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President Trump and Russia: Is there a Connection?

Updated on February 20, 2018

President Trump has said that the investigation into Russian collusion has been proven to be a Democratic witch hunt because they lost the 2016 election. The FBI investigation results are starting to show that many Trump appointed men lied and deceived them. Trump blames Obama for the Russian meddling in the 2016 election and then calls it "fake news". How does one make sense of this?

Even to ardent Trump supporters, many are starting to be open to the idea that Russia did meddle in the Trump-Clinton 2016 election. The FBI investigation has indicted key Trump men, like Paul Manafort, who had extensive deals in Russia. The issue of collusion, that is, was Trump and Russian authorities, working together in some way to persuade the American electorate? While the answer for now is "no", the investigation is not over but has moved close to Trump's inner circle.

It is hard to believe that Trump never knew of it, some discussion of it, and completely in the dark. This does not fit Trump's business personality.

Trump and Russian Connections

Back in 2008, Donald Trump Jr., publically stated, "Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia." Russian oligarch money pouring into Trump's real estate and casino businesses long before Trump thought about being president. In some cases, money that saved him from bankruptcy. If Trump did collude with Russia, it was all about money, which is why the FBI is looking into money laundering. Paul Manafort worked for Russian interests before Trump asked him to run his campaign. Maybe some of this money was from Russia. As for Putin, Trump may like his personality, but Putin most likely heard from his oilgarchs, which surround him, about how a Trump president might benefit Russia and approved Russian activity to affect the election. For Putin, a moment of opportunity.

The Trail of the Prezevon Case

This case is about laundering hundreds of millions of dollars through New York City real estate via Hermitage Capital in 2008. The U.S. Attorney's office had prepared a massive case just last year against the Russian oligarchs.

When Donald Trump Jr. met with a Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, at Trump Tower in NYC, she represented Russian oilgarchs in the Prezevon case. This was not the first time because she had been trying to get the case dismissed. Despite what either of them said as to that meeting, it is not hard to see her asking to get the case dismissed in exchange for political dirt of Trump's foe, Hillary Clinton. The case was going to go to trial.

It is important to note that after Trump was elected, the U.S. Attorney dismissed the case because $6,000,000 had been paid. Case was settled for a fraction of the amount laundered. Was there pressure placed on the U.S. Attorney's Office by the administration, by the Department of Justice? It is hard to believe that Donald Jr., did not meet with the full knowledge of his dad and what was to be discussed. And why was Preet Bharara, the attorney in charge of the case, fired and shortly afterwards, the Prevezon case was dropped?

There is no doubt the FBI is focused on this link and Kushner's own personal business, which is in debt by over 1 billion. Kushner has met with Chinese one week after the election. Kushner was lobbying for financing of his debt.

This explains why President Trump has never said anything bad about Russia. Trump's connection with Russian oligarchs dates back to 1987.These oligarchs are within Putin's close orbit. Putin used the financial situation of Trump for his own purpose to cause discord in the 2016 election.

Since the FBI investigation is not over, Trump and his inner circle are not 100% innocent, but there is certainly plenty of smoke. The Prezezon is very close to a smoking gun.

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    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California


      You and others keep saying Trump isn't tough on Russia, and that just isn't true.

      Obama cried wolf (Russia) he also cried that they were interfering with the election, and laughed at Trump when Trump said it. What did he do that was tough on Russia?

      You really believe that this is the first time that Mueller was looking at the Trump business?

      Mueller is not a special counsel in the sense of an independent counsel. He has conflicts of interest, as he was around to see the Uranium One deal go on, and he has hired people that worked for Hillary, or were pro Hillary, and as we saw an example Peter Strzok an Linda Page. He also worked with James Comey, he was Comey's mentor and less than a week before he was appointed special counsel he met with Comey. Comey was to testify before congress after leaking his alleged memo to his friend who then got it into the papers. Then, Rod Rosenstein appoints him as special counsel because of the Comey leak. What here looks like a fair investigation as opposed to a coup to remove the president.

      Once again, I am disappointed in your position because it doesn't have any viable or compelling facts.

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      Readmikenow 2 months ago

      Sometimes when people mention the Mueller investigation I want to scream about what Hillary Clinton did during the election. Why isn't there an investigation into HER collusion? Mueller is showing he is working for the Democrat party and not the people.

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 2 months ago

      Now, Mueller is looking into Trumps business connections with Russia before 2016- that could finally tell us why Trump has been so soft pro-Russia...

    • bradmasterOCcal profile image

      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California


      "Why? Seems like all of the FBI, CIA and Mueller would differ from you. The collusion with Trump is not yet settled, maybe Trump Jr or others colluded and Trump Sr was not told."

      It actually took you two days to come up with this response. We will find out that the FBI, CIA, DOJ, Mueller, and Hillary, the DNC, Steele, and others were all in it together. So, they of course differ with my statement.

      What have they found after a year of spying on Trump through Carter Page? Nothing? And without finding anything, how did the FISA court keep giving them extensions, even after Page was no longer in the Trump campaign?

      What kind of investigation record does the FBI have after they failed on 911, and again and again with the last one being Parkland.

      I am really disappointed in your comments. I remember your old comments and articles being of a higher caliber.

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 2 months ago

      Why? Seems like all of the FBI, CIA and Mueller would differ from you. The collusion with Trump is not yet settled, maybe Trump Jr or others colluded and Trump Sr was not told.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 months ago from Orange County California

      Perry A

      What is your point. It is not like there is a viable alternative?

      The whole Russian Trump collusion was created by Hillary Clinton and the DNC.

      Why would you give it any credibility?

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      Vladimir Karas 2 months ago from Canada

      Perrya---It seems that you would not make a good juror in a criminal court of law, because you would hang a man on basis of your suspicions. Just like in a trial, a person is either guilty or not, there is nothing in between. When he is guilty---on basis of evidence, not merely suspicions---he ends up in jail, period.

      Nobody is forcing you to like Trump, you can have all suspicions you want, but don't tell others that your suspicions make you right. There are those at the top who could easily impeach him if there was enough evidence of guilt.

      Since he is still in the Office, isn't that telling you something? Isn't it telling you that the whole big noise of badmouthing doesn't count as an evidence of a guilt?

      Again, I don't give a rat's ass who is the president in the United States, but I just like reminding people of the simple logic of a grownup man who doesn't resort to gossips, whether they come from equally suspicious minds, or from the media which is influenced (or owned) by Trump's political enemies.

      And another thing. Could you type Trump's name with a capital "T", because your suspicions don't make him a "thing", he is still a human---in all likelihood much more deserving and successful than any of his badmouthing opponents---which would include you.

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      perrya 2 months ago

      Everyone should keep an open mind with trump, even those who worship him as America's great president. Blind devotion like his 30% base, that he can do no wrong is just being a fool.

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      bradmasterOCcal 3 months ago from Orange County California


      Then you probably need to read some of my many articles on it, so you can get a different view.

      I have one called the democrat big bang theory that explains it.

      BTW, if you don't like Trump who do you like?

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 3 months ago

      Well, Bradmaster is no doubt blinded by devotion to Trump, I am not, though I voted for him. The article is a real possibility and if there was ever a link to Trump, this explains how it could have happened. Very plausible but yet proven.

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      Madan 3 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      Perrya, I tend to agree with Bradmaster. If wishes were horses beggars would ride sums up your article.

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      bradmasterOCcal 3 months ago from Orange County California


      What happened to you, this article is only real in your mind. Belief are not facts, and you have none here.

      Donald Trump never said that Russia wasn't meddling in the election. What he said was that he and his team weren't doing anything with Russia, or the election.

      Yet, you don't find the ties between Hillary, and the Russians credible.

      I don't even understand what point this article makes.

      The only smoke here is the fake dossier, the FBI setting up Carter Page so they could spy on Trump. And the FBI spying and lying. The Obama FBI, DOJ, CIA and State Department are dirty. But not as dirty as this article.

      If there was any dirt against Trump it would have been found after all the spying done on him and his team.


      del if u wish

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      Kari Poulsen 3 months ago from Ohio

      I, also, find it hard to believe that Trump did not know that Trump, Jr. was meeting with the Russians.

    • perrya profile image

      perrya 3 months ago

      Indeed, this presidency has provided Americans with much entertainment. But my article does show a real potential of a smoking gun if the truth prevails.

    • Readmikenow profile image

      Readmikenow 3 months ago

      Amazing how the Russians formed Anti-Trump rallies after the election.

      "Moore attended an anti-Trump rally organized by Russian sources. Moore didn’t know that the sources were Russian, but no matter — according to the standards of the Left, this amounts to collusion."

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      Vladimir Karas 3 months ago from Canada

      Perrya---To make things clear, being a Canadian I couldn't care less about the final outcome of that investigation, but using a simple logic, the whole thing so far is a lot of speculation and nothing concrete.

      At times it even sounds a sort of ridiculous, following the line of "WHAT IF this is true, then he is surely guilty...WHAT IF that is true..." so many circumstantial, possibly coincidental things----with, again, nothing that would impeach the dude.

      Just for a moment look at the other corner of the ring, at all that mambo-jumbo about "Hillary's treason", with so much apparently to put her in jail. Look at Obama's birth certificate which was pronounced fake by that persistent sheriff (I forgot his name). Something so huge, and no one seems to care anymore.

      Since I don't have any political preferences in the whole matter, the whole political arena down south looks more and more like a circus arena with only elephants and monkeys missing. At times I honestly wish Trump would step down and let another clown to be the target of some equally hot and crazy accusations---since it seems to be a favorite national pastime.


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