Thursday, July 6, 2017

Here It Comes

I've been expecting this.

Earlier this year:
“Clearly, if this matter between Mr. Sater and Mr. Arif escalates to public litigation, the media spotlight will be negatively cast on Mr. Arif and his past relationship with President Trump and the Republic of Kazakhstan,” wrote Mr. Sater’s attorney, Robert Wolf, in a Feb. 1 letter to a businessman, Robert Armao.


[Felix] Sater has now agreed to assist with an investigation into alleged money laundering involving the Trump SoHo property in New York City, which is controlled by Donald Trump and his children, according to Newsweek.


Felix Sater has been convicted of financial crimes in relation to the Russian mafia. He’s also gone to prison for an act of violence in a bar fight. Years ago he was revealed as a former (and perhaps still current) FBI informant. And he’s a former longtime business associate Donald Trump, despite the fact that Trump has more recently claimed he had no idea who Sater is.


What stands out here is that it confirms Felix Sater is indeed willing to work with government authorities on investigations that involve Donald Trump’s business interests. If Sater is willing to sell out Trump in this fashion, it means he’s willing to help the Feds with everything else he knows about Trump’s long and dodgy financial dealings over a period of decades. That suggests Sater may already be quietly working with everyone from the FBI to the Special Counsel when it comes to the ever broadening investigation into Donald Trump’s lifelong crime spree.

  Palmer Report
Before working with the Trumps—and with the Bayrock Group, which is based two floors below the president’s office in Trump Tower—Sater previously worked on Wall Street and became involved in money laundering and stock fraud, which eventually led to him becoming an informant for the U.S. government.


"I have had dealings over the years where I sold a house to a very wealthy Russian many years ago. I had the Miss Universe pageant — which I owned for quite a while—I had it in Moscow a long time ago. But other than that, I have nothing to do with Russia," the president said.

But during a deposition in 2007, Trump testified that Bayrock brought investors from Russia to Trump Tower to discuss possible deals.

"It's ridiculous that I wouldn't be investing in Russia," Trump said at the time, according to Bloomberg. "Russia is one of the hottest places in the world for investment."

I either missed or forgot the part where Sater has been (is?) an FBI informant. He's obviously concerned with saving his own skin. That's the type that give up their partners in crime.  And he's obviously done that before.

Cheers, Donald.

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