Mafia in Trump Tower: “I found 13 people who have had been in Trump Tower, associated with the Russian mafia,” he said - In an MSNBC interview broadcast Saturday, Donald Trump’s biographer, Craig Unger, detailed the alleged links between the president and the Russian mafia, Raw Story reports.
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In an MSNBC interview broadcast Saturday, Donald Trump’s biographer, Craig Unger, detailed the alleged links between the president and the Russian mafia, Raw Story reports.
The author of House of Trump, House of Putin detailed on MSNBC’s AM Joy how the Russian mob functions. According to the author, unlike the Italian mob and other similar criminal organizations, the Russian mafia is tied to the state. Russian mobsters, according to Unger, report to Vladimir Putin.
President Donald Trump — who is being accused of coordinating with official Moscow to sway the 2016 election in his favor — is connected to the Russian mafia, according to Unger, and the relationship between Trump and Russian mafia has been going “on and off” for nearly four decades.
“Russian money played a huge, huge role” in Donald Trump’s financial recovery post-Atlantic City, according to Unger.
As reported by the Guardian, in a court filing made public on Friday, Mueller’s team said that Manafort should serve a prison term of up to 24 years for “serious, longstanding, and bold” financial crimes.
Like all Trump campaign officials indicted in Mueller’s probe thus far, Manafort was found guilty for crimes unrelated to the alleged collusion. But the former Trump campaign chairman is also being accused by the Special Counsel’s office of collaborating with an alleged Russian intelligence operative, Konstantin Kilimnik, during the 2016 presidential campaign in order to help Donald Trump win the election.
According to President Trump’s biographer Craig Unger, Paul Manafort is “playing for a pardon,” and he is afraid for his life.
“The Russian mafia is serious. People have been dying over this, there have been a lot of unexplained deaths. It wouldn’t surprise me if Manafort was afraid of that,” the author concluded for MSNBC.
|Palmer Report: Donald Trump’s real threat|
Andrew McCabe, the former Deputy Director of the FBI whom Donald Trump fired just days before his retirement, is hitting the media circuit to promote his new aptly-named book, The Threat. While many of the released excerpts may fail to surprise, they do paint Trump in an even worse light, if that’s even possible, including his apparent giddiness at getting rid of Comey – a move he thought would end the Russia investigation.
The Atlantic has posted a short portion of The Threat. While reading that excerpt, I could feel my heart pounding. Earlier thoughts or suppositions about the level of Trump’s narcissism and dirty dealings pale in comparison to the truth that continues to come out.
When McCabe first assumed the role of Acting Director after Trump’s firing of Comey, Trump called McCabe to say, “it’s [Comey’s firing] a great thing, people are really happy about the fact that the director’s gone.” Trump claimed to have received “hundreds” of messages from FBI employees, congratulating him for firing Comey because they “hated him.
McCabe tells a completely different story: “You could go to any floor and you would see small groups gathering in hallways, some people even crying.” Par for the course with Trump, he sees what he wants to see and completely ignores the truth. During that conversation, Trump also had the audacity to ask about McCabe’s wife, about whom Trump shamelessly made false, malicious allegations during her campaign for senate. Trump wanted to know how McCabe’s wife felt about being a “loser.”
The man has no class, but importantly, he has no empathy or concern for others and says things that he thinks will make people admire him. In other words, he’s a classic narcissist: arrogant, self-centered, manipulative, demanding, and concentration on grandiose fantasies of their own success, beauty, or brilliance, according to the definition from Psychology Today. Yep. But, I digress.
We can thank Andrew McCabe for Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Because McCabe already knew his days were numbered, he wanted to ensure that the Trump-Russia investigation survived his termination. He went to Rod Rosenstein, who had also been burned by Trump by putting Rosenstein’s name on a memo following Comey’s termination. Together, Rosenstein and McCabe determined that a special counsel was necessary – someone who would ultimately be untouchable by Trump – leading to the appointment of Mueller.
McCabe’s book is another in a series of writings from people Trump has tried to destroy. If you haven’t yet read A Higher Loyalty from James Comey, I highly recommend it, as it gives a clear play-by-play of Trump’s attempted manipulations of Comey, ultimately leading to hints of the obstruction Trump was openly willing to undertake. I suspect McCabe’s book will be just as telling. Tune into “60 Minutes” this Sunday for a full interview with McCabe.
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|Kushner prepping allies for spring launch of US Middle East Peace plan|
During a presentation Thursday, Kushner confirmed that the Trump administration will not release its peace plan prior to Israel's elections in April, according to a senior administration official present in the room.
After a series of meetings at the Munich Security Conference this weekend, Kushner will spend the end of the month, alongside Jason Greenblatt, Trump's former personal lawyer who is now an adviser on Israel, on a trip to present economic elements of the plan to wealthy Arab allies.
Kushner's presentation was the first chance international diplomats had to hear about the Trump administration's efforts to resolve the decades-long conflict. The President's son-in-law and his team have kept a tight wrap on the substance of his plan, refusing to share details with traditional US partners on Mideast peace efforts, including allies in the region and in Europe.
The silence surrounding the plan has become a source of frustration and uncertainty that some diplomats worry could eventually scuttle the proposal's chances.
Fears about the planKushner has rebuffed major US allies' requests to circulate the plan, one diplomat said, as he and his team are reportedly fearful that its contents would leak out and the proposal would be scuttled before they have a chance to roll it out.
But the diplomat told CNN that the silence and secrecy could contribute to the plan's failure. This diplomat said major US allies hope to see the proposal early so they can identify snags or build support, but they have been met with silence, which has left them frustrated.
"We're not being told anything," a second diplomat said. These allies very much want to help out in the process if they can, but they feel left out and many have voiced frustration.
One concern the allies have is they will learn about the substance of the plan so late in the game that it's impossible to weigh in with changes -- and that it could be something they can't support.
One source familiar with discussions between countries said this is particularly a concern in Arab countries that will get briefed on the economic portion of the proposal -- which they will be asked to fund.
A new style"This is not likely to go well -- the economic piece is seen in the region as shorthand for trying to buy the Palestinians off," the source said. "It's important to get Arab buy-in. You need the main Arab players to urge the Palestinians not to say no. ... You want them to go to (Palestinian Authority President) Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) and say, 'Don't dismiss it. Give it a thought. Let's see what elements you can live with.' For that to happen," the source said, Arab countries "have to feel that they are co-owners of this thing. They have to be privy" to the substance of the plan.
That source cautioned that while almost nothing is known about the proposal, it is expected to skew heavily in favor of Israel and is expected to use nonlegal language, not the internationally established and accepted jargon associated with past peace proposals.
The style and choice of the language, the source said, is an attempt to speak directly to Palestinians in the hope that they can be used to pressure Abbas to accept the plan. It is not expected to mention a two-state solution, the source said, but explains how Palestinian self-determination will manifest itself.