Another Russian Shoe Drops: Trump Business Associate Claimed Moscow Deal Would “Get Donald Elected”

And this associate is a mobbed up career criminal
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Donald J. Trump with Felix H. Sater, right, and Tevfik Arif at the official unveiling of Trump SoHo in September 2007. (Credit: Mark Von Holden/WireImage)

The New York Times now has copies of the rumored emails between Donald Trump and career criminal business associate Felix Sater, in which Sater boasted he would put together a Russian real estate deal that would help Trump win the presidency — with help from Vladimir Putin.

WASHINGTON — A business associate of President Trump promised in 2015 to engineer a real estate deal with the aid of the president of Russia, Vladimir V. Putin, that he said would help Mr. Trump win the presidency.

Trump’s lawyers are denying anything came of this, of course. It would be easy to prove if they’d only release Trump’s financial records. Which they won’t do.

A Bloomberg article from June 2017 has more on the, uh, interesting career of Felix Sater.

Bayrock partnered with the future president and his two eldest children, Donald Jr. and Ivanka, on a series of real-estate deals between 2002 and about 2011, the most prominent being the troubled Trump Soho hotel and condominium in Manhattan.

During the years that Bayrock and Trump did deals together, the company was also a bridge between murky European funding and a number of projects in the U.S. to which the president once lent his name in exchange for handsome fees. Icelandic banks that dealt with Bayrock, for example, were easy marks for money launderers and foreign influence, according to interviews with government investigators, legislators, and others in Reykjavik, Brussels, Paris and London. Trump testified under oath in a 2007 deposition that Bayrock brought Russian investors to his Trump Tower office to discuss deals in Moscow, and said he was pondering investing there.

“It’s ridiculous that I wouldn’t be investing in Russia,” Trump said in that deposition. “Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment.”

One of Bayrock’s principals was a career criminal named Felix Sater who had ties to Russian and American organized crime groups. Before linking up with the company and with Trump, he had worked as a mob informant for the U.S. government, fled to Moscow to avoid criminal charges while boasting of his KGB and Kremlin contacts there, and had gone to prison for slashing apart another man’s face with a broken cocktail glass.

In a series of interviews and a lawsuit, a former Bayrock insider, Jody Kriss, claims that he eventually departed from the firm because he became convinced that Bayrock was actually a front for money laundering.

Nice friends our so-called president has.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:01:43am

But her emails.

2
nines09  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:02:01am

All mere coincidences. Like dead Russians. Coincidental. Like paid foreign agents. Mere coincidences.

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Dave In Austin  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:03:05am
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Kragar  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:04:37am
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Kragar  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:07:44am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:07:46am

The Manchurian President.

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Ace Rothstein  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:09:56am

re: #5 Kragar

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(Not my) President of the United States wearing that stupid fucking hat indoors.

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JordanRules  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:12:30am
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petesh  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:14:49am

re: #9 JordanRules

Genius

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Sir John Barron  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:16:25am

1. Fake News
2. So what, was it illegal?
3. Anybody would have made this deal
4. Clinton Foundation

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Dr. Matt  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:19:30am

re: #11 Sir John Barron

1. Fake News
2. So what, was it illegal?
3. Anybody would have made this deal
4. Clinton Foundation

//

Obama fucked up the response to Katrina.

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Kragar  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:21:23am
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FormerDirtDart  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:30:18am
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GlutenFreeJesus  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:34:25am

Emmett Till. 62 years ago today.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:36:40am

re: #15 GlutenFreeJesus

Emmett Till. 62 years ago today.

Not that long ago.

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jaunte  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:36:54am

“…Cohen’s email marks the most direct interaction yet documented of a top Trump aide and a similarly senior member of Putin’s government.

The email shows the Trump business official directly seeking Kremlin assistance in advancing Trump’s business interests, in the same months when Trump was distinguishing himself on the campaign trail with his warm rhetoric about Putin.

In a statement Cohen submitted to Congressional investigators, he said he wrote the email at the recommendation of Felix Sater, a Russian-American businessman who was serving as a broker on the deal.”

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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:37:29am

The good news. My closest brother in age to me are seeing the rise of the white supremacists the exact same way. The bad news is our kid brother has been becoming a bothsidist.

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Barefoot Grin  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:37:33am

re: #9 JordanRules

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I watched I Am Not Your Negro as couple of weeks ago. I think it does a great job of showing what an important person James Baldwin was.

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Stanley Sea  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:38:42am

re: #17 jaunte

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The best part? The yam is holding a presser today.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:39:03am

re: #19 Barefoot Grin

I watched I Am Not Your Negro as couple of weeks ago. I think it does a great job of showing what an important person James Baldwin was.

I read Going to Meet the Man in college. Powerful short story.

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jaunte  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:39:10am
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makeitstop  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:41:34am

re: #17 jaunte

Cohen’s email marks the most direct interaction yet documented of a top Trump aide and a similarly senior member of Putin’s government.

Say it with me now - COLLUSION.

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jaunte  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:41:38am
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Stanley Sea  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:43:14am
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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:43:45am

Although it was about racism in South Africa, I remember watching the movie Cry Freedom in high school and it just struck me because we were supporting the Apartheid regime and all its authoritarianism into my lifetime. I always see history as a matter of perspective. I relate Loving v Virginia since it happened in both my parents and many of my first cousins’ lifetimes and in fact my mom’s dad employed Mr. Loving. Emmett Till happened when my Dad was a boy. Lynchings happened commonly when my dad’s moms were children. And my mom’s parents could remember the KKK going through their town. And my mom’s grandparents were all immigrants. And my dad’s were all born between 9 and 15 years after slavery ended.

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HappyWarrior  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:44:29am

re: #25 Stanley Sea

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Osteen is another prosperity gospel fraud.

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lawhawk  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:45:07am

It also means Mueller’s team has yet another angle to investigate. Everywhere you turn, Trump’s cronies have had contacts with Russians and have lied about it. All this is leading towards still more people needing to lawyer up (where we’re at the point of lawyers needing a team of lawyers because they’re all in over their heads).

The stench of criminality is pervasive among the Trump cabal. Drain the swamp my ass. Trump drained it right into the White House when he took office. His is the mess we’ll be dealing with for a generation to come.

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Decatur Deb  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:51:19am

re: #25 Stanley Sea

Asked Joel Osteen why he won’t open his megachurch to Harvey victims he blocked me. Church reaps $77M tax free annually

Cut off from the Path to Je$u$.

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sagehen  Aug 28, 2017 • 11:51:27am

re: #15 GlutenFreeJesus

Emmett Till. 62 years ago today.

If he were still alive, he’d be four years younger than Morgan Freeman.

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sagehen  Aug 28, 2017 • 2:12:11pm

re: #19 Barefoot Grin

I watched I Am Not Your Negro as couple of weeks ago. I think it does a great job of showing what an important person James Baldwin was.

You might enjoy this 1965 debate between James Baldwin and William F Buckley Jr

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)

At Cambridge University. Topic: “Is the American Dream at the expense of the American Negro?”


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