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BBC: Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

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posted on May, 23 2018 @ 12:40 PM
Unlike the Cohen influence peddling developments of late which are proved by bank records and confirmation from involved parties and the Broidy/Nader/Prince influence peddling schemes that have been evidenced by among other things, Broidy's hacked & leaked emails and dozens of sources (probably including Nader himself) which I've detailed in recent threads, this report comes from two unnamed Ukrainian government sources.

Trump lawyer 'paid by Ukraine' to arrange White House talks

A high-ranking Ukrainian intelligence officer in Mr Poroshenko's administration described what happened before the visit to the White House.

Mr Cohen was brought in, he said, because Ukraine's registered lobbyists and embassy in Washington DC could get Mr Poroshenko little more than a brief photo-op with Mr Trump. Mr Poroshenko needed something that could be portrayed as "talks".

This senior official's account is as follows - Mr Poroshenko decided to establish a back channel to Mr Trump. The task was given to a former aide, who asked a loyal Ukrainian MP for help.

He in turn used personal contacts in a Jewish charity in New York state, Chabad of Port Washington. This eventually led to Michael Cohen, the president's lawyer and trusted fixer. Mr Cohen was paid $400,000.

There is no suggestion that Mr Trump knew about the payment.

The senior intelligence official in Kiev also said Mr Cohen had been helped by Felix Sater, a convicted former mobster who was once Trump's business partner. Mr Sater's lawyer, too, denied the allegations. The Ukrainian president's office refused to comment.

The second source gave the same account except he told the reporter that the amount paid was actually $600,000.

I'm not going to pretend to be an authority on Jewish groups but Chabad here refers to Chabad-Lubavitch, which is an orthodox Jewish movement started in a village in Russia. There are known connections between some of Trump's Jewish associates (and later family) and Berel Lazar (Rabbi Shlomo Dovber Pinchas Lazar) aka "Putin's Rabbi," Chabad and specifically Chabad of Port Washington.

For more information, there's a Politico piece from last April:

The Happy-Go-Lucky Jewish Group That Connects Trump and Putin

Chabad of Port Washington, a Jewish community center on Long Island’s Manhasset Bay, sits in a squat brick edifice across from a Shell gas station and a strip mall. The center is an unexceptional building on an unexceptional street, save for one thing: Some of the shortest routes between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin run straight through it.

Starting in 1999, Putin enlisted two of his closest confidants, the oligarchs Lev Leviev and Roman Abramovich, who would go on to become Chabad’s biggest patrons worldwide, to create the Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia under the leadership of Chabad rabbi Berel Lazar, who would come to be known as “Putin’s rabbi.”

A few years later, Trump would seek out Russian projects and capital by joining forces with a partnership called Bayrock-Sapir, led by Soviet emigres Tevfik Arif, Felix Sater and Tamir Sapir—who maintain close ties to Chabad. The company’s ventures would lead to multiple lawsuits alleging fraud and a criminal investigation of a condo project in Manhattan.

Meanwhile, the links between Trump and Chabad kept piling up. In 2007, Trump hosted the wedding of Sapir’s daughter and Leviev’s right-hand man at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach resort. A few months after the ceremony, Leviev met Trump to discuss potential deals in Moscow and then hosted a bris for the new couple’s first son at the holiest site in Chabad Judaism. Trump attended the bris along with Kushner, who would go on to buy a $300 million building from Leviev and marry Ivanka Trump, who would form a close relationship with Abramovich’s wife, Dasha Zhukova. Zhukova would host the power couple in Russia in 2014 and reportedly attend Trump’s inauguration as their guest.

edit on 2018-5-23 by theantediluvian because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 23 2018 @ 01:06 PM
a reply to: theantediluvian

So wait a lawyer took money from someone? How does this implicate Trump? WTF is even the point?

Losing constantly has to suck. But at least you try..

posted on May, 23 2018 @ 01:12 PM


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