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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

From the Russian mob to money launderers, Trump's personal attorney has long been a subject of interest to federal investigators Michael Cohen, President Trump's long-time lawyer and personal "pit bull," was brought to heel yesterday when federal agents raided his office in Manhattan's Rockefeller Center. Meanwhile, Mueller is investigating a $150,000 "donation" that Cohen arranged for Trump's foundation in 2015 from a Ukrainian billionaire named Victor Pinchuk.

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He grew up on Long Island, the son of a physician who survived the Holocaust in Poland, and like Tom Hagen spent a childhood around organized crime, specifically the Russian Mafiya.

Cohen's uncle, Morton Levine, was a wealthy Brooklyn doctor who owned the El Caribe Country Club, a Brooklyn catering hall and event space that was a well-known hangout for Russian gangsters.

During Trump's presidential run, reporters noticed a curious thing about Cohen. Questions about Trump's business or his taxes went to his chief legal officer or another staffer, but Cohen handled questions about Russia.

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"Several sources have told me that Cohen was one of several attorneys who helped money launderers purchase apartments in a development in Sunny Isles Beach, a seaside Florida town just north of Miami.

This was an informal arrangement passed word-of-mouth: "We have heard from Russian sources that ... in Florida, Cohen and other lawyers acted as a conduit for money."

An investigation by Reuters found that at least 63 individuals with Russian passports or addresses have bought at least $98.4 million worth of property in the seven Trump-branded luxury towers. And that was a conservative estimate.

At least 703 – or about one-third – of the 2044 units were owned by limited liability companies, or LLCs, which could conceal the property's true owner. Executives from Gazprom and other Russian natural resource giants also owned units in Trump's Sunny Isles towers.

In an observation that several people I spoke with echoed, Kenneth McCallion, a former prosecutor who tracked the flows of Russian criminal money into Trump's properties, told me, "Trump's genius – or evil genius – was, instead of Russian criminal money being passive, incidental income, it became a central part of his business plan."

McCallion continued, "It's not called 'Little Moscow' for nothing. The street signs are in Russian. But his towers there were built specifically for the Russian middle-class criminal."

lots more at the link

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-10 06:23 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


Mr Cohen was the go-to clean up lawyer for a [I'll be kind] wealthy New York City real estate developer who had global aspirations.

At this point, I'd opine that we haven't seen the big headlines yet....

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-04-11 09:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mueller is investigating a $150,000 "donation" that Cohen arranged for Trump's foundation in 2015 from a Ukrainian billionaire named Victor Pinchuk.

LOL. Pinchuk gave the Clinton Foundation 25 million and used their private plane.

#3 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-11 10:30 AM | Reply

LOL. Pinchuk gave the Clinton Foundation 25 million and used their private plane.

#3 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

The Clinton Foundation has been investigated and investigated and is still under investigation. Unlike the Trump Gang nothing illegal found no indictments yet. (lol)

thehill.com

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-04-11 10:58 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I would just assume if Trump's foundation taking 150k from this guy is a crime than taking 25 million from him is a show stopper.

#5 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-11 11:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

#5 | Posted by fishpaw

You are right that's a lot of money to the Clinton Foundation by a less than savory Oligarch. I suppose it should be looked at and it has and continues to be.

But let's look at the foundations:
Clinton Foundation
Donald J. Trump Foundation

Now you tell me which one we should be concerned about. It is well known Trump's was a scam. He used it to splurge on toys for him. It's pretty well documented what the Clinton foundation does. Notice the ratings on accountability and transparency?

#6 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-04-11 12:19 PM | Reply

Democrats are opening themselves up to the same investigations and standards of 'finding anything that sticks'.
Honestly, I hope it happens, sooner rather than later, for the good of the country.

We need to root out ALL the grifters, cheats, and scammers. I'm all for it.
I would support a fulltime non-partisan/bi-partisan special prosecutor to do just that.

#7 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-11 12:19 PM | Reply

On topic - I had no idea Cohen was so Russia tied. Not to mention Russian mob tied. That's actually a very good read and explains a LOT about Dotard's Russia history/ties.

#8 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2018-04-11 12:21 PM | Reply

- Notice the ratings on accountability and transparency?

That determination was made after HRC declared for potus, and CGI cooked the books and refiled multiple years of tax returns.

www.forbes.com

"The subject is embarrassing: donations by foreign governments while Mrs. Clinton was Secretary of State. Mrs. Clinton resigned from the Foundation's board after she officially announced her Presidential run. But upon becoming Secretary of State, Mrs. Clinton promised that the Foundation would stop accepting donations from foreign governments. It turns out there were exceptions, and that the Foundation's tax filings with the IRS were less than transparent."

#9 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-11 12:31 PM | Reply

FISHPAW

If you're the one lone holdout who can definitively prove something illegal that hasn't already been debunked about the Clinton Foundation and that many years of professional investigations have missed, please feel free to spit it out.

Emphasis on the word "PROVE" please.

If not, you're just a relic who is still wasting your time throwing mud against a wall. We're embarrassed for you on this site. You know that, don't you?

#10 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-04-11 12:39 PM | Reply

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Now you tell me which one we should be concerned about. It is well known Trump's was a scam. He used it to splurge on toys for him. It's pretty well documented what the Clinton foundation does. Notice the ratings on accountability and transparency?

#6 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE AT 2018-04-11 12:19 PM | FLAG:

Oh parden me, I'm sure Pinchuk's 25 million donation to Clinton right before the election and when everyone thought she had it in the bag was strictly for humanitarian reasons.

#11 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-11 12:40 PM | Reply

If you're the one lone holdout who can definitively prove something illegal that hasn't already been debunked about the Clinton Foundation and that many years of professional investigations have missed, please feel free to spit it out.
Emphasis on the word "PROVE" please.
If not, you're just a relic who is still wasting your time throwing mud against a wall. We're embarrassed for you on this site. You know that, don't you?

#10 | POSTED BY TWINPAC AT 2018-04-11 12:39 PM | FLAG:

I'm embarrasesed for you that you can't put 2 and 2 together. I am not saying the Clinton Foundation has done anything wrong other than paying their staff and especially their founders huge amounts of money which is not a crime. The point is they are supposedely investigating Trump for receiving 150k for his foundation prior to the election which I would bet was not for what the foundation supposidely does but for political favor if for some crazy reason he actually won. I would bet the same would be the case for the 25 million to Clinton with Pinchuk believing as everyone else believed that Clinton would win. Does that make sense to you?

#12 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-11 12:53 PM | Reply

- Does that make sense to you?

Nothing will get through that helmet.

#13 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-11 12:56 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This level of whataboutism is making Lenin proud.

i.redd.it

#14 | Posted by 726 at 2018-04-11 01:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I would just assume if Trump's foundation taking 150k from this guy is a crime than taking 25 million from him is a show stopper.

#5 | Posted by fishpaw

Good point. Let's impeach BOTH trump and hillary!

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-11 02:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

#15 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.

You just want your team to win.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2018-04-11 02:56 PM | Reply

#15 Go change your panties, it won't happen.

#17 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-04-11 02:57 PM | Reply

Good point. Let's impeach BOTH trump and hillary!
#15 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY
#15 Go change your panties, it won't happen.
#17 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Finally something we can agree on. We won't be impeaching Hillary.

#18 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-11 02:58 PM | Reply

The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.

You just want your team to win.

#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism

I don't have a team. The difference between you and me is, I want the best available person to win.

You want it your way or else burn the whole thing down, who cares who suffers in the process.

#19 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-04-11 03:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Russian Mafiya Sheep!

#20 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-11 03:02 PM | Reply

The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.
You just want your team to win.
#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism

You live in an idealized fantasy world that continues to prevent any real change from occurring in the real world.

#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-11 03:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.
You just want your team to win."

Speaks hates the DNC and Hillary as much as you do, so, no, that is not the difference between you.

#22 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-11 03:03 PM | Reply

PS Speaks also supports Bernie as much as you do, maybe more so because he doesn't come across as a Trump-humping shill.

#23 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-04-11 03:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

- he doesn't come across as a Trump-humping shill.

lol, Sheepish has managed to get Gal's dander up!

#24 | Posted by Corky at 2018-04-11 03:07 PM | Reply

The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.
You just want your team to win.
#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism
You live in an idealized fantasy world that continues to prevent any real change from occurring in the real world.
#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-11 03:03 PM | Reply | Flag:
| Newsworthy 1

Oh, please. The existing system is being abused from within and it cannot continue. I'm going to strum a harp melody - 9/11 was such an inside job of cronyism as people responsible were promoted and not demoted or fired. We know that staffers and congress are exempt from insider knowledge rules. Lobbyists and Citizens United are just rubbing it in our faces. This is not the first time regarding Republican tampering with the vote - Diebold flipping was also completely whitewashed. Recently our presidential voting was manipulated - why wasn't our intelligence on top of this? Perhaps the Russian intelligence are functioning as a member of this failing 1% community's apparatus. Nobody has been jailed in any of those crimes I listed. Yet.

You must have higher ideals and standards than greasing their filthy exploitational palms.

#25 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-12 03:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The difference between you and me is, I want to root out all of them.
You just want your team to win.
#16 | Posted by SheepleSchism
You live in an idealized fantasy world that continues to prevent any real change from occurring in the real world.
#21 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-11 03:03 PM | Reply | Flag:
| Newsworthy 1
Oh, please. The existing system is being abused from within and it cannot continue. I'm going to strum a harp melody - 9/11 was such an inside job of cronyism as people responsible were promoted and not demoted or fired. We know that staffers and congress are exempt from insider knowledge rules. Lobbyists and Citizens United are just rubbing it in our faces. This is not the first time regarding Republican tampering with the vote - Diebold flipping was also completely whitewashed. Recently our presidential voting was manipulated - why wasn't our intelligence on top of this? Perhaps the Russian intelligence are functioning as a member of this failing 1% community's apparatus. Nobody has been jailed in any of those crimes I listed. Yet.
You must have higher ideals and standards than greasing their filthy exploitational palms.
#25 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT

Sure. And voting third party in elections they can't possibly win isn't helping to change that. Unless you are suggesting a revolution complete with bloody coup, we are going to have to slowing change things by voting for the lesser of two evils each election. If you don't, we get what we have now. How many years has Trump set everything back because people chose to vote third party or not vote at all?

#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-12 02:42 PM | Reply

Sure. And voting third party in elections they can't possibly win isn't helping to change that. Unless you are suggesting a revolution complete with bloody coup, we are going to have to slowing change things by voting for the lesser of two evils each election. If you don't, we get what we have now. How many years has Trump set everything back because people chose to vote third party or not vote at all?
#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-12 02:42 PM

I already mentioned 9/11.

#27 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-12 03:19 PM | Reply

Sure. And voting third party in elections they can't possibly win isn't helping to change that. Unless you are suggesting a revolution complete with bloody coup, we are going to have to slowing change things by voting for the lesser of two evils each election. If you don't, we get what we have now. How many years has Trump set everything back because people chose to vote third party or not vote at all?
#26 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-12 02:42 PM
I already mentioned 9/11.
#27 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT

What does that have to do with a bloody coup and revolution?

#28 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-12 03:35 PM | Reply

I already mentioned 9/11.
#27 | POSTED BY REDLIGHTROBOT
What does that have to do with a bloody coup and revolution?
#28 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-04-12 03:35 PM

This site compiles a lot of publications on this topic:

WTC 9-11 Biggest Gold Heist In History


The fate of nearly $1 billion worth of gold, silver and other precious metals stored beneath the WTC before 9-11 continues to baffle many.

The Times piece also reported that some of the recovered gold may have been found outside this vault.

"The gold, which was discovered ... was being transported through the basement of the building on the morning of Sept. 11," reads the article. "Recovery workers reached a service tunnel and discovered a 10-wheel [truck] and a number of cars [that] had been crushed by falling steel."

Was the uncovered 10-wheel truck the last in a fleet of gold-laden rigs with an armed security escort? Did personnel decide to abandon these vehicles and flee on foot as they heard the structure above them giving way? Answers to these questions may never be fully addressed so long as the federal government refuses to revisit the 9-11 tragedy with an adequate investigation.

Meanwhile, some insist the official story is an unabashed lie and that another reason behind the 9-11 attacks was to pull off the biggest gold heist in history. One of the more outrageous claims along this vein comes from former mob boss Tony Gambino, who declared in a 2007 radio interview: "I know for a fact that Bush [and other] U.S. government leaders had prior knowledge and helped organize 9-11. They did it for many obvious reasons, one being to instigate a war in Iraq. But they also did it to get their hands on all the gold that was hidden below the [WTC]."
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#29 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2018-04-12 08:52 PM | Reply

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