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Mob Mob Mob, and Trump is a mobster. It looks like we are making a lot of progress here. Trumps ties to organized crime are called out and his boss, Semion Mogilevich, gets a mention in this article as well.

Trump's Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime
Source: The Atlantic

Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

Natasha Bertrand
6:14 PM ET

... snip

Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate. Nearly a decade later, Ohr and the FBI sought Deripaska’s help in taking down overseas criminal syndicates.

And then there’s Andy McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who spent over a decade investigating Russian organized crime and served as a supervisory special agent of a task force that scrutinized Eurasian crime syndicates. McCabe is a 21-year FBI veteran who handled aspects of the Russia investigation until Mueller was appointed last May, an appointment McCabe says he pushed for. He was fired in March, just two days short of being eligible to receive his pension and other benefits from the bureau. The official reason was that he had lacked candor when describing his interactions with the press to the Inspector General’s office. But Trump and his allies’ relentless attacks on McCabe on Twitter and cable news made it difficult for many to believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire him was completely devoid of political considerations.

One member of Mueller’s team, meanwhile, has provoked more ire from the president’s allies than others: Andrew Weissmann, a seasoned prosecutor who oversaw cases against high-ranking organized criminals on Wall Street in the early 1990s and, later, against 30 people implicated in the Enron fraud scandal. Trump has also villainized former Mueller team member Lisa Page, a trial attorney in the Justice Department's organized-crime section whose cases centered on international organized crime and money laundering. She has been targeted by the president and his allies for mocking Trump in text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, a Russian counterintelligence expert in the FBI, during a period in which both briefly worked on the Mueller investigation. Strzok was fired earlier this month for writing similarly caustic messages. Trump says the texts showed outrageous bias and has cited them as evidence that Muller is out to get him.

Mueller’s probe is first and foremost a counterintelligence investigation, and Trump famously declared last year that any examination of his personal finances would cross a “red line.” But Russia’s criminal syndicates have become increasingly intertwined with its intelligence services, blurring the line between mafia dons and spies. (As Russia expert Mark Galeotti wrote in his book “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia,” Putin’s Kremlin has consolidated power by “not simply taming, but absorbing, the underworld.”)

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-top-targets-in-the-russia-probe-are-experts-in-organized-crime/569056/

Trump's Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime

Source: The Atlantic

Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

Natasha Bertrand
6:14 PM ET

... snip

Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate. Nearly a decade later, Ohr and the FBI sought Deripaska’s help in taking down overseas criminal syndicates.

And then there’s Andy McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI who spent over a decade investigating Russian organized crime and served as a supervisory special agent of a task force that scrutinized Eurasian crime syndicates. McCabe is a 21-year FBI veteran who handled aspects of the Russia investigation until Mueller was appointed last May, an appointment McCabe says he pushed for. He was fired in March, just two days short of being eligible to receive his pension and other benefits from the bureau. The official reason was that he had lacked candor when describing his interactions with the press to the Inspector General’s office. But Trump and his allies’ relentless attacks on McCabe on Twitter and cable news made it difficult for many to believe that Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision to fire him was completely devoid of political considerations.

One member of Mueller’s team, meanwhile, has provoked more ire from the president’s allies than others: Andrew Weissmann, a seasoned prosecutor who oversaw cases against high-ranking organized criminals on Wall Street in the early 1990s and, later, against 30 people implicated in the Enron fraud scandal. Trump has also villainized former Mueller team member Lisa Page, a trial attorney in the Justice Department's organized-crime section whose cases centered on international organized crime and money laundering. She has been targeted by the president and his allies for mocking Trump in text messages she exchanged with Peter Strzok, a Russian counterintelligence expert in the FBI, during a period in which both briefly worked on the Mueller investigation. Strzok was fired earlier this month for writing similarly caustic messages. Trump says the texts showed outrageous bias and has cited them as evidence that Muller is out to get him.

Mueller’s probe is first and foremost a counterintelligence investigation, and Trump famously declared last year that any examination of his personal finances would cross a “red line.” But Russia’s criminal syndicates have become increasingly intertwined with its intelligence services, blurring the line between mafia dons and spies. (As Russia expert Mark Galeotti wrote in his book “The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia,” Putin’s Kremlin has consolidated power by “not simply taming, but absorbing, the underworld.”)

Read more: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-top-targets-in-the-russia-probe-are-experts-in-organized-crime/569056/



I think it's a BFD that a journalist used "Trump" and "organized crime" in the headline.

Mob. Mob. Mob. Mob and Judges all the way up to the Supreme Court.

Lincoln's Bible on the Mob and judges. I think this is kind of important since the sitting POTUS laundered money for the Mob for decades.

Also, LB is one of the people who brought us http://www.citjourno.org/

I did not post every twitter post in the thread here, and highly recommend going to the thread for the documentation.

Tonight we return to history. In this moment of retiring Justice Kennedy, the shady dealings of his offspring, & the onslaught of judges that "Cocaine" Mitch & Donnie "Two Scoops" are appointing, I've been asked to do a piece on the Mob & judges. "But, Your Honor..." - THREAD -
https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/status/1034962771824140289

1/ If you have a pulse, you're aware of some basic mob tactics (& I hope I've helped to sort lore from reality). The most basic tactic of all is to compromise law enforcement & politicians. This is how one can run an illegal empire. But the jewel of all jewels to compromise...

... snip

6/ There's a lot more case study, but you get it. The mob has its judges. They GROOM them, often, from within the family. You know my saying, #FollowTheLawyers? Well, that leads us to judges as well. In fact, it leads us right to a now-retiring judge on the US Supreme Court...

7/ To get to him - to truly see it, you gotta through the mobsters. That's how it works. And Justice Kennedy's mobster was his daddy's mobster: the "Governor of the Legislature" - "The Boss of California" - the "Godfather" of Mickey Cohen. ARTIE SAMISH.

8/ Samish was a sh*tbird of the highest order. He did the kind of racketeering that Fred Trump and Roy Cohn were so good at: lobbying a state legislature by compromising the locals. THAT is how you get sh*t done. Samish represented the liquor companies. Because... of course...

... snip

11/ I mean... Samish was just a HUGE mobster, on every level. He was. There is no disputing it. And like all big mob bosses, he had his own attorney. Someone whose solo practice revolved around him. Take a gander. That's Justice Kennedy's dad.

12/ So, Samish goes to prison for the one thing that the Feds were great at popping mobsters for: tax evasion, of course. https://www.nytimes.com/1974/02/14/archives/arthur-h-samish-a-coast-lobbyist-boss-of-california-is-dead.html … And then, years later Samish croaks. As does his consigliere, Kennedy. And all those Samish atty-client privileged files...

13/ And all those business relationships of Samish's - all the other mobsters, & corporations of the mob, & individuals compromised by the mob - fell into the hands of...Kennedy's son, Anthony. Yep. This was the law practice that young Tony Kennedy took over. He was a mob lawyer.

... snip

15/ Now, to avoid the uncomfortable discussion of mob families would be just a bullish*t thing to do, at this point. Our democracy is at stake. So, I'm not sugarcoating a thing. I'm also not going to point to anything but that which I can source. All that above? That's sourced...

16/ But let's get real. When you're born into a mafia family, it's very likely (but not definitive) that you continue in the family's work. It is what it is. I, personally, cannot avoid this history of Kennedy's - when considering what his "retirement" is enabling...



17/ I don't know why he picked this moment to leave the bench & open up yet another seat for Trump & the completely compromised @GOP to fill.
I don't know why his son approved Trump's loans at Deutsche bank, & what that might mean (other than Russian mob money-laundering 😜.

Maybe someone paid him a visit, and let him know it was time to go. Maybe that person(s) was even a good guy, because a bunch of sh*t is about to go down. I don't know. I really don't. BUT, I do know...
https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/status/1034993336048738304

19/ That ARTIE SAMISH WAS A HUGE MOBSTER, WITH A HUGE EMPIRE, & Justice Kennedy inherited all his legacy to keep. Because the mob trusted him implicitly, or they would have never let him take over his father's practice. He was theirs. And then, he chose to become a judge. - END -
https://twitter.com/LincolnsBible/status/1034994652120735744



I highly recommend going to the twitter thread at the beginning of the post. Also, the unrolled version is here: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1034962771824140289.html?refreshed=1535596964

Project Veritas pops up in Mueller's Exhibit list for Manafort's next trial. 🔥



"Suspicious" Transactions At Russian Embassy Sparked Deeper Bank Probe Than Previously Known

Source: BuzzFeed News

The former Russian ambassador received a salary payment twice as large as past years, and bankers blocked a $150,000 withdrawal.

When BuzzFeed News reported earlier this year on dozens of suspicious financial transactions by Russian diplomats living in Washington, Kremlin officials objected with ferocity. A Russian foreign ministry spokesperson denounced the news organization as a “tool of the American intelligence services” and insisted the transactions were purely run of the mill.

But new documents show that American bank examiners delved deeper into the embassy's financial activity than was previously known — and reveal why they flagged two of the transactions as suspicious.

The first, made just 10 days after the US presidential election in 2016, was a $120,000 lump-sum check to then-ambassador Sergey Kislyak that was twice as large as any payment he’d received in the previous two years.

The second, just five days after President Donald Trump’s inauguration, was a blocked attempt to withdraw $150,000 in cash that a bank official feared was meant for Russians the US had just expelled from the country.

Read more: https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/jasonleopold/suspicious-payments-kislyak-russia-embassy-mueller

McGahn didn't know about Trump's tweet before it was sent & had not discussed departure plans w/

McGahn did not know about Trump's tweet before it was sent and had not previously discussed his departure plans with POTUS, though it was open secret in the WH. He was surprised, though attitude was "of course it happened this way."

https://twitter.com/PostRoz/status/1034824524607488000

CNN: 2nd Trump Organization employee discussed a potential immunity deal w/ federal prosecutors

CNN: A second Trump Organization employee discussed a potential immunity deal with the federal prosecutors who charged Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, according to people familiar with the matter.

https://twitter.com/ShimonPro/status/1034823409203642369

Maddow: The Russia scandal that surrounds this president, it has a Russian org crime element to it.

No kidding...

Semion Mogilevich’s name and who he is was told by Rachel Maddow tonight on MSNBC tonight.

It's the mob. It's all about the mob. Everybody say it out loud. It's the Russian mob.

I've been waiting for this to be said out loud on TV. It just was.

The Russia scandal that surrounds this president, it has a Russian organized crime element to it.

https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1034614466032361472



In honor of John McCain today

my favorite quote from him:

There’s a lot of aspects with this whole relationship with Russia and Vladimir Putin that requires further scrutiny, and so far I don’t think the American people have gotten all the answers. In fact, I think there’s a lot of shoes to drop from this centipede.”

https://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/mccain-russia-trump-235966


Shoes have been dropping all over the damn place from this centipede.

Thank you for your service and your role in helping bring down the orange mobster in the White House, sir.

Time: Nothing to See Here, Stormy, In Deep


https://twitter.com/SovietSergey/status/1032637417474416640

Wonder what the next one will be.
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