President Trump and Russia: Is there a Connection?
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.