-kissinger-to-meet-with-vladimir-putin-in-russia.html
  4. https://freebeacon.com/politics/rand-pauls-russian-connection/
  5. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/rand-paul-the-case-conservative-realism-11544
  6. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2018/08/16/rand_paul_on_diplomatic_trip_to_russia_us_sanctions_are_designed_to_cause_problems_not_fix_them.html
  7. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/ron-paul-is-putins-new-best-friend/439533/
  8. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-butina-exclusive/exclusive-accused-russian-agent-butina-met-with-u-s-treasury-fed-officials-idUSKBN1KC0DC
  9. https://nationalinterest.org/feature/the-bear-the-elephant-13098
  10. https://www.thedailybeast.com/maria-butina-private-messages-reveal-accused-russian-spys-true-ties-to-dc-wise-man
  11. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-06/u-s-senator-invites-russian-lawmakers-to-washington-for-talks
  12. http://tass.com/politics/1016200
  13. https://edition.cnn.com/2016/01/19/politics/sarah-palin-donald-trump-2016/index.html
  14. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHsuI_4Aomo
The Russians and the Trump Campaign: The Beginnings
The following month, July 2015, Butina attended the Freedom Fest where she was called on my Donald Trump shortly after he announced his candidacy for president. Asked about sanctions, Trump promised, “We’ll get along with Putin” (1). That same month, Rob Goldstone, publicist to a Russian pop star who’s father is an oligarch, emailed Trump’s personal assistant about possibly hooking Trump up with a personal meeting with Putin (10). Within that same same summer, Donald Trump met up with Michael Flynn for the first time (2). At the time, Flynn was seemingly romantically involved with an accused Russian spy, Svetlana Lokhova, who had access to Russia’s GRU files (3).
In August, Dana Rohrabacher met up with Maria Butina and Alexander Torshin in St. Petersburg (4).
On Dec 2, 2015 Flynn visited Sergey Kislyak at his home (5). Shortly after, on Dec 8th, a delegation of NRA officials, arranged by David Keene, met with Alexander Torshin and Maria Butina at Moscow while Flynn, at the same time, delivered a paid speech at an RT Gala in Moscow and sat at the same table as Vladimir Putin. Officials notice after the RT Gala an increased communications between Flynn and Kislyak and British intelligence agencies detecte suspicious interactions between Russan and Trump aides that they pass to US intellgence (6). Recently reported, Maria Butina also updated her progress to Kislyak as well (7).
Shortly after the NRA delegation returned to the states, Ed Cox (connected to the Center for the National Interest) introduced Carter Page to Trump’s campaign manager at the time, Corey Lewandowski (8). Page then emails Trump’s campaign boasting that he could arrange a meeting in Moscow between Trump and Putin (9). After meeting with Lewandowki in January, Lewandowski steered him to Sam Clovis who ultimately hired Page to Trump’s National Security team (8).
  1. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/video/news/video-1730496/Alleged-Russian-spy-Maria-Butina-asks-Trump-question-2015.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/checkpoint/wp/2016/08/15/trump-adviser-michael-t-flynn-on-his-dinner-with-putin-and-why-russia-today-is-just-like-cnn/?utm_term=.31693a2a7de0
  3. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  4. https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/07/18/orange-county-congressman-rohrabacher-met-with-accused-spy-in-russia/
  5. https://investigaterussia.org/media/2018-04-28/flynn-met-kislyak-2015
  6. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/politics/wp/2018/02/05/a-so-far-complete-timeline-of-the-investigation-into-trump-and-russia/?utm_term=.df52a2972a66
  7. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  8. https://www.timesunion.com/7day-state/article/N-Y-GOP-s-Cox-introduced-Carter-Page-to-Trump-12553410.php
  9. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/04/23/mueller-report-findings-1287072
  10. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
The Center for the National Interest and the Trump Campaign
Then on March 14, 2016 Jared Kushner attended a luncheon hosted by the Center for the National Interest where he met with Dimitri Simes and Henry Kissinger (1). That same day George Papadopoulos met with the infamous Professor Mifsud in Italy who would later reveal Russia had “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. Then, on March 31st during Trump’s first National Security meeting that also included Jeff Sessions, Papadopoulos revealed he could arrange a meeting between Trump and Putin (2). Though Trump never ended up meeting with Putin, less than three weeks later on April 19, Donald Trump’s childhood friend, Ron Lauder, did (3).
A little more than a week later, the Center for the National Interest hosted Trump first speech on foreign policy at the Mayflower Hotel. Richard Burt and George Papadopoulos worked on that speech, where Trump promised a “good deal with Russia” (4). It was at that event that Jared Kushner and Jeff Sessions first met Sergey Kislyak (5). Sessions would again meet with Kislyak, this time with Carter Page and JD Gordon, on July 18 during the Republican National Convention. And yet again in September Session met Kislyak in his Senate office (6).
Burt also attended two dinners with Jeff Sessions while a lobbyist for Gazprom (7).
In May, 2016, a political operative connected to the NRA emailed Jeff Sessions and Rick Dearborn for advice arranging a meeting with Trump and Putin, with first contact to be made at the NRA’s 2016 convention. Dearborn forwarded a similar email stemming from Christian causes to Jared Kushner (11).
During the 2016 NRA national convention, Alexander Torshin ultimately met up with Don Jr and Maria Butina delivered a speech to the governor and lieutenant governor of Kentucky (8). Butina also later dined with Don Jr on a separate occasion (9) and went on a Styx date with JD Gordon from Trump’s National Security Team (10).
Then in December Jared Kushner joined Michael Flynn to see Kislyak at Trump Tower where they discussed “setting up a secret and secure communications channel” (6). Afterward, Flynn kept communicating with Kislyak (12), negotiating by Kushner’s direction (13), in violation of the Logan Act. Flynn would eventually enter a plea deal for lying about those negotiations to the FBI (12).
At Kislyak's request, the head of VEB, Sergei Gorkov, visited Kushner at Trump Tower in Dec 2016, where he gifted Kushner art and a "bag of dirt" from Kushner's ancestral land of Belarus (14). The two discussed Kushner Companies, though VEB was under US sanctions. Previously, Gorkov led Sberbank at the time Sberbank sponsored Miss Universe 2013 in Moscow (15). While there, Herman Gref, the CEO of Sberbank, hosted a dinner for Trump (16). Immediately afterwards Trump started tweeting about a Trump Tower Moscow (17). Then, in early 2014, a former Sberbank employee with access to GRU files, Svetlana Lokhova, met with Michael Flynn at Cambridge University, birthplace of Cambridge Analytica (18). Immediately after Carter Page flew to Moscow amid Trump's presidential campaign, Page traveled to Cambridge University and met up with Paul Manafort-protege, Vin WWeber (19)(20).
  1. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-08-13/kushner-foreign-policy-role-grew-after-kissinger-lunch-correct
  2. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/oct/30/george-papadopoulos-timeline-trump-campaign-adviser-russia-links
  3. http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/51751
  4. https://thesternfacts.com/meet-putins-top-influencers-behind-russia-s-election-attack-on-america-852516c5a423
  5. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/sessions-discussed-trump-campaign-related-matters-with-russian-ambassador-us-intelligence-intercepts-show/2017/07/21/3e704692-6e44-11e7-9c15-177740635e83_story.html
  6. http://time.com/5572821/donald-trump-russia-contacts/
  7. https://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/donald-trump-campaign-lobbyist-russian-pipeline-229264
  8. https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2018/07/24/louisville-news-kavanaugh-rand-paul-butina-town-more/824816002/
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/04/us/politics/maria-butina-nra-russia-influence.html
  10. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/onpolitics/2018/08/03/jd-gordon-maria-butina-styx-concert/903701002/
  11. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/03/us/politics/trump-putin-russia-nra-campaign.html
  12. https://themoscowproject.org/explainers/trumps-russia-cover-up-by-the-numbers-70-contacts-with-russia-linked-operatives/
  13. https://www.cnn.com/2017/12/01/politics/jared-kushner-michael-flynn-russia/index.html
  14. https://foreignpolicy.com/2017/07/25/why-did-russia-send-sergei-gorkov-to-meet-with-jared-kushne
  15. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Gorkov#Meeting_with_Jared_Kushner
  16. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/18/trump-in-moscow-what-happened-at-miss-universe-in-2013
  17. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/399939505924628480?lang=en
  18. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5776741/Cambridge-graduate-accused-serial-seducer-spymasters-fights-clear-name.html
  19. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/cambridge-university-perch-gave-fbi-source-access-to-top-intelligence-figures--and-a-cover-as-he-reached-out-to-trump-associates/2018/06/05/c6764dc2-641e-11e8-99d2-0d678ec08c2f_story.html
  20. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/05/us/politics/paul-manafort-news-ukraine.html
Russia and the Trump Administration
On February 2nd, Trump was scheduled to meet Alexander Torshin at the National Prayer Breakfast, but the meeting was canceled when it was revealed Torshin had ties to organized crime . Dana Rohrabacher, however, still dined with Torshin and referred to him as “conservatives’ favorite Russian” (13).
On May 9, 2017, Trumped fired Comey over the “Russia thing" (1). That same day, Sergey Lavrov met with Rex Tillerson (2). According to her plea deal, Butina helped the Trump administration select Rex Tillerson as his first Secretary of State (3). While head of ExxonMobil, Tillerson won the Order of Friendship personally from Vladimir Putin for signed a deal with Rosneft’s Igor Sechin. Exxonmobil was ultimately fine $2 million for that deal for breaking US sanctions (4).
On May 10, the day after Trump fired Comey, Trump met with Sergey Lavrov and Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office (2), where he admited he fired “nutcase" James Comey to ease pressure form investigation (8) and revealed classified information honed by Israel (9). After the meeting ended and the doors opened to the press, Lavrov and Kislyak were gone and instead, Henry Kissinger accompanied Trump (2).
At some point, Kushner delivered a Russian-sanctions relief plan approved by Putin to Tillerson himself. The plan was originally delivered from Kirill Dimitriev, head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, to Kushner’s friend, Rick Gerson (5). At one point, Stephen Schwartzman of Blackstone Group sat on the advisory board to the Russian Direct Investment Fund at it's inception in 2011 (6). Since 2013, Blackstone Group loaned Kushner Companies more than $400 million over multiple projects (7). Also on the board of Blackstone is Jacob Rothschild (10), who’s son, Nathanial, is business partners with Oleg Deripaska and owns a major stake in Rusal (11).
On January, 2019, the Trump administration lifted sanctions on Rusal as well as two other firms connected to Oleg Deripaska (12).
  1. https://www.latimes.com/politics/washington/la-na-essential-washington-updates-trump-s-statements-linking-russia-1494682462-htmlstory.html
  2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/worldviews/wp/2017/05/10/the-strange-oval-office-meeting-between-trump-lavrov-and-kislyak/?utm_term=.ac66d1476505
  3. https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/butina-influence-secretary-state-sentencing-memo-825666/
  4. https://www.pbs.org/newshounation/treasury-department-fines-exxon-mobil-2-million-russia-violations-rex-tillersons-watch
  5. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-04-18/kushner-friend-worked-with-putin-deputy-on-reconciliation-plan
  6. https://rdif.ru/Eng_fullNews/53/
  7. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-26/the-kushners-the-saudis-and-blackstone-behind-the-recent-deals
  8. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/19/us/politics/trump-russia-comey.html
  9. https://www.businessinsider.com/bombshell-report-trump-oval-office-meeting-russians-comey-2017-11
  10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacob_Rothschild,_4th_Baron_Rothschild
  11. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysectobanksandfinance/6907222/Nat-Rothschild-to-invest-in-Russian-aluminium-company-Rusal.html
  12. https://www.cnn.com/2019/01/27/politics/trump-admin-lifts-sanctions-oleg-deripaska/index.html
  13. https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-russia-gangster-washington-dc-meeting-cancelled-claims-a7664701.html
  14. https://www.thedailybeast.com/butina-boss-alexander-torshin-the-kremlins-no-longer-secret-weapon
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2019.03.19 13:01 rusticgorilla Trump & Russia probes recap: Week of March 10-16

Sorry this is a day late! Edit: The TL:DR section is now added!
All recaps are also posted on RusticGorillaPress, where I think it’s a bit cleaner and attractive than on reddit.
Housekeeping:
On to the review...
 

Week of March 10 - 16: What We Learned in the Trump and Russia Probes

 

MUELLER INVESTIGATION

Mueller: Flynn

Sentencing delay. Mueller’s office told the court that Michael Flynn’s cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation is complete. Flynn’s team, however, asked for an additional 90 days before their client is sentenced so he could continue to cooperate with other investigations. One of these is the prosecution of his former business partner, Bijan Rafiekian, who faces charges of conspiracy and acting as an unregistered foreign government agent for Turkey. Mueller’s office recommended Flynn receive the “low end” of the zero to six months prison time sentencing guideline.
 

Mueller: Manafort

Sentencing. At his DC sentencing last week, Paul Manafort was sentenced to an additional 43 months of jail time for conspiracy and obstruction charges. Combined with the 47-month sentence from Virginia, Manafort will spend a little under 7 years in jail (due to the 9 months he's already served), possibly less with good behavior. Judge Amy Berman Jackson's comments were strikingly different from those made by Judge Ellis the week prior: “It is hard to overstate the number of lies and the amount of fraud and the amount of money involved,” she said. “There is no question that this defendant knew better and he knew what he was doing.”
 
Trump’s response. After Manafort’s sentencing, Trump was asked about the possibility of pardoning his former campaign manager. His response: “I have not even given it a thought as of this moment,” Trump said. “It’s not something that’s right now on my mind. I do feel badly for Paul Manafort, that I can tell you.” The Daily Beast reported that in private conversations, Trump has praised Manafort for not being a “rat” or “coward,” as he views Cohen. Trump has also encouraged his advisers and legal team to publicly bash prosecutors’ treatment of Manafort.
 
Manafort done? So was that the last we see of Manafort in Mueller's probe? Not necessarily. Natasha Bertrand of the Atlantic interviewed former prosecutors who believe Mueller is likely to bring up Manafort again, potentially in additional charges for conspiracy with Russia. We know there is an important aspect of Manafort's crimes that hasn't been addressed yet, and we only know about it through a redaction mistake: Gates and Manafort's meeting with Konstantin Kilimnik to hand over internal polling data. This could come up again in an entire conspiracy charge or simply a line in Mueller's report.
 

Mueller: Stone

Trial set.Roger Stone appeared in court on Thursday to set a trial date: November 5, 2019. Judge Amy Berman Jackson did not discuss Stone’s gag order and whether the re-release of his book may violate it. She stated she will take it “under advisement,” but did not give an indication of when we can expect a decision. Prosecutors updated the court on discovery progress, saying over nine terabytes of data have been turned over to Stone.
 

Mueller: Other

Gates update. Mueller’s office informed the judge in Rick Gates’ case that he is not yet ready to be sentenced because he is still cooperating in “several ongoing investigations.” For that reason, the next status report has been pushed back to no later than May 14th. As Trump’s campaign deputy chairman in 2016, Gates is in a position to know about key issues such as possible Russian collusion, softening of Russian sanctions, inaugural spending, and more. Remember, Gates was reportedly present when Manafort met Konstantin Kilimnik to hand over internal polling data.
 

RUSSIA NEWS

Russian Mar-a-Lago. A Russian real estate investor wanted for tax fraud, Sergey Danilochkin, appeared in a YouTube video taken at Mar-a-Lago last year. Danilochkin fled Moscow in 2010 after being investigated in connection with the Magnitsky corruption scandal. Now, he lives in South Florida where he owns at least 50 residential properties. On the Mar-a-Lago video, he commented on how "interesting" it is that many Russian-speaking people were at the party.
 
Webzilla. The Steele dossier reported that Webzilla, a company owned by Russian entrepreneur Aleksej Gubarev, used "botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs, steal data and conduct ‘altering operations’ against the Democratic Party leadership.” Newly unsealed documents from Gubarev's lawsuit against Buzzfeed provided more details: A report by a former F.B.I. cyberexpert suggests Russian agents used networks operated by Gubarev to start their hacking operation in 2016. The FBI expert did not go as far as the dossier, however; there is currently no evidence that Gubarev knowingly assisted the Russian hackers.
 
Cuts. The Trump administration is proposing a 10% cut to the European Deterrence Initiative, which serves a critical function countering Russian aggression in Europe. The initiative supports American and allied operations, including troops in the Baltics. The fund that’s designated to provide weapons to the Ukrainian military did not see its funding level altered, however.
 
Sanctions. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sued the U.S. Treasury Department and Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week in an effort to get the sanctions against him lifted. He argues the sanctions are based on unproven allegations and are unjustly harming his global business. Bloomberg reported: In his complaint, the magnate said he is “the latest victim” of “political infighting and ongoing reaction to Russia’s purported interference” with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
 
Cyber review. The head of US Cyber Command, Army General Paul Nakasone, testified before a House subcommittee that cyberattacks from Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran are growing more sophisticated. A Navy review released last week described “several significant” breaches of classified Navy systems and that “massive amounts” of national security data have been stolen.
 
Threat assessment. The Estonian Foreign Intelligence Service is releasing a 70-page report on the threat of Russian intelligence services. Estonia warns that Russia will try to influence European parliamentary elections, set to begin in May, and will likely focus on larger EU states like Germany, France, and Italy. The goal will be to “secure as many seats as possible for pro-Russian or eurosceptical political forces,” according to the report. Russian intelligence will likely continue the cyberespionage campaign against the West while preparing for armed conflict with NATO.
 
Suspicious death. The autopsy of former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin was released last week. Lesin was found dead in a DC hotel room in 2015. Officials had ruled the death an accident, saying he died alone in his room due to drunken falls that resulted in blunt-force trauma to the head, neck, torso, upper and lower extremities. The newly released autopsy shows a curious finding, though: Lesin's hyoid bone, in the neck, was fractured "at or near the time" of death.
 

CONGRESS

Hush money probe. The White House is refusing to comply with the House Oversight Committee's request to interview two individuals regarding Trump's failure to report the hush money payments as campaign expenditures. Rep. Cummings sought to interview former White House attorney Stefan Passantino and Trump’s personal lawyer, Sheri Dillon, because they allegedly provided false information and "evolving stories" about the payments.
 
Pardons. Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the House is "investigating reports that Trump and his legal team privately dangled pardons to obstruct investigations." After making that statement, CNN reported that an attorney connected to Rudy Giuliani, Trump's lawyer, reassured Michael Cohen in a 2018 email that Cohen could "sleep well tonight" because he had "friends in high places." Cohen gave the email to Congress during his private testimony weeks ago. [Federal investigators requested these emails, see “Other investigations” section below]
 
Mueller report. Rep. Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he is open to calling Mueller to testify if the Justice Department "either attempts to conceal the Mueller report or the underlying evidence."
 
Ivanka probe. The House Judiciary Committee is taking a subtle approach to investigating Ivanka Trump - not directly asking her directly for documents, but instead asking other individuals for documents related to the president's daughter. The NYT reported that 52 of the 81 document requests included material related to Ivanka. For instance, Trump's longtime personal assistant Rhona Graff was asked about foreign governments providing gifts and money to Ivanka or her businesses. Former attorney general Jeff Sessions was asked for documents related to loans or investments from Russians directed to Ivanka.
 
Whitaker returns. Former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker returned to congress last week to clarify the answers he gave at his first hearing. Rep. Jerrold Nadler told the media that Whitaker “did not deny” that he had spoken to Trump about the New York-based investigation into Trump and Cohen. Nadler also said Whitaker was involved in conversations about the possible firing of US attorneys. This means that it’s likely Trump told Whitaker he wanted an ally put in charge of SDNY and thus the case against Cohen.
 
Simona. On Monday, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos testified privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee. She was reportedly asked about Joseph Mifsud - the London-based professor who employed both Simona and George. She told WaPo that more questions focused on her knowledge of Mifsud, rather than her husband’s activities.
 
Cohen perjury? Rep. Elijah Cummings, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated the committee will not open a new investigation into Michael Cohen to determine if he again lied to Congress. However, Cummings kept open the possibility if new evidence of perjury emerges.
 

OTHER INVESTIGATIONS

NY Manafort charges. Just minutes after Manafort’s sentencing wrapped up, New York prosecutors unveiled 16 criminal charges related to mortgage fraud and conspiracy. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. announced a grand jury decided there was enough evidence to indict Manafort of falsifying business records to illegally obtain millions of dollars as part of the yearlong mortgage fraud scam. If convicted on all counts, Manafort could potentially face 8 to 25 years in prison. The president does not have the ability to pardon such state crimes.
 
NY Trump probe. New York Attorney General Letitia James issued subpoenas to two banks for records relating to major Trump organization projects and Trump’s attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills. From Deutsche Bank, investigators requested loan applications, mortgages, and financing transactions related to the Trump International Hotel in Washington; the Trump National Doral outside Miami; and the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago. The subpoena also lists the financial statements Trump gave Deutsche Bank in 2014 when he planned to bid on the Bills. From Investor Bank, investigators asked for records related to the Trump Park Avenue project it backed.
 
Pardon probe. Federal prosecutors in the Manhattan US attorney's office requested Robert Costello's communications with Michael Cohen last week. This was in part prompted copies of the emails Cohen gave to Congress, which was reported by CNN last week. [see "Congress" section above]
 
Malaysian funds? The Justice Department is investigating whether a Malaysian fugitive donated $100,000 to a Trump re-election fund called Trump Victory. The fugitive, Low Taek Jho, aka Jho Low, is wanted in Malaysia for embezzling billions of dollars from a Malaysian state fund. He was indicted by the DOJ last year for conspiring to launder illegal proceeds and paying millions in bribes.
 
Stormy’s lawyer. The former attorney for Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, Keith Davidson, spoke to ABC News about the hush money payments and Michael Cohen. Davidson contradicted Trump's claim that he didn't violate campaign finance laws, saying the Access Hollywood tape went "hand in hand" with the hush money payments, which were "done for political reasons." Davidson also contradicted Cohen's claim, under oath, that he didn't want a position in the White House.
 

Too long; didn’t read section (as short as possible)

Flynn’s cooperation with the special counsel’s investigation is complete, but his sentencing is delayed for 90 days so he can continue to cooperate with other investigations. Paul Manafort was sentenced to an additional 43 months of jail time for conspiracy and obstruction charges, adding up to about 7 years in prison. Trump did not rule out the possibility of pardoning Manafort. Roger Stone’s trial date was set for Nov 5. Mueller’s office informed the judge in Rick Gates’ case that he is not yet ready to be sentenced because he is still cooperating in “several ongoing investigations.”
A Russian real estate investor wanted for tax fraud, Sergey Danilochkin, appeared in a YouTube video taken at Mar-a-Lago last year. The Trump administration is proposing a 10% cut to the European Deterrence Initiative, which serves a critical function countering Russian aggression in Europe. Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska sued the U.S. Treasury Department and Secretary Steven Mnuchin last week in an effort to get the sanctions against him lifted. Estonia warns that Russia will try to influence European parliamentary elections. The autopsy of former Russian press minister Mikhail Lesin revealed he suffered a broken hyoid bone (in the neck) at or near the time of death, which may call into question the official ruling that his death was an accident.
The White House is refusing to comply with the House Oversight Committee’s request to interview two individuals regarding Trump’s failure to report the hush money payments as campaign expenditures. The House is investigating reports that Trump and his legal team privately dangled pardons to obstruct investigations. Cohen gave Congress an email in which an attorney connected to Rudy Giuliani reassured Cohen that he could “sleep well tonight” because he had “friends in high places.” Federal prosecutors also requested this and related emails.
Schiff said he is open to calling Mueller to testify if the Justice Department “either attempts to conceal the Mueller report or the underlying evidence.” 52 of the 81 document requests sent by the House Judiciary Committee included material related to Ivanka Trump. Former acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker returned to Congress and “did not deny” that he had spoken to Trump about the New York-based investigation into Trump and Cohen. Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos testified privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee. She was reportedly asked about Joseph Mifsud
New York prosecutors unveiled 16 criminal charges against Manafort related to mortgage fraud and conspiracy. The NY Attorney General issued subpoenas to two banks (Deutsche Bank & Investor Bank) for records relating to major Trump organization projects and Trump’s attempt to buy the Buffalo Bills. The Justice Department is investigating whether a Malaysian fugitive donated $100,000 to a Trump re-election fund called Trump Victory.
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2018.02.12 01:21 911bodysnatchers322 Transcript of George Webb Video Series Part 266 "Hillary's Leakers, Hackers, and Henchmen" [@Georgwebb / #HRCRatline]

  • Day 113.4 Oleg Deripaska - Did Andy Go To His Yatch Parties - YouTube
    • It's day 113 part 4 and I think a lot of folks are seeing this connection between Marc Rich, Comey, Mueller, and anemic Haven Andy McCabe
    • This continual kind of defense that Marc Rich has got through the years the last 40 years, by the Clintons, Podestas, all of Podesta's Georgetown friends in the law business, and then the FBI, especially over the last 20 years
    • And the whole 1100 Giustra partners is starting to make a lot more sense, because as you've carved off let's see each one of these things of the Kremlin here, just for symbolism, is a business--
    • This is the SIFNET which is the first largest oil company that Oleg Deripaska got given
    • And then this is the aluminum concession that he's given he got that--given to him
    • And then you michelle gets--another piece over here let's say it's the copper--mines or whatever
    • And then Katsyv save us over here he gets the railroads etc
    • So you basically are de-Jeweling the Kremlin here, and just getting it out to these rich kids
    • These are Marc Rich kids
    • So I like to use the Kremlin as an example here
    • And really hand in hand and every one of these dole outs you've got Andrew McCabe
    • So now is Andrew McCabe the son of a Marc Rich?
    • Or we also know all like Deripaska did a was gotten in trouble with Nathan Rothschild for metal manipulation on metal markets manipulation
    • Marc Rich also got in a lot of trouble doing metal and markets manipulation
    • We know Marc Rich dabbled in oil embargoing, and illegal shipping of oil
    • We know all like Deripaska with SIFTNET is involved in that
    • So there's a lot of consistencies here where the FBI really kind of goes into business
    • They do become these get into a Strzok which is--special tactics--organized crime special tactics organized crime Russia's zone
    • That's what maybe it stands for
    • Maybe the Strzok shared drop boxes to just really kind of a continuation of Marc Rich, starting into probably about 1998, when--the BlackBerry kind kind of comes in in vogue, and it's really kind of had a good run of 20 years, basically prying off the Jewels--the encrust Jewels off these different--icons of russian wealth
    • And then selling them through different companies like Joule--a funny name funny coincidence there
    • Or different names like--Rus all for for Russian aluminum
    • SIFTNET met for whatever Rosneft for--another oil company
    • And just basically it's someone pocketing a thousand one hundred Jewels, shaking the bag, and then giving each kid in the court three or four or five of the different Jewels, and say, "hey name the company whatever you want, John Podesta"
    • [Podesta] says, "well I've got a great name I'll name it Joule because I can't think of any other names"
    • And that's really kind of the 40-year history of this
    • And it really does kind of tie everything together makes everything kind of easy to understand
    • Now is Rich the Israeli version of Rothschild?
    • We see the Rothschilds over and over again, with the Clintons
    • We see them over and over again, with the Riches--it doesn't really matter
    • I don't think is Marc Rich alive or dead, probably doesn't really matter
    • I thought that was me and everyone was chasing me and trying to kill me for stealing all their wealth, I'd just fake my death
    • And I'd go away
    • If I was the son and my name was Seth, I'd probably just do the same thing as well
    • I probably not show up a lot at the DNC I'd probably be only there long enough to play out some kind of narrative and then and then take a hike and take my Resources for the Future
    • We don't know any of those things yet
    • We do know that the people that are involved in this investigation like Laufhman are leaving as fast as possible
    • And we do know that the people like Gertler who have been intermediaries for ---storing this wealth, are having their wealth seized by this over seas foreign investment council
    • So they're--liquidating here as fast as they can
    • Gertler's just been the first one
    • And guys like loud men are like hey I'm out of here if you want me to try to seriously do a Russian investigation, no one's gonna think--we're being serious, because there's different people out on YouTube making videos, saying exactly what the solution is
    • And I'm supposed to sit here in the DOJ and look like a dummy
    • So a lot of stuff's coming together here
    • The Nathan Rothschild are interesting connections and more is going to start coming out
    • Now especially like guys like Paul Manafort Paul Manafort
    • if you want to look at his career with Oleg Deripaska, goes back from like 2005 to 2009
    • Actually I think all the way through through now I think Oleg Deripaska
    • So if you look at the indictment against Paul Manafort, you're gonna say, "well why didn't you indict Oleg Deripaska?"
    • And they're gonna try to make Oleg Deripaska not look like the best--a buddy and friend for the last 20 years of Andy McCabe
    • They're gonna be very very disappointed
    • There's just nowhere you can turn where you look at Andrew McCabe's career and you don't find Oleg Deripaska
    • Same thing with Paul Manafort at the end
    • And which in turn means wherever you're going to find them, you're going to find Podesta
    • So again, all the throwing of all the throwing of bricks at Trump, just have this kind of effect of taking bricks out of their own structure that's defending them and causing a collapse of their own structure
  • Day 113.4. Andy Has No Choice If He Was On Oleg’s Yacht - Accuse Trump - YouTube
    • It's time to flip a few more cards here on Andy Mcabe
    • This one thirteen point four
    • So old like Deripaska remember that Deripaska pointing the derringer at you--the pasta that gets up and points it at you?
    • Well turns out he has a yacht--it turns out that on that yacht, they've invited oligarchs, and people who've been given mining assets, and oil assets, natural gas rights, land...when the Soviet Union fell apart,
    • And one by one inviting them out to Oleg Deripaska's Yacht
    • And this has happened over the last 20 years with Andy McCabe
    • And remember those Freytag low light cameras are gonna come in really helpful, because what they're gonna do is they're gonna start taking films
    • They're gonna invite four girls--I don't know if they Pee or not on the the people in the low-light camera films or not
    • But they're going to have these films
    • And they're going to take the assets of these folks
    • And they're going to do that over a 20-year period of time
    • They're going to do that some of its gonna be transfers in business that Paul Manafort doesn't know about
    • Doesn't know why this person's transferring these assets
    • They're going to use fall metaphor to sort of an go-between, so they're not directly taking a lot of these assets
    • A lot of these funds are going to be going through this European Commission
    • This little foundation for a better brighter--Ukraine someday thing
    • I believe there's a person by the name of Inna
    • Inna, that's gonna be that key person, that's gonna be then funneling the money to Podesta Foundation, through the Ukrainian "bigger brighter better in the future someday hopefully" whatever the name of that foundation is
    • And Inna is going to be that key person
    • Kirsh, yeah I believe that's a nobility family from the old days in the Nazi era
    • But Inna Kirsch I think it's gonna be that go-between in a Berlin
    • But you're gonna see, again, what's the what's the mo?
    • Always accuse your opponent of what you do yourself
    • I'm not saying Andy was on the boat with all the girls
    • I'm not saying Andy was on the boat with all the girls, all like Deripaska partying with all the girls on the boat, not saying that
    • But I am gonna say: I expect Trump, and I expect Andy to be...
    • What do you do?
    • What's left if you're Andy?
    • You've got to attack--you have no choice, otherwise you're going down
    • So the next ones coming I'm sure it's gonna be something with Manafort
    • Something with--Oleg Deripaska
    • Are really you're gonna bring a twenty year buddy of Andy up and say he's got a one or two month relationship with Trump?
    • I don't--maybe somebody will believe that I'm not sure
    • But ask Andy about yachts
    • Ask Andy about Oleg's yacht
    • I think that's gonna come into play here
    • I think that's where they got the idea the the first peepee dossier
    • And they said well it's not salacious enough, we never got Trump on the boat, we never got him on the Freytag low-light camera
    • Well we'll have to have something salacious for people to remember
    • That's how Andy thinks
    • That's how Andy thinks
    • Why do real law enforcement...
    • How do I know this? Well there's a gal by the name of Jeannine Lindamueller and happened in Oregon when Andy wanted to move the JTTF into Portland
    • So I'm directly familiar with this whole modus operandi
    • You wait, it's coming
    • Andy, Oleg Deripaska, and the yacht
    • It's coming
  • Day 113.6. Cheftwan Cooking Up EB5 Bisa For Sanchez - YouTube
    • Day 113 part six
    • So there's a exchange in cheftwan, who comes up with these EB fives
    • So so I think what Anthony Weiner's doing is running these visas--these diplomatic visas
    • And then giving them to Hillary
    • And they are probably like a big year in big trouble if you have one of these, and you give it to somebody on the street--you get arrested
    • But if you do it in Congress, if you do it at Rayburn, and this is why I think they do it at Rayburn: it's protected under Speech and Debate
    • Anything can happen in an office and go between the Congressman and the person
    • And you are protected with Speech and Debate
    • So I give it to the Congressman
    • The Congressman immediately then gives it to the ambassador they're meeting with
    • And so I think Kislyak did a lot of this kind of work with the Russians with the Senators
    • And I think in the lower house, the house side, it was Imran and working on the Pakistani in the Pakistani inside
    • So I don't know if it's ambassadors up at the Senate with the Russians, and then the lower ambassadors kind of the Central and South America...with with Weiner
    • I'm not exactly sure
    • But anyway there's this guy named Sanchez that they're trying to get this visa for
    • And he says--talk to me before you talk to Sanchez
    • So it'll be interesting to see right around there 2010-2011 if there's any ambassadors to South America or Central America or Mexico
    • Or even I guess the islands Spanish-speaking islands like Dominican Republic that our name Sanchez
    • And then Anthony says something that's weird as I M A D, which is I don't know which what that means there's something after diplomacy pray diploma diplomatique or whatever that means
    • So or if it's I just don't know what I M A D means it if it means I am a DD I don't know if I I know I am
    • So anyway we'll we'll leave that out there for folks to probably figure out
    • I think the cheftwan interactions are going to be around this passport EB-5 type of thing
    • And I think that exchanges are going to be happening in offices, because then you're protected by speech and debate
  • Day 113.7. Think Tank Row, One Side Of the Street Anyway - YouTube
    • This is Day one oh no wait day 113 part 7
    • This is a little bit of a think piece
    • So careful careful warning warning think piece think piece
    • So this is the Brookings Institute this would be on the left of center, but the probably the foremost--the foremost think-tank in America
    • They do both economic forecasts...econometrics
    • That was kind of what I studied but I didn't like it was boring
    • And then they also do politics as far as like defense budget
    • Left up center
    • So we're gonna go down here, and I'll give you the last surprise right at the end
    • It's going to be a four-letter Union
    • Now think of all those four-letter unions and think of all those janitors you'd want to hire to help out--to help find a home
    • Now you're gonna remember Anthony Weiner had something called the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace see CEIP
    • That's Haqqani is in his messagebox
    • Haqqani the guy from Pakistan
    • Haqqani funnel think funnel right here Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
    • They they cleverly sandwich it in between here and AEI American Enterprise Institute is kind of the right of Center
    • But they also do economics, they do national trade, and both of them AEI and I believe also Brookings do the nuclear inventory for stuff like non nuclear proliferation that that whole sort of thing
    • {{ 911bodysnatchers322: Important: AEI and Brookings were BOTH on the Continuity of Government Comission as well[1][2] -- both think tanks would have an interest in a COG military industrial junta because it would give them likewise unlimited consultancy for perennial war--and in the context of nuclear trade, COG would unfetter non-emergency nuclear regulations }}
    • ...And if you are diverting, you're diverting a lot of HEU, Bob highly enriched Uranium to wherever CANDU reactors all over the world
    • Audit time's not a good time
    • So anyway who--if there was a four-letter union--who would launder money through CEIP, but who who {{ owl }} look up top
    • SEIU
    • Hire a janitor today with war experience or is a mentally unfit
    • No I don't mean I didn't to say it that way
    • I meant that's the excuse--they're gonna do a lot of 8A small businesses--
    • They're gonna say hey, "we're here with the Navy", we're down at NAV SEA we want to hire these guys
    • They're--got what is what am I thinking of PTSD
    • We need to do an AA firm and they're going to put thousands of these things out there
    • Thousands of contracts out through SEIU
    • You're going to do the policy
    • You to do the policy over here of what we should be doing, whatever veterans program whatever, and then you're going to execute it right there
  • Day 113.8. At Turkish Embassy.- Gulen Going Back Soon? - YouTube
    • One 13.7
    • That Turkish embassy is quite beautiful
    • We're up a little ways from Dupont Circle
    • We came up Massachusetts Avenue which is Embassy Row
    • We went by the Luxembourg, Brazil I believe, a couple of others that we did recognize the flags to be honest with you
    • But this is a very impressive one here
    • We're heading toward 3067 Whitehaven so--Task Force made the joke that its Hillary Clinton's trick-or-treat route
    • Pay to play
    • Bang and bang a big knock knock knock knock trick or treat--knock knock
    • Revolution
    • General Grange
    • Small weapons and container ships
    • Or you can pay the freight
    • So anyway to do Trey Gowdy
    • {{ GOWDYMODE}} you can pay the freight
    • So anyway Erdrogan and Gule--there's some stuff happening there, I think
    • Are they gonna extradite? or
    • TF: I think Erdrogan has some paperwork
    • I think I think Gulen maybe not long for the United States from what we're hearing--
    • Out here with the guys parking the cars out here they know everything they know it all
    • No we really don't know but I mean we we are
    • We are presupposing that maybe in the next week some action is gonna happen with Gulen
  • Day 113.9. At Hillary, Throwing Thumbdrives Over Fence From British Embassy - YouTube
    • Wow coming up Whitehaven let me tell you it is a work
    • Hillary's house and Bill's house behind us
    • And I don't really want to go any closer
    • But Task Force: are we out of breath or what?
    • Coming up whitehaven was a hike straight up
    • And we came by the the Italian embassy which was monstrous
    • Unbelievable
    • We saw a lot of embassies I mean coming up but when you come over Rock Creek in that bridge it really changes it gets dark gloomy and everything gets big--
    • All the other embassies on the other side of Massachusetts are are kind of like friendly
    • But this is like--not friendly at all
    • So it looks like we might have Secret Service cut in front of us here
    • So okay, so anyway who knows maybe they're just going home?
    • {{ 911: nope, they pulled into driveway and then pulled back out }}
    • But yeah--we we really when you walk it it's really
    • So different then if you see it on a map first of all I'm completely out of breath going up all the way here
    • And it's the end of the road and there's Secret Service all over the place
    • And that's why I didn't wanna get too close to the house
    • But my takeaway is very gloomy very dark and very secluded
    • Rock Creek is spooky--and that's where that one girl from Fresno they never saw her again
    • I can't remember her name but anyway that's the report from 30 blank-blank Whitehaven at the top of the hill
    • We're not gonna give out the address of our almost president almost-president {{ 911 our almost but thank christ president }}
  • Day 113.10. British Embassy. Naval Observatory, Throw Me Those Freitag Codes, Mate! - YouTube
    • No Autocaptions
    • British embassy yet another hike up a hill
    • It's bigger than the Italian embassy--it's huge
    • Where those lights are are where the Craig Murray handoff happened
    • There's the Naval Observatory with the Eye of God
    • You could see how you could run over to the fence, hand the thumbdrive through the fence all the Freitag Codes
    • How many freitag codes could you fit on those sticks?
    • Thousands..hundreds of thousands
  • Day 114.1 George Toscas - Gangs For Security Expert? - YouTube
    • It's day 114 and Donald Trump jr. here tweeted out about this guy named George Toscas
    • He tweeted out this gateway pundit article that this George Toscas was the one who forced Comey to come to Congress and talk about the fact that they have received new information in the case if you remember and I'll go to the game a pundit article
    • They received stuff about a month before Comey went to Congress
    • They received stuff on September the 28th
    • September the 28th is the big date here
    • And this is where they get informed of Oh hundreds of thousands of emails oh boy that's not good--
    • This is what we're gonna do for six months out from the election
    • So it looks like--Strzok wants Lisa Page to go grab some kind of product
    • And I immediately thought of bleachbit or something to--destroy the hard drives they're going to be coming down
    • But anyway they say Toscas was now where the New York division has the Hillary Clinton Huma emails
    • So Toscas is aware and then oh who else knows? Andy is aware
    • Oh George called me tonight and it's like about a letter
    • Then Strzok says a letter to who?
    • And Lisa Page responds Congress
    • And then got it
    • F THEM
    • Oh boy we're gonna have to go to Congress on this this isn't good
    • This is forcing our hand here to go to Congress
    • So I started looking at saying where is this guy? George Toscas?
    • And it works for the office of boards and divisions and at the DOJ is divided into these offices
    • And then there's these criminal divisions that they're they're organized
    • So there's offices overseeing kind of staff across everything and then there's these criminal divisions in different parts of law
    • DOJ used to go after the Klu Klux Klan..
    • And then these divisions now over here are more famous now for where the guy just left Laufhman National Security Division
    • This is sort of the CIA infiltration into the DOJ in 2007
    • Really where we start with all the problems
    • Because as soon as National Security Division comes in it seems like all these other agencies and offices get turned toward gangs for security
    • And I'll go into that later
    • But it's you can take prisons and you can take your trustees in your prisons
    • And say hey guys you're the new gang leaders--and you you be responsible for managing your gang
    • We'll use ATF and overseeing your gang just in case anybody gets out of line
    • And will give everybody a DEA territory--
    • Just like the old British Raj used to do in India and different parts of the British Empire
    • here's your--Queen's Commission for for the drugs coming back and forth the opium the opium derivatives
    • I'm not saying the Klu Klux Klan traded in quinine and opiate based products yet, but I might get there
    • But anyway you can see that these are the this is the office they're in me justice contracting officers in the office of boards and divisions
    • OBD they call it
    • And these folks--contract straight out for the trustee program
    • So if you wanted to put all your Bureau of prison trustees and make them gangs for security, you'd run it right through office of boards and divisions
    • He is a lawyer--this guy George Toscas, and he has got remarkably little information
    • He was in Billings, Montana before he came to Virginia, which is interesting
    • By way of Chicago--just interesting very interesting how he made it - I made it
    • So I'll leave it there
    • But I think this George Toscas is going to be a bigger part of the story for this type of activity
    • For gangs for security gangs for security
    • G4S and trustees
  • Day 114.2 SoftLayer Chantilly, VA? All Operation Cassandra, $200M/mo - YouTube
    • This is Day 114 this is part two and the Internet is alive with SoftLayer
    • What is what it Q Anon mean with SoftLayer?
    • And if you check the IP address is used by Clinton email com
    • So that's the big the big takeaway there and then people are trying to geo locate it
    • They're headquartered in Dallas Texas, but they mapped to Chantilly Virginia the data center that was used by by SoftLayer
    • Well everyone knows Chantilly Virginia was where operation Cassandra was
    • And the reason I did the last video was to show the CIA infiltration about how you can use gangs for security by picking up these groups that are trustees, to be basically your kind of your organizer in different territories
    • And the best model to think of is Imran Awan here in this area
    • Basically, you establish a guy here, who's your trustee, and then as you get different candidates that want to come work for him, you come over
    • And you say, "Ok I want you to report to the SEIU office. I want you to fill out this resume"
    • You know Imran's got the resume all set up for let's say Jackson Heights New York
    • We're gonna get you--started with--the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
    • Or we're gonna get you a cab, or whatever
    • But the idea here is you have a guy your man in Havana--this if it was Craig Murray it would be our man in Tashkent getting our Saipov truckers
    • But here--in Virginia it's going to be Imran Awan
    • Now you're gonna have people at every usually located around the community colleges
    • And this is kind of like a go-to guy
    • They used to call it like an ombudsman or whatever
    • This is going to be like that Henry guy in Los Angeles
    • They're gonna have the control and know who to talk to if anybody acts up
    • This is the way unions have been organized forever Union Foreman's with precincts...so
    • This is why SEIU is the perfect way to do this
    • And what you're gonna find I know this is going to be shocking and people are going to not believe this, but the SEIU--there was a program with inside the DNC called catalystm run by a guy named [Harold ICKES] I C K E S
    • And that program I believe is going to map directly into this Chantilly office of the DEA here, where this investigation was
    • And this is going to be operation Cassandra and the key here is you need to link all these offices together in some way
    • And you need to communicate with them
    • And then money needs to come from these areas from various activities
    • Let's say I bring people coming in from Pakistan, who don't really have any skills--can't drive a car whatever
    • I say well you're gonna go down to Lachine and you're gonna go down to Manitoba
    • And you're gonna be--those there's gonna be some girls there that are gonna have visitors every night
    • Your job is make sure those girls never get away and if they start to try to get away you got to stab them or hit them in the head or whatever make sure they don't leave
    • That's your job okay
    • So that's the low end and and--Omar starts with Rao in a apartment complex that's a real ratty like that
    • And they move their way up to kind of be more this kind of Ombudsman or local Foreman of the precinct and then they--move up the ladder to becoming a regional manager etc
    • That is operation that is operation Cassandra
    • How do you get the money now back to DNC?
    • Well you've got to go through the wires--you've got to go through communication
    • Now do you want to do that unencrypted you want to do that through something the NSA could easily see?
    • Or you want to have a softlayer, that looks like something else, that's kind of hidden
    • And then have all your communications kind of travel and the Navy--dark web the Navy Onion Router
    • The tor browser is The Onion Router--do you want that communications through the onion router? I think you do
    • Especially these kind of transactions right we're not talking about transactions that--you could talk to your grandmother about on the phone when you or when you go over for visits on Sunday
    • This is the onion router type transactions
    • So I believe that this SoftLayer was key in enabling the program from the DNC point of view is going to be known as the catalyst program
    • The program from the meetup spots if you will it's going to be the local union office--the SEIU office
    • The place where you intake people that are trying to get new jobs...and I believe that communication is going to be between these SEIU offices and the Hillary for America
    • Now I believe the main hub of activity in Washington DC is going to be the kind of--if you need a car or garbage truck driven on a train in front of a bunch of Congressional Congressmen you call--SEIU 32bj--
    • So each one of these also has kind of a dirty tricks unit as well
    • Unions have been doing this forever
    • But SEIU is really the--the dirtiest of the unions
    • So I know that's all very complicated but you have to have a communications layer
    • It's better to have a softlayer where it doesn't show all these IP addresses that are easily seen
    • It's better than you go underneath you use that Onion Router you use that Navy Onion Router
    • And you have a secure form of communications that people don't see
    • I don't think they fooled NSA though
    • I think NSA has the communications and they have the emails
    • And so if you scroll down here
    • Oh by the way I saw Joshua Utretsky
    • Josh Utretsky made a comment here if you don't remember him he's the guy who was took over for brief time at DNC for Bernie Sanders
    • So and I asked him, "hey Josh how are we doing on finding out if there was communications on the hour between the DNC and Hillary for America?"
    • How are we doing on that did you ever find out if there was any NGP van and information going from back and forth
    • And he hasn't answered me yet he hasn't answered me yet
  • Day 114.3 Awan Spy Ring in Congress To a Drug Ring in Congress - YouTube
    • This is Day 114 this is part three
    • We're gonna go from a spy ring in Congress to a drug ring in Congress
    • And I know nobody wants to hear that
    • But we are going from a spy ring in Congress to a drug ring in Congress
    • I had said before that there was a theft ring to enable that
    • No one believed me until the operation Cassandra stuff came out
    • Again, I'm gonna say that that is just a vehicle no pun intended to the drug ring in Congress
    • That's the big news here
    • So well do spy ring first
    • This article came out in The New York Times
    • Just a laughable article of just someone really trying to be a spy novel writer
    • It's a very simple story
    • The Russian here is all like Deripaska
    • The intermediary in in Germany is Inna Kirsch
    • And the the buyers here are the CIA, to basically have a cover story for how did we get these cyber weapons into the hands of the Awans
    • And I also believe the Russians that are in the cozy bears and the fancy bears
    • These tools leave signatures
    • You then have to explain how did that happen?
    • How did the Awans have this tool in Grand Rapids Michigan, to hack into Trump hotel?
    • How did that happen? They left a signature somebody had to give them that weapon how did they get a million-dollar weapon from the NSA here
    • This is where I got squared off on by one overanxious cop here, when I was trying to take a picture of the parking lot on Sunday at NSA in Fort Meade
    • I went 12 other cops are standing around me
    • I was a real threat with my cell phone
    • But anyway, this has to be explained
    • How did these people in Centreville how do these Russians and Centreville get these cyber weapons that we're leaving hacks
    • You have to explain it
    • And you've got to go to this New York Times and whoever your favorite writer is
    • I feel bad for Matt Rosenberg, because I'm sure he thinks he's writing a story that's true
    • {{ 911: Pay attention to winking roses or words meaning rose like rus ros roz gul or gulen }}
    • One other thing that comes up in this story is also that the NSA gave out 10 codes through their twitter account
    • Again, I say everybody laughed at me when I said Freytag codes through the Twitter and spent time on that
    • Now the New York Times confirms that that is indeed how this happened 10 different times
    • 10 different codes went out for 10 different cyber weapons you can read it in the new York Times
    • Now let's move to the spire of the drug ring in Congress
    • I hate to say this, but the spy ring is just to enable the drug ring
    • A spy ring is just to make sure that your drug ring isn't gonna get caught
    • The vehicle theft ring was a vehicle for the drug ring
    • The moneymaker the big money maker the--the dog here--the elephant in the room is Operation Cassandra
    • This is 200 million dollars a month the spy ring is going to help you intimidate everybody in Congress
    • So nobody will stop this operation
    • That's the idea both in the Senate and the house
    • You can make money on pay-to-play as well that's also good that was more James Comey as an idea
    • But this was Andy's operation with The Awans just has to be
    • Now I believe Joe Rago was on this case he was on the case with the drugs coming through Pakistan from I believe Russia
    • I believe Russia initially was VERO pharmaceuticals was a big part of this
    • India also was a part of it with generics
    • But then I believe Pakistan came up to speed
    • And a lot of the Boule di Juggis that in that land there that that Imran's dad got was dedicated specifically to labs for doing their own value add on that opium product
    • So how this all shakes out over time--with all these other spy stories
    • The central operation here and they
    • Again, this is where you have the soft layer communication system with all the different SEIU branches...is is this operation Cassandra
    • This is the story
    • This is the drug ring in Congress
    • This isn't a drug ring just in Chantilly, Virginia with SoftLayer, with a few SEIU bad actors out there
    • This is a structural, Navy Mason, fake cop, really weird DEA license, with DEA licenses, hiring truckers that are coming in from other countries, that have worked these other ratlines overseas, to run drug franchises
    • I know how unbelievable that sounds
    • I give that whole idea the name "Chinatown"
    • They'll kind of going back to the British Empire when that British Empire would set up different Commissions in different towns for people
    • And that that was their job
    • They ran drugs in that town
    • And they were expected to pay a Comey'ssion {{ 911: rofl }} Commission to the Queen
    • It's the same exact idea these guys are given all the heraldry, and all the pomp and circumstances, to run fake police forces
    • Again, if I hadn't seen it for myself
    • If I hadn't been squared off on by three guys
    • And if Task Force hadn't been squared off on by three guys
    • We wouldn't say it existed
    • If I hadn't seen the Chief of Naval Operations in our lobby at 5:30 in the morning, I wouldn't be saying what I am now
    • This is what they are protecting
    • Joe Rago was right on top of the story
    • And this will be the story of our time of our time
  • Day 114.4 Drug Ring in Congress - The Blackberry Twenty - YouTube
    • It's day 114 and for over a year I've had Andre Carson in the middle of my channel art here
    • And I've had this article from Heather Kagel from Politico about the 20 burglaries as the key part of my channel
    • And the three committees here Intel, House DHS, and foreign affairs have been the three key committees I focused on
    • These 20 burglaries
    • And I still think that's the key to the whole not only spy ring in Congress
    • But not only that it explained the theft ring the car theft ring in Congress but it also explains the drug ring in Congress
    • And now we're seeing a lot of obfuscation and parallel construction to try to cover for this drug ring
    • But essentially if we still if we get the initial capitol police report for these 20 burglaries, and we find out which Congressmen are the 20 burglaries we'll have the answer to the test
    • Now we have some clues from the Daily Caller article, which talked about the server
    • And then the 45 different folks that have worked for the Awans
    • So we have some clues--we can play some guessing games, but it would be better just to come straight out and say which 20 there were
    • That's exactly what my lawsuit tries to do: get to the truth rather than all this kind of parallel construction we're seeing now
    • The three key people an article came out here about Keith Ellison from Minnesota meeting with Louis Farrakhan and two other democrats
    • And the two other democrats are gonna be Greg Meeks who has JFK Airport in his area and then Andre Carson that I just mentioned
    • And this is going to be the funnel of getting money back into the Congress to fund the drug ring operations
    • And this is an operation that's going to be putting operatives bringing operatives in from mainly Pakistan ISI trained operatives
    • And putting them around the United States, mainly here in Washington DC, but also in New York, and also keep port cities, where--and I and I say I still say those key port cities are the same 20 cities of the same 20 Blackberries
    • So these different people that have carried the blackberry
    • That you carry the BlackBerry for certain length of time then you give it off to the next guy--you don't carry it forever
    • But then you become part of the conspiracy
    • And this is what we've got going in in our house
    • Now daily caller named about 45 of these folks that had passwords...
    • Other reports have said there was 33 that worked directly for the Awans
    • And then there was 12 that they had illegal access to
    • So we could argue about that
    • But again, when you get the Capitol Police report all this goes away
    • And I've again, I've asked for this as a writ of mandamus from Judge Contreras in my trial here
    • And if we get that and we won't have to do this guess work okay
    • So moving along you'll see this top trending story about this guy named Jonathan Winer
    • He's at DOJ--he's quitting
    • He also magically came up with a Blumenthal memo from Christopher Steele at the same time Blumenthal did
    • But he's an attorney, so he's covered
    • He's also this APCO story with Uranium One
    • He's the three million dollars given to the government of Russia, but it's all covered in an attorney-client privilege
    • But he was also at the State Department he has a big opinion piece out now in The Washington Times...saying how did Devin Nunes is really coming after me, and this is so bad and
    • Now he's Middle East Institute we talked about the Institute's yesterday is kind of a way of laundering information
    • And then of course Libya Libya Libya and his background with the State Department
    • And then you're gonna see he was spending with APCO which is kind of a--a funnel
    • So you get these weird stories, like the Weird Tales of Jonathan Winer coming up with this memo at the same time that Sid Blumenthal is coming up with it
    • But guess what? I'm Victoria Nuland--I didn't get it from Sid Blumenthal
    • I got it from my attorney right
    • I got it from my attorney and John kerry is gonna say this thing same thing: I didn't mishandled classified information I got it from Victoria Nuland
    • We we have a totally cleansed memo we don't have that dirty memo from my good friend Sid Blumenthal
    • What I like to do is look a little deeper--had no pun intended here for the Charleston Harbor deepening project
    • And look to Congressman that it may have supported Imran Awan for these ports deals
    • Because this is a way that you can use the Federal money to get money into your district
    • And in turn, support your drugs and weapons trade for the Awan Contra type trade
    • I'm not saying Jim Clyburn is involved in that
    • But I look more to this kind of thing where a lot of money is being spent in a Congressional district
    • The more than I look to these kind of parallel constructions which I see is more to confuse the public, right?
    • So and here if you want to see it
    • Again, the Wall Street Journal is talking about these three DNC chairman and Keith Ellison is the key guy here that's--funneling the money
    • They throw a Louis Farrakhan in here to be a lightning rod, to make it a black-white issue
    • It has nothing to do with Muslim Brotherhood or black/white
    • It's about Hezbollah Hezbollah funding a drug ring in Congress--no no more complicated than that
    • So you're gonna get see people like this Michael Kortan--he also resigned
    • I'm gonna say cheese--it's all these people at FBI resigning
    • All these people are in the Strzok page memos
    • But what really Michael Kortan did was he was a key organizer for SEIU, and he was a key representative of the Postal Workers Union
    • And again, you need hands and feet in all these different areas wherever your ports are you gonna need hands and feet
    • You could use Amazon people for private
    • Or you can use public SEIU employees if they're postal workers
    • >>>CONT
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2017.06.11 22:52 Tyrion_Baelish_Varys MEGATHREAD III: Chronological Summary of Events Since Comey Firing May 9th 2017 - present

PAST
=============CURRENT PARTIES INVOLVED (73)=============
(as of June 4th)
(Click on above link to view full list of parties involved) 
  • MAY 31ST - FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY, TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS
  • (A) - I GET MY ADVICE ON FOREIGN POLICY FROM PAGE. ALSO I DO NOT KNOW PAGE.
  • Page
  • Trump
  • Spicer (by extension)
The Trump White House has seemingly twisted itself into an inescapable knot. "A year ago, during the presidential campaign, Trump personally singled out Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy. That became highly problematic: the FBI has investigated Page as a possible agent of Russia." During the transition Spicer said, "Carter Page is an individual whom [Trump] does not know." On May 31st "those close to Trump have tried to distance the president from Page, insisting that the two never met and that Page played a limited role."
That morning Trump goes on to tweet, "So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!" "Trump’s tweet follows Page’s claim that his interview with the House Intelligence Committee has been delayed, but it’s unclear if that interview had ever been scheduled in the first place. But perhaps the most salient detail is Trump’s insistence that Carter Page has information that “blows away” the Democrats’ “case against him” in the Russia scandal. This, of course, leads to an awkward question: how exactly would the president know that?"
WASHINGTON POST - MSNBC
  • (B) - MUELLER EXPANDS SPECIAL COUNSEL
  • Mueller
  • Weissmann (by extension)
  • Rhee (by extension)
Mueller expands "his team of investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia." The two most recent additions are Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Weissmann. Rhee had been "deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel advising the White House and the attorney general on executive power and national-security issues." Weissmann "is the most senior government lawyer to join Mueller." He was "the head of the fraud section in the Obama administration "whose been overseeing corporate fraud and foreign-bribery investigations." "Weissmann and Rhee join a growing team that includes Peter Carr, a veteran spokesman for the Justice Department who will deal with the news media, and two former Wilmer partners, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles."
BLOOMBERG
  • (C) - COMEY PLANS TO TESTIFY ABOUT TRUMP CONVERSATIONS
  • Comey
  • Mueller (by extension)
"Comey and the special counsel’s office have reached an understanding about what he can and cannot discuss, clearing the way for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week." However Trump may decide "to invoke executive privilege and try to prevent Comey from testifying. Comey is expected to be asked about several conversations he had with Trump, including one in which he says Trump encouraged him to stop investigating Flynn." "After asking Pence and Sessions to leave the room, Trump asked Comey during an Oval Office meeting in February to let the Flynn investigation go, according to a memo that Comey wrote." "The memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation." This had sparked the formation of the special counsel and the call for impeachment on grounds of obstruction of justice. "When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI's investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign -- the centerpiece of the probe"
WASHINGTON POST - POLITICO - NY TIMES - PBS - BUSINESS INSIDER - CNN VIDEO & ARTICLE
  • (D) - WHITE HOUSE NO LONGER ANSWERING COMEY/RUSSIA QUESTIONS
  • Spicer
  • Kasowitz
"The White House will no longer take questions on Comey's firing and the Russia investigation." Spicer said, "We are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz. Kasowitz is Trump’s long-time lawyer and has represented him in property deals, divorce cases and fraud allegations at Trump University." "It marks the first time the White House has publicly referred questions of this sort to Kasowitz"
THE GUARDIAN - TIME
  • (E) - TRUMP'S LAWYER SUBPOENAED
  • Cohen
  • Schiff
  • Conaway
"The subpoena comes a day after Cohen said he would not cooperate with congressional investigators." Schiff & Conaway, the co-leaders of the House Investigations issued a statement stating, "As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records."
POLITICO - CNN - THE HILL
  • (F) - HOUSE DEMOCRATS LETTER
  • Kushner
  • Beyer
  • House Democrats
Democratic Representative Beyer from Virginia, organized a letter calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. The letter was signed by more than 40 House Democrats and states, "While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance." Beyer said in a statement Wednesday that "Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying," and that “Jared Kushner cannot be trusted."
THE HILL
  • (G) - SESSIONS & KISLYAK, PART 2
  • Sessions
  • Kislyak
  • O'Donnell
  • Franken
Senator Franken sent a letter to the FBI about a possible 3rd undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Kislyak during the campaign. FBI investigators will now be probing whether Sessions had this additional undisclosed meeting. Sessions was previously forced to recuse himself from any Russia investigations after he lied, during his confirmation hearing, about having meetings with Russians during the campaign. The new probe focuses on an April 27, 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. where Trump "was delivering his first major foreign policy address. Prior to the speech, Sessions and Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organizers, diplomats and others." A Department of Justice spokeswoman stated, "The facts haven't changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel."
THE HILL - CNN - MSNBC VIDEO
  • (H) - NUNES' POSSIBLY SECRET SUBPOENAS
  • Nunes
  • Rice (by extension)
  • Brennan (by extension)
Representative Nunes, who was formerly chairman of the House Intel Committee until he "publicly recused himself from leading the Russia probe in April following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, failed to consult Democrats" on subpoenas he issued to the CIA, FBI & NSA. The subpoenas requested details of any requests Susan Rice and John Brennan made to "unmask names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts." A senior committee aide stated "Subpoenas related to the 'unmasking' issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee's Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the minority's (Democrats') agreement." While "another congressional source said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - REUTERS
  • (I) - RUSSIAN DIPLOMATIC COMPOUNDS
  • Trump
  • Tillerson
  • Lavrov
  • Kislyak
  • Schiff
  • Obama (by extension)
Trump is considering the returning of 2 Russian diplomatic compounds which were seized by Obama in December, "on the grounds that they were used for espionage" after intelligence agencies reported that Russia interfered in the election. In addition Obama "expelled 35 alleged Russian spies."
On May 22nd, the "Russian Embassy in the US" twitter account (@RusEmbUSA) tweeted, "Russia is seeking to return its diplomatic property in #US asap. Otherwise, we will have to take counter measures"
"Early last month, the Trump administration told the Russians that it would consider turning the properties back over to them if Moscow would lift its freeze, imposed in 2014 in retaliation for U.S. sanctions related to Ukraine, on construction of a new U.S. consulate on a certain parcel of land in St. Petersburg. Two days later, the U.S. position changed. Tillerson told Lavrov and Kislyak at a meeting in Washington that the United States had dropped any linkage between the compounds and the consulate"
"Before making a final decision on allowing the Russians to reoccupy the compounds, the administration is examining possible restrictions on Russian activities there, including removing the diplomatic immunity the properties previously enjoyed. Without immunity, the facilities would be treated as any other buildings in the United States and would not be barred to entry by U.S. law enforcement".
In response to the possible move, Schiff tweeted, "@POTUS should not return properties Russians used for espionage that were shuttered after they interfered in our election. Why reward them?”
Axios reports on why this matters: "1) This would completely undermine Obama, and the U.S. response to Russia's election interference. 2) It would be a major concession to Russia, particularly if nothing is given in return, at a time when the very mention of Russia carries a whiff of scandal and intrigue. 3) On a more basic level, it would mean re-opening compounds from which Russian spies reportedly operated for decades."
RED STATE - THE HILL - AXIOS - WASHINGTON POST
  • JUNE 1ST - COMEY, PUTIN, SANCTIONS, SESSIONS, NUNES, FARAGE, KUSHNER, AND THE MAYFLOWER EVENT
  • (A) - COMEY TESTIMONY SET FOR JUNE 8TH
  • Comey
Comey's testimony before the Senate Intel Committee has been set for June 8th. "The hearing will be one of the most highly anticipated events on Capitol Hill in years." He will be questioned about what Trump said to him about the Russia investigation in which he reportedly asked him to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn. He will first appear in an open public hearing at 10am, followed by a closed meeting in the afternoon.
BLOOMBERG - REUTERS - POLITICO
  • (B) - PUTIN: PATRIOTICALLY MINDED HACKERS MAY HAVE HELPED TRUMP WIN
  • Putin
Putin came out with statements claiming that the Russian government didn't have anything to do with the hacking, but that independent "patriotically minded" Russians may have had something to do with it. "He compared hackers to free-spirited "artists" who may be Russians who wake up one morning, see how their homeland is being maligned in the foreign press and decide to act on their own." "If they’re patriotically minded, they start making their contribution." He additionally stated that "We're not doing this on the state level," and that " "Anything is possible in this virtual world. Russia never engages in activities of this kind, and we do not need it. It makes no sense for us to do such things. What for?" He concluded, "in any case, I am sure that any hackers wouldn't be able to influence an election campaign." "The boundary between state and private action, however, is often blurry in Russia, particularly in matters relating to the projection of Russian influence abroad. This provides a measure of plausible deniability for actions that the Kremlin does not want to be linked to publicly."
Additionally he stated that there is no way that Trump and him could be friends, because they didn't meet each other in person. "How can you be friends with someone you don’t know? I don’t think he can call me a friend. We have never seen each other in person."
BLOOMBERG - NY TIMES
  • (C) - EARLY CONSIDERATIONS TO LIFT RUSSIA SANCTIONS
  • Fried
"Top Trump administration officials, almost as soon as they took office, tasked State Department staffers with developing proposals for the lifting of economic sanctions, the return of diplomatic compounds." Several State Department officials took active measures to ensure the sanctions could not be undone easily, by lobbying congressional leaders to quickly pass legislation that would codify the sanctions in place. Among them was Dan Fried, a veteran State Department official who served as chief U.S. coordinator for sanctions policy. Several senators took up the call by proposing legislation that would hold the sanctions in place, including Graham, Cardin, and McCain. The measures have so far been blocked by Senator Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee "who says he wants to first hear the administration’s position on the issue." Fried stated, "What was troubling about these stories is that suddenly I was hearing that we were preparing to rescind sanctions in exchange for, well, nothing."
YAHOO - NBC NEWS - THE HILL
  • (D) - FBI WAS ASKED TO INVESTIGATE SESSIONS
  • Franken
  • Leahy
  • Sessions
  • McCabe
  • Kislyak (by extension)
"Attorney General Jeff Sessions is at risk of being impeached by Congress if found guilty of lying under oath, especially after reports said he had communications with Kislyak during the campaign.
Section 4 of Article II of the U.S. Constitution states: "The president, vice president and all civil officers of the U.S., shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors.'"
On 3 separate occasions, Franken and Leahy, Senators on the Judiciary Committee, asked Comey and then McCabe, to investigate Sessions about additional undisclosed meetings with Kislyak. The first was on March 20th, "the same day Comey publicly acknowledged the existence of the bureau's months-long inquiry into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials." The second was on April 28th and the third on May 12th.
In part the letter read, "We are concerned about Attorney General Sessions' lack of candor to the committee and his failure thus far to accept responsibility for testimony that could be construed as perjury... We know he would not tolerate dishonesty if he were in our shoes. If it is determined that the attorney general still has not been truthful with Congress and the American people about his contacts with Russian officials during the campaign, he needs to resign." They have not received responses to the three letters. "Since then, we have been in communication with the FBI concerning a response... and we expect to be briefed on this matter in the near future.' "
CNN - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES - USA TODAY
  • (E) - NUNES VIOLATING RECUSAL
  • Nunes
  • Schiff
Nunes, who had recused himself from the Russia investigation after he became the subject of a House ethics inquiry over his handling of sensitive material, most likely related to the Russia investigation, is criticized for violating the recusal due to retaining his subpoena power and exercising it. Schiff states, "When someone says they’re going to recuse themselves or step aside from the investigation, you have to expect that they’re not going to insist on having final approval over subpoenas, one of the most important tools of an investigation" "The Committee rules provide that the chair has to sign the subpoenas unless that authority is delegated to someone else." "That authority should have been delegated to [Texas Republican Rep.] Mike Conaway in consultation with myself. That hasn't happened yet. I think that's a violation of the recusal by the Chairman."
NY TIMES - THE HILL - POLITICO
  • (F) - NIGEL FARAGE - FBI'S PERSON OF INTEREST
  • Farage
  • Bannon
  • Sessions
  • Stone
  • Assange
Nigel Farage, British politician who led the Brexit movement, has been identified, by the FBI, as a person of Interest in the Russia Election Interference Investigation. Farage states, "This hysterical attempt to associate me with the Putin regime is a result of the liberal elite being unable to accept Brexit and the election of President Trump. ... I consider it extremely doubtful that I could be a person of interest to the FBI as I have no connections to Russia." He was identified as a person of interest due to his connection to both Trump and Assange. "One of the things the intelligence investigators have been looking at is points of contact and persons involved,” one source said. “If you triangulate Russia, WikiLeaks, Assange and Trump associates the person who comes up with the most hits is Nigel Farage."
He first met Bannon in the summer of 2012 "when Bannon, who was interested in right-wing movements in Europe, invited him to New York and DC." There Farage met Sessions. In 2014, a top editor from Bannon's Breitbart News, went to become Frage's chief of staff. In the summer of 2016, Stone "bragged about having a “mutual friend” who served as an intermediary between himself and Assange." "Last July, Farage attended the Republican national convention when Trump became the party’s nominee." "After Trump’s victory, Farage was one of the first foreign politicians to meet and celebrate with the Republican president-elect." "Farage voiced his support for Putin, calling him the leader he most admired, in a 2014 interview."
"Being a “person of interest” in the ongoing probe does not imply wrongdoing, and is used to describe people who have information that can assist an investigation."
THE GUARDIAN - INDEPENDENT.UK
  • (G) - KUSHNER & RUSSIAN BANK HAVE DIFFERENT EXPLANATIONS
  • Kushner
  • Gorkov
"The WH and the Russian bank are offering different explanations for why Gorkov and Kushner held a secret meeting during the transition in December." The bank says "it was part of a new business strategy with Kushner in his role as head of family's real estate business. WH says meeting was unrelated to business and was one of many diplomatic encounters Kushner was holding ahead of Trump's inauguration."
WASHINGTON POST
  • (H) - THE MAYFLOWER EVENT
  • Trump
  • Kislyak
  • Sessions
  • Kushner
The Mayflower event, which was sponsored by Center for National Interest, a right-leaning pro-Russian think tank, is being scrutinized by the FBI and Congress. During the event, "Trump, Sessions and Kushner were in a small gathering with Kislyak and other diplomats at Washington's Mayflower Hotel. Five current and former U.S. officials said they are aware of classified intelligence suggesting there was some sort of private encounter between Trump and his aides and the Russian envoy." This event is also a matter of inquiry for Sessions' possible perjury due to his potential failure to disclose this third meeting with Kislyak after he failed to previously disclose 2 others publicly and during his security clearance process.
NBC NEWS - NBC BAY AREA
  • JUNE 2ND - KUSHNER, SPECIAL COUNSEL, FBI DIRECTOR SEARCH, EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE, AND THE DAY BEFORE COMEY
  • (A) - KUSHNER'S DEBT & THE RUSSIAN BANK
  • Kushner
  • Gorkov
  • Speier
  • Schiff
House Intel Member, Speier, states, "It's very peculiar that of all the people [Kushner] could be talking to in a transition period where you've got lots of balls in the air, that you end up talking to a Russian banker who is under sanction and who is related to Putin and has a KGB background." Schiff states, "This bank is of particular concern, because of course it's the subject of sanctions, but also because Gorkov, the head of this bank, comes out of a school essentially for Russian spies. He's someone that allegedly is very close to Putin, and I don't think if this was made at the suggestion as alleged by Ambassador Kislyak, I don't think the choice of Gorkov or this bank was any kind of coincidence."
ABC NEWS
  • (B) - SPECIAL COUNSEL EXPANDS
  • Mueller
  • Flynn
  • Manafort
  • Sessions
  • Rosenstein
  • Comey (by extension)
Mueller's special counsel "has assumed oversight of an ongoing investigation involving Manafort." "The Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Manafort predated the election and the counterintelligence probe investigating possible collusion between Moscow and associates of Trump." "The special counsel may also expand to look into the roles of Rosenstein and Sessions in the firing of Comey."
Additionally, Mueller is expanding his probe to take over a grand jury investigation into Flynn's "paid work as a lobbyist for a Turkish businessman, Ekim Alptekin, in 2016." "Alptekin's company, Inovo BV, paid Flynn's consultancy $530,000 between September and November to produce a documentary and research on Fethullah Gulen, an exiled Turkish cleric living in the United States. Turkish President Erdogan blames Gulen for a failed coup last July." "Gulen has denied any role in the coup and dismisses Turkey's allegations that he heads a terrorist organisation." " Flynn had not disclosed that his work for Alptekin meant he was being paid to represent Turkish interests during the election campaign." "In March, Flynn retroactively registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act."
AP - INDEPENDENT.UK - BUSINESS INSIDER
  • (C) - FBI DIRECTOR SEARCH CONTINUES
3 weeks after Comey's firing, Trump is still looking for an FBI director. Three contenders have been in conversation at the White House with Trump, Pence and Sessions. These conversations followed interviews at the Justice Department.
Gowdy stated he is not interested on May 15th. Lieberman withdrew his name on May 25th. Senator Cornyn has declined. Keating, former Oklahoma Governor, McFeely, former FBI official, and McCabe, acting FBI Director have already been interviewed. Yet to be interviewed are Pistole, former deputy FBI Director and head of the TSA, Wray, former head of the Justice Department's criminal division,
NY MAG - REUTERS
  • (D) - EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TO BLOCK COMEY'S TESTIMONY?
  • Comey
  • McGahn
  • Spicer
  • Trump
"Presidents can assert executive privilege to prevent government employees from sharing information. However, legal experts say it is not clear whether certain conversations between Trump and Comey that the president has talked about publicly would be covered, and any effort to block Comey, who is now a private citizen, from testifying could be challenged in court." "Some legal scholars believe any notice would be legally dubious, and the committee itself may resist any invocation of executive privilege."
"Democratic lawmakers [on the House Judiciary Committee] sent White House counsel Donald McGahn a letter warning that "any such assertion of privilege is almost certainly baseless, particularly given that Comey is no longer employed by the Trump Administration. We urge you in the strongest possible terms to counsel the President accordingly." "Any assertion of privilege by Trump would be seen as an effort to obstruct the truth from both Congress and the American people." "In short, use of executive privilege to block Comey's testimony would be a mistake." "We caution you that it would fail on the merits. We also warn you that the public would likely––perhaps rightly––view the decision as additional evidence of obstruction of justice."
Spicer stated, "I have not spoken to counsel yet. I don't know ... how they're going to respond."
Two senior administration officials stated that Trump does not plan to invoke executive privilege.
"One of the administration officials said Friday evening that Trump wanted Comey to testify because the president had nothing to hide and wanted Mr. Comey’s statements to be publicly aired."
"Nixon asserted the power in efforts to block congressional investigations. Obama used the legal authority once, during congressional inquiries after weapons ended up in the possession of Mexican gun cartels."
REUTERS - CBS NEWS - NY TIMES - THE HILL
  • (E) - THE DAY BEFORE COMEY'S TESTIMONY
  • Coats
  • McCabe
  • Rogers
  • Rosenstein
In both public and closed-door hearings before the Senate Intel Committee, Coats, McCabe, Rogers, and Rosenstein, will testify on "on the law governing the collection of foreign intelligence," the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA. "A part of FISA known as Section 702 will expire on Dec. 31 unless Congress votes to reauthorize it. The statute allows the NSA to collect digital communications of foreigners believed to be living overseas whose communications pass through American phone or internet providers. For technical reasons, it also incidentally collects data on Americans, a practice that privacy advocates have said evades Constitutional protections against warrantless searches."
"The surveillance program has become the subject of controversy in recent months after Trump claimed that the U.S. intelligence community surveilled his presidential campaign and that Obama administration officials improperly "unmasked" the identities of campaign aides caught up in surveillance."
REUTERS - THE HILL - POLITICO
  • JUNE 3RD - NO NEW DEVELOPMENTS
  • JUNE 4TH - RUSSIAN DINNERS, GERMAN BANK, RICE, AND SOME COMEY
  • (A) - I KNOW NOTHING!
  • Putin
  • Flynn
  • Kelly
In December 2015, Flynn attended a dinner in Moscow celebrating Russian TV network RT. He was seated directly to the right of Putin along with 8 other guests. Former Deputy Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, Putin's Deputy Chief of Staff, then current Chief of Staff, Spokesman, a film director and his wife, former German Bundestag member and curiously Jill Stein, Green Party Presidential Candidate.
In an interview with Kelly, Putin says that he didn't even know who it was that he was sitting down next to at the front table of the Moscow Hotel. He says, "When I came to the event for our company, Russia Today, and sat down at the table, next to me there was a gentleman sitting on one side. I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman. He was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services' ... that's it. I didn't even really talk to him... That's the extent of my acquaintance with Mr. Flynn."
Flynn was paid $45,000 to speak at the gala.
NBC NEWS - PICTURE OF TABLE
  • (B) - RICE: PUTIN LYING ABOUT ELECTION INTERFERENCE
  • Stephanopoulos
  • Rice
  • Putin
Stephanopoulos interviewed former National Security Adviser, Susan Rice, asking her about the election interference and Putin's statements that "patriotically minded" hackers may have been the ones responsible but that "We don't engage in that at the state level." Stephanopoulos asked Rice, "is that as close to an admission of guilt we're going to get from Putin?" Rice: "I don't know what we'll hear from Putin, but frankly, he's lying. The reality is, as all of our intelligence agencies have come together to affirm with high confidence, the Russian government at the highest levels was behind the very unprecedented effort to meddle in our 2016 presidential election. We need to understand exactly how and why that happened and whether or not there's any evidence to suggest that there were those on the American side who facilitated that meddling."
She said that Trump's stance on NATO is of great benefit to Putin, She also said that it is greatly concerning that Kushner wanted to hide communications with Russia from the US government, saying "That's extraordinary, if not mind-boggling from the point of view of a national security professional. I have worked in this field for 25 years. And I have never heard of such a thing,”
ABC NEWS VIDEO & ARTICLE - THE HILL
  • (C) - DEUTSCHE BANK'S NON-RESPONSE
  • Deutsche Bank
"Seeking details that might show if Trump's loans for his real estate business were backed by the Russian government," several congressmen on the House Financial Services Committee sent a letter to Germany's largest bank, Duetsche Bank on May 23rd. They have reportedly failed to respond by the due date. A Democratic member of the staff told Reuters the "letter did not provide substantive responses to our requests." "The congressional inquiry is also seeking information about a Russian "mirror trading" scheme that allowed $10 billion to flow out of Russia." "Mirror trading involves buying stocks, for example, in Moscow in rubles, with related parties selling the same stocks shortly thereafter through a bank's London branch."
REUTERS
  • (D) - COMEY'S HEARING PREPARATION
  • Comey
  • Burr
  • Warner
  • Mueller (by extension)
Senate Intel Committee chairman Burr states that Comey is "looking forward to having the opportunity to publicly share his thoughts and views" and that "Comey will be free to discuss his interactions with Trump and the investigation into Russian election interference, and that he was cleared to do so by Mueller." Co-chairman Warner states, "I want to know what kind of pressure - appropriate, inappropriate - how many conversations he had with the president about this topic? It would be unthinkable if the president actually did what was reported, asked Comey to, in effect, back off of at least the investigation into General Flynn."
REUTERS - ABC NEWS
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2017.06.11 22:52 Tyrion_Baelish_Varys MEGATHREAD II: Chronological Summary of Events Since Comey Firing May 9th 2017 - present

PAST
=============CURRENT PARTIES INVOLVED (54)=============
(as of May 30th)
(Click on above link to view full list of parties involved) 
  • MAY 27TH - COLLUSION? ESPIONAGE? TREASON? THE KUSHNER CHRONICLES
  • (A) - 3 UNDISCLOSED RUSSIAN MEETINGS
  • Kushner
  • Kislyak
Kushner had 3 undisclosed meetings during and after the 2016 presidential campaign. "Those contacts included two phone calls between April and November last year." "The new information about the two calls as well as other details uncovered by Reuters shed light on when and why Kushner first attracted FBI attention and show that his contacts with Russian envoy Kislyak were more extensive than the White House has acknowledged. "
"FBI scrutiny of Kushner began when intelligence reports of Flynn’s contacts with Russians included mentions of U.S. citizens, whose names were redacted because of U.S. privacy laws. This prompted investigators to ask U.S. intelligence agencies to reveal the names of the Americans" "FBI investigators are examining whether Russians suggested to Kushner or other Trump aides that relaxing economic sanctions would allow Russian banks to offer financing to people with ties to Trump"
REUTERS
  • (B) - IT'S ESPIONAGE THEN?
  • McLaughlin
  • O'Donnell
  • Kushner (by extension)
McLaughlin, former acting CIA Director, appears on MSNBC to address Kushner's secret back channel attempts. O'Donnell asks "What would be the internal CIA reaction to intercepting this communication from the Russian ambassador indicating that Kushner wanted to set up this secret communication?" To which McLaughlin answers, "I don’t want to overstate this because obviously there is a lot we don’t know — we don’t know the exact content of the conversation. We don’t know the objective that was a part of the conversation — those things we don’t know. But I can’t keep out of my mind the thought that, if an American intelligence officer had done anything like this, we’d consider it espionage.”
MSNBC VIDEO - THE HILL
  • (C) - NEFARIOUS OR NAIVE?
  • Hayden
  • Smerconish
  • Kushner (by extension)
Hayden appears on CNN to address the previous day's reports that during the transition in December, Kushner attempted to establish secret, secure back channels with Russia. When asked whether he interprets this as nefarious or naive he says "Right now, I'm going with naivete, and that's not particularly comforting. What manner of ignorance, chaos, hubris, suspicion, contempt would you have to have to think that doing this with the Russian ambassador was a good or an appropriate idea?" ... "This is off the map. I know of no other experience like this in our history, certainly within my life experience."
CNN VIDEO & ARTICLE
  • (D) - WHOSE NARRATIVE?
  • McMasters
  • Kushner (by extension)
Kushner's secretive attempts at establishing a back channel with Russia were met with wide condemnation from the intelligence community, while McMasters, Trump's National Security Adviser, stated "I would not be concerned about it. We have back-channel communications with a number of countries." However as Paul Pillar, former analyst at the CIA, put it, "What puts this in an entirely different category is that this is a transition; they weren't in the government yet. That's really a departure. It's normal for an incoming administration to have contacts with foreign leaders, but I can't think of a precedent for this kind of thing."
Scott Olson, a recently retired 20-year FBI agent who ran counterintelligence operations stated, "First, he is not seeking a back-channel for a low-level staff exchange. He wants high-level direct-contact communication. This is extremely dangerous because it results in verbal (and therefore undocumented and unwitnessed) agreements, which are binding on governments. Free governments do not work this way. They can't. If they do, they are no longer free. Second, he asked to use a foreign government's communication facilities. This is way beyond a private server. This is doing US government diplomatic business over a foreign government's communication system. It's not an off-the-record conversation. It's a conversation recorded by the opposing party. This shows a staggering lack of understanding of the US and its place in the world. Actually, it shows a staggering lack of common sense."
THE ATLANTIC - BUSINESS INSIDER
  • (E) - THE 'T' WORD
  • Simpson
  • Kushner (by extension)
[[Foreign Policy magazine is a highly influential news publication focused on global affairs, current events, and domestic and international policy. According to their internal research "Our readers are among the senior-most officials in their governments, averaging over twelve years of service, 40 percent of which spent more than 15 years rising through the ranks. Approximately 25 percent of our global audience is from the executive branch of government, drawn from the top echelons of international policy decision-makers."]]
The article was written by Emile Simpson, a research fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and former British army officer.
The article begins with "It's time to talk about treason."
The article attempts to decipher Kushner's actions and what they may mean legally. First, "the intent was to avoid monitoring by the intelligence agencies. And second, Trump’s team weren’t in government yet." "The charitable interpretation is that Trump's transition didn't want the Obama administration to know what they were discussing with Moscow. But this is unpersuasive as a defense, because if those conversations were within the realm of legality, what difference would it have made if the Obama administration knew about them?"
Another possibility "might be that Trump’s team was aware that it is illegal for private citizens to conduct diplomacy with a foreign government, so they needed a secret backchannel." Trump's team "might say that they were not conducting diplomacy. But you can’t have it both ways: either the enterprise was legal, in which case there would have been no need to hide it from U.S. intelligence, or it was not."
Better relations with Russia "was a major part of the campaign platform". "But it’s the very legitimacy of wanting better relations with Russia, given Trump’s democratic mandate to pursue such a course, that makes Kushner’s desire to hide the Trump transition team’s connections with the Kremlin from U.S. intelligence so dubious, especially if he did intend for the backchannel to continue, or to start, after the inauguration. That is the kernel of the illegitimacy here: not the effort to improve relations through a backchannel, but the extraordinary measures to keep it secret from one’s own side."
"In the Roman Republic, there were two treasonable offenses. One was called perduellio, which basically aligns with our current definition of treason" ... "The other was called maiestas, which was the offense of diminishing the majesty of the Roman people." ... "Maiestas was about punishing individuals for hijacking their state positions for their personal gain." ... "In Rome, the punishment for maiestas was normally exile. Kushner’s fate is still to be determined. But the public response to it will tell us much about whether the American people, under their new monarch, still have the dignity to protect their ancient majesty."
FP AUDIENCE DEMOGRAPHICS - FOREIGN POLICY
  • MAY 28TH - THE STAYING FOCUS ON KUSHNER
  • (A) - EMBOLDENED RUSSIA
  • Clapper
  • Todd
  • Kushner (by extension)
  • Kislyak (by extension)
Clapper was interviewed by Chuck Todd pertaining to the Kushner back-channels and the Russian ongoing propaganda and interference attempts. In it he says, "All of us in the intelligence community were very concerned about the nature of these approaches to the Russians. If you put that in context with everything else we know the Russians were doing to interfere with the election and just the historical practices of the Russians ... we were very concerned."
Todd asked Clapper, how close to the line of collusion is the Kushner meeting with Kislyak? To which Clapper responded, "It certainly arouses your concern about what's going on given Russia, at least for my money is our primary adversary, they are not our friends, they are in to do us in. We have a time-honored custom in this country that we have one president, one administration, at a time. Oncoming administrations don't get a head start before the end of the current president's incumbency."
Todd asks what should be a response to Russia now, to which Clapper says that he "has not seen any change in Russia behavior anywhere that would merit a relaxation [of sanctions], if anything an increase of sanctions. As more has become public of what they're going to do, as I've said [at the sub-committee hearing], they are only emboldened. They are only going to continue interfering in our political process and that to me is the big story here and what American people should be concerned about."
THE HILL VIDEO
  • (B) - KUSHNER'S SECURITY CLEARANCE
  • Schiff
  • Kushner (by extension)
Schiff, ranking House Intelligence Committee member, calls for a review of Kushner's security clearance in light of reports that he attempted to set up secretive back channels with Russia. Schiff states, "I do think there ought to be a review of his security clearance to find out whether he was truthful, whether he was candid." "Schiff added that without such a review, "there's no way he can maintain that kind of a clearance."" The DNC has recently called on Kusher's immediate firing and top intelligence officials have strongly condemned Kushner's actions while White House officials have minimized the significance.
POLITICO - CBS NEWS
  • (C) - ADD SOME KUSHNER, A BACK CHANNEL, BABY YOU GOT A HYPOCRISY GOING
  • Wikileaks
  • Assange
  • Kushner (by extension)
  • Brennan (by extension)
[[Redstate is a news opinion blog. "Since the 2016 election, it has been considered a site of moderate Republicans dissatisfied with the right-wing nationalist and populist direction of the party." (wiki)]]
On May 23rd Brennan went before the House Intel Committee to testify on the Russia Election Interference Investigation. Among other things he stated that he believes Wikileaks cooperates with Russia via middlemen. On May 28th "Redstate" ran an article titled, "WikiLeaks Founder Assange Rushes To Defend Jared Kushner". The article states that Assange tweeted the following: "Kushner correct to create channels with everyone. CIA has no authority over leadership and is financially motivated to increase conflict." This contradicts Assange's long-held stance as to the purpose of Wikileaks; to subvert these types of secretive back channels by which the people in power communicate to conspire and avoid transparency. Undermining these types of secretive channels of communication was the explicit objective of Wikileaks when it first started and thus Assange's, pro-back-channel, pro-Kushner, pro-Russia, tweet, lends further credence to Brennan's statements.
REDSTATE
  • MAY 29TH - MEMORIAL DAY INTERMISSION
  • (A) - GROWTH OF IMPEACHMENT PRESSURE
  • Trump (by extension)
As of May 29th, "Brookline, Mass., became the 10th and latest local government to pass a resolution calling for impeachment [for obstruction of justice & other offenses], a step designed to add pressure on the state’s congressmen to launch a formal [impeachment] investigation that could ultimately lead to the president’s removal from office." "The goal behind the local government movement, which has no authority in the matter, is to convince Congress to take the first step toward impeachment — launching the investigation necessary to determine if impeachment charges are warranted. If Congress concludes they are, the articles of impeachment are drafted and voted on by the House. A simple majority vote in the House sends the articles to the Senate, which holds a trial and needs two-thirds agreement to convict [and remove Trump from office]." The official impeachment signature collection circulating the nation has crossed 1.1 million as of May 29th.
POLITICO - OFFICIAL IMPEACHMENT SIGNATURE COLLECTION
  • (B) - DECIPHERING KUSHNER'S INTENT
  • Kushner
  • Gorkov
  • Kislyak (by extension)
  • Putin (by extension)
"Federal and congressional investigators are now examining what Kushner and the Russian banker, Gorkov, wanted from each other" during the meeting which was set up by Kislyak. "Current and former American officials say it may have been part of an effort by Kushner to establish a direct line to Putin outside established diplomatic channels." "The meeting came as Trump was openly feuding with American intelligence agencies and their conclusion that Russia had tried to disrupt the presidential election and turn it in his favor." Gorkov's bank, "Vnesheconombank, has also been used by Russian intelligence to plant spies in the United States." Gorkov himself, "is a graduate of the academy of the Federal Security Service of Russia, a training ground for Russian spies." "Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, has told reporters that Kushner's meeting with Vnesheconombank CEO Gorkov in late December "was ordinary business,"" Gorkov has stated that the meeting "was part of the bank's strategy to discuss promising trends and sectors with influential financial institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States." That appears to conflict with the White House's version of events — that Kushner met with Gorkov as a representative of Trump's transition team. ""Jared attended the meeting in his capacity as a transition official," a senior White House official told Business Insider in late March. "Nothing of substance was discussed. There was no follow-up." Kushner failed to disclose the meeting with Gorkov or Kislyak during his security clearance process."
NY TIMES - BUSINESS INSIDER
  • (C) - FAKE NEWS AND WITCH-HUNTS AND DEEP STATE COLLUSION, TOTALLY NOT RUSSIA, OFF TO THE WAR-ROOM DIFFUSION
  • Trump
  • Bannon
Starting early in his campaign, Trump has made claims that any negative or critical news reports of him, his administration or his associates must be "fake news" despite either easily verifiable accounts of events or independently corroborated reports. Amidst the formation of the special counsel and constant leaks coming out of the White House, he added the phrase "witch-hunt" to his vocabulary while some of his advisers started floating the idea that a "deep state" is orchestrating a conspiracy. The deep state concept is roughly, "a body of people, typically influential members of government agencies or the military, believed to be involved in the secret manipulation or control of government policy". It is usually used as a boogeymen with nefarious or self-interested purposes but a more thorough explanation can be read in the Bill Moyers source below.
Amidst the mounting, multi-pronged, investigations descending upon and engulfing Trump and the White House, Bannon "is now setting up a "wartime consigliere" for a battle against the "deep state," media, Democrats and investigators." "Mr Trump, however, has yet to push his adviser’s deep state narrative, focusing on his own favorite opponent: the media. On May 28th he tweeted: “It is my opinion that many of the leaks coming out of the White House are fabricated lies made up by the #FakeNews media.”
BILL MOYERS 3/31/17 - INDEPENDENT.UK
  • MAY 30TH - MULTIPRONGED EXPANSIONS & DEVELOPMENTS
  • (A) – RUSSIA LAUGHING?
  • Trump
  • Putin
"Trump has referred to the investigations as a "witch hunt" and "fake news" even as officials from his White House argue that nobody is more interested in putting the matter to rest than the president himself. He returned to that line of attack Tuesday morning. "Russian officials must be laughing at the U.S. & how a lame excuse for why the Dems lost the election has taken over the Fake News"
"Russian President Vladimir Putin said the allegations of Moscow meddling in the U.S. presidential election are "fiction" invented by the Democrats in order to explain their loss. In an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro, Putin reaffirmed his strong denial of Russian involvement in the hacking of Democratic emails. The interview was recorded during Putin’s Monday trip to Paris and released Tuesday."
POLITICO - WASHINGTON POST
  • (B) - CLAPPER’S CONTINUING CAMPAIGN
  • Clapper
  • Cuomo
  • Kushner (by extension)
Clapper speaks with Cuomo in his continuing effort to inform the public that Russia definitely interfered in the US elections, amidst denial by many Republicans, the White House, and individuals on social media.
"There's been a long history of Soviet interference going back to the Soviet era in our elections, but never, ever has there been a case of the aggressiveness and direct actions that the Russians took and their conduct of a multifaceted campaign to interfere with our election." He states that "in addition to the hacking, there was a very sophisticated propaganda effort, principally through RT, a Russian government funded entity, their use of trolls to seed social media with erroneous information, and many other outlets either wittingly or unwittingly picked this up." ... "If there was ever a clarion call for vigilance, this is it." He goes on to say that he did not see any evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians because that falls under the focus and authority of the FBI not the Director of National Intelligence.
On Kushner’s back channel attempts, Clapper states that the content of the conversation is important, rather than the attempts. Cuomo asks whether the intelligence community has any evidence of the content of communications to work off in an investigation. Clapper: "I guess the general answer is yes, but I’m certainly not going to comment any further than that. There was a basis for investigation." ... "I think the intent and the content of any of these engagements is crucial to the country to know what it’s about."
CNN - FULL VIDEO
  • (C) – WHITE HOUSE COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR QUITS
  • Dubke
Dubke "served as a behind-the-scenes player helping manage communications strategy and responses to crises such as the firing of Comey." He "tendered his resignation on 18 May but had agreed to stay on until Trump returned from his trip to the Middle East and Europe on Saturday." He stated, "the reasons for my departure are personal."
BBC - WASHINGTON POST
  • (D) – CONWAY’S & SPICER’S BACK CHANNEL NARRATIVE
  • Conway
  • Spicer
  • Kushner (by extension)
  • Kislyak (by extension)
Spicer, during a press briefing, says that he will not comment on whether Trump approved of Kushner’s discussions with Kislyak during the transition, where he reportedly attempted to set up back channels, because the reports come from "unconfirmed anonymous sources."
While Conway made statements that such back channels are normal in the White House, which avoids the fact that such attempts were made during Obama’s incumbency. "Former U.S. national security officials have suggested that such a line of communication would be out of the norm for a presidential transition team and that could possibly be illegal. But Conway downplayed the reports of Kushner’s proposals to Russian officials as falling within the realm of ordinary White House work."
POLITICO - WASHINGTON POST VIDEO
  • (E) – TRUMP’S LAWYER BECOMES PART OF INVESTIGATION
  • Cohen
Both the House and Senate investigators have asked Trump’s long-time lawyer and trusted confidant "to provide information and testimony" "about any contacts he had with people connected to the Russian government but he said he has turned down the invitation” stating "I declined the invitation to participate, as the request was poorly phrased, overly broad and not capable of being answered". "I have not been subpoenaed to testify. If I am subpoenaed to testify I will comply -- and gladly -- as I have nothing to hide." He states, "there is no shred of evidence that implicates me." Cohen "has served as executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump." Additionally Cohen "was made a deputy national finance chairman of the Republican National Committee — a position that gives him some sway on how money will be allocated to Republican candidates." In April "he formed a "strategic alliance" with the powerful D.C. lobbying firm Patton Boggs, a firm whose clients include Russia’s third-largest bank, Gazprombank."
[Conflicting reports exist as to when the Senate Intel Committee’s expanded subpoena power came. Some reports state that it was after Flynn declined to issue documents following a subpoena, other reports state that it came after Cohen declined the request.]
ABC NEWS - NY TIMES - NY TIMES - CNN – THE HILL – NBC NEWS
  • (F) – FLYNN’S SUBPOENAED DOCUMENTS
  • Flynn
The Senate Intel Committee has previously subpoenaed 2 of Flynn’s businesses as well as his own person. He will provide all the documents from his businesses but only some of his own. He had previously declined to provide any of his own documents, but after negotiating with the committee to narrow the scope of his personal subpoena, he will comply and deliver on a yet undetermined percentage of the request at a yet undetermined time. However the first batch of business documents will be delivered to the committee by June 6th.
CNN
  • (G) – BORIS EPSHTEYN REQUEST FOR INFO & TESTIMONY
  • Epshteyn
Boris Epshteyn was a campaign adviser, senior adviser on the transition team, briefly served as director of communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee and went on to join the White House press office before abruptly leaving in March. "He has received a request for information and testimony from the House Intel Committee." "Epshteyn appears to be the sixth Trump associate whose activities are being examined in the rapidly widening Congressional investigation." The other 5 are Flynn, Manafort, Stone, Page, and Cohen.
ABC NEWS
  • (H) – POSSIBLE RUSSIA DEROGATORY STATEMENTS
"Russian government officials discussed having potentially "derogatory" information about then-presidential candidate Trump and some of his top aides in conversations intercepted by US intelligence during the 2016 election, according to two former intelligence officials and a congressional source" The sources “cautioned the Russian claims to one another "could have been exaggerated or even made up" as part of a disinformation campaign that the Russians did during the election."
CNN VIDEO & ARTICLE
  • (I) – COMEY TO TESTIFY FOLLOWING DEBRIEFING
  • Comey
  • Mueller (by extension)
Comey will testify before the Senate Intel Committee on a yet undetermined date following a debriefing by Mueller.
"A close associate of Comey who is not authorized to comment publicly said Tuesday that Mueller is not expected to block the former director from appearing before the Senate panel. However, that appearance would occur only after Comey is fully debriefed for the federal investigation" ... "The person familiar with Comey's contacts with Mueller said that while discussions between the two have only been preliminary there appeared to be an understanding of the need for public testimony from Comey."
USA TODAY
  • (J) - KUSHNER'S SECURITY CLEARANCE DEBATE (MAY 28, 29, 30)
  • Franken
  • Booker
  • Schiff (by extension)
  • Kislyak (by extension)
Schiff was one of the first senators to call for a review of Kushner's security clearance following reports that during the transition he attempted to set up a secret back channels with Russia via Kislyak.
On the other hand, New Jersey Democratic Senator Booker "declined to endorse his party's call for the White House to revoke the security clearance of the president's son-in-law. Stating "I think we need to first get to the bottom of it. He needs to answer for what was happening at the time. It raises very serious concerns for me. And that could be a potential outcome that I seek, but I want to understand, at least hear from Jared Kushner, as well as the administration, about what was exactly going on there." "Kushner and other donors affiliated with Kushner Cos. delivered more than $41,000 to Booker's Senate campaign in 2013, according to data compiled by PoliticalMoneyLine.com. Politico reported that Ivanka Trump hosted a fundraiser for Booker during that election. In 2009, Jared Kushner also gave $20,000 to Booker's Newark mayoral ticket "Booker Team for Newark," New Jersey campaign finance records show. That year, Booker attended the wedding of Kushner and Ivanka Trump."
Conversely Senator Franken has stated "This is a pretty bad breach. Look, they — these guys, the administration, they're not acting like people who have nothing to hide."
THE HILL - RAW STORY
  • (K) - EXTRADITION BATTLE OVER RUSSIAN HACKER
  • Russian hacker
Russian who faces charges of hacking computers at American companies, is held by Czech authorities and can be extradited to the US or Russia. Both countries seem to be battling legally for his custody. "The suspect immediately appealed his possible extradition to the US."
CNBC
  • MAY 31ST - FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY, TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS
  • (A) - I GET MY ADVICE ON FOREIGN POLICY FROM PAGE. ALSO I DO NOT KNOW PAGE.
  • Page
  • Trump
  • Spicer (by extension)
The Trump White House has seemingly twisted itself into an inescapable knot. "A year ago, during the presidential campaign, Trump personally singled out Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy. That became highly problematic: the FBI has investigated Page as a possible agent of Russia." During the transition Spicer said, "Carter Page is an individual whom [Trump] does not know." On May 31st "those close to Trump have tried to distance the president from Page, insisting that the two never met and that Page played a limited role."
That morning Trump goes on to tweet, "So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!" "Trump’s tweet follows Page’s claim that his interview with the House Intelligence Committee has been delayed, but it’s unclear if that interview had ever been scheduled in the first place. But perhaps the most salient detail is Trump’s insistence that Carter Page has information that “blows away” the Democrats’ “case against him” in the Russia scandal. This, of course, leads to an awkward question: how exactly would the president know that?"
WASHINGTON POST - MSNBC
  • (B) - MUELLER EXPANDS SPECIAL COUNSEL
  • Mueller
  • Weissmann (by extension)
  • Rhee (by extension)
Mueller expands "his team of investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia." The two most recent additions are Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Weissmann. Rhee had been "deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel advising the White House and the attorney general on executive power and national-security issues." Weissmann "is the most senior government lawyer to join Mueller." He was "the head of the fraud section in the Obama administration "whose been overseeing corporate fraud and foreign-bribery investigations." "Weissmann and Rhee join a growing team that includes Peter Carr, a veteran spokesman for the Justice Department who will deal with the news media, and two former Wilmer partners, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles."
BLOOMBERG
  • (C) - COMEY PLANS TO TESTIFY ABOUT TRUMP CONVERSATIONS
  • Comey
  • Mueller (by extension)
"Comey and the special counsel’s office have reached an understanding about what he can and cannot discuss, clearing the way for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week." However Trump may decide "to invoke executive privilege and try to prevent Comey from testifying. Comey is expected to be asked about several conversations he had with Trump, including one in which he says Trump encouraged him to stop investigating Flynn." "After asking Pence and Sessions to leave the room, Trump asked Comey during an Oval Office meeting in February to let the Flynn investigation go, according to a memo that Comey wrote." "The memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation." This had sparked the formation of the special counsel and the call for impeachment on grounds of obstruction of justice. "When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI's investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign -- the centerpiece of the probe"
WASHINGTON POST - POLITICO - NY TIMES - PBS - BUSINESS INSIDER - CNN VIDEO & ARTICLE
  • (D) - WHITE HOUSE NO LONGER ANSWERING COMEY/RUSSIA QUESTIONS
  • Spicer
  • Kasowitz
"The White House will no longer take questions on Comey's firing and the Russia investigation." Spicer said, "We are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz. Kasowitz is Trump’s long-time lawyer and has represented him in property deals, divorce cases and fraud allegations at Trump University." "It marks the first time the White House has publicly referred questions of this sort to Kasowitz"
THE GUARDIAN - TIME
  • (E) - TRUMP'S LAWYER SUBPOENAED
  • Cohen
  • Schiff
  • Conaway
"The subpoena comes a day after Cohen said he would not cooperate with congressional investigators." Schiff & Conaway, the co-leaders of the House Investigations issued a statement stating, "As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records."
POLITICO - CNN - THE HILL
  • (F) - HOUSE DEMOCRATS LETTER
  • Kushner
  • Beyer
  • House Democrats
Democratic Representative Beyer from Virginia, organized a letter calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. The letter was signed by more than 40 House Democrats and states, "While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance." Beyer said in a statement Wednesday that "Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying," and that “Jared Kushner cannot be trusted."
THE HILL
  • (G) - SESSIONS & KISLYAK, PART 2
  • Sessions
  • Kislyak
  • O'Donnell
  • Franken
Senator Franken sent a letter to the FBI about a possible 3rd undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Kislyak during the campaign. FBI investigators will now be probing whether Sessions had this additional undisclosed meeting. Sessions was previously forced to recuse himself from any Russia investigations after he lied, during his confirmation hearing, about having meetings with Russians during the campaign. The new probe focuses on an April 27, 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. where Trump "was delivering his first major foreign policy address. Prior to the speech, Sessions and Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organizers, diplomats and others." A Department of Justice spokeswoman stated, "The facts haven't changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel."
THE HILL - CNN - MSNBC VIDEO
  • (H) - NUNES' POSSIBLY SECRET SUBPOENAS
  • Nunes
  • Rice (by extension)
  • Brennan (by extension)
Representative Nunes, who was formerly chairman of the House Intel Committee until he "publicly recused himself from leading the Russia probe in April following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, failed to consult Democrats" on subpoenas he issued to the CIA, FBI & NSA. The subpoenas requested details of any requests Susan Rice and John Brennan made to "unmask names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts." A senior committee aide stated "Subpoenas related to the 'unmasking' issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee's Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the minority's (Democrats') agreement." While "another congressional source said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - REUTERS
  • (I) - RUSSIAN DIPLOMATIC COMPOUNDS
  • Trump
  • Tillerson
  • Lavrov
  • Kislyak
  • Schiff
  • Obama (by extension)
Trump is considering the returning of 2 Russian diplomatic compounds which were seized by Obama in December, "on the grounds that they were used for espionage" after intelligence agencies reported that Russia interfered in the election. In addition Obama "expelled 35 alleged Russian spies."
On May 22nd, the "Russian Embassy in the US" twitter account (@RusEmbUSA) tweeted, "Russia is seeking to return its diplomatic property in #US asap. Otherwise, we will have to take counter measures"
"Early last month, the Trump administration told the Russians that it would consider turning the properties back over to them if Moscow would lift its freeze, imposed in 2014 in retaliation for U.S. sanctions related to Ukraine, on construction of a new U.S. consulate on a certain parcel of land in St. Petersburg. Two days later, the U.S. position changed. Tillerson told Lavrov and Kislyak at a meeting in Washington that the United States had dropped any linkage between the compounds and the consulate"
"Before making a final decision on allowing the Russians to reoccupy the compounds, the administration is examining possible restrictions on Russian activities there, including removing the diplomatic immunity the properties previously enjoyed. Without immunity, the facilities would be treated as any other buildings in the United States and would not be barred to entry by U.S. law enforcement".
In response to the possible move, Schiff tweeted, "@POTUS should not return properties Russians used for espionage that were shuttered after they interfered in our election. Why reward them?”
Axios reports on why this matters: "1) This would completely undermine Obama, and the U.S. response to Russia's election interference. 2) It would be a major concession to Russia, particularly if nothing is given in return, at a time when the very mention of Russia carries a whiff of scandal and intrigue. 3) On a more basic level, it would mean re-opening compounds from which Russian spies reportedly operated for decades."
RED STATE - THE HILL - AXIOS - WASHINGTON POST
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2017.06.02 06:41 PostimusMaximus Wiki updates 6/1

Things are starting to snowball in severity.
Trump
Russia
Deutsche Bank
Wikileaks
HPSCI
Intelligence Community
FBI Investigation
Flynn
Epshteyn
Cohen
Kushner
Sessions
Page
Nunes
Tillerson
Farage
In 3 days we've managed to get confirmed SIGINT of Russians discussing kompromat on Trump, reports of Trump attempting to lift sanctions, reports of Trump giving compounds back to Russia that were removed from them due to hacking, MSM realizing the Mayflower event matters, Trump finally being named as involved in unreported meetings, numerous subpoena's/person of interest notes for both FBI and Committees and Comey agreeing to testify in 1 week. What a ride its been.
Will migrate all of this over to the Wiki shortly. Let me know if you spot any errors or if I missed anything. Thanks!
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2017.06.01 14:04 Keep_Track_of_Trump [RECAP] May 31st - FROM EACH ACCORDING TO HIS ABILITY, TO EACH ACCORDING TO HIS NEEDS

The Trump White House has seemingly twisted itself into an inescapable knot. "A year ago, during the presidential campaign, Trump personally singled out Page, by name, as one of only a handful of people who were advising him on matters of foreign policy. That became highly problematic: the FBI has investigated Page as a possible agent of Russia." During the transition Spicer said, "Carter Page is an individual whom [Trump] does not know." On May 31st "those close to Trump have tried to distance the president from Page, insisting that the two never met and that Page played a limited role."
That morning Trump goes on to tweet, "So now it is reported that the Democrats, who have excoriated Carter Page about Russia, don’t want him to testify. He blows away their case against him & now wants to clear his name by showing ‘the false or misleading testimony by James Comey, John Brennan…’ Witch Hunt!" "Trump’s tweet follows Page’s claim that his interview with the House Intelligence Committee has been delayed, but it’s unclear if that interview had ever been scheduled in the first place. But perhaps the most salient detail is Trump’s insistence that Carter Page has information that “blows away” the Democrats’ “case against him” in the Russia scandal. This, of course, leads to an awkward question: how exactly would the president know that?"
WASHINGTON POST - MSNBC
Mueller expands "his team of investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia." The two most recent additions are Jeannie Rhee and Andrew Weissmann. Rhee had been "deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel advising the White House and the attorney general on executive power and national-security issues." Weissmann "is the most senior government lawyer to join Mueller." He was "the head of the fraud section in the Obama administration "whose been overseeing corporate fraud and foreign-bribery investigations." "Weissmann and Rhee join a growing team that includes Peter Carr, a veteran spokesman for the Justice Department who will deal with the news media, and two former Wilmer partners, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles."
BLOOMBERG
"Comey and the special counsel’s office have reached an understanding about what he can and cannot discuss, clearing the way for his testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee as early as next week." However Trump may decide "to invoke executive privilege and try to prevent Comey from testifying. Comey is expected to be asked about several conversations he had with Trump, including one in which he says Trump encouraged him to stop investigating Flynn." "After asking Pence and Sessions to leave the room, Trump asked Comey during an Oval Office meeting in February to let the Flynn investigation go, according to a memo that Comey wrote." "The memo was part of a paper trail Comey created documenting what he perceived as the president's improper efforts to influence an ongoing investigation." This had sparked the formation of the special counsel and the call for impeachment on grounds of obstruction of justice. "When he testifies, Comey is unlikely to be willing to discuss in any detail the FBI's investigation into the charges of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign -- the centerpiece of the probe"
WASHINGTON POST - POLITICO - NY TIMES - PBS - BUSINESS INSIDER - CNN VIDEO & ARTICLE
"The White House will no longer take questions on Comey's firing and the Russia investigation." Spicer said, "We are focused on the president’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel Marc Kasowitz. Kasowitz is Trump’s long-time lawyer and has represented him in property deals, divorce cases and fraud allegations at Trump University." "It marks the first time the White House has publicly referred questions of this sort to Kasowitz"
THE GUARDIAN - TIME
"The subpoena comes a day after Cohen said he would not cooperate with congressional investigators." Schiff & Conaway, the co-leaders of the House Investigations issued a statement stating, "As part of our ongoing investigation into Russian active measures during the 2016 campaign, today we approved subpoenas for several individuals for testimony, personal documents and business records."
POLITICO - CNN - THE HILL
Democratic Representative Beyer from Virginia, organized a letter calling for Kushner's security clearance to be revoked. The letter was signed by more than 40 House Democrats and states, "While the various congressional and law enforcement investigations continue, the White House should take all possible steps to protect national security including immediately revoking Mr. Kushner’s security clearance." Beyer said in a statement Wednesday that "Multiple reports now say that he discussed opening a secret line of communications that could be monitored by Russian intelligence but not American intelligence, which would be disqualifying," and that “Jared Kushner cannot be trusted."
THE HILL
Senator Franken sent a letter to the FBI about a possible 3rd undisclosed meeting between Sessions and Kislyak during the campaign. FBI investigators will now be probing whether Sessions had this additional undisclosed meeting. Sessions was previously forced to recuse himself from any Russia investigations after he lied, during his confirmation hearing, about having meetings with Russians during the campaign. The new probe focuses on an April 27, 2016 event at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC. where Trump "was delivering his first major foreign policy address. Prior to the speech, Sessions and Kislyak attended a small VIP reception with organizers, diplomats and others." A Department of Justice spokeswoman stated, "The facts haven't changed; the then-Senator did not have any private or side conversations with any Russian officials at the Mayflower Hotel."
THE HILL - CNN - MSNBC VIDEO
Representative Nunes, who was formerly chairman of the House Intel Committee until he "publicly recused himself from leading the Russia probe in April following a secret visit he paid to White House officials, failed to consult Democrats" on subpoenas he issued to the CIA, FBI & NSA. The subpoenas requested details of any requests Susan Rice and John Brennan made to "unmask names of Trump campaign advisers inadvertently picked up in top-secret foreign communications intercepts." A senior committee aide stated "Subpoenas related to the 'unmasking' issue would have been sent by Chairman Nunes acting separately from the committee's Russia investigation. This action would have been taken without the minority's (Democrats') agreement." While "another congressional source said Democrats were "informed and consulted" before the subpoenas were issued."
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - REUTERS
Trump is considering the returning of 2 Russian diplomatic compounds which were seized by Obama in December, "on the grounds that they were used for espionage" after intelligence agencies reported that Russia interfered in the election. In addition Obama "expelled 35 alleged Russian spies."
On May 22nd, the "Russian Embassy in the US" twitter account (@RusEmbUSA) tweeted, "Russia is seeking to return its diplomatic property in #US asap. Otherwise, we will have to take counter measures"
"Early last month, the Trump administration told the Russians that it would consider turning the properties back over to them if Moscow would lift its freeze, imposed in 2014 in retaliation for U.S. sanctions related to Ukraine, on construction of a new U.S. consulate on a certain parcel of land in St. Petersburg. Two days later, the U.S. position changed. Tillerson told Lavrov and Kislyak at a meeting in Washington that the United States had dropped any linkage between the compounds and the consulate"
"Before making a final decision on allowing the Russians to reoccupy the compounds, the administration is examining possible restrictions on Russian activities there, including removing the diplomatic immunity the properties previously enjoyed. Without immunity, the facilities would be treated as any other buildings in the United States and would not be barred to entry by U.S. law enforcement".
In response to the possible move, Schiff tweeted, "@POTUS should not return properties Russians used for espionage that were shuttered after they interfered in our election. Why reward them?”
Axios reports on why this matters: "1) This would completely undermine Obama, and the U.S. response to Russia's election interference. 2) It would be a major concession to Russia, particularly if nothing is given in return, at a time when the very mention of Russia carries a whiff of scandal and intrigue. 3) On a more basic level, it would mean re-opening compounds from which Russian spies reportedly operated for decades."
RED STATE - THE HILL - AXIOS - WASHINGTON POST
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