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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The FBI's investigation of Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, includes a keen focus on a series of suspicious wire transfers in which offshore companies linked to Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013. Much of the money came into the United States. These transactions -- which have not been previously reported -- drew the attention of federal law enforcement officials as far back as 2012, when they began to examine wire transfers to determine if Manafort hid money from tax authorities or helped the Ukrainian regime close to Russian President Vladimir Putin launder some of the millions it plundered through corrupt dealings.

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Now, BuzzFeed News has learned that investigators have been scrutinizing at least 13 wire transfers between 2012 and 2013. The transfers were first flagged by American financial institutions, which are required by law to tell an office within the Treasury Department about any transactions they deem suspicious. Such "suspicious activity reports" do not prove wrongdoing. Federal law requires financial institutions to file reports on cash transactions that exceed $10,000 in a single day, even if those transactions seem otherwise legitimate. Banks are also required to file the reports whenever they suspect money laundering or other financial crimes.

Bank officers flagged unusual behavior among five offshore companies that authorities say are associated with Manafort: Global Endeavour Inc., Lucicle Consultants Ltd., and three others that appear to have no current contact information.

Law enforcement sources say the companies sent funds in round-dollar amounts without explanation of what the money was to be used for. The countries where these transactions originated -- notably Cyprus and the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines -- are notorious for money laundering. Federal law enforcement officials said they saw evidence of "layering," the process by which the origin of money is obscured behind many layers of companies. Much of the money ended up in the US, sent to American home improvement contractors, a hedge fund, and even a car dealership.

#1 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-10-29 10:37 AM | Reply

- Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013.

I've heard tell of a Washinton power couple that moved $150 million during that same timeframe.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-29 12:02 PM | Reply

What a guy.

Manafort often lobbied on behalf of controversial foreign leaders such as former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych, former dictator of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, dictator of the former Democratic Republic of the Congo Mobutu Sese Seko, and Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi.[6][7][8] Lobbying to serve the interests of foreign governments requires registration with the Justice Department under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA); however, as of June 2, 2017, Manafort had not registered.[9][10][11] On June 27 he retroactively registered as a foreign agent.[12]

Manafort is under investigation by multiple federal agencies. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly had an active criminal investigation on him since 2014 regarding business dealings while he was lobbying for Ukraine. He is also a person of interest in the FBI counterintelligence probe looking into the Russian government's interference in the 2016 presidential election. Manafort was told after his house was raided that he would be indicted by Mueller's prosecutors

#3 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-29 01:07 PM | Reply

He got around.

amp.thedailybeast.com

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-10-29 01:09 PM | Reply

Trump hires the best people.

#5 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-29 04:33 PM | Reply

In November and December of 2013, for example, the company transferred almost $53,000 to Konstantin Kilimnik, a Kiev-based political operator. It's not known what the money was for. A federal law enforcement official described Kilimnik as a linguist trained by the Russian army and about whom the US has gathered intelligence. He reportedly attended a military school some experts believe to be a training ground for Russian spies.

Kilimnik worked with Manafort for more than a decade, and the Washington Post reported that Manafort emailed his old partner in 2016 to offer "private briefings" to a Russian billionaire close to President Vladimir Putin.

Kilimnik connection:

Now we have learned that, during his years in Kyiv, Manafort's translator and sidekick was Konstantin Kilimnik, who had spent several years with Russian military intelligence or GRU. Although Kilimnik made no effort to hide his Kremlin affiliation, he and Manafort became fast friends.

To anybody familiar with Russian intelligence, Kilimnik was very likely Manafort's spy-handler. At best, he was an access agent for GRU, assessing the American for possible espionage. "There are no former intelligence officers," as Vladimir Putin has stated, and one can only imagine the glee in Moscow when Manafort was appointed Trump's campaign manager.

20committee.com

#6 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-29 05:07 PM | Reply

It looks like Mueller actually did find something. But like the Whitewater scandal, it has nothing to do with why the special prosecutor was actually appointed - collusion between Trump and Russia to win the election. But at least he's going to jail for something else. This guy sounds like a real -------.

But I'll have to ask my Pokemon if Vladimir was involved.

#7 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2017-10-29 05:43 PM | Reply

It looks like Mueller actually did find something. But like the Whitewater scandal, it has nothing to do with why the special prosecutor was actually appointed - collusion between Trump and Russia to win the election. But at least he's going to jail for something else. This guy sounds like a real -------.

Guess again. See my post in this thread:

www.drudge.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-29 05:56 PM | Reply

Doc already posted this article/link, btw.

#9 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-29 05:57 PM | Reply

Trump hasn't met a mobster he doesn't like.

#10 | Posted by bored at 2017-10-29 06:10 PM | Reply

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Good, Remember Trump, the one that is supposed to be so stupid had enough brains to fire him. Manafort is low hanging fruit. Next target the Podesta Brothers.

#11 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-30 12:06 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Next target the Podesta Brothers.

#11 | POSTED BY DOCNJO AT 2017-10-30 12:06 AM | REPLY

Wrong. It'll be Flynn and then Jared and/or Don, Jr.

Also, Manafort resigned: www.nytimes.com

#12 | Posted by anton at 2017-10-31 09:04 AM | Reply

It looks like Mueller actually did find something. But like the Whitewater scandal, it has nothing to do with why the special prosecutor was actually appointed - collusion between Trump and Russia to win the election. But at least he's going to jail for something else. This guy sounds like a real -------.
But I'll have to ask my Pokemon if Vladimir was involved.

#7 | POSTED BY HELIUMRAT

Except that whole Manafort being paid by the Russians and running the Trump campaign. Otherwise, yeah, no connection at all!

Honestly though, why do you bother to even post such garbage?

#13 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-31 10:26 AM | Reply

- Manafort moved more than $3 million all over the globe between 2012 and 2013.
I've heard tell of a Washinton power couple that moved $150 million during that same timeframe.

#2 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM

Was it moved all over the globe through repeated wire transfers through shell companies?

No? Then shut up.

#14 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-31 11:15 AM | Reply

I've heard tell of a Washinton power couple that moved $150 million during that same timeframe.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Was that power couple a pair of dangerous unstable ignorant racists who inspired bigots of all kinds, put the world in danger of nuclear war, and tried to take health care from the poor and give tax cuts to the rich?

Nope.

Your inability to differentiate between a flu and cancer makes you look like an idiot.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 11:21 AM | Reply

Good, Remember Trump, the one that is supposed to be so stupid had enough brains to fire him. Manafort is low hanging fruit. Next target the Podesta Brothers.

#11 | Posted by docnjo

Haha do you give trump for tying his own shoes too?

Its impressive when retarded people can do that.

#16 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 11:22 AM | Reply

Let's wait and see what develops on the Uranium One investigation, which started this month. As far as I know, Trump didn't take 150 million from the Russians. Hillery did. Many high ranking Obama officials were up to their ears in that deal.

#17 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 11:31 AM | Reply

Let's wait and see what develops on the Uranium One investigation, which started this month. As far as I know, Trump didn't take 150 million from the Russians. Hillery did. Many high ranking Obama officials were up to their ears in that deal.

#17 | Posted by docnjo

Can't BOTH be scandals? If hillary committed crimes with uranium, does that somehow make it OK that trump colluded with our enemies to get elected, and is refusing to enact sanctions on them that congress passed overwhelmingly?

Furthermore aren't you the least bit suspicious of the hillary uranium accusations, considering they are coming out just as the russian noose is tightening around trump?

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 01:16 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly Well, the E-mails were leaked from within the DNC, not hacked by the Russians. Mark Rich seems to have paid the price for that leak. Hillery's E-mails were so compromised they could have been hacked by anyone. No problem, Weiner's lap top had over half a million of them, including the 30 thousand she deleted. Seems Hillery, Podesta, Holder, and others had much more than Trump as far as connections with the Russians. As far as Manafort's crimes, they all occurred years before he was Trumps campaign manager, but he was involved with the Podesta brothers.

#19 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 01:41 PM | Reply

#19 | Posted by docnjo

Translation - Yes, I'm fine with trump being supported by our enemies. Now let's focus all our attention on a corrupt person with no power, instead of the corrupt guy running the most powerful nation in the world.

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 01:44 PM | Reply

As far as I know the only dealing Trump had with the Russians was a Miss Universe pageant more than ten years ago. He wasn't at the meeting with the fake Russian agent who was promising dirt on Hillery and who provided nothing. No hotels, no golf courses, nothing. Russians were not giving millions to Trump, they were giving more to Hillery, Podesta and the Clinton Foundation to the tune of more than 150 million. A tactic in politics, if you are vulnerable because of your past, attack with similar accusations you are guilty of. Hillery and Podesta are going down for direct corruption, play for pay. Holder and Lynch are going down for a coverup. Hear about a gag order? BTW, that gag order has been lifted.

#21 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 02:05 PM | Reply

- No hotels, no golf courses, nothing.

You are either rewriting history or are ignorant of it.

Trump pursued deal to build Trump Tower in Moscow during presidential run

www.independent.co.uk

#22 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-31 02:08 PM | Reply

#27 | Posted by snoofy, Was it built? No.

#23 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 02:11 PM | Reply

As far as I know the only dealing Trump had with the Russians was a Miss Universe pageant more than ten years ago. He wasn't at the meeting with the fake Russian agent who was promising dirt on Hillery and who provided nothing. No hotels, no golf courses, nothing. Russians were not giving millions to Trump, they were giving more to Hillery, Podesta and the Clinton Foundation to the tune of more than 150 million.

#21 | Posted by docnjo

But they were working to elect trump.

Is that ok with you?

His son admitted attempting to work with the russian government. You think trump knew nothing about it?

The only part of the GOP platform trump touched was the part opposed to russia invading ukraine.
Trump picked a former putin operative with no experience running campaigns, to run his campaign, which he did UNPAID.
Trump picked Putin's favorite oil CEO to run our foreign policy - one from a company which would want to end the sanctions.
Trump picked putin's favorite general as national security advisor.
Trump has refused to enact the russian sanctions that congress passed overwhelmingly months ago.

Are you dumb enough to think this is all just coincidence?

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 02:27 PM | Reply

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

And this is why happens when you confront trumpers about the facts regarding russia. When they can't deflect to hillary, they just run away.

#25 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 03:33 PM | Reply

Your inability to differentiate between a flu and cancer makes you look like an idiot.
#15 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

Why such a flu-coddler?

#26 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2017-10-31 03:36 PM | Reply

Why such a flu-coddler?

#26 | Posted by SheepleSchism

Why give everyone cancer simply because you can't avoid the flu?

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 03:47 PM | Reply

Futhermore dum dum, if you want people to be able to vote for a sanders-like candidate the next time one is on the ballot, you should be supporting the side who wants people to be able to vote, instead of saying they're the same thing as the side that is doing everything it can to prevent people from voting.

#28 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-31 05:08 PM | Reply

#27 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, I agree, Hillery is cancer, deadly. Trump is the flu, usually a nuance.

#29 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 09:59 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by SpeakSoftly, Read "Clinton's Cash, the issues the author brings up are now being investigated as crimes. He released the book more than 3 years ago. Trump has been investigated for more than a year without any charges filed on him. Hillery has been seriously investigated for less than a month. As she famously said, "What difference does it make?". That should be engraved on her cell door. I'll make a prediction, and I'm batting better than .600, she will make a plea deal, and will die broke.

#30 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 10:55 PM | Reply

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly That noose seems to be made of toilet paper.

#31 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-10-31 11:00 PM | Reply

Hillery has been seriously investigated for less than a month.

Or possibly several decades.

#32 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-10-31 11:10 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Hillery has been seriously investigated for less than a month."

So the first 25 years of investigators were un-serious?!?

Can you taste the stupid when you post something that dumb?

#33 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-10-31 11:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Read "Clinton's Cash"

Yeah, if you are interested in rightwing propaganda:

Research for the book was conducted by the Government Accountability Institute, a conservative nonprofit investigative research organization founded by Peter Schweizer and Steve Bannon and funded by billionaires Robert Mercer and the Koch Brothers, among others.

en.wikipedia.org

#34 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-31 11:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#30 If Trump had been investigated half as much as the Clintons, he wouldn't be president today.

#35 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-31 11:24 PM | Reply

Even if it turns out the Clintons are guilty of something, heck, even if everything Clinton foes think is true about them turns out to be true, it won't give Trump a free pass on any wrongdoings he may have committed. We're not in election season anymore. It's not an either/or proposition when it comes to Mueller's investigation. It's not either Clinton is guilty, or Trump is guilty. Pick one. It could be both/and.

#36 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-31 11:41 PM | Reply

#32 | Posted by REDIAL Multiple issues, a scandal every year sense she graduated from Harvard. She is a habitual criminal who has used her political connections to provide immunity from prosecution, first in Arkansas, then as first lady, then as senator, then sec of state. there was not a moment she did not enrich herself by corrupt means. She is a piece of human garbage who is lower than the rapist she successfully defended. BTW, (the individuals she defended later repeated their crime). We have all kinds of time to look into the Damn Yankee at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It is long past time to jail this monster. The Rose Law Firm, Cattle gate, Whitewater, Travel gate, File gate, Vince Foster, The list goes on and on till the Clinton Foundation emerged like a iceberg of feces. Their corruption is not measured in millions, it is billions.

#37 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-01 12:24 AM | Reply

"She is a habitual criminal"

That phrase already has a definition. You're imitating Humpty Dumpty in Alice in Wonderland.

"there was not a moment she did not enrich herself by corrupt means."

Riiiiiiight. Not a moment. And writing a bestseller, or being a speaker in high demand, is corrupt, right?!? Hyperbole much?

"Vince Foster"

It's always easier when idiots with HDS out themselves. Vince Foster, Benghazi, and now, Uranuim all apply.

"Their corruption is not measured in millions, it is billions"

Yet the convictions are measured in the zero to zero range.

#38 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-01 12:34 AM | Reply

"We have all kinds of time to look into the Damn Yankee at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave."

No, actually we don't. He's the one who is in the WH and who is the most powerful leader in the free world. Hillary Clinton is a little old lady in Chappaqua, NY. Plenty of time to investigate her. The guy with the nuclear codes, not so much.

#39 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-11-01 12:51 AM | Reply

Claims of Clinton-Russia Uranium Collusion Are A Real Empty Barrel

www.forbes.com

Even Forbes knows it.

#40 | Posted by Corky at 2017-11-01 01:23 AM | Reply

#40 | Posted by Corky, Forbes has not been reverent in the last decade. Wait and see, money does tell a tale. The Clinton Foundation is a mountain of money. Where it came from is the essence of the story. The crime is where it was spent.

#41 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-01 01:46 AM | Reply

"The crime is where it was spent."

You have no idea what you're blathering about. The CF's spending, like other charities, is transparent.

Here, educate yourself, before looking so stupid again: www.clintonfoundation.org

#42 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-01 01:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Forbes has not been reverent in the last decade. "

You just make stuff up, don't you?

www.thewrap.com

#43 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-11-01 02:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What I enjoy is seeing the current leftist condemn a book they have never read. I read Mien Knopf and it didn't make me a Nazi. I read the Koran and it didn't make me a Muslim. I read Marx and it didn't make me a communist. Mater of fact it did the opposite. RT is a Russian sponsored news site, Alex Jones has Infowars, Red Pepper is a Marxist publication, Mother Jones is hard left and Fox is right wing. Best thing to remember is corporate news hates Trump. CNN, MSNBC, NYT, run 90%+ negative. Seems the left hates corporations but don't seem to mind getting their news from 6 multinationals.
*Compare their circulation when Forbes ran for president back in the 90s and now. Print media in general is now suffering a lingering death.

#44 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-01 03:14 PM | Reply

#44 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

First, I don't believe for a second you read them.

Second, regardless of whether what you read effects you personally, it does effect most people. That's WHY people read.

Third, Corporate News doesn't hate Trump. Trump just hates facts. Sorry they publish facts about how stupid Trump is destroying the country.

#45 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-11-01 03:29 PM | Reply

#45 | Posted by Sycophant Truth is the daughter of time, I am fairly confident that Hillery Clinton and her allies, Holder, the Podesta brothers, Lynch and others are in serious legal trouble. They have no political power to stop or subvert investigations.

#46 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-01 03:37 PM | Reply

The Clinton Foundation is a mountain of money. Where it came from is the essence of the story. The crime is where it was spent.

#41 | Posted by docnjo

HILLARY IS NOT PRESIDENT.

All your deflections do is prove how you can't defend trump's actions.

He chose a circle of putin operatives to run the country. He refuses to enact sanction on russia. He refuses to say russia did anything wrong.

Anyone who says there is nothing to see or deflects to clinton reveals themselves to be a moron.

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-11-01 03:38 PM | Reply

#45 | Posted by Sycophant Sorry but I am not that fond of cards or dominoes, many places I have been have no no other rec but reading. You can go through a library in nine years.

#48 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-02 10:50 AM | Reply

many places I have been have no no other rec but reading. You can go through a library in nine years.

#48 | POSTED BY DOCNJO

9 years is a long time. Sounds like you put your time in prison to good use tho.

#49 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-11-02 10:56 AM | Reply

#49 | Posted by donnerboy, that was an option if I refused to be deployed. Of course they don't pay you to be in prison-sort of hard on your family. Danger level is a little higher than prison.

#50 | Posted by docnjo at 2017-11-02 01:04 PM | Reply

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