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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower has become one of the most famous gatherings in American political history: a flashpoint for allegations of collusion, the subject of shifting explanations by the president and his son, countless hair-on-fire tweets, and boundless speculation by the press. But secret documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News reveal a previously undisclosed aspect of the meeting: a complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and a small office park in New Jersey.

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The documents show Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at the center of this vast network and how he used accounts overseas to filter money to himself, his son, and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting. The records also offer new insight into the murky financial world inhabited by many of Trump's associates, who use shell companies and secret bank accounts to quickly and quietly move money across the globe.

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The documents show Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, at the center of this vast network and how he used accounts overseas to filter money to himself, his son, and at least two people who attended the Trump Tower meeting.

The records also offer new insight into the murky financial world inhabited by many of Trump's associates, who use shell companies and secret bank accounts to quickly and quietly move money across the globe.

#1 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-09-12 10:39 AM | Reply


... Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump ...

Interesting crowd Pres Trump hangs with.

But to the point of the article... I've been of the opinion that Mr Mueller knows a whole lot more than has been made public. This revelation is just further evidence of that.

I wonder what is the totality of what Mr Mueller knows and is acting upon?

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 11:07 AM | Reply

I'm not a litigator but in the Real Estate world, you always follow the money to figure out what is going on.

I have no doubts whatsoever that the more Mueller digs into the money trail around Trump and his entities the more ugliness he and his team will find, it's only a matter of time.

#3 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2018-09-12 11:41 AM | Reply

But to the point of the article... I've been of the opinion that Mr Mueller knows a whole lot more than has been made public. This revelation is just further evidence of that. I wonder what is the totality of what Mr Mueller knows and is acting upon? - #2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 11:07 AM

If he has something that would bring Trump down, I wish he'd get it out there.
Part of me wonders if he is Republican enough to wait for another Supreme Court Justice nominated by Trump to be appointed before bringing the man down. Part of me wonders if he has anything at all, since he's willing to let the man continue to nominate SCJs and pilot the nation.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2018-09-12 11:44 AM | Reply


@#4 ... If he has something that would bring Trump down, I wish he'd get it out there. ...

That's not the way Mr Mueller's investigation works. For starters, the goal of Mr Mueller is not to "bring Trump down."

But more to the point... He wants to have an evidence-based trial in a legal court of law, not an alternate-fact-based distortion in the political court of public opinion.

I'd rather Mr Mueller takes the time to do the proper investigation, and not be distracted by, e.g., fmr Mayor Giuliani's political sideshows.

#5 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 12:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Mueller's objective has never been to "bring Trump down." That isn't why Rosenstein appointed him. His job is to shush out whether or not Russians interfered with or tried to illegally impact the 2016 presidential election. Seeing as how scores of Russians and Russian entities have already been indicted for just that, most would say that has now been proven. Then, since proven true evidentiarily, his further charge was to investigate whether there was cooperation or coordination with US-based persons and/or entities and ultimately he was given free reign to prosecute other not-necessarily-related crimes of any suspects that were uncovered during the course of the initial investigation.

Trump and Trump sympathizers have insisted that Mueller is out to get him, but nothing from the Mueller camp has ever given that notion whatsoever. Mueller and his staff just soldier on, doing the job they were brought together to do with the incredibly high stakes of quite possibly leading to the demise of the current President, his political party and all the associates caught up in the wake of these roiling waters.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-09-12 01:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#6 ... Mueller's objective has never been to "bring Trump down." That isn't why Rosenstein appointed him. ...

Even though I see the "bring Pres Trump down" paradigm as a major theme of the discussions on Fox News and other right-wing news sites, that is not the charter that was handed to Mr Mueller.

Appointment of Special Counsel
www.justice.gov

...Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein today announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters. ...

And the PDF detailing the appointment: www.justice.gov

...(a) Robert S. Mueller III is appointed t(* serve as Specia] Counsel fpr the United States
Department of Justice.

(b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confjnned by then-FBI
Director James 8. Coroey in testimony befpre the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:

(i)any links and0or coordination bet ween the Russian government and individuals
associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and

(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly fsom the investigation; and

(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).


(c) If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is
authorized to prosecute ffderal crimes arising fsom the investigation of these matters....


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-09-12 01:44 PM | Reply

"If he has something that would bring Trump down, I wish he'd get it out there."

Patience Grasshopper.

All in due time... all in due time.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-09-12 07:58 PM | Reply

Bring down all the crooks, drain the swamp.
Something everyone can agree on, right?

#9 | Posted by bored at 2018-09-13 06:00 AM | Reply

Day after day, the media proves that we have very capable people who can investigate and figure out every intricacy of every detail involved in something.

Yet, none of that energy or effort is spent on improving the country. It's all used on trying to find dirt on political rivals because of partisan reasons. Just imagine how much good all of these people could do if they concentrated on fixing the country instead of on finding ways to keep us going down the rabbit hole. If you fix the problem, the money never would have been able to flow in the first place. But let's just keep going after dumb issues that exist because the problems exist.

#10 | Posted by humtake at 2018-09-13 11:44 AM | Reply

Yet, none of that energy or effort is spent on improving the country.
#10 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Sure it is. Lots of it.

You just never believe it when the data and facts are released.

#11 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-09-13 01:55 PM | Reply

But please, tell me again how it was CLINTON who was "the corrupt one." I need a good laugh.

#12 | Posted by e1g1 at 2018-09-13 03:13 PM | Reply

Day after day, the media proves that we have very capable people who can investigate and figure out every intricacy of every detail involved in something.

Yet, none of that energy or effort is spent on improving the country. It's all used on trying to find dirt on political rivals because of partisan reasons. Just imagine how much good all of these people could do if they concentrated on fixing the country instead of on finding ways to keep us going down the rabbit hole. If you fix the problem, the money never would have been able to flow in the first place. But let's just keep going after dumb issues that exist because the problems exist.

#10 | Posted by humtake

Getting a dangerous manchild russian agent out of the white house IS improving the country.

The fact that you see this simply as trying to get dirt on their rivals shows how deluded your news sources have made you.

#13 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-09-13 05:51 PM | Reply

Collusion is a fact, but whether it accounts for Trump's electoral victory is dubious speculation. I have long thought Trump's relationship with Russia is all about money and illegal money laundering will be his undoing. But, then there's Pence which is most certainly worse.

#14 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-09-13 06:39 PM | Reply

But, then there's Pence which is most certainly worse.

#14 | Posted by bayviking

Worse in many ways, but better in the sense that he doesn't make america look like a bunch of stupid suckers who allow a con artist and criminal to run the country.

Also better in the sense that he doesn't send the message to kids that the path to success is lying, bullying, and cheating.

Sure he's a liar and moral hypocrite himself, but in the normal republican way.

#15 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-09-13 07:01 PM | Reply

Suspicious X follows Trump (y).

Seems to be the story of this administration.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2018-09-13 07:03 PM | Reply

Nothing suspicious about it.

Trump is in bed with the Russians.

#17 | Posted by Tor at 2018-09-13 08:16 PM | Reply

the fact that it involves the office of the president is the only reason that i could see that a RICO indictment wouldn't be in the offing. and all of this has nothing to do with state violations. it's just inconceivable to me that they couldn't see this coming. hubris,thy name is trump

#18 | Posted by 1947steamer at 2018-09-14 12:53 AM | Reply

Just imagine how much good all of these people could do if they concentrated on fixing the country instead of on finding ways to keep us going down the rabbit hole.

#10 | Posted by humtake

Te media? That's a far better description of congress.

#19 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-09-14 11:45 AM | Reply

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#20 | Posted by Whatsleft at 2018-09-14 12:05 PM | Reply

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