#TrumpRussia … President Outliar … Watergate wasn’t performed by the KGB

By ann summers

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There is so much there, there … so much still not known, but what is known are money-laundering, data-laundering, and more recently verification of intention to disrupt the 2016 election with a preference for Trump. And then there’s all the associated perjury and obstruction of justice. And every whining Trump tweet reminds us how screwed we all are, as Trump continues his malevolent regime change, bolstered by a crowd of sociopaths.

Donald Trump is Vlad's newest puppy - which is fitting, given that he's a (somewhat) trusted and useful puppet.
Trump Suggests That Russia Never Hacked the DNC

The president is either beholden to the Kremlin, or an unstable conspiracy theorist, or both.

Russian agents hacked the Democratic National Committee’s email account in a bid to disrupt the 2016 election. This claim has been affirmed by every branch of the American national security state, virtually every member of Congress from either party, and, on occasion, the Trump White House. Even Vladimir Putin doesn’t flatly deny that such a hack occurred — rather, he merely insists that, if it did, the attack was conducted by Russian “patriots” acting independently of the Kremlin.

And yet, Donald Trump is unwilling to concede this point. On Thursday, the president offered the following airtight case for believing that the Democratic Party hacked its own emails, as part of a nefarious plot to tarnish the glory of Trump’s inevitable victory … or something.

Clarity is elusive but many people can see justice if not truth somewhere amidst the smokescreens of Trumpian “truthful exaggeration”. Means and ends, even if it’s the professional courtesy of jumped sharks and drowning lawyers.

After all the Trumpers have given enough indication that they were putting forward their best efforts even in 2016 December, to lift the economic sanctions on Russia. Why would the Trumpers anger their electoral benefactors.

The coming months will be spent sorting out the real and imagined quid pro quos. Even if there was no collusion there was coordination and cooperation, even if indirect, and it will need to be seriously investigated for the coming years. Just as the past years of possible money laundering established a pattern of conduct that should have disqualified Trump.

This was a perfect storm for the GOP and the Russians, with the Brexit shenanigans as a test of the Russian active measures and their subsequent parallel motion with the GOP micro-targeting.

The same patrons worked together, including the Mercers and their Bannonist minions with the overlaps of all those banks, on and off-shore.

Other RWNJs found it easy to support the reactionary message of racism and sexism spread among the LIVs whose false consciousness continues as even their working class health care and their social security gets looted by the ruling class.

The signals began in earnest with the various RNC/GOP contacts, not even with Trump himself, but taking advantage of the GOP pwned by free corporate media for Trump throughout the primaries. Trump was a marketing profit center even if Trump steaks are always about sizzle, much like his illusory philanthropy.

Now it seems geopolitical and perversely dated, as though the Cold War returns, Trump screwing with a Cuba policy only to give “the commies” even greater influence. And “the cyber” part, it still is about profit first.

Even with Nixon, it was about a kind of realism, although for Trump it is a rationalized realism, going back to those salad days of Russian sex workers and a 1990 Playboy interview where he saw the US and Russia forging a global duopoly whose hegemony could be called “peace”. A reminiscence that has been comfortable for Trump.

“There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of June 15, 2016

The cyber operation is still in its early stages and involves deploying “implants” in Russian networks deemed “important to the adversary and that would cause them pain and discomfort if they were disrupted,” a former U.S. official said.

The implants were developed by the NSA and designed so that they could be triggered remotely as part of retaliatory cyber-strike in the face of Russian aggression, whether an attack on a power grid or interference in a future presidential race.

Officials familiar with the measures said that there was concern among some in the administration that the damage caused by the implants could be difficult to contain.

As a result, the administration requested a legal review, which concluded that the devices could be controlled well enough that their deployment would be considered “proportional” in varying scenarios of Russian provocation, a requirement under international law.

The operation was described as long-term, taking months to position the implants and requiring maintenance thereafter. Under the rules of covert action, Obama’s signature was all that was necessary to set the operation in motion.

U.S. intelligence agencies do not need further approval from Trump, and officials said that he would have to issue a countermanding order to stop it. The officials said that they have seen no indication that Trump has done so.

On a trip to Moscow, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with a close Putin confidant and accepted documents from Russian prosecutors claiming Magnitsky wasn’t a whistleblower, but a thief.

Back in Washington, Rohrabacher’s senior aide escorted anti-Magnitsky lobbyists to meet other lawmakers and entered testimony endorsing Russia’s version of events into the official congressional record.

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said, according to a recording of June 15, 2016 … “There’s two people I think Putin pays: [Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher [R-Calif.] andTrump,”

Rohrabacher, for his part, says he was merely seeking to find the truth in an international dispute and to avoid gratuitously demonizing Russia.

“I get pushback whenever I’m asking for an honest assessment of a situation in which Russia is being vilified,” he told POLITICO. “I don’t know where this is all coming from but there’s clearly a herculean effort to push us back into a cold war.”

For Rohrabacher, who often boasts about having literally gone to Afghanistan and fought the Soviets alongside the Afghan mujahedeen, the role of pro-Russia congressman is a dramatic change. He was a White House speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and in the 1990s he famously arm-wrestled Putin, then a lowly deputy mayor, in a Washington dive bar…

The document, which is marked “Confidential” and was obtained by POLITICO, blamed Magnitsky and his employer, an American-born investor named Bill Browder, for orchestrating the tax fraud. The letter proposed that if more members of Congress followed Rohrabacher’s lead in questioning the Magnitsky story, Russia would reconsider its ban on American adoptions, which Putin imposed in retaliation for the Magnitsky Act in 2012.

The document pointed Rohrabacher to supporting evidence in a New York court case. In 2013, federal prosecutors accused a Russian holding company of laundering $14 million stolen in the scheme that Magnitsky uncovered. The company’s owner, Denis Katsyv, is the son of a former transport minister and business associate of Yakunin’s.

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Bill Browder, left, with Zhanna Nemtsova, daughter of murdered Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, at the inaugural Sergei Magnitsky Human Rights Awards ceremony in London, Nov. 16, 2015.Dave Hadley / Holly Cant

In February, Katsyv and two other Russians formed a nonprofit organization in Delaware that purported to support restarting Russian adoptions and hired a lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin, lobbying and incorporation records show. Akhmetshin visited Rohrabacher’s office in May on the day before the House Foreign Affairs Committee was scheduled to consider the new global human-rights bill named for Magnitsky.

www.politico.com/…

(November 2016)

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New York Properties

The Katsyv family owns more than $17 million in New York real estate alone despite a new US law that says those who benefited from the Magnitsky case cannot enter the country.

On Nov. 12, 2009, the Katsyv-owned Prevezon Holdings Ltd registered itself as a foreign business corporation in Brooklyn and on Nov. 30 that year Katsyv’s company set up a US business. Two weeks later it signed a deed on a condominium at Pine Street in Manhattan, for $829,000. The same day Prevezon Holding Ltd signed another deed and bought a second condo in the building for $1.2 million. Alexander Litvak, director of Prevezon Holdings Ltd, signed both deeds.

Lev Leviev’s group of companies, Africa Israel-AFI, opened shopping malls all over the world. AFI Palace is the biggest shopping mall in Romania.The New York State Division of Corporations lists seven companies with names similar to Prevezon Holding Ltd that together own more than $17 million in New York real estate. Property records show that all the similarly named companies are affiliated with the same directors and managers, including Litvak and Krit, current director of Cyprus-based Prevezon. Some also own other New York City properties including five units in a luxury condominium complex at 20 Pine Street in the heart of Wall Street. A number of these are currently for sale for between $1 and $2 million each.

Katsyv’s businesses are closely tied to another controversial figure: Russian oligarch Lev Leviev. Leviev and Katsyv’s businesses often trade assets. (see Leviev story)


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(March 2017)

Lawyer With Key Evidence In Russian Corruption Scandals Falls From Building Before Testifying

Curious things have happened to lawyers involved in a massive tax fraud investigation involving government officials in Russia. Sergei L. Magnitsky, the lawyer who initially uncovered the alleged fraud died in prison. This week, Nikolai Gorokhov, the lawyer representing Magnitsky’s family, is recovering from serious injuries after falling out of a window in his Moscow apartment building. Gorokhov fell just one day before he was scheduled to appear in a Moscow court.

Gorokhov was retained in 2011 to represent Hermitage Capital Management founder William Browder, as well as Magnitsky’s family. Browder, who founded Hermitage in 1996, was, at one point, considered the largest private foreign investor in Russia.

In 2007, Hermitage’s Moscow office was raided on allegations of tax evasion despite a belief by the company that it had actually paid more than required.

Magnitsky, who was a lawyer as well as an auditor, was hired to find out what happened. Magnitsky came to believe that the tax fraud wasn’t happening inside Hermitage but inside Russia’s own government. He accused a wide network of police, judges, corporate owners, and the Russian mafia of contributing to, and in some instances, directing the fraud.

Magnitsky’s accusations were not well-received, and eventually, he was accused of working with Browder to evade 522 million rubles ($16.3 million U.S.) in taxes. Magnitsky was thrown into a Moscow prison and died before his trial. He was just 37.

Magnitsky’s cause of death was said to be acute heart failure and toxic shock, caused by untreated pancreatitis. Magnitsky’s family says that he had been denied medical treatment while in prison, allegations that were confirmed by Russia’s Presidential Human Rights Council, which also found that he had been tortured.

(You can read my previous story about Magnitsky here).

In 2012, in response to circumstances leading up to Magnitsky’s death, the U.S. passed the Sergei Magnitsky Rule of Law Accountability Act which imposes financial and travel sanctions on those alleged to have committed human rights violations. Not everyone in Washington is a fan. In 2016, Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), who had briefly been bandied as a potential candidate for Secretary of State under President Trump, proposed removing Magnitsky’s name from the law. That didn’t happen, and today, in addition to the U.S. law, there are a series of global Magnitsky laws…

It’s easy to think about this series of events as if it was something out of Hollywood. It seems so out of touch with our reality. But these aren’t characters in a movie. Magnitsky was a real person. He had a wife and children. “Sergei was a lawyer,” Browder said, “like you.” I admitted that was one of the reasons the case had resonated with me for so long.

 

The fact that we’re still talking about a lawyer’s death all of these years later is, he says, “remarkable.” Magnitsky’s work, he says, lives on because he had exposed the Kremlin’s main money-stealing operation. Browder explained that the subsequent work – the series of Magnitsky laws around the world and tracing stolen money – has made things “extremely unpleasant” for Putin.

Magnitsky’s legacy may just be the exposure of the entire Kremlin money-laundering pipeline in the West. Gorokhov was helping to continue that work.


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(May 2017)

Prevezon Holdings Ltd. said in an emailed statement that it agreed to settle the U.S. claims for less than 3 percent of the amount initially sought by the U.S. government. Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon Kim said the settlement amount was roughly 10 times the money that was allegedly traced directly into U.S. accounts and real estate.

“This settlement is nothing short of a victory for Prevezon,” Faith Gay, a lawyer for the company, said in a phone interview. “It’s almost an apology by the government.”

The attempt to seize a lower Manhattan condominium acquired by the Russians and other assets began four years ago with then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara filing the claim. Bharara was fired in March by President Donald Trump and Kim, Bharara’s successor, announced the settlement late on Friday.

“The nearly $6 million represents three times the money that flowed to Prevezon from the Russian treasury fraud and more than 10 times the portion they invested in U.S. real estate,” James Margolin, a spokesman for the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office, said in a statement Saturday. “However they want to rationalize it, Prevezon agreed to give up multiples of the laundered money they brought into New York.”

But this isn’t the first time Trump has displayed a bizarre fealty to the Kremlin’s line. To name just a few others:

(1) His campaign took a hands-off approach to the GOP’s 2016 platform — except on the issue of American aid to Ukraine in its efforts to combat Russian intervention. On that score, Trump’s team insisted on striking language about providing “lethal weapons” to the Ukranians.

(2) His administration looked into lifting sanctions on Russia for “absolutely nothing” within days of taking office.

(3) The White House has shown little interest in bucking GOP orthodoxy for the sake of upholding Trump’s more idiosyncratic campaign stances — except on the issue of foreign policy toward Russia. At present, the administration is working to kill bipartisan legislation locking in sanctions against Moscow.

“So, it seems entirely possible that Trump isn’t disputing the reality of Russian interference so as to satisfy the Kremlin, but rather, the demands of his own insatiable ego.

Which is to say: The president isn’t necessarily beholden to a hostile foreign power — he could just be a conspiracy theorist with a severe personality disorder.”

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You do realize you just confessed that Russia meddled in the election you won, right? That you were the beneficiary of their act of war? (KO)

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20 Responses to #TrumpRussia … President Outliar … Watergate wasn’t performed by the KGB

  1. Ron Stokes says:

    Thank God for Freedom of Speech… it makes it easy to spot the assholes.

  2. Carlyle Moulton says:

    Anne, If you use an internet acronym such as “LIV” first make sure that its meaning can be discovered by googling. The only google hits for “LIV meaning” that I can find relate to Norse name for a girl.

    • Low Information Voter

      • Carlyle Moulton says:

        Thanks Chuck.

        Normally googling “ACRONYM meaning” work like a charm but not in the case of “LIV” or “LIVS”.

        • It was widely used one or two election cycles ago. Whenever doing a search, also try Duck Duck Go. DDG is a neutral search engine that uses Google search technology, but does not tell Google your search history. That way, it is a ‘blind’ search and Google can’t try to figure out what they can sell you.

  3. When I was taking the training course for “lie detection” at a certain facility in northeastern Virginia, we were learning to use the Dektor Psychological Stress Evaluator, also called the “Voice Stress Analyzer.” That was in the late 1970s. The instructor said they ran a VSA analysis on Nixon’s speech in which he said he was not a crook. The instructor said, “It damn near bent the needle on the machine.”

    Being the curious sort, I ran it myself. Sure enough, the machine virtually screamed “Lie!”

    I have not run any scans on Trump. The reason is that psychopaths don’t feel stress when lying. It is almost as if they believe the lie. The late Dr. David Lykken did a number of studies on psychopaths, finding that polygraphs and the VSA are useless with them. Those machines depend on the subject feeling anticipatory anxiety and stress when telling a lie. I have not bothered with doing an analysis of Trump’s verbalizations for that reason.

    • Ron Stokes says:

      Kudos on that great bio, Doctor, and i’ll bet you mix a great martini but I have to wag my finger at your diagnosis of President Trump as a psychopath. You have not done an analysis of Donald Trump because you have already tainted your outcome by giving yourself the disclaimer of it being useless. Heads you win, tails he loses. He speaks to ME and I believe that were we in a bar-room fight he would not find an excuse to be in the MEN’s room. His election belies the fact that there are many of ME out here. Go Donald!

      • Ron,
        Keep your eyes open and stay aware of what is going on with FVEY. You know that a good prosecutor or investigator never shows all their cards until they have to provide discovery to the defense. The question is not if, but when.

        Incidentally, I did not “diagnose” him as a psychopath. That is a non-diagnosis, and is not found in any diagnostic literature. It is more of a slang term, commonly used to describe a set of observable behaviors.

        As far as fan clubs go, Nate Silver, the statistics wizard at 538 tracks all the polls and weights them for reliability. Link to the composite profile and comparisons with previous Presidents:
        https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/trump-approval-ratings/

        • Ron Stokes says:

          Doctor, technically you may not call it a diagnosis but your point is all about something flawed in Trump, and the term psychopath used twice in conjunction seems as a diagnosis to the average guy. I see manhood.
          As far as polls go, I believe they all are tainted by the agenda of the poll taker. Ha, Ha… now I’m diagnosing poll-takers as tainted. Human nature on all sides usually shows through. Stay Cool. Go Donald!

          • Interesting. I have been working with so-called psychopaths for 44 years, and my work has been reviewed by many appellate courts. I kind of know what I am doing. I really need to update and re-post my long article on interrogations, and the one I wrote on detection of deception. They are now dated.

            Nate Silver’s work is watched by more bookies than any living human. He was keeping stats on sports long before he became interested in analyzing political polling and forecasts.

            Silver uses a statistical model he calls his “Special Sauce.” I have taken graduate courses in statistics up through advanced parametric and non-parametric stats, as well as advanced research design. What he jokingly calls his Special Sauce is actually the Monte Carlo Statistical Method. Legend has it that the Monte Carlo name came about because the guy who developed it named it in honor of a relative who was an inveterate gambler and loved going to Monte Carlo.

            It is not an accident that bettors love this method of analyzing odds. I have read there is not a manager for any pro sports team that does not have some form of it installed on the clubhouse computer.

            If you want to know more in order to discuss this intelligently, you can find a primer on the method at this link. At 289 pages it is a bit long for a primer, but I am sure you will find it interesting and informative, and should answer any questions you may have about fakery.

            Admittedly, it does not rise to the level of great intellects like Alex Jones, Glenn Beck, and Sean Spicer, so if you can point out where the statistical method Nate Silver uses goes wrong, I am happy to discuss it.

  4. Ron Stokes says:

    I don’t see your methods on interrogations,detection and deception as being dated. Then again, I’m the one who’s dated because it’s been 20 years since I’ve been retired (one of the last officers in Philly to still carry a .38 special revolver n’ was considered a dinosaur). Police tactics have become too intellectual for me today… I’m used to the days of pure ‘pain management’ to affect my ends. I think police have become too passive.
    As for the primer, I probably won’t read it, Silver’s work on the odds of a successful ‘suicide squeeze’ (today just called just a ‘sqeeze play’) was spoken of many times by the late Harry Callas (Phils play-by-play announcer for some 30 plus years).
    Y’know, when speaking of Beck, Spicer, and Jones, be careful… saying, “Great Intellectuals” with your tongue in cheek may cause you to bite that tongue.
    As for 44 years of psychopaths… bless Ya Brother, and I thought I had it rough.

    • Heh. Just did two POST exams today on new hires. I am a glutton for work. Two more tomorrow. Turnover is a problem. Been at this so long, I don’t know anything else. I never talk about any of my former…..Ahem….”customers” unless there is a substantial public record.

      You can use the Google on these characters if you are curious. I keep thinking I need to hang out with a better crowd.

      Jimmy Lee Gray, the only defendant I ever met whose own mother wanted him executed.

      Marion Albert Pruett, “I’m just a mad dog.”

      Leo Edwards, Jr. Every time he went into a convenience store to buy cigarettes, somebody died.

      Connie Ray Evans executed store clerk who begged for his life

      Paul Everette Woodward

      Bobby Glen Wilcher

      Tracy Alan Hansen Cop killer

      Bart Helgrin Mease Cop killer

      Those are just a few. There are a lot more.

    • Ron,
      I got this news item from a friend in Washington state. She says this just happened at her daughter’s high school. Quite a graduation ceremony.

      http://www.heraldnet.com/news/100-cops-greet-son-of-slain-officer-at-woodinville-graduation/

  5. Ron Stokes says:

    Wow, what a fantastic gesture at graduation. Other than ‘Black Lives Matter’ supporters, it seems there has been a shift change in the way the military and law enforcement are seen. I joke that I was called so many mofos in North Philly that i send m’self a Mother’s Day card. I still have my Army uniform in storage with stains of rice pudding (we were told it was rice pudding) from when I returned from Nam. Feelings of jealousy on my part still linger but I am not bitter. …Well, maybe a little, LOL.
    That list of miscreant names you gave me will be searched tonight with a martini or two n’ a cigar on the porch. I don’t seem to remember any of the names but I’m sure when reading the facts (‘specially the cop-killers) I’ll come to an, “Oh yea, I remember that one.” My interaction with such losers was usually a quick wrestling match and the clicking of cuffs. I had no other interaction or conversation with them so this should be interesting, thanx.

    • Those were not the only two cop killers I worked with. Just a couple of the more memorable, not that they weren’t all memorable in their own way.

      My youngest daughter getting ready to go to work:

      She wrote this: For Poetry Friday: A prayer for a correctional officer.

      In case you missed it, her story is here:
      In Memoriam: Brandi Nicole Stanley “Celtic Lassie” 1988 – 2015 “I will NOT go without a fight.”

      • Ron Stokes says:

        Wow, my kudos and blessings to her. With the way correctional facilities are run today I wish her the best.

        • Thanks Ron, I appreciate that sentiment very much. However, you may want to follow that link to her story.
          This was her Christmas in 2015

          • Ron Stokes says:

            My deepest condolences, Brother, and apologies for not reading the entire article before I commented. I saw the shield and only wanted to comment on the pride you must have.
            The wish for blessings remains the same.

    • Speaking of managing difficult folks. When my younger son got out of the Coast Guard, he got a job as uniformed security at the Maximum Security unit of the Mississippi State Hospital.

      In addition to his USCG training, he had started taking martial arts lessons at age 13. He had a black belt in Shotokan Karate, then switched to Tae Kwon Do and got a black belt in that style.

      The nursing staff at the hospital loved him. Keep in mind the Unit had “patients” that could not be managed at the psych unit at Parchman State Penitentiary. If Junior did not want to cooperate, they usually sent for “Big Tim.” He would come ambling down the hall, go into the cell and extract the patient as needed. He never bothered to suit up in hard gear and never asked for backup. Never used any kind of spray or taser. Did I mention that he was a little over 6’5″ tall and weighed almost 300 pounds?

      He never did harm a patient. Never broke a bone, dislocated a joint, or left visible bruises. However, they always came along with him. Not sure why. It’s a mystery.

      Here he is with his mom and little sister, Officer Brandi–all 5’4″ of her. For comparison purposes, you should know that my wife was almost six feet tall. :mrgreen:

      As I said, it’s a mystery.

      • Ron Stokes says:

        A mystery… LOL. Were you nine I’d have to say, “Son, that tongue could remain permanently in your cheek if you’re not careful.” Size matters (she said to me once). The thing that always slowed me to caution were bigger-than-me Black guys with intentional bald heads and an earring in their ear. The hot buttered soul look. I always thought of the courage it took to shave off a full head of hair.

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