Donald Trump and his Jewish Mafia Connections
Trump has numerous problematic associations with people linked to pedophile and prostitution rings.
He has been accused of sexually assaulting many women, including a stranger. However, the most serious allegation against him is the statutory rape of a 13 year old. His friends Roy Cohn and Jeffrey Epstein and business partner Tevfik Arif have all been accused of running underage prostitution rings to entrap influential people.
Trump may be a president who is being blackmailed or under threat of blackmail by these prostitution and pedophile rings. The evidence below is strongly suggestive that the Trump presidency could have been hijacked by a foreign government who is blackmailing the president.
|Donald Trump, organized crime lawyer, Roy Cohn, and cocaine orgies in the basement of Studio 54 attended by judges and politicians of every party? In an interview Trump even described one such Studio 54 orgy he attended: “I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed, on a bench in the middle of the room. There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy. This was in the middle of the room.” He omitted to say whether he was among that seven.|
“A Mafia Don with a Pompadour”
Mafia Don’s Murky Past
Presidential candidate Trump prefers the grandiose titular name, The Donald. In reality, to be honest to his background, it should be The Mafia Don as in Don Coreleone in the movie The Godfather. Trump’s past is so intertwined with organized crime it’s incredible that the hand-wringing GOP anti-Trump establishment or Hillary Clinton have not smeared it across every newspaper in America.
Trump was born just after the end of World War II in Jamaica Queens, New York some seventy years ago. He was son of Fred Trump, a major New York real estate and construction developer. It was well known to every taxi driver or bar owner that for anyone to be a success in New York construction he had to be on friendly terms with the mob, then and today. Just like those who run the garbage disposal businesses, or control the harbors. Fred Trump’s son Don left business school to join daddy Fred’s construction and real estate business in New York City.
Trump’s early mentor in the ways of doing slick, shady construction business in New York was one of the sleaziest characters in New York, a lawyer named Roy Cohn.
Cohn, once lawyer for the sleazy US Senator Joe McCarthy, reportedly shaped McCarthy’s insane paranoid campaign against unnamed communists in the State Department in the early 1950s. Cohn’s biographer, Nicholas von Hoffman, noted that Cohn “lived in a matrix of crime and unethical conduct…derived a significant part of his income from illegal or unethical schemes and conspiracies.” His ties to the mob were so close that he allowed top Mafia bosses like Frank Costello to hold their meetings in his law office so they could claim lawyer-client immunity privilege.
Cohn, who was pronounced dead of AIDS in 1986 and was described by Hoffman as, “the best-known non-show-business homosexual in the country,” was the attorney for a notorious cocaine-snorting Manhattan nightclub in the late 1970’s called Studio 54.
Hoffman wrote of the orgies at Studio 54 held by Cohn, “For special celebrities, the wildest parties were held in the basement…with high society’s homosexuals, transsexuals and transvestites…” Cohn held some of his biggest birthday bangs, attended on at least one occasion by, “the important officials of the Democratic, Republican, and Conservative parties, most of the city’s major elected officials, a number of Congressmen, the Chief Judge of the United States District Court and Roy’s usuals…Donald Trump.”
Donald Trump, organized crime lawyer, Roy Cohn, and cocaine orgies in the basement of Studio 54 attended by judges and politicians of every party? In an interview Trump even described one such Studio 54 orgy he attended: “I would watch supermodels getting screwed, well-known supermodels getting screwed, on a bench in the middle of the room. There were seven of them and each one was getting screwed by a different guy. This was in the middle of the room.” He omitted to say whether he was among that seven.
In the 1970’s when Trump was in his 20’s he hired Roy Cohn as his attorney and “fixer” as he took over his father’s New York real estate and construction business. Trump and Cohn were regular companions at Studio 54 where Cohn was the lawyer. Trump reportedly even kept a photo of Cohn in his office.
In 1979, Cohn introduced Trump to a political dirty-tricks specialist named Roger Stone. Trump and Stone remain close to the present day. Stone, who has worked with Trump on campaigns since 1987, including the present Presidential bid, was charged and fined along with Trump for illegally breaking campaign rules as they fought the development of Indian casinos, competition for Trump’s Atlantic City casinos. Stone’s advice to Trump and other clients was, “Admit nothing, deny everything, launch counterattack….When somebody screws you, screw ‘em back—but a lot harder.” Trump learned Stone’s method well. In 2015 Trump again hired Stone for managing his GOP Presidential bid, but reportedly fired him in August, 2015 for taking too much credit for Trump’s growing success. The Don likes to take all credit. He is, after all, grandiose.
The Don’s mob pals
Mentored since his 20’s by New York mob attorney, Roy Cohn, The Don ever since has been involved with mob or mafia figures. Characteristically, as befits a protegé of Roy Cohn, Trump always denies knowing they were mob figures.
Don Trump entered the world of casino gambling in 1987. Casinos have invariably been associated with laundering money, criminal money of the mob, of the CIA for covert operations like Iran-Contra—taking dirty money and making it “clean,” untraceable. Las Vegas was created by Meyer Lansky, the late head of what was called during Prohibition “Murder Inc.” Lansky ran the casinos of pre-Castro Cuba until the Cuban Revolution in 1959 kicked him and his casinos out. In 1987, a year after his mentor and close friend Roy Cohn died of AIDS, Trump bought 93% control of a dubious casino company in the Bahamas called Resorts International.
Resorts International evolved from a CIA money-laundering front company set up by CIA chief Allen Dulles in the 1950’s. It was called the harmless-sounding name Mary Carter Paint Company. It later merged with help of CIA funds, with Jim Crosby’s Crosby-Miller Corporation. The name was changed to Resorts International in 1968 and it ran casinos in the Caribbean. In 1963, Alvin I. Malnik, a top henchman of crime boss Meyer Lansky, was deeply involved with Mary Carter/Resorts. Resorts International financed a New Jersey referendum that made casino gambling legal in one city in the state-Atlantic City.
Jim Crosby, an alleged CIA front man who later founded a private security company called Intertel whose clients numbered the late Shah of Iran and late Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza, then died. His family sold the 93% control of Resorts International to…The Don, Donald Trump, in March 1987. Casinos in Atlantic City were the result of a decision years earlier at a mob meeting in Acapulco of the Meyer Lansky Syndicate to expand operations outside Las Vegas, Nevada. Resorts International, then one of the most successful casino operations, was used to do it. Trump entered that charmed world in 1987.
In 1991 Trump and his Atlantic City Trump Plaza casino came into trouble with the New Jersey Casino Control Commission about his dealings with Robert LiButti, a high-rolling gambler and horse breeder who was later banned from Atlantic City for his ties to mob boss, John Gotti. When asked about the LiButti tie, Trump retorted, as he always does, that he “couldn’t recall” the name. He told the Philadelphia Inquirer when questioned about his relation to LiButti, “I have heard he is a high roller, but if he was standing here in front of me, I wouldn’t know what he looked like.” The only problem is that LiButti’s daughter, Edith Creamer, LiButti’s daughter, told Yahoo News that Trump’s account was false. “He’s a liar,” said Creamer. “Of course he knew him. I flew in the [Trump] helicopter with [Trump’s then wife] Ivana and the kids. My dad flew it up and down [to Atlantic City]. My 35th birthday party was at the Plaza and Donald was there. After the party, we went on his boat, his big yacht. I like Trump, but it pisses me off that he denies knowing my father.
In 2010, The Don appointed Felix H. Sater aka Satter, an executive at Bayrock Group LLC, to be Trump’s “senior business adviser,” with an office next to Trump’s and Trump business cards. Sater’s Bayrock had partnered with Trump on the Trump Soho high-rise hotel in Manhattan and other branded luxury real estate deals. Sater had pleaded guilty in 1998 to racketeering for his role in a $40 million stock fraud scheme involving the Genovese and Bonanno crime families. When an AP reporter questioned Trump about Sater in December, 2015, The Don replied his usual, “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it. I’m not that familiar with him.” A spokesman for the Trump Organization acknowledged publicly that Sater worked for Trump after the disclosures of Sater’s criminal background. Sater is a Russian émigré who emigrated to Brooklyn in 1974.
American success story?
Trump has become a political phenomenon and popular among frustrated Americans fed up with lying Washington politicians. He wins traditional Democratic labor union support for attacking Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal for robbing more American jobs. He wins support from confused angry unemployed or underemployed voters when he pledges to build a wall on the Mexican border to keep illegal refugees out, calling them drug dealers and criminals. Similarly, he garners support from the so-called “silent majority” when he proposes, quite against the US Constitution, to ban any and all Muslims from entering the United States.
The Don has someone behind the scenes, perhaps old crony Roger Stone, giving him very savvy advice on the “hot button” issues on voters’ minds and panders to that, as any skilled demagogue would. He does it in sound bytes. He spells out no coherent program to rebuild America or to deal with a nation in existential crisis other than to proclaim he could “sit down with Putin” and work a deal. About what, he never says.
Trump’s campaign website proclaims the now familiar mantra, “Trump is the very definition of the American success story, continually setting the standards of excellence in business, real estate and entertainment.”
What he chooses not to play up is that he has repeatedly declared bankruptcy on his casinos then, suspiciously, coming out of bankruptcy smelling like the proverbial rose. Trump’s hotel and casino businesses have declared bankruptcy five times between 1991 and 2014. Because the businesses used Chapter 11 bankruptcy, they were allowed to operate while the owners attempted to settle accounts with investors through asset sales and debt cancellation.
According to a report by Forbes in 2011, the first four bankruptcies were the result of over-leveraged hotel and casino businesses in Atlantic City: Trump’s Taj Mahal, Trump Plaza Hotel, Trump Hotels and Casino Resorts, and Trump Entertainment Resorts. Boasting, Trump said “I’ve used the laws of this country to pare debt. … We’ll have the company. We’ll throw it into a chapter. We’ll negotiate with the banks. We’ll make a fantastic deal. You know, it’s like on The Apprentice. It’s not personal. It’s just business.”
There are two possible conclusions to draw from the above documents of a fifty some year history of businessman Don Trump and a myriad gaggle of business associates who are tied to the mob. Either it is true, as he says again and again, that he was unaware of their mob ties and worked with them for superior their business skills. In that case, with fifty years of such abysmal lack of elementary due diligence in checking backgrounds of those he works with in the most sensitive positions, Don Trump is demonstrably not qualified, on national security grounds, to even be White House gardener. On the other hand, if the ties are with knowledge and clear intent, from Roy Cohn to those of the last several years, Don Trump then is a narcissistic pathetic real estate and casino gangster who ought never to step near the most powerful office on Earth.
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.
“Katie Johnson’s” Rape Claim
“Katie Johnson” (pseudonym) claims she was raped in 1994 when she was 13 years old by Donald Trump and Jeffrey Epstein.
“Katie Johnson” who claims she was raped by Jeffrey Epstein and Donald Trump when she was 13
She gave an interview in the Daily Mail in which she alleges that she met Trump four times at Epstein’s New York residence and was sexually assaulted by him on each of those occasions.
“Katie Johnson” on the right here as a teen
Johnson sued Trump and Epstein on April 26, 2016 in California federal court but the suit was thrown out because she did not fill out the right form. She had filed using forms for civil rights cases in California, as these cases allow relief for legal costs, and she only had $300 to her name at the time, she claimed. However, her case failed to qualify as a race-based or class-based animus case, and on April 27th, the judge who was overseeing the case dismissed the case, telling Johnson she was not eligible to file the claim as a civil rights case and would have to pay for court costs and attorney’s fees herself.
Epstein’s residence in New York, a townhouse on 71st Street, that is owned by Leslie Wexner, CEO of L Brands (that owns Victoria’s Secret). Wexner has been rumored to be a key member of a Mossad blackmail ring, the “Clothing Shop Network” (see this link). Trump was said to be a regular dinner party guest of Epstein’s at this townhouse. This is the address where “Katie Johnson” alleges she was sexually assaulted on four occasions in 1994.
She subsequently re-filed the suit two more times. After her first filing failed, she hired a lawyer, Thomas Meagher, a New Jersey patent attorney, who volunteered to assist her pro bono, after reading about her story in the media.
A second version of the lawsuit was filed in federal court in June but was withdrawn in September after never being served on the defendants.
The case was refiled later in September and withdrawn again on November 5, 2016 when Johnson instructed her lawyer Lisa Bloom to drop her third lawsuit against Trump, saying that she feared for the safety of her family and her life and that she had received threats to her life.
Bloom also stated that her law office had received bomb threats and death threats relating to the Johnson lawsuit.
Claims in the last lawsuit
Details of rape case from attorney
EXCLUSIVE: What we know about the newest rape allegations against Donald Trump
Revelist obtained details from the attorney on the case.
Doe claims she encountered Trump at four of these parties, where he “initiated sexual contact” each time. In the fourth and final encounter, she alleges Trump tied her to the bed, exposed himself, and raped her.
After the encounter, the plaintiff alleges that Trump threatened to kill her family if she told anyone about it. Doe remained silent for 12 years, before this year’s campaign made facing her past with Trump “unavoidable.”
“This is a woman who is pained by what she went through,” Meagher told Revelist. “She has major intimacy problems, she’s never had a relationship that lasted, never had children, never gotten married … And seeing [Trump] on TV all the time caused her to think through what to do about it, and ultimately resulted in what she did in April.”
Doe launched her first suit against Trump two months ago.
Going by the name of Katie Johnson, Doe filed a similar suit in California federal court in April, asking for $100 million in damages. The California lawsuit contains graphic details not contained in the New York filing, including allegations that Trump forced her to perform oral sex, and to “engage in an unnatural lesbian sex act” with a 12-year-old girl.
“Johnson” represented herself in that case. She claimed to have less than $300 to her name. In order to have the costs of the lawsuit waived, she filed the case as a civil rights complaint. But U.S. magistrate judge Karen Stevenson tossed the case out in May — not for lack of evidence, but because she said Johnson failed to state a civil rights claim. She also cited problems with verifying Johnson’s address and telephone number.
Meagher told Revelist he read about the case, and its eventual dismissal, online. Through the website Gossip Extra, he learned the plaintiff wanted to try the case again — with legal counsel this time — but was having difficulty finding a lawyer. That’s when he reached out to the website to offer his support to Doe.
She accepted. Together with Epstein’s former associate, the pair began writing their claim against the two infamous billionaires.
The connection between Epstein and Trump goes back decades.
Jeffrey Epstein — the man accused of imprisoning Doe — also happens to be a registered sex offender, who has already been accused of keeping women as “sex slaves” for himself and his wealthy friends. Such influential friends include Bill Clinton, Stephen Hawking — and yes, Donald Trump.
Like most high-profile scumbags, Epstein kept a “little black book” of his clients and friends. Though Trump’s attorney claimed he had “no relationship” with Epstein, his notebook, obtained by the FBI, lists 14 contact numbers for the Republican candidate.
Epstein even admitted to “socializing” with Trump while on trial in 2010. But he curiously plead the fifth when asked if he had ever socialized with the businessman around minor-aged girls. Unfortunately for Epstein, Trump had already revealed their mutual appreciation for underage women in a 2002 interview.
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump told New York Magazine. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
One of Epstein’s victims — Victoria Roberts — even claimed to have been “recruited” to the billionaire’s band of sex slaves while working at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
This isn’t the first time Trump’s been accused of abuse.
photo: Christopherpeterson at English Wikipedia
There is Jill Harth, who filed a lawsuit in 1997 claiming Trump groped her, propositioned her, and forcibly took her into her daughter’s bedroom in an attempt to sleep with her. Or Trump’s own wife, Ivana, who stated in a 1993 deposition that he had raped her.
Ivana later issued a statement, provided by Trump’s lawyers, saying she didn’t mean the term in a “criminal sense.” But the encounter, laid out in the 1993 book “Lost Tycoon,” is undeniably violent and forceful.
“[Trump] rips off her clothes and unzips his pants,” author Harry Hunt writes. “Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in 16 months. Ivana is terrified. This is not lovemaking. This is not romantic sex. This is a violent assault.”
Trump dismissed the account as false, and said it was written by “an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person.”
While Doe’s case is still developing, what we know now is this: Trump is accused of raping a 13-year old girl, at parties hosted by a friend and registered sex offender. He has been accused of sexual assault before — including by this same plaintiff — but it seems this alleged victim will let nothing stop her pursuit of justice.
Interview with “Katie Johnson”
I talked to the woman accusing Donald Trump of rape
And I’m more confused than ever.
Jane Doe and her attorney filed to dismiss their case on Friday, September 16. An email to Revelist indicates that the complaint will be re-filed, with the addition of a new witness. Meagher did not respond to requests for comment.
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I first learned about the newest rape lawsuit against Donald Trump from a New York real estate website. The website itself is small, but the allegations are massive.
“Defendant Trump tied plaintiff to a bed, exposed himself to plaintiff, and then proceeded to forcibly rape plaintiff,” the suit, filed in New York District Court on June 20, said. “During the course of this savage sexual attack, plaintiff loudly pleaded with defendant Trump to stop but with no effect.”
The court documents tell the story of a 13-year-old girl hired in 1994 to attend private sex parties in New York City. The parties were said to be hosted by billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who was convicted in 2008 of soliciting prostitution from underage girls.
The suit also claims that Trump attended at least four of these parties. At each of these, the suit alleges, he initiated sexual contact with the 13-year-old. At one of them, he violently raped her.
The plaintiff, using the name Katie Johnson, originally filed the lawsuit in California. Johnson represented herself in that suit, but the judge threw it out for failing to make an adequate civil rights claim.
At the time, Trump’s attorney denied the claims, calling them “not only categorically false, but disgusting at the highest level and clearly framed to solicit media attention.” But less than a month later, Johnson was suing again — this time with legal representation and a tightly-edited lawsuit.
Astounded by the claims, I wrote an impassioned plea to Johnson’s lawyer, asking him for an interview. He wrote back, simply, “Sure.”
A quick Google search revealed that Johnson’s lawyer, Thomas Meagher, is a patent lawyer in Princeton, New Jersey.
Meagher took on this case independently of his law firm, and openly admits that he has never tackled this kind of case before. He told me in our first conversation that he discovered the case via the website Gossip Extra. The South Florida-tabloid ran an article about Johnson’s failed first filing, and her fruitless search for legal representation. Moved, Meagher contacted the site to offer his help.
Meagher sounded nervous when we spoke for the first time. He asked for the whole interview to be off-the-record, and still refused to answer some of my questions. Not that I blamed him — Trump frequently boasts that he is a litigious man who never settles cases.
After hanging up with Meagher that day, I knew four things for certain: Trump had a history of assaulting women; Epstein is a known sex offender; a woman was accusing both men of sexually assaulting her as a minor; and hardly any media outlet was covering it. I wrote up my take on these four facts and hit publish.
photo: YouTube/Bianca Manix
After my first article, a video began circulating of a woman, claiming to be Katie Johnson, listing her accusations against Trump and Epstein.
“As I recall, you had asked to interview my client,” he said. “Would you be interested in coming here to Princeton to interview her via FaceTime?”
At that point, The Daily Beast and Jezebel had both published articles casting doubt on the case — or at least the men involved in it.
The reports claimed that a man named Al Taylor had been acting as a go-between for Johnson and the press. He was allegedly shopping around a video of someone, claiming to be Johnson, recounting her allegations to the camera. He had also told a Jezebel reporter to suck his dick.
Though there were several unpleasant interactions with Taylor on record, no one had spoken to Johnson.
I agreed to do a Skype interview on Friday, July 8, from Meagher’s office. That same day, The Guardian ran an article claiming that Al Taylor is actually Norm Lubow, a former producer for the Jerry Springer show and known purveyor of celebrity scandals. “Taylor” become violent when reporters asked him about these claims.
“Just be warned: we”ll sue you if we don’t like what you write,” Taylor told The Guardian’s Jon Swaine. “We’ll sue your ass, own your ass and own your newspaper’s ass as well, punk.”
I received another email from Meagher while traveling to Princeton to ask Johnson about all of these issues.
“Sorry but she has changed her mind and will no longer do it,” he wrote, referring to my interview with his client. “Alas.”
I finally spoke to Johnson on July 11 — three days later — at 11:45 pm.
After several days of back-and-forth with Meagher, I secured a conference call with him and his client. Johnson’s voice sounded muffled and far away when she answered — she said she was speaking softly because she didn’t want anyone to overhear her. Several times she paused mid-sentence, and I could hear her moving something.
“She has dogs,” Meagher explained.
We started by discussing how she began working for Epstein. Johnson said she’d traveled to New York, alone, to launch a modeling career. She told me that one of Epstein’s female associates approached her while she waited for a train at New York’s Port Authority bus terminal. The woman told her about a party that night, where she could meet people to jump-start her career. Plus, she’d be paid to attend.
“Basically it was, ‘Oh, I could definitely help you out with connections — modeling connections — and could definitely get you a modeling career,'” Johnson told me. “There wasn’t really any description of what I’d be doing.”
That female associate is identified in the lawsuit as Tiffany Doe.
More than 20 years after that first interaction, Tiffany has signed an affidavit to Johnson’s lawsuit, in which she supports her allegations and claims to have recruited young women for Epstein for years.
This is consistent with several reports of women who signed on to recruit their peers for Epstein in the past — several of whom were granted immunity during Epstein’s 2008 trial. It also eerily mirrors reports about Jean Luc Brunel, the co-founder of of MC2 Model Management, who allegedly helped Epstein procure young women:
“He would bring young girls (ranging from ages as young as 12) to the United States for sexual purposes and farm them out to his friends, especially Epstein,” a case filed in Southern Florida District Court states. “Brunel would offer the girls ‘modeling’ jobs. Many of the girls came from poor countries or impoverished backgrounds, and he lured them in with a promise of making good money.”
Johnson told me that Tiffany invited her to seven more parties that summer. She attended all of them.”She would contact me and say ‘Oh there’s gonna be this guy that you need to meet, and he’s ready to offer you a contract — a modeling contract,'” Johnson told me. “You know, you’ve already done this, you’ve already done one, why don’t you do two? This could be the one that makes you a model.'”
photo: Getty Images Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s girlfriend, together in 1997.
Epstein is widely known for throwing lavish parties, with celebrity guests like Katie Couric, Kevin Spacey, and of course, Donald Trump.
In a 2011 Vanity Fair profile of Epstein, a young woman recounted her experience with the guests at one such party:
“‘These were not women you’d see at Upper East Side dinners,'” the woman recalls. “‘Many seemed foreign and dressed a little bizarrely.’ This same guest also attended a cocktail party thrown by Maxwell that prince Andrew attended, which was filled, she says, with young Russian models. ‘Some of the guests were horrified,’ the woman says.”
Johnson, however, was more vague in her descriptions of the parties. She told me she was given outfits to wear, but wouldn’t go into detail about what she was asked to do. I asked her how many people attended the parties, and she couldn’t put her finger on an exact figure.”I mean, I don’t know if I can put number on it,” she said. “It wasn’t just like a small party, but it wasn’t a huge party either … I don’t know, I can’t really explain it. It was just … So many things that I wasn’t aware of even happened, or existed, I saw at these parties.”
Hearing her answers that night, I had to remind myself that PTSD from sexual trauma is known to damage victims’ memories — and that the parties she recalled allegedly happened more than two decades ago. But Mike Fisten, a retired Miami-Dade detective who conducted research for several of Epstein’s victims, denied such parties ever even took place.
“Jeffery never had parties like described in their complaint,” Fisten told me. “Jeffery had sex parties, for sure, with two or three girls … but never with other guys.”
There were men in attendance at Epstein’s more large, lavish affairs, Fisten said, but nothing illicit ever happened at such events.
“He loved having these young girls around him,” Fisten acknowledged. “…But at these parties, with everyone around, nothing ever happened.”
When I asked Johnson to describe the parties she attended, she spoke mainly of how awestruck she felt.
“One of the main things I remember seeing and feeling were just things that were way more elegant than I had ever seen,” she told me. “I felt like, this is worth a lot of money, more than I would ever probably see in my life. Just very elegant stuff, and very rich people…”
A large staircase, which matches one Vicky Ward described in the Vanity Fair profile, is among the “elegant stuff” Johnson mentioned in our interview. Johnson also described Epstein as looking “put together,” and “under-dressed when everyone else was over-dressed,” which also matches Ward’s description of Epstein’s uniform: jeans, knit shirts, and loafers.
Another common theme in both women’s accounts is the fear Epstein strikes in those he meets.
“He has a way of spooking you, does Epstein. Or he did,” Ward later reflected in a piece for The Daily Beast. “…He’d asked which hospital I was giving birth at — and I was so afraid that somehow, with all his connections to the academic and medical community, that he was coming for my little ones that I put security on them in the NICU.”
When I asked Johnson if she ever considered pressing charges before this, she said yes.
“I mean I knew that what they did was wrong,” she told me, “but I didn’t know … I was afraid something bad would happen if I did.”
photo: Wikipedia Jeffery Epstein’s mugshot.
These women had reason to be scared: Epstein’s predatory behavior is well-documented.
Less publicized, however, is the predatory behavior of one Donald Trump.
In 1993, Trump’s former wife, Ivana, accused him of raping her after an altercation over her cosmetic surgeon. The description of the event, contained in Harry Hunt’s Trump biography “Lost Tycoon,” is hauntingly violent. A former co-worker, Jill Harth, accused him of forcing her into her daughter’s bedroom and attempting to have sex with her in 1997. Ivana later retracted her claims, but Harth isstanding by hers.
“The same year that Harth accused Trump of assault, he was photographed “out on the town” with Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s girlfriend — and another of his underage-girl recruiters. Virginia Roberts, who said Epstein made her a “sex slave” and loaned her out to his friends, was allegedly recruited by Epstein at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Trump has also been documented attending parties at Epstein’s townhouse in the early 2000s, and message pads from Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion show calls between the two in 2004.
Epstein plead the fifth during a 2010 trial, when asked whether his social outings with Trump ever included underage women. Trump, however, openly discussed Epstein’s penchant for younger women in an interview with New York Magazine.
“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” he said. “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it — Jeffrey enjoys his social life.”
But Epstein entertained dozens of high-profile guests, including Revlon chairman Ronald Perelman, real-estate tycoon Leon Black, and even former president Bill Clinton. Is Trump and Epstein’s friendship enough to place him at Epstein’s apartment on the night of the alleged assault? Detective Fisten doesn’t think so.”I interviewed hundreds of victims — people who were victimized by Jeffrey, worked with him, were part of his organization,” Fisten told me. “I interviewed them, the FBI interviewed him … Trump never came up involved in this part of his life anywhere, at any time, by anybody.”
Asked why Trump was named in this lawsuit, Fisten said flatly, “They threw Trump’s name in there.”
photo: Getty Images Trump and Ivana at the Scopus Awards in 1990.
With the allegations against Epstein and Trump covered, I turned my attention to the other shadowy figure in this story: Al Taylor (or according to The Guardian, Norm Lubow).
Toward the end of our interview, I asked Johnson whether anyone helped her file her initial lawsuit.
“I’m sorry?” she responded.
“Did anyone help you or encourage you in the filing of that first lawsuit?” I repeated. “I’m sure it was a very monumental decision.”
That’s when her lawyer jumped in.
“I definitely don’t mind you answering this question,” Meagher told Johnson. “But because of all the hoopla about the peripheral characters in this, I certainly don’t mind you saying that you got help, but I don’t want you to identify who helped you.”
When I finally convinced Meagher to allow Johnson to speak openly, she admitted that Taylor had been instrumental in the filing of the lawsuit. She said they had been introduced through a mutual friend, who urged her to go to Taylor with the story. The friend believed Taylor had the resources to bring her accusations to light.
“[Taylor is] for lack of a better term, a good team player,” Johnson told me. “If I need help with something, he’s there to help me. … He knows a lot about a lot of different fields that just have been really helpful to this entire thing, and I couldn’t have done it without him. I wouldn’t have done it without him.”
But when I talked to Steve Baer, a conservative donor who has been rallying media attention around this case (and against Trump) he told me a different version of the story.
“Al says he’s a friend of Katie’s,” Baer told me. “He met her at a party that a friend held — I think it was a Christmas or holiday party — about two years ago.”
At that party, Baer recounted, Taylor asked Johnson conversationally whether she had any good celebrity gossip. Eventually, Johnson told him the story of her assault. At the time, Baer claims, Taylor didn’t want to touch the story. But when Trump’s campaign started picking up steam, he circled back around to Johnson.
“They concluded, I think on advice of friends of Al’s in media, that the way journalists would feel comfortable about writing about this story would be if it were attached to a lawyer and a plaintiff’s case,” Baer told me. “Because that way Katie doesn’t have to be out front and at personal risk for her life and safety.”
As for Meagher, he thinks all the focus on Taylor’s involvement is a distraction from the real issue at hand: The alleged rape of a 13-year-old-girl. As he put it in a recent email to me, centering this narrative on Taylor is “allowing the sins of others to be visited upon my client.”
The day after my interview, Baer forwarded me a letter Johnson looked to have written that day.
The letter’s recipient is none other than Paul Ryan, speaker of the House of Representatives.
“I am an independent person who wants only one thing,” the politically-charged letter says. “I want to stop the evil, sick, pedophile pervert who raped me when I was only 13 from becoming president of this great country of ours.”
I don’t know if Johnson wrote that letter. In fact, I don’t know if the Katie Johnson I spoke to is the same girl who Trump allegedly raped in 1994, or if that girl even exists. I have never seen Johnson — in person, or via FaceTime, as I was originally promised — and I have not spoken to her only eyewitness, Tiffany Doe. To my knowledge, no journalist has.
All I know is the reason why the woman I spoke to on July 11 chose to speak to me at all.
“I just want to get justice,” she told me. “I mean, these things happen to girls everywhere … I just want people to know.”
Revelist reached out to the Trump campaign twice for comment and received no response.
Epstein pleads the Fifth in relation to Trump
Back in 2010, Epstein admitted to “socializing” with Trump, but when a lawyer representing an under-aged victim of Epstein’s asked if he has “ever socialized with Donald Trump in the presence of females under the age of 18,” Epstein curiously pled the Fifth. PerVice News:
Trump’s lawyer Cohn linked to blackmail of key government figures?
Trump’s lawyer was an associate of Murdoch’s
Rupert Murdoch, the global media mogul who is now a kingmaker in American politics, was brought into those power circles by the infamous lawyer/activist Roy Cohn who arranged Murdoch’s first Oval Office meeting with President Ronald Reagan in 1983, according to documents released by Reagan’s presidential library.
“I had one interest when Tom [Bolan] and I first brought Rupert Murdoch and Governor Reagan together – and that was that at least one major publisher in this country … would become and remain pro-Reagan,” Cohn wrote in a Jan. 27, 1983 letter to senior White House aides Edwin Meese, James Baker and Michael Deaver. “Mr. Murdoch has performed to the limit up through and including today.”
According to the documents from the Reagan library, Cohn’s relationship with Murdoch apparently developed around their mutual commitment to Israel. For instance, one set of documents described Cohn’s intervention with Reagan to get the President to praise Murdoch’s 1982 receipt of an award from the American Jewish Congress as its first “Communications Man of the Year.”
Handwritten notes cite Murdoch’s “steadfast support of Israel + free + outspoken support of free press” and point to Cohn as the contact. On April 20, 1982, Reagan extended his and his wife Nancy’s congratulations to Murdoch.
A number of sources indicate that Roy Marcus Cohn operated one in Metropolitan New York area, beginning in the 1950s, and in the DC area at least in the 1970s. In the 1950s, Cohn was chief aid to Senator Joseph McCarthy and used sexual blackmail to compel testimony. Sometimes they just accused liberals of having homosexual tendencies, and when one targeted person committed suicide, Cohn celebrated with champagne. At that time, he operated a prostitution ring and sometimes victimized gays in various ways. Cohn seemed to have a love/hate relationship with gay men.
Most recently, Governor Eliot Spitzer, was caught dealing with Emperor’s VIP Club and Miami Velvet, modern-day honey traps connected with his political opponents, and had to resign his high office. Its hard to imagine the man being careless enough to go to just any escort service. Maybe someone told him these places were run by “friends”? By his own admission, Republican operative Roger Stone reported Spitzer to the FBI. Stone had been working for state senate leader Joseph Bruno, collecting $20,000 a month. Stone, as Ronald Reagan’s northeastern campaign manager in 1980, had worked with Roy Cohn, but there is no way of knowing if he even knew about Cohn’s brownstone operation.
Spitzer’s downfall came shortly after he published a piece in the Washington Post criticizing predatory lenders, predicting a financial system collapse, and denouncing the Comptroller of the Currency for preventing the states from doing something about the lenders. There were cheers and hoops of joy on the New York Stock Exchange when Spitzer’s indictment was announced.
Cohn may have sometimes obtained boys from a satanic sect that was known to send young males to the homes of the wealthy in the Greater New York area. On one occasion, Alexander Berkowitz—of the Son of Sam killings—was sent to Cohn’s house in Connecticut, and met the famous man. According to Anthony Summers, Cohn procured boys for FBI director J. Edgar Hoover in 1958. The famous lawman was dressed as a girl and went by the name “Mary.” It was reported that Cohn services including providing boys for men of wealth and power. Detective James Rothestein, a respected former New York City vice officer said of Cohen:
“Cohn’s job was to run the little boys. Say you had an admiral, a general, a congressman, who did not want to go along with the program. Cohn’s job was to set them up, then they would go along. Cohn told me that himself.”
Cohn’s involvement with the CIA
From “Sherm Says: An Early Brownstone Operation — Sex and Blackmail Ring
Trump’s lawyer – cover up and disposal of bodies of murdered boys in sex ring
Trump’s lawyer shaped anticommunism of McCarthy – sex-blackmail involved?
Extracts taken from this site: Donald Trump – Sex-Crazed Parties – The Art of the Deal
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
DONALD TRUMP – SEX CRAZED PARTIES – THE ART OF THE DEAL
Katie Johnson, who says she was raped by Trump in 1994.
Katie Johnson has dropped her lawsuit against Donald Trump.
Katie still maintains that Trump raped her, when she was aged 13.
Katie says: ‘I mean it affects my relationships, I don’t think I’ve ever had a successful relationship, one that I feel I can trust that person, there’s always that mistrust.’
She says that the rape led to her taking illegal drugs.
Gordon Anglesea, a former police superintendent, won £375,000 libel damages after being accused of child abuse in North Wales.
Many of the victims of the North Wales child abuse ring died in mysterious circumstances.
Anglesea has at last been jailed for 12 years for the child abuse he committed.
I look back at the Anglesea libel case often & think if only I can honestly say it was hell for Mark Wendy & myself but we did our best
Donald Trump allegedly used to host parties involving cocaine, sex and models as young as 15.
The parties were held at one of his Manhattan hotels.
“Trump was in and out. He’d wander off with a couple girls.
“I saw him. He was getting laid like crazy. Trump was at the heart of it. He loved the attention and in private, he was a total f….g beast.”
Donald trump did give his blessing when Ivanka was 15 and signed on as a model with Elite.
Elite – “the hard-partying high-end agency founded by notorious teen-fucker John Casablancas.”
John Casablancas with Trump
Donald Trump’s first entry into the beauty pageant business, American Dream Calendar Girls, led to a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct.
American Dream Calendar Girls was run by George Houraney and his girlfriend Jill Harth, with the assistance of Donald Trump.
Lauren Harth on the left
A pin-up model named Rhonda Noggle remembers joining Trump in his limousine with a group of scantily-clad girls as they left the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room.
Jill Harth alleged that she was repeatedly groped by Trump, during that night at the Oak Room.
Harth said that Trump made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward her throughout their business relationship.
Harth said that, at Mar-a-Lago, Trump brought her to an empty bedroom at the estate and restrained her from leaving.
Another girl with the group, 22-year-old Lauren Petrella, claimed that Trump had crawled in bed with her that night.
Jean Luc Brunel
What we do know is that Trump is in Jeffrey Epstein’s little black book.
Reportedly, Jeffrey Epstein was assisted by a top modeling agent and scout, Jean Luc Brunel, who has links to Israel.
Brunel is the boss of the MC2 modeling agency.
Lolita Lvova, who has reportedly worked for MC2
Elisa Sednaoui of MC2
According to court documents:Jean Luc Brunel, Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell, house manager Alfredo Rodriguez, and Natalia Marcinkova “engaged in … racketeering that involved luring minor children through MC2 … to engage in sexual play for money…
Candace Swanepoel of MC2
Reportedly young girls from South America, Europe, and the former Soviet republics were recruited for Esptein’s sexual pleasure.
According to a former bookkeeper, a number of the girls worked for MC2.
Ginta Lapina of MC2
Brunel, along with numerous young models, was a frequent passenger on Epstein’s private jet.
Brunel reportedly received $1 million from Epstein in 2005, when he founded MC2 with his partner, Jeffrey Fuller.
Brunel‘s models include Ginta Lapina,Vogue China covergirl Liu Dan, Sessilee Lopez, Candace Swanepoel, Marina Lynchuk, Natalia Chabanenko, and Elisa Sednaoui.
According to Michael Gross’ 1995 book Model:
“Jean-Luc Brunel is considered a danger,” says Jérôme Bonnouvrier. “Jean-Luc likes drugs and silent rape. It excites him.”
“I really despise Jean-Luc,” says John Casablancas. “There was a little group, Jean-Luc… They would invite girls and put drugs in their drinks.”
Marina Lynchuk of MC2
The program interviewed nearly two dozen models who said they had been sexually assaulted by Brunel and/or by his fellow agent, Claude Haddad.
CBS spoke to five models who said that Brunel and/or his friends had drugged and raped them.
Producer Craig Pyes said “Hundreds of girls were not only harassed, but molested.”
Natalia Chabanenko of MC2
Continued here: The Sex-Trafficking Model Scout
Nadia Marcinkova (above) had a successful career as a model for Chanel, Dior, Vogue and MTV.
Marcinkova did flight training at a small flight school at the Palm Beach County Florida, Airport.
She is now a FAA certified commercial rated pilot and flight instructor.
A Venice Florida airfield is where Mohamed Atta and his chums learnt to fly and where the CIA reportedly organised its drug smuggling.
Reportedly, the Hebrew speaking Mohamed Atta flew drugs out of Venice, Florida, for the CIA.
Epstein’s house manager Alfredo Rodriguez who died suddenly.
Donald Trump’s first entry into the beauty pageant business, American Dream Calendar Girls, led to a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct.
American Dream Calendar Girls was run by George Houraney and his girlfriend Jill Harth, with the assistance of Donald Trump.
A pin-up model named Rhonda Noggle remembers joining Trump in his limousine with a group of scantily-clad girls as they left the Plaza Hotel’s Oak Room.
Jill Harth alleged that she was repeatedly groped by Trump, during that night at the Oak Room.
Harth said that Trump made numerous unwanted sexual advances toward her throughout their business relationship.
Harth said that, at Mar-a-Lago, Trump brought her to an empty bedroom at the estate and restrained her from leaving.
Another girl with the group, 22-year-old Lauren Petrella, claimed that Trump had crawled in bed with her that night.
Trump and Felix Sater
Trump is linked to yet another Mafia-linked figure, Felix Sater.
Donald Trump and Bayrock Group Chairman Tevfik Arif, center, and executive Felix Sater attend the Trump Soho launch party on Sept. 19, 2007, in New York. (Mark Von Holden/WireImage)
By Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger May 17, 2016
On the 24th floor of Trump Tower, in an office two floors below Donald Trump, Felix Sater was trying to revive his career. The Russian-born businessman had already done a stint in prison for stabbing a man in the face with the stem of a margarita glass, and he was now awaiting sentencing for his role in a Mafia-orchestrated stock fraud scheme — all the while serving as a government informant on the mob and mysterious matters of national security.But Sater and his business partners had an idea: They would build Trump towers in U.S. cities and across the former Soviet bloc.
Sater pitched it to Trump, who gave Sater’s company rights to explore projects in Moscow as well as in Florida and New York.“Anybody can come in and build a tower,” Sater told potential investors, according to testimony in a 2008 court case. “I can build a Trump Tower, because of my relationship with Trump.”Sater’s “Trump card,” as he called it, didn’t work everywhere. The Moscow deal fell apart. But their relationship continued — though just how close they were is now in dispute.
Trump describes association with Felix Sater
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Video shows Donald Trump testifying at a deposition taken Nov. 5, 2013 in Matthew Abercrombie, et. al. versus SB Hotel Associates pending at the time in Florida.(Obtained by The Washington Post)
Trump has repeatedly said he barely remembers Sater. In sworn testimony in 2013, Trump said he wouldn’t recognize Sater if they were sitting in the same room. In an interview last year with the Associated Press, he said, “Felix Sater, boy, I have to even think about it.”
Sater, in previously unreported sworn testimony reviewed by The Washington Post, described a closer relationship.
Sater said he popped into Trump’s office frequently over a six-year period to talk business. He recalled flying to Colorado with Trump and said that Trump once asked him to escort his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka around Moscow.
Sater’s account, which came during a deposition in a libel case Trump brought against a book author, offers new insights into Trump’s relationship with a complicated figure.
Sater has both been accused by former business associates of threatening to kill them and praised by top government officials for information that has led to numerous mob convictions and national security gains.
His relationship with Trump has created unwanted attention for the real-estate-mogul-turned-presidential-candidate as Sater and his onetime company have endured legal disputes with former business associates and investors who lost money in failed Trump-branded projects.
Sater arrived in Trump’s orbit as the mogul was shifting his business model. Seizing on the success of his television reality show, “The Apprentice,” he focused on licensing his name to developers constructing high-rise hotels and condominium projects.
The Republican candidate continues to dominate the presidential contest.
Trump and his lawyers have said that he was not aware of Sater’s criminal past when he first signed on to do business with Sater’s firm, Bayrock Group. Sater’s involvement in the stock fraud was kept secret for years by federal prosecutors because of his role as an informant.
Alan Garten, a lawyer for the Trump Organization, did not dispute Sater’s account of the two men’s relationship but said it differed from Trump’s perception of events. He said Trump holds hundreds of meetings a year with people for whom the interactions are often more memorable than for the celebrity tycoon.
“I can see how the relationship may have been viewed differently from one person’s side of the relationship from the other,” he said, adding: “There was no relationship with Mr. Sater. The relationship was a business relationship with Bayrock.”
Sater, through his lawyer, declined to comment. He has addressed his past conduct on his website, writing that he made “some poor and regrettable judgment calls in business” but that he had admitted his wrongdoing and pleaded guilty before assisting the government with “numerous issues of national security, including thwarting terrorist attacks against our country.”
The lawyer, Robert S. Wolf, did not address Sater’s relationship with Trump but stressed Sater’s work for the government, saying he saved lives, including by providing “significant intelligence with respect to nuclear weapons in a major country openly hostile to the United States.”
Sater, 50, emigrated from the Soviet Union, arriving in Brooklyn when he was 8. He has said his family, which is Jewish, left to escape persecution.
Sater pursued a career as a stockbroker. But he lost his trading license after the margarita glass incident that occurred during a 1991 bar fight and led to a year in prison.
Broke and with a young wife and child to support, Sater has said he hooked up with a boyhood friend who was operating a Mafia-linked brokerage firm. He pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of racketeering as part of a $40 million stock fraud in which Wall Street brokers artificially inflated the price of stocks.
The scheme relied on members of the La Cosa Nostra crime families for extortion and to resolve disputes, federal authorities alleged, part of a concerted effort by organized crime to make inroads on Wall Street.
He was spared prison time in recognition of what an FBI agent later called “extraordinary” cooperation as a witness in unnamed national security cases.
During that period, Sater turned his attention to real estate. Around 2001, he joined Bayrock, which had its offices in Trump Tower. Sater has testified that he met Trump and started to pitch him on business ideas soon thereafter.
The two developed a rapport, Sater testified.
He described the relationship as “friendly,” saying he had met one-on-one with Trump “numerous times” in Trump’s office to discuss various projects. In Phoenix, Sater testified, he met with local officials alongside Trump’s son, Donald Jr. In New York, Sater said he met with Trump and Trump’s staff “on a constant basis” to discuss possible deals in places such as Los Angeles, Ukraine and China.
Documents show that Trump in 2005 extended Bayrock a one-year deal to develop a project in the Russian capital. Sater said he had located a group of interested Russian investors, as well as a possible site for a luxury high-rise — a shuttered pencil factory that had been named for American radicals Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were convicted of murder and executed during the “red scare” that swept the United States after World War I.
“I handled all of the negotiations,” Sater said of the Russia deal, which did not come to fruition. Asked whether there was paperwork drawn up on the deal, he responded: “It was more of verbal updates when I’d come back, pop my head into Mr. Trump’s office and tell him, you know, ‘Moving forward on the Moscow deal.’ And he would say, ‘All right.’ ”
“I showed him photos, I showed him the site, showed him the view from the site. It’s pretty spectacular,” Sater said.
When Trump’s children Donald Jr. and Ivanka were planning a trip to Moscow in 2006, Sater said that Trump asked him to squire them around the city.
“They were on their way by themselves, and he was all concerned,” Sater said. “He asked if I wouldn’t mind joining them and looking after them while they were in Moscow.”
Garten, Trump’s lawyer, said that Trump’s adult children and Sater happened to be there at the same time. “There was no accompanying them to Moscow,” Garten said.
Sater said he also attended social events where Trump had been present and had visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., though not at Trump’s invitation.
Sater attended a glitzy launch party with Trump in 2007 celebrating Trump Soho, a 46-story Manhattan project that Bayrock helped develop.
When the New York Times first linked Sater to the mob stock and money laundering scheme later that year, Trump expressed surprise.
“We do as much of a background check as we can on the principals. I didn’t really know him very well,” Trump told the Times, adding that he dealt primarily with other Bayrock executives.
Garten told The Post that, prior to the 2007 article, Trump’s company knew “none” of Sater’s criminal past and “would have had no reason to inquire.”
The disclosure led to problems for Bayrock and Trump.
When one of the firm’s most ambitious projects, the oceanfront Trump International Hotel and Tower in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., became embroiled in disputes after construction stalled in 2009, aggrieved condo buyers filed suit, claiming, among other things, that Trump and others had failed to tell them about the criminal past of a key member of the development team.
Trump walked away from the failing project, saying he held no responsibility since he had merely licensed his name to the effort.
He claimed in sworn testimony in 2013 as part of the dispute that he barely knew Sater.
“If he were sitting in the room right now, I really wouldn’t know what he looked like,” Trump said, adding that he had spoken with Sater “not many” times.
Sater, however, was memorable to others associated with Bayrock and its projects.
One former Bayrock employee alleged in a lawsuit that Sater once told him during a dispute to “shut up or risk being killed.” Another lawsuit filed in Arizona in 2007 alleged that Sater had threatened a local project partner named Ernest Mennes.
According to the lawsuit, Sater called Mennes in 2006 and threatened that his cousin “would electrically shock Mr. Mennes’ testicles, cut off Mr. Mennes’ legs, and leave Mr. Mennes dead in the trunk of his car” if Mennes revealed his criminal past.
Mennes said he was barred by a legal settlement from discussing the matter. “I wish Mr. Sater well,” he said, adding that he is now supporting Trump for president.
Wolf, Sater’s lawyer, said the claim that Sater had threatened violence was “an outright fabrication” made in the course of lawsuits that have included “baseless and highly defamatory” accusations designed to win money from Bayrock.
As Sater became a more controversial figure, Trump did not cut ties.
In 2008, Trump’s lawyers asked Sater to testify in Trump’s libel suit against journalist Tim O’Brien, arguing that O’Brien’s book, “Trump Nation,” damaged his reputation and cost him projects that Bayrock and others had been pursuing. The suit was dismissed.
At the time, Sater testified he was in the process of leaving Bayrock because of the publicity around his past.
During his 2009 sentencing, which had been delayed because of his work as a government witness, Sater bemoaned leaving Bayrock, a company he said he “had built with my own two hands.”
“Here I am trying to rehabilitate myself and keep getting the rug pulled out from under me,” Sater told the judge.
After Sater left Bayrock, he was given Trump Organization business cards and office space so he could continue searching for deals for the company, Garten said. The cards, first reported by the Associated Press, identified Sater as a “senior advisor to Donald Trump.”
Garten said Sater was never a Trump Organization employee and was paid nothing during the brief 2010 arrangement. “Nothing came of it, and they went their separate ways,” Garten said.
According to his website, Sater has continued to work in real estate and finance for a number of international companies. His site touts his work on Trump projects and his extensive philanthropy. He is an active member of Chabad, an Orthodox Jewish sect, and, in 2014, was named Man of the Year by Chabad of Port Washington, N.Y.
His background emerged again last year during Loretta E. Lynch’s confirmation hearings to become attorney general. Lynch, who was U.S. attorney in the office that prosecuted the stock fraud, was asked to respond to allegations that Sater had been let off too easily and the government should not have hidden his conviction from public view.
Lynch told senators that Sater had “provided valuable and sensitive information” for more than 10 years and that his work had been “crucial to national security and the conviction of over 20 individuals, including those responsible for committing massive financial fraud and members of La Cosa Nostra.”
Sater has generally declined to comment about his relationship with Trump. But earlier this month, he tweeted his support for Trump’s presidential run, congratulating Trump on appearing to clinch the GOP nomination. “He will make the greatest President of our century,” Sater wrote.
Courthouse News Service
“‘Bayrock,’ as used herein, refers to that certain association of juridical entities including, for example and without limitation, Bayrock Group LLC, Bayrock Camelback LLC, Bayrock Whitestone LLC, Bayrock Spring Street LLC, and Bayrock Merrimac LLC, in the last ten years variously engaged in the businesses of financial institution fraud, tax fraud, partnership fraud, insurance fraud, litigation fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, child prostitution, statutory rape, and, on occasion, real estate.”
Did CIA Help a Swindler Walk?
May 14, 2013
MANHATTAN (CN) – The Bayrock Group and Nixon Peabody are among 35 defendants sued for $1 billion, whom 13 plaintiffs, including estates of Holocaust survivors, accuse of “the illegal concealment of Felix Sater’s 1998 $40 million federal racketeering conviction, and subsequent 2009 sentencing.”
The summons and notice in New York County Supreme Court contains few details. Three of the six pages of the document are taken up with names of the parties, their attorneys, and the charges.
The Miami Herald reported last year that the CIA helped Sater conceal his conviction for securities fraud while using him to track down Stinger missiles for sale in his native Russia. This was “a decade before he launched the celebrated Fort Lauderdale Trump Tower,” the Herald reported in a Sept. 8, 2012 article.
But the Trump Tower failed, and “a legal battle has ensued between burned investors trying to reveal Sater’s background and federal agents who say national security is at stake,” the Herald reported.
Prosecutors in that case asked to keep Sater’s record sealed, in the national interest.
Sater was fined $25,000 for his original $40 million stock swindle, did no jail time and was not ordered to pay anything in restitution, according to the Herald.
In the new summons and notice in New York, a string of investors want to hold Sater and his attorneys and businesses responsible. The document does not mention the alleged CIA connection.
It states: “Plaintiffs seek relief against those directly and vicariously responsible for the perpetration of perhaps a billion dollars or more of fraud based on the illegal concealment of Felix Sater’s 1998 $40 million federal racketeering conviction, and subsequent 2009 sentencing, as well as related and other unrelated relief, and declaratory relief against those persons, primarily financial institution, insofar as to affix by liquidating judgment thereof such liability is owed to them.
“‘Bayrock,’ as used herein, refers to that certain association of juridical entities including, for example and without limitation, Bayrock Group LLC, Bayrock Camelback LLC, Bayrock Whitestone LLC, Bayrock Spring Street LLC, and Bayrock Merrimac LLC, in the last ten years variously engaged in the businesses of financial institution fraud, tax fraud, partnership fraud, insurance fraud, litigation fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering, human trafficking, child prostitution, statutory rape, and, on occasion, real estate.
“One of the overarching, dominant themes of those Bayrock lines of business has been the fraudulent concealment of the substantial degree to which it was owned directly or equitably by Felix Sater, who was represented at various times at least during the period 2002 to 2008 to be its Chief Operating Officer and at times as its Managing Director.
“Another overarching, dominant theme of Bayrock’s lines has been the fraudulent concealment of Felix Sater’s conviction for racketeering, to which he secretly pled guilty in 1998, admitting to participating in the operation of a pump-and-dump stock fraud, along with members of Russian and Mafia organized crime, which defrauded investors, many of them senior citizens, including Holocaust survivors, of at a minimum $40,000,000, now in today’s dollars some $150,000,000 of stolen wealth as measured by the ‘well managed account’ theory.
“The Estates of Ernest and Judit Gottdiener; Ervin Tausky, a natural person, and Suan Investments, a Gottdiener family holding company, are some of those victims, survivors of the Nazi extermination of the Jews of Hungary and federally protected crime victims of Mr. Sater’s racketeering, as such his creditors. They were defrauded of their rights to restitution and, because the government illegally concealed Sater’s entire case, their rights to sue him. The Gottdieners claim damages for the fraud on them against everyone responsible for the 15-year delay and deprivation of their civil rights.
“Insofar as Sater used Bayrock as a personal piggybank to skim millions upon millions of its assets and hide them out of the reach (for now) of these and all the other hundreds if not thousands of victims to whom he now is liable over $500,000,000 in RICO damages, and would not have been able to do so without the facilitation of his concealment frauds by others, the Gottdieners sue all those for the damage they caused.
“Among those are corrupt attorneys who used fraudulent and sham court processes to hide Sater and his frauds for their own gain, as many of them did so with the specific intent, inter alia, of raking in fees from him, essentially taking the Gottdiener’s and all the others’ money for themselves by keeping it out of the hands of the victims, where it should have gone; they are sued, inter alia, for vicarious liability of all damages caused and for forfeiture of all such fees. …
“Finally, as Sater admitted at his sentencing he knew no banks would lend to Bayrock if they knew about his concealed conviction, a judicial estoppel and admission against penal interest, lenders and investors who were fraudulently induced to provide $1,000,000,000 or so to Bayrock by this concealment ought to get their money back, so they are sued in declaratory judgment to fix the liability of Bayrock and all those liable to them through Bayrock to them.
“All defendants except as noted are sued for all liability, that is, for example only, Kelly Moore, who stood in Sater’s sentencing as his attorney knowing it was illegally hidden, hearing him admit that he had been using that illegal concealment to perpetrate bank fraud, and without privilege to do so committed fraud and other actionable wrongs in maintaining sham litigation to stop those who learned of this from revealing it for years, thus knowingly facilitating the cover-ups, shall expect to have plenary liability asserted against her by every Plaintiff in every theory for every cause in the scope of the overarching conspiracy. It is the express intent of Plaintiffs to assert all liability to the fullest scope of the state law vicarious liability equivalent of civil federal Pinkerton liability against everyone participating in any identifiable and well-pled conspiracy. Those who thought nothing of helping Sater and his co-conspirators defraud, the littlest senior citizens and Holocaust survivors or the biggest banks and lenders, who thought nothing of helping him and others steal those victims’ money, must be made to pay with their own.”
Here are the defendants: Bayrock Group LLC; Tevrik Arif; Julius Schwarz; Felix Satter; Brian Halberg; Salvatore Lauria; Alex Salomon; Jerry Weinrich; Salomon & Co. PC; Akerman Senterfitt LLP; Martin Domb; Craig Brown; Duval & Stachenfeld LLP; Bruce Stachenfeld; David Granin; Nixon Peabody LLP; Adam Gilbert; Roberts & Holland LLP; Elliot Pisem; Michael Samuel; Mel Dogan; Bayrock Spring Street LLC; Does; Bayrock Whitestone LLC; Bayrock Camelback LLC; Bayrock Merrimac LLC; Bayrock Group Inc.; Tamir Sapir; Alex Sapir; Does; Walter Saurack; Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP; Kelly Moore; Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP; Nader Mobargha; Michael Beys; Beys Stein & Mobargha LLP; and Todd Kaminsky.Here are the plaintiffs: J Kriss; Michael Ejekam; Bayrock Merrimac LLC; Bayrock Group LLC; Bayrock Spring Street LLC; Bayrock Whitestone LLC; Bayrock Spring Street LLC; Bayrock Whitestone LLC; Bayrock Camelback LLC; E/O Ernest; E/Ojudit Gottdiener; Ervin Tausky; Suan Investments.
Karena Virginia relates how her breast was groped by Trump at the US Open Tournament in 1998
|A New York yoga teacher claimed on Thursday (October 20) to be the victim of sexual assault by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump back in 1998, adding to a series of accusations by women who said the businessman had made unwanted sexual advances.
Karena Virginia said the incident happened in 1998 as she was waiting for a car outside the U.S. Open tennis tournament in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens, New York.
“As I was waiting, Donald Trump approached me,” Virginia said at a news conference alongside attorney Gloria Allred. “He then walked up to me and grabbed my right arm, then his hand touched the right inside of my breast. I was in shock. I flinched. ‘Don’t you know who I am? Don’t you know who I am?’ That’s what he said to me.”
Virginia said for years after she felt ashamed and disgust over the incident until she realize that she was the victim and not to blame.
Trump held his own cocaine and sex parties
‘SO MUCH FUN’
Inside Donald Trump’s One-Stop Parties: Attendees Recall Cocaine and Very Young Models
‘I was there to party myself. It was guys with younger girls, sex, a lot of sex, a lot of cocaine, top-shelf liquor’ but no smoking. Trump didn’t approve of cigarettes.
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The morals of Donald J. Trump, as a longtime model lover and then a modeling agency owner, were forged in another era, one in which young girls were used as a sort of currency between men doing business with one another.
It’s not a time that Trump, who once blew up gossip reporters’ phones to dish on his own sexual exploits, real and imagined, is eager to remember now. But after I wrote for The Daily Beast earlier this year about the parties he hosted in the 1990s where “his wealthy friends, high-rollers from his Atlantic City casinos, and potential Trump condominium buyers could meet models” from second-tier agencies, several men who attended those parties at the Plaza Hotel emerged to share scandalous specifics about Trump’s presence and behavior at events where illegal drugs and young women were passed around and used.
Trump’s assistant referred a request for comment about the two men’s claims, detailed below, to his campaign, which didn’t respond to several inquiries.
I’ve been covering Trump since 1985, when I worked for The New York Times’ women’s pages. He endorsed one of my books, about real estate, and was a character in two more of them. He talked to me about sex and substances and the substance of the arena in which he made his name, real estate. I published all of it. In 1999, he told me that in 1995 he’d been worth about negative $900 million. I didn’t have the chops to think to ask for his tax returns.
I also wrote a book about the modeling industry and heard stories about Trump but didn’t write them because he wasn’t important in it, just another rich guy buying a date farm, perhaps for his friends, perhaps for himself. This wasn’t pejorative, just how things were. (Leonardo DiCaprio, at the height of his “Pussy Posse” fame, thanked Trump for offering “one-stop date-shopping.”)
Now, those stories seem to matter more, and so I spoke in recent days with two Trump pals, both reluctant to talk about the man they once partied hard with who’s now the Republican nominee to be president of the United States. In that capacity, Trump has vowed to sue people who have come forward in recent weeks with allegations about his bad behavior.
One of the two men I spoke with, a fashion photographer, requested anonymity because he has fathered several children since his Trump days and doesn’t want his past dredged up. “There’s no upside for me,” he says.
But both men also put Donald Trump in the room with cocaine, very young women and underage girls, and rich, old men there to—pardon my language, but if the Times can say pussy on its front page, I can say this—fuck them.
The photographer says he attended Trump’s parties with one of the owners of the hair salon, Pierre Michel, that operated in both the Plaza and Trump Tower. The salon owner, Pierre Ouaknine, says his memories of those Plaza parties vanished after a recent surgery. But the photographer’s memories are crystal clear. Trump would take over “suites on the corners” of his hotel with views of Central Park and Grand Army Plaza, not to mention lots to look at inside, and wow his guests.
The attraction for the men “was young girls assuming they’d get somewhere” by joining the party, the photographer says, “Of course, it never happens.”
The girls were as young as 15, he says, and “over their heads, they had no idea, and they ended up in situations. There were always dramas because the men threw money and drugs at them to keep them enticed. It’s based on power and dominating girls who can’t push back and can be discarded. There’s always someone to pick them back up. Nobody wants to call home and say ‘Help me.’”
Trump would “go from room to room,” said the photographer, who added that “I was there to party myself. It was guys with younger girls, sex, a lot of sex, a lot of cocaine, top-shelf liquor” but no smoking. Trump didn’t approve of cigarettes.
Those men at these parties often knew each other. “It’s a small community,” the photographer says. “They exchanged information, facilitated each other. Trump was in and out. He’d wander off with a couple girls. I saw him. He was getting laid like crazy. Trump was at the heart of it. He loved the attention and in private, he was a total fucking beast.”
Trump himself nodded to the life when his own daughter began modeling, saying “I am only modestly in favor of this because I understand that that life is a very fast life, and at that age it is always a risky proposition.” He would know about that life.
Andy Lucchesi, the second man I spoke to, was and remains a male model. He was identified to me by a modeling executive as a frequent visitor to the Trump model salons. “I don’t want to get him in trouble,” Lucchesi says of Trump. “I like Donald. I respect the guy. People should want to know about Jeffrey Epstein and Bill Clinton,” referring to the billionaire pedophile who in fact palled around with both Clinton and Trump. I ask if he’s equating Trump’s parties with Epstein’s debauches. “Hell no,” Lucchesi says.
Lucchesi had been described to me by the modeling executive as an organizer of Trump’s parties, one of several who wrangled models to them. Asked about that description, Lucchesi says that “the parties weren’t like an organized once a week thing.”
But was he wrangling models for Trump? “A lot of people would say that,” Lucchesi allows, adding that he thought Trump’s motive was a desire to open a model agency of his own, which he eventually did.
Lucchesi’s recollection of the parties dovetails with the photographer’s account. “There was cocaine around. I never saw him do that. Donald Trump does not do cocaine. He’s in control of himself.”
Girls? “Well. Of course,” Lucchesi says. “But I never knew him as one of those guys buying apartments for girls from Estonia.” (Though he did marry a model from Slovenia.)
But did he have sex with his female party guests? “So, he’s a man with a woman,” Lucchesi says vaguely. How old were they? “A lot of girls, 14, look 24. That’s as juicy as I can get. I never asked how old they were; I just partook. I did partake in activities that would be controversial, too.”
Lucchesi adds that he’s glad nobody cares about what he did back then. “I had so much fun, my body is paying for it now.”
And he’s not even running for president!
Here’s how Trump described himself, recalling his days as a young bachelor in Manhattan, in an interview for one of my books: Trump told me that consequence-free promiscuity was then his “second business… If I hadn’t got married, who knows what would have happened? You had drugs, women and booze all over the fuckin’ place.”
As a young man on the make in New York, he’d joined the private Le Club. “It was fuckin’ wild,” he told me. “The most beautiful women I’ve ever seen in my life were at Le Club. I had seen some incredible women going into Le Club with rich guys. And I said, ‘Boy, that’s a cool life.’”
Trump and Russian intelligence agency
A former spy claims that Russian intelligence has got a sex video of Trump, and that it was obtained when he was in Russia.
A veteran spy has claimed that Russia possess an ‘explosive’ sex tape of Donald Trump during an orgy.
There are also rumours, not substantiated, that Russia has pretty hefty blackmail material on Trump.A former senior intelligence officer, who specialised in Russian counterintelligence, told Mother Jones he has provided the FBI with information gathered from Russian sources which contends the Russian Government has attempted for years to cultivate or compromise Donald Trump into an asset.
Some have even suggested the FSB filmed Trump having an orgy:
It is highly possible that FSB has been monitoring billionaire Tevfik Arif, business party of Trump, and has obtained videos taken during his sex parties in Russia and Turkey. However, the only implications of this, if this is true, are that not only does Mossad have possession of compromising sex videos but also Russia’s intelligence agency.
Veteran Spy claims Russians have a sex video of Trump
A Veteran Spy Has Given the FBI Information Alleging a Russian Operation to Cultivate Donald Trump
Has the bureau investigated this material?
On Friday, FBI Director James Comey set off a political blast when he informed congressional leaders that the bureau had stumbled across emails that might be pertinent to its completed inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails when she was secretary of state. The Clinton campaign and others criticized Comey for intervening in a presidential campaign by breaking with Justice Department tradition and revealing information about an investigation—information that was vague and perhaps ultimately irrelevant—so close to Election Day. On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid upped the ante. He sent Comey a fiery letter saying the FBI chief may have broken the law and pointed to a potentially greater controversy: “In my communications with you and other top officials in the national security community, it has become clear that you possess explosive information about close ties and coordination between Donald Trump, his top advisors, and the Russian government…The public has a right to know this information.”
Reid’s missive set off a burst of speculation on Twitter and elsewhere. What was he referring to regarding the Republican presidential nominee? At the end of August, Reid had written to Comey and demanded an investigation of the “connections between the Russian government and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign,” and in that letter he indirectly referred to Carter Page, an American businessman cited by Trump as one of his foreign policy advisers, who had financial ties to Russia and had recently visited Moscow. Last month, Yahoo News reported that US intelligence officials were probing the links between Page and senior Russian officials. (Page has called accusations against him “garbage.”) On Monday, NBC News reported that the FBI has mounted a preliminary inquiry into the foreign business ties of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chief. But Reid’s recent note hinted at more than the Page or Manafort affairs. And a former senior intelligence officer for a Western country who specialized in Russian counterintelligence tells Mother Jonesthat in recent months he provided the bureau with memos, based on his recent interactions with Russian sources, contending the Russian government has for years tried to co-opt and assist Trump—and that the FBI requested more information from him.
“This is something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former intelligence officer says. “I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”
Does this mean the FBI is investigating whether Russian intelligence has attempted to develop a secret relationship with Trump or cultivate him as an asset? Was the former intelligence officer and his material deemed credible or not? An FBI spokeswoman says, “Normally, we don’t talk about whether we are investigating anything.” But a senior US government official not involved in this case but familiar with the former spy tells Mother Jones that he has been a credible source with a proven record of providing reliable, sensitive, and important information to the US government.
In June, the former Western intelligence officer—who spent almost two decades on Russian intelligence matters and who now works with a US firm that gathers information on Russia for corporate clients—was assigned the task of researching Trump’s dealings in Russia and elsewhere, according to the former spy and his associates in this American firm. This was for an opposition research project originally financed by a Republican client critical of the celebrity mogul. (Before the former spy was retained, the project’s financing switched to a client allied with Democrats.) “It started off as a fairly general inquiry,” says the former spook, who asks not to be identified. But when he dug into Trump, he notes, he came across troubling information indicating connections between Trump and the Russian government. According to his sources, he says, “there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.”
This was, the former spy remarks, “an extraordinary situation.” He regularly consults with US government agencies on Russian matters, and near the start of July on his own initiative—without the permission of the US company that hired him—he sent a report he had written for that firm to a contact at the FBI, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates, who asked not to be identified. (He declines to identify the FBI contact.) The former spy says he concluded that the information he had collected on Trump was “sufficiently serious” to share with the FBI.
Mother Jones has reviewed that report and other memos this former spy wrote. The first memo, based on the former intelligence officer’s conversations with Russian sources, noted, “Russian regime has been cultivating, supporting and assisting TRUMP for at least 5 years. Aim, endorsed by PUTIN, has been to encourage splits and divisions in western alliance.” It maintained that Trump “and his inner circle have accepted a regular flow of intelligence from the Kremlin, including on his Democratic and other political rivals.” It claimed that Russian intelligence had “compromised” Trump during his visits to Moscow and could “blackmail him.” It also reported that Russian intelligence had compiled a dossier on Hillary Clinton based on “bugged conversations she had on various visits to Russia and intercepted phone calls.”
The former intelligence officer says the response from the FBI was “shock and horror.” The FBI, after receiving the first memo, did not immediately request additional material, according to the former intelligence officer and his American associates. Yet in August, they say, the FBI asked him for all information in his possession and for him to explain how the material had been gathered and to identify his sources. The former spy forwarded to the bureau several memos—some of which referred to members of Trump’s inner circle. After that point, he continued to share information with the FBI. “It’s quite clear there was or is a pretty substantial inquiry going on,” he says.
“This is something of huge significance, way above party politics,” the former intelligence officer comments. “I think [Trump’s] own party should be aware of this stuff as well.”
The Trump campaign did not respond to a request for comment regarding the memos. In the past, Trump has declared, “I have nothing to do with Russia.”
The FBI is certainly investigating the hacks attributed to Russia that have hit American political targets, including the Democratic National Committee and John Podesta, the chairman of Clinton’s presidential campaign. But there have been few public signs of whether that probe extends to examining possible contacts between the Russian government and Trump. (In recent weeks, reporters in Washington have pursued anonymous online reports that a computer server related to the Trump Organization engaged in a high level of activity with servers connected to Alfa Bank, the largest private bank in Russia. On Monday, a Slate investigation detailed the pattern of unusual server activity but concluded, “We don’t yet know what this [Trump] server was for, but it deserves further explanation.” In an email toMother Jones, Hope Hicks, a Trump campaign spokeswoman, maintains, “The Trump Organization is not sending or receiving any communications from this email server. The Trump Organization has no communication or relationship with this entity or any Russian entity.”)
According to several national security experts, there is widespread concern in the US intelligence community that Russian intelligence, via hacks, is aiming to undermine the presidential election—to embarrass the United States and delegitimize its democratic elections. And the hacks appear to have been designed to benefit Trump. In August, Democratic members of the House committee on oversight wrote Comey to ask the FBI to investigate “whether connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian interests may have contributed to these [cyber] attacks in order to interfere with the US. presidential election.” In September, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Adam Schiff, the senior Democrats on, respectively, the Senate and House intelligence committees, issued a joint statement accusing Russia of underhanded meddling: “Based on briefings we have received, we have concluded that the Russian intelligence agencies are making a serious and concerted effort to influence the U.S. election. At the least, this effort is intended to sow doubt about the security of our election and may well be intended to influence the outcomes of the election.” The Obama White House has declared Russia the culprit in the hacking capers, expressed outrage, and promised a “proportional” response.
There’s no way to tell whether the FBI has confirmed or debunked any of the allegations contained in the former spy’s memos. But a Russian intelligence attempt to co-opt or cultivate a presidential candidate would mark an even more serious operation than the hacking.
In the letter Reid sent to Comey on Sunday, he pointed out that months ago he had asked the FBI director to release information on Trump’s possible Russia ties. Since then, according to a Reid spokesman, Reid has been briefed several times. The spokesman adds, “He is confident that he knows enough to be extremely alarmed.”
The spy could be getting Trump’s associations with Tevfik Arif, who is connected to the Russian Jewish mafia, and is not connected with the Russian government of Putin, mixed up. There is no record of the Russian government running pedophile or prostitution rings, but there is plenty of evidence to implicate the Israeli government of running blackmail sex rings.
And there is overwhelming evidence that Trump was present at at least one of the sex parties run by these rings and participated in sexual activity with trafficked persons. Trump himself states in an interview that he was present at one party held by a reported member of a sex ring, a “sex and cocaine” party held in the basement of Studio 54 by Roy Cohn.
It’s highly possible that information gained from Mossad’s Clothing Shop Network operation was obtained by Russia. However, this just signifies that more than one intelligence organization has access to blackmailing material on Trump, and does not mean that Russia was the organizer of the rings.
We also have evidence that FSB has been active in investigating and exposing sex rings connected to Finland and the USA (see The True Pizzagate Story above), and that the American intelligence organizations have made no visible efforts in cooperating with the Russian investigations in investigating them, although there is plenty of evidence that there was American involvement in trafficking the children to the US. Additionally, American mainstream media, in particular, The New York Times, has been active in suppressing the “Pizzagate” scandal. The US government has been complicit in stymieing the investigation, by the issuing of statements by the Obama administration that the US public should not be misled by “fake news”, at the time the Pizzagate scandal broke out.
Harry Reid who is leading the Russian charge against Trump is under investigation for accepting bribes
DID HARRY REID TAKE A $2 MILLION BRIBE? THE FEDS WON’T LET INVESTIGATORS FIND OUT
By: Chris Pandolfo | December 12, 2016
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There are allegations that outgoing U.S. Senator Harry Reid, D-Nev. (F, 2%) may have accepted a massive bribe to push a bill legalizing online poker nationwide in 2010. And the federal government has reportedly “stymied” the investigation into those allegations.
Tom Harvey and Jennifer Dobner report for The Salt Lake Tribune that Davis County Attorney Troy Rawlings is investigating the origins of a $2 million cashier’s check with connections to an online poker company that was laundered through “Mail Media LTD” — an outfit for laundering online-gambling funds — and may have landed in a Marshall Islands bank account in the name of a holding company “to benefit, or even bribe, Harry Reid, the once-powerful majority leader.”
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According to their reporting, “state and federal investigations, court filings and public records requests — including audio recordings of interviews and thousands of pages of transcripts, summaries by investigators, emails, requests for evidence and other materials — show that the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI failed to pursue a vigorous investigation of this money and any potential tie to Reid.”
The matter was brought to Rawlings’ attention when “disgraced” businessman Jeremy Johnson confessed that the money came out from a now-defunct business where Johnson and his cohorts illegally processed payments for poker companies. Johnson told FBI agents and Rawlings that Sen. Reid was going to get “a little something extra” in exchange for political help.
Rawlings’ investigation into the route of the $2 million check picked up the trail from two former Utah attorneys general of interest, with the officials’ suspicious actions motivating Rawlings to further pursue the case. Harvey and Dobner of the Tribune report:
The available evidence contains no direct connection between the money and the Nevada Democrat, only that Rawlings wants to dig into that possibility.
Federal authorities have stymied his effort, leaving Rawlings to wonder why. Were agents ordered to steer clear of that money trail? And, if so, by whom? In short, was there a cover-up? […]
Even at the state level, though, Rawlings’ push for funding for a grand jury also has stalled. Attorney General Sean Reyes’ office has not turned over any funds for such an inquiry despite months of negotiations.
Johnson had claimed to authorities at the time of Reid’s contentious 2010 reelection bid against Republican Sharon Angle, his company SunFirst was asked to distribute poker funds to Reid through various donors at a July 6, 2010 fundraiser.
The Salt Lake Tribune documents the following events thereafter:
In his multiple accounts of the meeting, and specifically in a February 2014 interview with two FBI agents, Johnson has said, “Harry Reid is going around meeting people and saying ‘Hi’ and I was standing next to one of Ray’s entourage and I’m like, ‘How did you guys get Harry Reid to go against his own constituents and do this?’ and he’s like, ‘Well, let’s just say he’s getting a little something extra in his retirement fund.'”
Attorney Troy Rawlings has asked federal agencies for evidence linking Reid to this bank account. But while they have been happy to investigate other figures of interest, they have blocked efforts to gain information about the Democratic Senate minority leader: “Rawlings said he has been told by federal authorities to ‘forget Harry Reid.’”
A month after Sen. Reid’s reelection in 2010, he began campaigning in Congress to legalize online poker.
According to Tom Harvey and Jennifer Dobner, “Reid’s spokeswoman did not return emails and a phone message seeking comment for this story. Previously, his office called any bribery allegations “unsubstantiated” and accused Rawlings of grandstanding to advance his political career.”
Trump is connected to 9/11
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Michael Glassner arranged the deal that gave the lease of the World Trade Center to the Larry Silverstein Group.
Michael Glassner, formerly of AIPAC, is now Donald Trump’s top political planner.
Fifty days before 9/11, Larry Silverstein’s Silverstein Properties and Frank Lowy’s Westfield America secured a 99-year lease on World Trade Center Buildings One, Two, Four and Five. Silverstein already owned Building Seven.
Silverstein and Westfield America insured the WTC complex for $3.55 billion, but after the attacks of September 11 lodged a claim for $7.1 billion on the premise that each plane collision constituted a separate act of terrorism, doubling the payout.
About $5.4 billion went into the pockets of Lowy and Silverstein.
Trump’s national political director is Michael Glassner, formerly of AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee)
“How does one go from serving AIPAC … to running Donald Trump’s national political operation today?”
Remember 9/11, 2001?
From 1998 to 2001, Michael Glassner was chief of staff to Lewis Eisenberg, chair of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Glassner was involved in the deal that gave the lease of the World Trade Center to the Silverstein Group.
In 2000, Glassner advised George W. Bush’s presidential campaign.
In 2014, Glassner was working for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC)
In February 2016, Glassner said, “My interest in pro-Israel politics had grown exponentially. Particularly since 9-11, which represented a real credible threat to all Americans and in particular as a Jew, I felt very strongly about the threat of radical Islam and so I became more and more involved with AIPAC.”
Trump says of Glassner: “Michael is responsible for developing and implementing a national political plan and will oversee strategic planning operations nationwide.”