We May Have Just Found Trump’s Corruption Rabbit Hole. It’s Bottomless.

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Trump is so heavily connected to foreign powers that it seems a daunting task as to where we can start tying all the corruption together.

Do we start with his ties to a Chinese bank or to a Chinese insurance company that is buying up American real estate? What about his connection to a private equity firm that was the first domino to fall leading to the collapse of the Icelandic economy? Maybe we begin with his connection to a wealthy Turkish businessman that works indirectly for the Turkish government and had hired Mike Flynn as a foreign agent? Or how about his possible connection to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard? It would seem that no matter where we begin, we always end up with Putin. So here goes nothing. Strap on your seatbelts and get ready for a bumpy ride as we begin tying it all together detailing the shady business deals and corruption that has brought us to this dark time in American history.

Trump’s Turkey And Mafia Connections, With A Sprinkle Of Russia For Good Measure

Let’s begin with the construction of Trump SoHo and the investment group that came up with the cash needed to break ground and eventually open the 46-story hotel and condominium building, Bayrock Group LLC.

Bayrock was founded by a Kazakh oligarch by the name of Tevfik Arif. Arif worked for the Soviet government as the deputy director of the USSR Department of Hotel Management. At this time, Vladimir Putin was in the Russian KGB where he would rise to the rank of Luitenent Colonel. It is possible that these two men knew each other at the time but no evidence has been found to tie them together during that period. Yet.

Later, Arif would move to Turkey where he would begin a partnership that would eventually lead to the establishment of offshore real estate companies that specialized in high-end developments most notably in Azerbaijan and Turkey.

Trump Tower located in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, may have been built by a dummy construction company run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, a known state sponsor of terrorism around the world as reported by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.

Arif is in real estate in Turkey, the man that hired Flynn as a foreign agent is in the construction business there. The statistical probability that they both are connected to Trump, while working in the same field, yet do not know each other seems highly unlikely. But again, we have yet to find the evidence linking these two men.

Arif would later go on to found Bayrock Group LLC and hire on another Russian immigrant by the name of Felix Sater. He would also develop a relationship with the landlord of his business office located at 725 5th Avenue in New York City. The address of Trump Tower.

Arif also worked to introduce Trump to Russian investors as detailed in retired U.S spy Malcolm Nance’s book, “The Plot to Hack America: How Putin’s Cyberspies and WikiLeaks Tried to Steal the 2016 Election.”

After that, the dirty money began rolling in and Trump, after a series of bankruptcies left him wanting for banks that would lend him money, was finally flush again.

Felix Sater is directly connected to the mafia and the connection runs deep into his family. His father would help mob soldiers shake down businesses for money and narrowly avoided a prison sentence by becoming an informant. Sater himself served a year in prison for violently stabbing a man in the face with the broken stem of a margarita glass. He later turned informant to avoid prison time after pleading guilty to racketeering for his involvement in a stock fraud scheme cooked up by the mob.

Sater would be named in a suit in 2007, the year Trump SoHo opened, where he would threaten investor Ernest Mennes that, should Mennes reveal Sater’s criminal past, Sater’s cousin would “electrically shock Mr. Mennes’ testicles, cut off Mr. Mennes’ legs, and leave Mr. Mennes dead in the trunk of his car.” The suit claimed that Bayrock had skimmed money from investments made for a Trump project in Phoenix, Arizona. Bayrock settled the suit and Mennes was legally barred from commenting further on the matter.

According to a report from CNN:

“[Bayrock] also planned on opening a Trump Tower in Moscow. However, Trump said in a deposition that the plan fell through after media reports began questioning Trump’s net worth. The partners with Russian ties in the United States backed out.”

To add icing to the corruption cake, Trump just fired U.S attorney Preet Bharara who was in charge of the federal case being levied against Deutsche Bank for laundering more than 10 billion in dirty Russian money. Trump himself owes the German-based bank more than 300 million dollars according to an analysis by Bloomberg.

Trump And Blackstone’s Ties To China, Iran And How The Kushner’s Stand To Make A Fortune. Also More Russia.

Blackstone Group LLC filed a notice of disclosure with the SEC on dealings with Iran in 2015 a few months after Trump announced his candidacy for President. Two months later Blackstone also paid 39 million dollars to the SEC to end an unrelated SEC conflicts probe. Coincidence? Would the SEC have potentially found damning evidence in Blackstone’s dealings with Iran? Perhaps evidence that may have linked the company to the dummy construction firm run by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard? Maybe. But as the evidence mounts it becomes almost certain that they were trying to sweep dealings with Iran under the rug.

Blackstone Group is also very closely tied to the Anbang Insurance Group of China. A group suspected of being run by the Chinese government. Anbang bought the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in 2014. A hotel where political figures the world over would enjoy the residence of when they visited New York City. Even the President of the United States would enjoy a room at the Waldorf Astoria. All that ended, at least for U.S officials, in 2015 when the group began rewiring the hotel.

But this isn’t the only hotel the group bought in the U.S.

In early 2016 the Chinese insurance group brokered a deal with Blackstone Group LLC to purchase Strategic Hotels and Resorts for 6.5 billion dollars. Blackstone also owns Equity Office Properties, Hilton Hotels Corporation, Trizec Properties, Center Parcs UK, La Quinta Inns & Suites, Motel 6, Wyndham Worldwide, Southern Cross Healthcare and Vicinity Centres.

Blackstone and Schwarzman aren’t the only ones benefitting from Trump’s ties to China. Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner is getting a hefty bonus as well.

Back to the Chinese Anbang Insurance Group, they are also purchasing what may be the most expensive building bought in American history: 666 5th Avenue, New York, New York with a whopping 4 billion dollar investment with 400 million already underway as reported by Bloomberg. The deal seems like quite the sweetheart for the Kushner’s, who purchased the building for the now-paltry sum of 1.8 billion dollars.

According to The Independent, documents also show many companies owned by Trump owing significant amounts of money to the state-owned Bank of China. Let’s not forget that dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, with all those tawdry allegations it also said that Trump was pleased with all the attention Russia was getting as it drew attention away from his connections to China. It seems with a little digging, those connections are just as bad if not worse than his ties to the Kremlin.

Of course, this part of the story wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t, in some way, lead directly back to Vladimir Putin.

According to a report from the New York Times:

“Authorities signed up a high-powered board of international advisers to oversee its activities, a group that included American private equity executives like David Bonderman of TPG and Stephen A. Schwarzman of the Blackstone Group. In a video on the fund’s site, Mr. Bonderman emphasized that the investments in Russia would be ‘transparent and make commercial decisions, not political decisions.'”

“After the United States and Europe slapped Russia with sanctions over the Ukraine conflict, many board members distanced themselves. And recently, the fund has faced an uncomfortable spotlight over a big investment to a politically connected company. Late last year, the Russian Direct Investment Fund made a $1.75 billion loan to Sibur, a giant petrochemical company with close ties to the Kremlin.”

Now here is where the corruption gets really interesting.

In December, then President-elect Trump’s National Security Adviser, Mike Flynn, spoke to Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak about sanctions levied by the Obama administration for actions against Ukraine and interference in the 2016 U.S Presidential election.

Blackstone Group LLC would have a vested interest in those sanctions being relaxed.

Steve Schwarzman, CEO of the Blackstone Group is a close adviser to Donald Trump and has frequent meetings with Trump to discuss U.S policy along with several others.

Is it just me, or do you, my dear reader, also feel the hands of Blackstone working Trump like a marionette? There are unproven allegations that Trump owes a significant amount of money, some say in the hundreds of millions, to the Blackstone Group as well as Bayrock Group. Unproven, in part, because we have not seen Trump’s taxes.

We may never know for sure if we do not see Trump’s taxes. Seems a good reason for Trump to keep the American public in the dark in regards to the dirty details of his financial information. A prime case for motive on the part of Trump and Blackstone.

Trump’s Corruption And The Economic Collapse Of Iceland

The collapse of the Icelandic economy showed the world that at least one government existed on the planet that wasn’t going to tolerate corrupt banksters walking free after destroying the lives of its citizenry. However, it is the company that started the domino effect there which now draws our attention and proves yet another connection Trump has to corruption and shady dealings on the international stage.

FL Group was the company that started the landslide that led to Iceland’s economic collapse in 2009. In October 2008 the company tanked posting a loss of over a billion dollars. The top three banks in Iceland followed suit and were busted by Iceland’s economic crimes unit for the rather egregious practice of cooking the books to drive up their share prices by offering loans to wealthy foreigners which those foreigners would, in turn, invest in the banks. These loans were completely unsecured and reached into the hundreds of billions of dollars.

Of the three major banks involved in this practice, the worst contributor to the economic downfall was Kaupthing Bank and the smallest of the three was Glitnir Bank. Booth of which had close ties to FL Group. Glitnir more so than Kaupthing.

Kaupthing had various dealings with FL primarily investing in airlines and aircraft while Glitnir was by far more nefarious.

As it turned out, Glitnir was indirectly owned by FL Group. The bank fell under the control Jón Ásgeir Jóhannesson whose stake in the bank was owned by FL Group. This worked out for Jóhannesson who could no longer conduct business in Iceland due to some shady accounting practices with Baugur Private Equity House which had done significant business in England.

Now, how would FL Group, this gang of shady Icelanders making an attempt at defrauding their countrymen, tie back to Trump? Look no further than the Bayrock Group. Our favorite bunch of mobsters and oligarchs hellbent on screwing the world for as much money as possible. Prior to the collapse, Trump was working with Bayrock and FL Group to construct a new Trump Tower.

According to Iceland Magazine:

“In February 2008, after the US real-estate bubble had burst, FL Group announced it was divesting itself of its real-estate projects in the US. The Trump Tower project, along with other US based real estate projects, were moved to a subsidiary of FL Group called FL Bayrock Holdco. This company posted more than 140 million USD in losses in 2008. The company was declared bankrupt in January 2014, costing investors and creditors nearly 130 million USD in losses.”

So here is what we know and a majority of what hasn’t been put together by major media outlets showing us a level of corruption that makes Enron and WorldCom look like small fry rank amateurs. Billions upon billions of dollars swindled and laundered all across the international stage from multiple foreign powers and private interests alike.

Do you want to know who owns Trump? The answer is everyone that can own Trump. Our government hasn’t just been subverted by Russia, it has been taken over by a puppet for kleptocrats and oligarchs the world over. Many of these allegations are in the dossier compiled by Christopher Steele, a former MI-6 British Intelligence officer. Our Democracy is under wholesale assault. Resist.

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