Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Trump Tower Tapped — Not By Obama: Shhhh, Russian Mafia Busy Inside

Hey Bannon: Call FOX and Get This On the Air Right Now, Hot…

Русская мафия подсчитывает деньги внутри
(Russian Mafia Counting Money Inside)

ABC REPORTS there was indeed a FBI wiretap involving Trump Tower (in 2011). It was tracking Russian mafia, not at the behest of Barack Obama and the target was not the Trump campaign of 2016.
For two years ending in 2013, the FBI had a court-approved warrant to eavesdrop on a sophisticated Russian organized crime money laundering network that operated out of unit 63A in Trump Tower. 
The FBI investigation led to a federal grand jury indictment of more than 30 people, including one of the world’s most notorious Russian mafia bosses, Alim-zhan Tokh—takh-ounov. Known as the “Little Taiwanese,” Tokh-takh-ounov was the only target to slip away, and he remains a fugitive from American justice.
Five months after the April 2013 indictment and after Interpol issued a “red notice” for Tokh-takh-ounov, the fugitive appeared near Donald Trump in the VIP section of the Moscow Miss Universe pageant. Trump had sold the Russian rights for Miss Universe to a billionaire Russian shopping mall developer.
Tokh-takh-ounov is a major player into alleged mafia money laundering and gambling who has extremely good connections in the business world as well as the criminal world both overseas in Russia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan and other countries said the FBI lead investigator who also who ran the FBI’s Eurasian Organized Crime unit in NYC. The Russian ring is suspected of moving more than $50 million in illegal money into the United States. The Russian money was ultimately laundered from Russia, Ukraine, and other locations through Cyprus banks and shell companies based in Cyprus, and then ultimately here to the United States.
That FBI investigation did not implicate Trump.
The Trump building was also home to one of the top men in the alleged ring, Vadim Trin-cher who pleaded guilty to racketeering and received a five-year prison term. He is due to be released in July.
Trin-cher would have people come in and meet; use phones and communicated through e-mail or other communications in Trump Tower – his base of operations.
In court papers, the FBI described two years of intercepts of phone conversations and text message exchanges of the key figures in the gambling ring.
For example: Trin-cher on one occasion spoke with a customer about a gambling operation who owed him a debt of $50,000. Trin-cher told the gambler about an enforcer who works with him named Maxin and he threatened the customer saying Maxin would come and find him, find the money, and that he should be careful unless he wanted to be tortured and wind up underground.
ABC News conducted a review of hundreds of pages of property records and reported in September that Trump-branded developments catered to large numbers of Russian buyers who had brushes with the law.
Russian buyers it seems were particularly drawn to Trump licensed condo towers in Hollywood and Sunny Isles, Florida with real estate agents calling the coastal Miami community “Little Moscow.”
Trump organization lawyer Alan Garten told ABC News at the time that the firm did not track the nationality of buyers and that the company rarely plays a role in recruiting buyers – a job typically left to developers who buy rights to use the Trump name. Neither Garten nor the Trump Organization spokeswoman Amanda Miller responded this week to questions from ABC News about the 2013 poker raid.
NOTE: The 2013 poker raid case was not the first to target Tokh-takh-ounov. He had been indicted years earlier in the U.S. for bribes to Olympic judges so that Russian figure skaters would win gold medal.
Then add this to the mix, and from a man who knows White House and Presidential obstruction and cover-up’s and abuse of power: John Dean was Nixon’s W/H lawyer also charged with obstruction of justice during Watergate. He says that he concerned Trump is getting close to obstructing justice and could do so in the future saying in part that he thinks President Trump's White House is in cover-up mode since they are distancing itself from the testimony – and that signals a “cover-up” adding: “There's just never been any question in my mind about that. I've been inside a cover-up. I know how they look and feel. And every signal they're sending is: We are covering this thing up. Even experienced investigators know that aspect when they see how people react when they're being pursued, and this WH is not showing their innocence, they're showing how damn guilty they are, that is what we're seeing.
Dean continued: “There's also the question of whether this White House will obstruct essentially, an investigation. You now have the head of the FBI with a target painted on its back, the front-line investigators with targets painted on their backs; you have a U.S. attorney the president said he was going to retain who has been summarily fired in Preet Bharara, and it strikes me that there is in some ways a kind of obstruction land-mine ... that the entirety of the White House now has to tip-toe through.”
Trump last week fired Bharara after previously saying he could stay on during his administration.
Then reports have emerged that Bharara was investigating HHS Secy Tom Price for insider stock trading before he was fired.
Lots of smoke and you know what they say about that, just like in Watergate: “Follow the smoke” (I just made that up) – it usually leads to the fire.
Stay tuned.

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