It’s Money Laundering or Nothing for Trump

It’s pretty clear that president Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice.  But the problem has always been, well why was he obstructing justice?  The standard story is that Trump was working with the Russians to manipulate election results, and wanted to prevent investigators from discovering the extent of his cooperation with the Russian government to win the 2016 election.  Trump’s response to this has been to deny “collusion.”

Tangentially, his supporters in the media have argued that even if Trump had contacts with Russians before the election, he was entitled to do that because he was working to become the next president.  It’s legitimate for a presidential candidate to begin to develop political relationships with international leaders, the argument goes.

Legal scholars have also thrown up some alarm bells, arguing that the only law that Trump could have violated by working with the Russians is over 200 years old and has never led to a successful criminal prosecution. Thus, if “collusion” or conspiracy with the Russians to win an election is all we have at the end of the day, the case seems thin.

In recent months, however, we’ve been treated to a steady stream of news reports indicating that Trump was laundering money for and taking money from Russian organized crime.  Some even speculate that Trump’s properties have been funded almost entirely with Russian mafia money.  A  witness in one Congressional investigation had this to say:

Witness Glenn Simpson told the House Intelligence Committee the money trail to “golf courses in Scotland and Ireland” was “concerning”.

He claimed financial statements obtained by his firm Fusion GPS for a dossier on Mr Trump, right, showed “enormous amounts of capital flowing into these projects from unknown sources”.

Simpson went on to state that he believed the money came from Russian organized crime and corruption.  The idea that Trump takes money from Russia has even been admitted to by his own son, Eric Trump, who told a reporter years ago:

‘Well, we don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.’ I said, ‘Really?’ And he said, ‘Oh, yeah. We’ve got some guys that really, really love golf, and they’re really invested in our programs. We just go there all the time.’

I’ve argued before on this blog and will continue to argue that the real Trump crimes here have to do with money laundering, fraud, tax evasion, and other various steps Trump has taken to receive illegal money such as criminal proceeds, corrupt government proceeds, organized crime money, and cash from Russian billionaires.  And if he was obstructing the FBI investigation because he did not want his money crimes to be discovered, he will be going to prison for a long time–regardless of what “collusion” happened during the 2016 election.


Trump Increases Attacks on FBI

During the last few weeks, Trump and his allies have been increasing their attacks on the FBI.  Besides the absolutely stunning turn of events in which a “conservative” is attacking American law enforcement and siding with the Russian government, there has to be a motive behind the attacks.

We learned today that Trump’s attorney general Jeff Sessions was interviewed by the Mueller investigators very recently.  This is yet another extraordinary step, where a sitting attorney general is interviewed during an active criminal investigation into the president he serves.  This coupled with recent news that Mueller wants to also interview Trump, and somewhat less recent news that Trump’s son in law Jared Kushner hired a crisis management public relations team, suggests that we are nearing the end of the investigation (perhaps a few months away), and that Team Trump is very concerned about unfavorable results.

Logically, you would not interview a senior official like the attorney general or the president or the president’s son in law unless most of your investigation was wrapped up.  You don’t go after the big dogs without first having all of your ducks in a row.

If I had to guess I would say that Jared Kushner is looking at criminal liability, and Eric Trump Jr., may also be looking at criminal charges.  Unclear if this will reach to the President.  If the investigation turns away from alleged campaign improprieties with the Russians (that, while nefarious and unethical, may be difficult to criminally prosecute), and instead turns to money laundering for international organized crime (which is where Trump’s former brain trust Bannon thinks this is going), things will probably look worse for president Trump.

Russian Money Laundering Bank Turns on Kushner

It’s well known that Deutsche Bank moves dirty Russian money around for corrupt Russian officials and gangsters.  A few weeks ago we learned that Mueller’s investigators subpoenaed bank records from Deutsche.  Now we are learning that Deutsche is willing to turn in Kushner’s “suspicious” transactions.

As Bannon said recently, the “Kushner shit is greasy.”


A German bank reportedly has evidence of “suspicious transactions” related to Jared Kushner’s family accounts and is willing to hand the information over to Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller.

The board chairman of the banking giant Deutsche Bank, Paul Achleitner, called for an internal investigation and found troubling results, German business magazine Manager Magazin reported in its print edition released on Friday.

The Kushner Shit Is Greasy

Looks like people are starting to realize that Kushner is just a big fraud and a money launderer.  In other words, he moves money around for criminals and takes a little off the top for his troubles.  He’s going to get caught.  As Steve Bannon said recently, the “Kushner shit is greasy!

Deutsche Bank is looking at evidence that companies related to Jared Kushner may have moved “suspicious” money through the German lender, according to a report.

Trump’s National Security Advisor Mike Flynn Pleads Guilty to Felony

Trump’s former national security advisor Michael Flynn just agreed to become a felon. You don’t agree to become a felon and plead guilty to a serious crime unless you are getting something out of it. Flynn was facing more serious charges, and instead of rolling the dice, he turned rat on Trump and/or the vice president, Pence.

Per Business Insider reporter Natasha Bertrand:

This is a “clear sign” that Flynn is cooperating against Trump.  We also aren’t dealing with a hypothetical, we know Flynn has definitely pled guilty:

So what did Flynn give up to avoid more serious criminal charges? Per ABC news, Flynn is prepared to testify against Trump, members of his family and Trump’s staff. Flynn will testify that Trump, as a candidate (not as president), ordered him to contact Russians.  The “as a candidate” part is important because it’s illegal for a presidential candidate to be coordinating with a foreign government, especially one that is an enemy to the US, like the Russian government.

According to Bloomberg news, Flynn also admitted that he had a call with Trump at Trump’s private resort, Mar-A-Lago, to plan how they would approach the Russian Ambassador. That’s is conspiracy, folks.

Prosecutor Brandon L. Van Grack said in court that “a very senior member of the transition team directed” Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador at one point. At another, Flynn “called a senior official of the Trump team at Mar-a-Lago” to discuss a United Nations resolution that Flynn talked about with Kislyak.

Trump’s inner circle is now shitting bricks, they are absolutely freaking out and going crazy, they are very scared and in very big trouble.  One person “very close” to the president said that the Flynn development is “very very bad” because Flynn knows a lot of Trump’s criminal secrets, and he will tell them all to the Feds to avoid going to jail for a very long time.

We have also have a fact statement filed in federal court about Flynn. You can read it here. It’s very obvious that more people are going to be arrested over this. And since Flynn was so high up in the food chain, there are only a few directions this can go in:

  • Trump
  • Trump’s family (sons, daughter, son in law)
  • Attorney General Sessions
  • Vice President Mike Pence
  • Other high-level Trump campaign officials (Bannon, Conway, etc.)

This is history in the making, folks.

Kushner Becomes an FBI Target

We learned today that Jared Kushner is a person of interest in the FBI investigation into Trump campaign connections to Russia.  Coincidentally, it was also reported recently that Kushner pushed very hard to have Comey fired and also pushed to retaliate for the appointment of a special counsel.  He wanted to fight the investigations into Trumpland very hard—as if it was the fight of his life.

But what has Kushner done to become a potential target of a federal criminal investigation?  We know that back in December 2016, Kushner met with a Russian banker at the request of the Russian ambassador to the United States.

This raises questions because “Russian bankers” usually are agents of the Russian government and work very hard to move dirty Russian money around the world and help cover up Russian financial crimes.  In fact, a Russian banker was sentenced to 30 months in prison after he was prosecuted in federal court in New York.  The charge? Conspiring to work for Russian foreign intelligence services in the United States.  The prosecutor who took down the Russian banker?  The U.S. attorney that Trump fired earlier this year.

As for Kushner’s meeting in December 2016 with Banker Sergey Gorkov, Gorkov is also someone on the feds’ radar. Gorkov used to serve on the Executive Board and was Vice President of another Russian bank, Sberbank. (source)  This week Trump named Marc Kasowitz, an attorney who previously represented Sberbank in federal court, as his private counsel for the Russia investigation.  Kasowitz has another Russian client: a company operated by Oleg Deripaska, a man who Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, signed a $10M annual contract with to influence politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States.  Manafort’s contract with Deripaska had one major purpose—to benefit President Vladimir Putin’s government.

Trump and his buddies are pushing their way to the top of the FBI’s list.


Trump Lies, Says 3 Million Illegal Votes in 2016 . . . But “Zero” of them Went to Him

Trump is repeating his delusional lie, obviously a racist attack against immigrants, that 3 to 5 million people voted illegally in the 2016 election.  Of those millions, Trump has made up another lie by saying that not one of those millions of made up fantasy votes were for him.

There were four documented cases of voter fraud in 2016.  Three of the four were Trump supporters.

Something even more obscene?   Trump’s chief strategist, treasury secretary, daughter,  and son in law are all registered to vote in two states.  

Voter fraud only counts if you don’t have white skin.