How Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump, Jr., Avoided a Criminal Indictment
Bribery involving Daddy!
JARED KUSHNER FAILED TO DISCLOSE HE LED A FOUNDATION FUNDING ILLEGAL ISRAELI SETTLEMENTS BEFORE U.N. VOTE
Kushner firm’s $285 million Deutsche Bank loan came just before Election Day
One month before Election Day, Jared Kushner’s real estate company finalized a $285 million loan as part of a refinancing package for its property near Times Square in Manhattan.
The loan came at a critical moment. Kushner was playing a key role in the presidential campaign of his father-in-law, Donald Trump. The lender, Deutsche Bank, was negotiating to settle a federal mortgage fraud case and charges from New York state regulators that it aided a possible Russian money-laundering scheme. The cases were settled in December and January.
Now, Kushner’s association with Deutsche Bank is among a number of financial matters that could come under focus as his business activities are reviewed by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining Kushner as part of a broader investigation into possible Russian influence in the election.
The October deal illustrates the extent to which Kushner was balancing roles as a top adviser to Trump and a real estate company executive. After the election, Kushner juggled duties for the Trump transition team and his corporation as he prepared to move to the White House. The Washington Post has reported that investigators are probing Kushner’s separate December meetings with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, and with Russian banker Sergey Gorkov, the head of Vnesheconombank, a state development bank
Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts
JARED KUSHNER-QATAR REDUX: ROBERT MUELLER ENTERS THE FRAY
Kushner’s Business Got HALF A BILLION worth of Loans
After White House Meetings
Apollo, the private equity firm, and Citigroup made
large loans last year to the family real estate business
of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s senior adviser.
Kushner’s Role in the Russia Mess:
A Timeline: Everything We Know
The Time I Got Recruited to Collude with the Russians
In a personal letter, Trump invited Putin to the 2013 Miss Universe pageant
In a June 18, 2013, tweet, Trump wrote: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow — if so, will he become my new best friend?”
His letter to Putin was written that month
What Happened in Moscow: The Inside Story of How Trump’s Obsession With Putin Began
His 2013 visit paved the way for a scandal that shook the world.
Leaked Emails Appear To Show A Top Trump Fundraiser Abusing His Power
The messages suggest that Elliott Broidy tried to use his influence with the Trump administration for personal gain.
Emails and documents an anonymous group leaked to HuffPost this week appear to show a Los Angeles lawyer asking for more than $80 million to scuttle a Department of Justice investigation into a multibillion-dollar scandal involving Van Gogh paintings, the movie “The Wolf of Wall Street,” the prime minister of Malaysia — and the lawyer’s husband, a Republican National Committee deputy finance chair Elliott Broidy, trying to use his influence with the Trump administration to help.
In 2016 Broidy served as a vice chairman of the Trump Victory Committee, a joint fundraising committee between the Donald Trump campaign and the RNC. In addition, he served as a vice chairman of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. In April 2017 Broidy was named a national deputy finance chairmen of the RNC.
In October 2017 in a private meeting with U.S. president Donald Trump, Broidy praised a paramilitary force his company Circinus was creating for the UAE. He urged the president to meet with the UAE's military commander Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, to support the UAE's hawkish policies in the Middle East, and to fire U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. He was also harshly critical of Qatar, an American ally at odds with the UAE.
In 2009, Broidy entered a guilty plea to a single felony count of attempting to provide excess gratuity to former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi. The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor in exchange for cooperation that helped to land Hevesi behind bars. Broidy had provided $1 million in illegal gifts to New York State pension authorities. The gifts included luxury trips to Israel, payouts, and an undisclosed investment in a film produced by the brother of the chief investment officer of the New York State Retirement Fund. In exchange for the gifts, the state pension fund had invested $250 million with Markstone Capital Partners. As part of the plea deal, Broidy paid $18 million in restitution of management fees paid by the pension fund to Markstone.
In March 2018, the Wall Street Journal reported that Broidy had been in negotiations to earn tens of millions of dollars if the U.S. Justice Department dropped its investigation into a multibillion-dollar graft scandal involving a Malaysian state investment fund, 1MDB, according to emails reviewed by the Journal. One email showed a proposal that would have given Broidy and his wife $75 million if they got the Justice Department to drop its probe into 1MDB. Broidy also prepared talking points for Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak to tell Trump during his 2017 visit to Washington, DC. This included playing up Malaysia's relationship with the U.S. in fighting North Korea and arguing against pursuing legal action against 1MDB.
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Leaked Memo: GOP Fundraiser Pitched Trump On International Muslim Army To Fight America’s Wars
Elliott Broidy envisioned a team of 5,000 “Muslim soldiers recruited from Arab and Islamic nations.”
According to the memo, Broidy told Trump that he had recently traveled to the UAE on behalf of Circinus, his private defense and intelligence firm. He met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MBZ), the country’s de-facto leader. Circinus has hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts with the UAE
Last year, Blackwater founder Erik Prince — the brother of Betsy DeVos, Trump’s secretary of education, floated the idea of using private military contractors instead. Like Broidy, Prince has deep ties in the UAE. In 2010, he sold his stake in Blackwater and moved to the UAE, where he helped its government assemble a private military battalion made up of foreign troops.
But Trump’s official military advisers shot down Prince’s proposal
Trump Donor Elliott Broidy In Ukraine-Russia Criminal Probe
The Prosecutor General of Ukraine has launched an investigation into claims surrounding an alleged multi-million dollar lobbying contract that names one of US President Donald Trump's most influential fundraisers, Elliott Broidy.
The 12-page document, which appears to have been signed by Broidy, outlines his role as providing "political advocacy" on behalf of a now sanctioned Russian bank, VTB.
The deal was apparently dated June 12, 2014, just weeks before VTB Bank was blacklisted by the US and EU as a key Kremlin asset following Russia's invasion of Crimea. Russian President Vladimir Putin is guest of honor at VTB Bank's investor conference every year.
The document raises serious questions about whether Broidy is in breach of the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law that has gained prominence following the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller into foreign meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his aide Rick Gates have both been charged as a result of their work in Ukraine.
Trump Donor Erik Prince's Meeting With Russian Executive Kiril Dmitriev Draws Scrutiny of Special Counsel Mueller
Witness testimony appears to conflict with Blackwater founder’s account to House panel
Mr. Prince, founder of the Blackwater security firm, had traveled to the Seychelles to meet with Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates
Mr. Prince also met with the Russian executive, Kirill Dmitriev
testimony earlier this year from George Nader, an adviser close to UAE’s crown prince who is cooperating with Mr. Mueller’s investigation
Kiril Dmitriev was appointed to his role by Mr. Putin and meets frequently with the Russian president to brief him on the activities of his fund, the Russian Direct Investment Fund, whose parent company was hit by U.S. sanctions.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Mr. Mueller has evidence that the Seychelles meeting was an effort to create a back channel between the Trump team and Russia.
Mr. Nader remained in close contact with White House allies, receiving updates about activity in the West Wing. [
Elliott Broidy, a top Republican fundraiser close to the president, sent Mr. Nader a memo last fall summarizing an October meeting he had with the president and other top advisers. The memo was included in a cache of emails from Mr. Broidy’s and his wife’s email accounts provided to the Journal.
In the memo, Mr. Broidy—who serves as national deputy finance chairman at the Republican National Committee—said he told the president that he had met with top Emirati officials, including Mohammed bin Zayed, crown prince of the United Arab Emirates, on behalf of his defense company. The memo also said Mr. Broidy had urged Mr. Trump to support a plan “being constructed” by Mr. Zayed
‘Kleptocracy at its worst’ in Malaysia
So says US Attorney General Jeff Sessions as global investigators seize assets and tighten dragnet on premier Najib Razak's 1MDB scandal
The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) recently reported that Elliott Broidy, a top Republican Party donor close to US President Donald Trump, and his wife Robin Rosenzweig, an attorney, had been in negotiations with Low, who had apparently approached the well-connected couple in the hopes of influencing the DoJ’s investigation.
The fugitive Malaysian financier, according to a cache of emails reviewed by WSJ, was prepared to award Rosenzweig’s California-based law firm a US$75 million fee if it could persuade the DoJ to drop its civil asset forfeiture lawsuits within 180 days.
Broidy, previously vice-chairman for Trump 2016 election campaign’s joint fund with the Republican Party, had also prepared talking points for Malaysia’s premier ahead of his controversial September 2017 visit to Trump’s White House
Trump Spoke to a Russian Activist About Ending Sanctions—Just Weeks After Launching His Campaign
Here’s the video of their exchange.
Just a month after Trump announced his campaign for the White House, he spoke directly to Maria Butina, the protégé of the powerful Russian banking official and Putin ally Alexander Torshin. During a public question and answer session at FreedomFest, a libertarian convention in Las Vegas in July 2015, Butina asked Trump what he would do as president about “damaging” US sanctions. Trump suggested he would get rid of them.
Here’s a video of the exchange between Trump and Butina, which was posted at the time by a group calling itself LetsTalkNevada:
It’s long been clear that the Trump campaign wanted to ease up on the Kremlin and went to great lengths to covertly pursue that goal, from ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI about discussing sanctions with the Russian ambassador, to the cover-up of the now infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting supposedly about “adoptions.” Among the major remaining questions today is whether Trump’s posture toward Putin has been financially motivated—or what else may lie behind his bizarrely favorable treatment of the Russian dictator that we don’t yet know about.
Trump met with Clinton's impeachment lawyer to assist in Russia probe
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