952 users online (112 members and 840 guests)  


Websleuths News


Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 110
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

    Do Trump's Murky Financial Ties to Russia Connect to Money Laundering?

    Welcome to the latest, all new, featured forum on Websleuths.com, POLITIVENT, designed to provide a venue for members with an eye on Capitol Hill to present and discuss their views.

    What this forum is NOT, is a place to lambaste, or sling mud and arrows at fellow members.
    Unlike any other forum on Websleuths, POLITIVENT is unmoderated for the most part. Our Mod Team is stretched to the limit, working very hard to ensure that the rest of the board runs smoothly. They are extremely dedicated volunteers, who signed on because of their interest in missing persons and true crime. As a
    rule, political discussions are contentious, and nerve wracking to moderate. It would be unfair to expect that of our volunteers.

    That stated, we have developed a limited set of ground rules, which apply exclusively to POLITIVENT, separate and apart from every other area of Websleuths.

    GROUND RULES AND GUIDELINES

    • Post at your own risk. When you present an opinion, expect opposition, and be prepared to answer questions, and defend your view. That comes with the territory. As stated above, mods will not answer alerts to settle squabbles and bickering. If you have a serious concern or questions about the forum, you can
      address them in a private message or email (politivent@gmail.com), to Tricia and/or Bessie.



    • Absolutely NO name calling and attacking other members will be allowed. This offense will earn you an automatic 72 hour (or longer) Time Out. For example: “You must be out of your mind”;
      “What an idiotic idea.”; “You’re a moron/dimwit/imbecile.”



    • Absolutely NO outlandish conspiracy theories will be allowed.



    • Sources – As usual, mainstream media (MSM) sources and official press releases take priority over all other sources.



    • Most blogs are allowed as sources, for example, Breitbart, Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Washington Post, etc. As of now, we don’t have an established list of approved blogs, but as we progress, expect to see some blogs banned.



    • Where applicable, please use this date format at the beginning of thread titles: year.mo.day.
      Ex. 2017.04.18 (date of event, not the date you start the thread). This will provide a chronology, and aid in finding specific topics, by using the sort feature at the bottom of each thread page.
      Since the emphasis is on events, this shouldn’t present a problem



    • The Copyright Rule still applies.



    • As always, the three most basic “rules” should be observed here, and throughout the board: courtesy, respect, and common sense.



    • The above is subject to change at any time


  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948









    aluxum/Getty

    Federal investigators continue to dig into Russia's cyberattack on the US election and the Trump administration's possible involvement—but as bad as that intrusion and collusion may be, Trump's opaque financial dealings could prove even more perilous for the president.


    Trump has blazed a decades-long trail of questionable financial dealings with Russian sources that could provide investigators with the grist they need for legal action. A wide array of Russian oligarchs with links to Vladimir Putin have invested tens of millions of hard-to-explain dollars in Trump properties.

    ....money laundering is the process of taking proceeds from criminal activity (dirty money) and making them appear legal (clean).

    ...........Trump paid a $10 million fine to the U.S. Treasury in 2015 for his bankrupt Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City because it failed to meet anti-money-laundering requirements.

    ...according to the Wall Street Journal, "Regulators said the casino failed to establish and implement an effective anti-money-laundering program, failed to implement an adequate system of internal controls, and failed to properly file currency transaction reports or keep other required records."


    ......it is already a matter of public record that several Trump-affiliated businesses and associates are connected to alleged Russian money-laundering operations.

    Banks
    .......many of Trump's business dealings involve Deutsche Bank or the Bank of Cyprus—both known for their connections with Russian oligarchs. Deutsche Bank is also Trump's biggest lender; he owes the bank some $300 million,

    $630 million in fines for failing to prevent $10 billion in Russian money laundering between 2012 and 2015
    .

    .....the Bank of Cyprus is also well known as a money-laundering haven for Russian oligarchs. Trump's Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has invested heavily in the Bank of Cyprus (some $424 million in 2014, giving him an 18% stake) with a deposit holder-turned-shareholder, Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, referred to in Russian media as a former KGB official and Putin ally.


    "You're looking for transactions that are unusually or unnecessarily complicated, and make no business sense," said a former DOJ official.

    ............. Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics invested extensively in Trump's real estate developments over the years. ......

    .....court cases and other legal documents show President Trump and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering, including:


    • Felix Sater, a major player in the Bayrock group that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York and a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man. Sater later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.
    • lexander Mashkevich, a Kazakh mining billionaire,was another source of funds for Bayrock financing and the SoHo project, and was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.




    • Anatoly Golubchik, Vadim Trincher and Michael Sall are three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan who were accused in federal indictments




    • Viktor Khrapunov, a former Kazakhstan energy minister and mayor of Almaty, owns three units in the Trump SoHo through shell companies and was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.




    • Peter Kiritchenko, a Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida, who was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.

    .......

    real estate in London, New
    York and Miami is an attractive option for parking stolen money.


    McClatchy and the New York Times have both written about the convoluted financial transactions of Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman who was let go last August because of questions about his financial dealings.



    The day Manafort left the Trump campaign he created a shell company that he controlled that soon received $13 million in loans from two businesses with ties to Trump.

    "You're looking for transactions that are unusually or unnecessarily complicated, and make no business sense," said a former DOJ official.

    Court cases and other legal documents show Trump and his companies have been linked to at least 10 wealthy former Soviet businessmen with alleged ties to criminal organizations or money laundering.

    http://www.motherjones.com/media/2017/05/facts-trump-russia


    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...archs-manafort

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/10/russia-probe-senate-requests-documents-from-money-laundering-watchdog-agency.html
    Last edited by CARIIS; 05-20-2017 at 05:14 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948
    Investigators have only begun to follow the money.


    Senate requests Trump documents from agency that monitors money laundering


    Senate Intelligence Committee has requested information about President Donald Trump and his top aides from a financial intelligence unit in the Treasury Department.

    Committee wants to see any information relevant to its Russia investigation the Treasury agency has gathered, including evidence that might include possible money laundering, according to a committee aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.



    Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has assisted in the ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump administration ties with Russia, multiple U.S. officials have said.


    A former senior Treasury official said that agency would have the authority to demand from any bank with a U.S. branch, including foreign banks, relevant records of transactions by Trump, his family members or his associates. FinCEN also maintains databases of reports of suspicious and cash transactions.



    The Senate panel has requested information about President Donald Trump and his top aides from a financial intelligence unit in the Treasury Department that imposed a $10 million civil penalty on Trump Taj Mahal in 2015 for multiple violations of money-laundering laws.


    The Senate Intelligence Committee wants to see any information relevant to its Russia investigation the Treasury agency has gathered, including evidence that might include possible money laundering, according to a committee aide who spoke on condition of anonymity.


    Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has assisted in the ongoing FBI counterintelligence investigation into Trump administration ties with Russia, multiple U.S. officials have said.

    A former senior Treasury official said that agency would have the authority to demand from any bank with a U.S. branch, including foreign banks, relevant records of transactions by Trump, his family members or his associates. FinCEN also maintains databases of reports of suspicious and cash transactions.



    ...examine its anti-money laundering" compliance program and "provide those audit reports to FinCEN," according to a Treasury Department statement announcing the penalty.


    FinCEN "collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes,"

    Under the Bank Secrecy Act, casinos are required to report suspicious transactions of $5,000 or more. Trump Taj Mahal failed to file about half

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/10/russi...og-agency.html

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/reuters-trump-mueller






    Last edited by CARIIS; 05-21-2017 at 10:19 AM.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948
    the investigative reporting series, produced by Zembla, does what no American TV network has yet dared to do—take a deep look at the organized crime links and corrupt international business strategies used by Trump and his partners in his properties.

    his partner in building that highrise was Bayrock LLC, whose primary investor was a Russian mining oligarch and another major investor was a convicted Russian mobster named Felix Sater.

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/05/reuters-trump-mueller

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Posts
    16,439
    We were excited when Nixon went down . And I am hopeful the Trump crime family will go down,

    I don't know how Nixon supporters at the time felt.

    I wonder how Trump supporters will deal with it

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2004
    Location
    Nestled Deep in Southern Hospitality
    Posts
    21,892
    This investigation should included all of those who participated in the presidential election who may have had ties with Russia. All questions must be answered for all of the American people to ever feel it was done fairly and without prejudice against one party. That is the only way we will ever know the full truth.

    I want all questions answered, and often it is the case in these kind of investigations one thing can lead to another being exposed no matter what party they belong to.

    This are some of the questions I would like to also be investigated and answered. What is good for the goose is also good for the gander.

    The Clinton Foundation itself took money from Russian officials and Putin-connected oligarchs. They also took donations from:
    Viktor Vekselberg, a Putin confidant who gave through his company, Renova Group

    Andrey Vavilov, a former Russian government official who was Chairman of SuperOx, a research company that was part of the “nuclear Cluster” at the Russian government’s Skolkovo research facility
    Elena Baturina, the wife of the former Mayor of Moscow, who apparently gave them money through JSC Inteco, an entity that she controls.

    Then there is the glaring fact that the Clinton Foundation also scored $145 million in donations from nine shareholders in a Canadian uranium company called Uranium One that was sold to the Russian government in 2010. The deal required the approval of several federal government agencies, including Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The deal allowed Rosatom, the Russian State Nuclear Agency, to buy assets that amounted to 20 percent of American uranium. Rosatom, by the way controls the Russian nuclear arsenal.

    Equally troubling: some of those donations were hidden and not disclosed by the Clintons. President Obama required the Clinton Foundation to disclose all contributions as a condition of Hillary Clinton becoming Secretary of State. But that did not happen. The only reason the hidden donations ever came to light is because we uncovered them by combing through Canadian tax records.

    Everyone got what they wanted in this deal: the uranium investors made a nice profit; the Russians acquired a strategic asset; and the Clinton Foundation bagged a lot of money. $145 million!!!!

    Hillary Clinton says she was not involved in the decision to approve the sale of Uranium One. As proof, the Clinton campaign in 2015 trotted out her former aide, Assistant Secretary of State Fernandez, to say publicly that we should take his word for it that she was not involved in approving that deal. But as we now know from the leaked Podesta emails, Fernandez was all too eager to help Podesta kill the story, while getting other favors from Podesta. That raises questions about the veracity of his comments.

    Podesta didn’t just have conversations with Russian officials. He went into business with the Russian government while he was advising Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State.

    In 2011, John Podesta joined the executive board of a small energy company called Joule Unlimited. Two months after he joined the board, the Russian government invested one billion rubles (approximately $35 million) into the company. The money came from a Russian government investment fund called Rusnano. John Podesta was business partners with the Russian government and Vladimir Putin. When John Podesta went to the White House in January 2014 to serve as counselor to President Obama, he failed to disclose his board membership in one of the Joule entities on his financial disclosure form. According to the Podesta emails, Podesta transferred his 75,000 shares in the company to an LLC controlled by his family. But as the Wall Street Journal notes, the Podesta emails reveal he remained actively engaged in company business after that fact.

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/...free-pass.html

    Yes I do have a lot of questions indeed about just who and how many had close ties to Russia that were connected to the presidential campaign and who took large amount of money from them.

    I want to also know if anyone in the DNC ever contacted Russia during the election. HC has always seemed mesmerized by Putin so it would be interesting to know if she made contact with any of the Russian officials.

    We do know that democrats have met with the Russian Ambassador over the years.
    Last edited by oceanblueeyes; 05-22-2017 at 02:33 PM.
    "Pardon Our Noise, It's the Sound of Freedom" USMC New River Air Station, Jacksonville, North Carolina

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    Home
    Posts
    16,556
    But Hillary!!!


  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Posts
    1,727
    Dear Oceanblueeyes and BlueSneakers,

    I agree that everything needs to come out if we are to get to the bottom of this.

    I will be following the three investigations, as I know everyone will be.

    No one should be allowed to wear a cloak of "non-transparency" when it comes to government officials, in my opinion.

    The political climate is causing great stress and anxiety. This is so difficult for everyone, especially considering our varied life experiences and feelings about our politicians as well as the two parties. Fear of the unknown greatly affects me and I think it affects others as well. Uncertainty about the future can cause tremendous stress and lead to great divides. How could it not?

    Yet it is the passion behind our strong opinions that reminds me of the great humanity to each other that we all share. If we didn't care, we wouldn't have the passionate opinions and that would be utter despair. That is why I will always have hope.

    It is our unique life experiences which drive our opinions. It has always been through listening to others that we understand where they are coming from. We will always have differences of opinions. Hopefully we will always respect others' life experiences that bring them to their opinions.

    I am grateful that WebSleuths has created a comfortable and compassionate platform for us to respectfully present our opinions while listening to those of others with differing opinions. This is the only way I can understand others' opinions and why they feel that way.

    I learn more on these threads than I could ever contribute. I'm grateful for everyone on this site. Thank you.
    Last edited by zencompass; 05-26-2017 at 10:16 AM.
    for there is nothing heavier than compassion. Not even one's own pain weighs so heavy as the pain one feels with someone, for someone, a pain intensified by the imagination and prolonged by a hundred echoes.” ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

  12. #12
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

    Donald Trump's Many, Many, Many, Many Ties to Russia

    As much as Donald Trump’s exploding turmoil is based around the suspicion that he and/or his campaign colluded with the Russian government to rig the election, circumstances suggest that two other things may take him down first: his attempt at obstructing the investigation into the Russia scandal, and the suspicion that Trump’s business empire may be dependent on laundered Russian money. Whether or not Trump goes down for money laundering will come down to one essential question.


    Here are the facts as they’re known. Deutsche Bank was busted earlier this year for having laundered Russian money into the hands of its clients in places like New York City (link). Deutsche Bank also has a long history of having provided loans and loan guarantees to Donald Trump (link), even after other banks gave up on him as being a bad risk amid his crumbling empire, and even as Deutsche was facing overall financial struggles of its own.

    http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/


    http://www.palmerreport.com/opinion/question-trump-money-laund/3067/
    Last edited by CARIIS; 05-27-2017 at 01:24 PM.

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948
    Is Donald Trump’s casino empire linked to money laundering? Past financial crimes may be the president’s biggest problem


    Trump has been closely associated for years with the kind of people who dabble in such behavior, including Russian mobsters.

    It’s entirely possible that Trump’s panic over the Russia investigation doesn’t stem from any collusion with the Russian government over the election but rather from his possible involvement with Russian mobsters and oligarchs involved in money laundering and other criminal activities.

    Trump may not know much about how the presidency works, but he surely has enough street smarts to know that once the authorities get all up in your business they will follow wherever the trail leads.
    There’s a reason that the president refuses to be transparent about his financial dealings and we know it isn’t because he’s so modest. He’s hiding something, and a special prosecutor with a mandate to look into financial crimes is probably going to find out what it is.

    investigative work now being done by the FBI also includes determining whether any financial crimes were committed by people close to the president . . .

    investigators on the case are more focused on Russian influence operations and possible financial crimes.

    investigation may be homing in on the story he’s been following for some time about Trump’s business and financial dealings over the decades with a whole cast of nefarious characters, including authentic mobster Felix Sater, who has ties to Russian oligarchs and gangsters and may be a U.S. government informant.

    .........cut off from capital from the big banks and most people interested in not losing their money, he had to do business with people with decidedly sketchier reputations. Those people, often looking for places to park wealth in real estate, had to accept much higher levels of risk than people with clean reputations. That seemed to lead them to Trump.

    .............congressional investigative committee members have requested that the Treasury Department’s financial crimes enforcement network, or FinCEN, provide any information it has on Trump, his businesses, his top officials and campaign aides. CNN received access to 400 pages of this FinCEN information on Trump’s casino operations in Atlantic City and found that the Trump Taj Mahal casino broke money-laundering rules 106 times in the first year and half of operation

    ...........getting caught with 106 violations in the casino’s opening years is an indicator of a serious problem,

    http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/w...y-952937027733

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...mps-worst-deal



    Russia probe: Senate requests Trump documents from agency that monitors money laundering

    http://www.cnbc.com/2017/05/10/russi...og-agency.html
    Last edited by CARIIS; 05-27-2017 at 01:23 PM.

  14. #14
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

    Looking Into Trump Campaign's Russia Ties, Investigators Follow The Money

    "It goes to the old adage of 'follow the money.' If there was collusion between the Russians and members of the Trump campaign, was it for free or was there some exchange of moneys or payments from foreign governments?" he adds.

    p pursue leads by tapping into a huge database of suspicious financial transactions maintained by the federal government.Under the Bank Secrecy Act, financial institutions operating in the U.S. are supposed to inform the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, when they see transactions that indicate possible money laundering, such as all-cash purchases of expensive real estate.

    Senate investigators indicated last week that they would be using the database to begin tracking the financial activities of some of President Trump's associates.ursue leads by tapping into a huge database of suspicious financial transactions maintained by the federal governmenthttp://www.npr.org/2017/05/15/528486988/investigators-looking-into-trump-campaigns-russia-ties-follow-the-money.Under the Bank Secrecy Act, financial institutions operating in the U.S. are supposed to inform the Treasury Department's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FinCEN, when they see transactions that indicate possible money laundering, such as all-cash purchases of expensive real estate.Senate investigators indicated last week that they would be using the database to begin tracking the financial activities of some of President Trump's associates.

  15. #15
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    America
    Posts
    21,948

    Trump-Russia Inquiry Looks at Potential for Wall Street Bank Money Laundering

    "If I was involved with some criminal wrongdoing related to this investigation, this would make me very nervous,"

    For drug dealers and corrupt government officials, there's often no better way to conceal their funds from regulators and tax collectors than by buying high-end properties in places such as New York, Miami and San Francisco, says Mark Hays, who heads the anti-money-laundering campaign at the nonprofit Global Witness.
    "These make for attractive landing pads, if, say, you're a suspicious person wanted for criminal activity in your home country and you actually need a place to cool your jets," Hays says.

    "You make the purchase [and the] real estate person says, 'Who owns this company?' It's so-and-so LLC. 'Well, who owns that?' That's not on the record. No one knows that,"

    FinCEN's records of suspicious activities could provide Senate investigators with real investigative leads,

    http://wallstreetonparade.com/2017/0...ey-laundering/

Page 1 of 8 1 2 3 ... LastLast


Similar Threads

  1. How are Trump Russia allegations gonna turn out?
    By CARIIS in forum Crimes in the News
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-25-2017, 08:56 PM
  2. GUILTY LA - Ray Nagin for corruption, money laundering, New Orleans, 2013
    By Blondie in Spokane in forum Recently Sentenced and Beyond
    Replies: 29
    Last Post: 09-08-2014, 12:47 PM
  3. NY - 7 charged in $6B online money laundering case
    By Reader in forum Crimes in the News
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 05-30-2013, 05:56 PM
  4. Replies: 15
    Last Post: 01-29-2011, 01:31 AM