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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Democratic congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee want to know why Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly settled a money laundering case in May involving the same Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential election to offer "dirt" on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The civil forfeiture case was filed in 2013 by Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York -- who was fired by Trump in March. The case alleged that 11 companies were involved in a tax fraud in Russia and then laundered a portion of the $230 million they got into Manhattan real estate.




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The Russian attorney who uncovered the tax fraud scheme, Sergei Magnitsky, mysteriously died in prison. As a result, U.S. lawmakers passed the Magnitsky Act, which levied sanctions on Russian officials -- sanctions that Natalia Veselnitskaya, a Russian attorney, worked to reverse.

Also the attorney representing the Russian companies in the DOJ case, Veselnitskaya, is the same one who organized a meeting with Donald Trump, Jr. and top Trump campaign officials in June 2016 to offer material that could "incriminate" Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. "Love it," responded Trump, Jr. to an intermediary.


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want to know why Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly settled


Because Donny is owned by Putin.

That's why.

#1 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-13 09:07 AM | Reply

Sooner or later the majority is going to figure out that the Russians can control Trump through the threat of blackmail. They did not help his campaign for s's and giggles, they did it for their own ends. Our POTUS is not an autonomous actor, he's truly a puppet on a string.

#2 | Posted by tonyroma at 2017-07-13 09:14 AM | Reply

"Not a puppet, no puppet, you're the puppet"
-Little Hands

#3 | Posted by Bubba10 at 2017-07-13 09:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It was a coincidence I'm sure. No one on Trump's staff never even heard of Russia before last week.

#4 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-07-13 09:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#2 I doubt the most ardent Trumplings will ever figure that out, or they just don't care. Seems they only care about the "libruls" getting it stuck to them no matter what the cost to our nation.

#5 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-13 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Nothing suspicious here, no sir.

Let's see, as I recall, Donnie Jr. said all this talk of Russia and Trump was "disgusting" and the sign of Democrats' desperation. His dad has been calling it a hoax and fake news. The media are the enemy of the people, he said.

And the Trumpeteers have swallowed it all, hook and sinker -- and asked for another serving of lies.

#6 | Posted by cbob at 2017-07-13 11:18 AM | Reply

Another righty-free Trump/Russia thread.

Those Nothing Burgers must be so filling, the DBs had to settle in for a nap.

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2017-07-13 12:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That site linked gave me a bunch of issues and errors. Here's another link about it: www.businessinsider.com

#8 | Posted by greeneyedguy at 2017-07-13 12:41 PM | Reply

And here is where the long-awaited and highly-anticipated Season 1, Episode 6: The Money Laundering Shoe Drop begins.

It will first be a drip, and then a drop.

#9 | Posted by bocaink at 2017-07-13 01:03 PM | Reply

Hillary ignored middle America's cries for the DOJ to settle with the Russian mafia!

P.S. Bill Clinton's DOJ also settled with foreign criminals so this is okay for America, sincerely Sully

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-07-13 01:35 PM | Reply | Funny: 2



I'm sure that Sniper or Boaz will be along soon to give a good explanation for this.

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2017-07-13 01:41 PM | Reply

Good article from May, 2017 about the case that got dismissed:

A major U.S. federal money laundering trial -- one related to the Magnitsky murder and the largest ever tax fraud in Russian history -- of a Russian firm with ties to both Putin and a major Russian Trump supporter was bizarrely settled without admission of guilt by the Acting U.S. Attorney. The trial could have been a major embarrassment and caused many problems for Russia at this delicate time, and none other than Preet Bharara had been running this case for three-and-a-half years before he was fired by Trump just two months ago. Naturally, questions arise and this looks pretty bad.

THE TRIAL was set to begin in three days, a mammoth trial a decade in the making, one of international intrigue, massive money laundering, the biggest tax fraud in Russian history, posh Manhattan real estate, powerful Russians with connections to Russian President Vladimir Putin, and the murder two people and attempted murder a third, each victim gathering evidence against the Russians. But, instead, the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York submitted a letter on May 12th, 2017, to the presiding judge, William H. Pauley, III, stating that the government had reached a settlement with the defendants, after his predecessor, Preet Bharara, had spent three-and-a-half years building his case.


#12 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 04:52 PM | Reply

The usual Teajadists have to wait for their talking points from Brietbart/Fox News/InfoWars.

#13 | Posted by aborted_monson at 2017-07-13 05:02 PM | Reply


That is so incredible. This ---- is becoming more and more of an awesome fictional novel and a terribly terrifying Wikipedia entry.

Oh to peak into a history book from the future to see how this ultimately plays out.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2017-07-13 10:09 PM | Reply

Ken Dilanian‏ @KenDilanianNBC

Former spooks believe the lawyer was a dangle by Russians, to see how Team Trump would react.

To wit:

The Media Is Not Asking the Right Questions on Trump Jr. Emails and Meeting with the "Russian Government Lawyer"

The media is, in large part, missing the point when it comes to the news about Donald Trump Jr.'s June 2016 meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Vesilnitskaya and should be steering instead to raising the right questions. It is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which a private citizen in Russia has access to derogatory information on a U.S. presidential candidate. The act of offering such information was likely, at minimum, a trial balloon, and at best (from Moscow's perspective), a chance to pass certain information from an agent of the Russian government to the Trump campaign through the candidate's campaign manager and son, thereby also implicating Donald J. Trump himself. This raises the most important questions: what did she offer in that meeting? How did Donald Trump Jr, Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort respond?

Vesilnitskaya may have had her own agenda in requesting a meeting with Trump. That part could be legitimate. But Russian intelligence practice is to co-opt such a person by arming them with secret intelligence information and tasking them to pass it to Trump's people and get their reaction. Did Trump's associates like it? Do they want more? Did they report it to U.S. authorities? The key point is that essentially no Russian citizen or lawyer has compromising material on Hillary Clinton which has not been supplied to them from Russian intelligence. The simple assertion that she had such information is tantamount to declaring that Vesilnitskaya was acting as agent of Russian government in this particular role.


I'd say they went for it hook, line and sinker.

#15 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-07-13 11:39 PM | Reply

Jill Stein voters built this.

#16 | Posted by danni at 2017-07-14 07:57 AM | Reply

I'm sure that Sniper or Boaz will be along soon to give a good explanation for this.

#11 | POSTED BY MONTECORE AT 2017-07-13 01:41 PM | FLAG:

Not even they are that stupid.

#17 | Posted by 726 at 2017-07-14 08:53 AM | Reply

"Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly settled a money laundering case in May involving the same Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential election" . . . for pennies on the dollar no doubt.

This is only one brief glimpse at the underbelly of the Trump administration and his vile family.

One word for the voters who hoisted this scourge on America ~ SUCKERS!

#18 | Posted by Twinpac at 2017-07-15 02:45 AM | Reply

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