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Poroshenko's Losing Bet on a Clinton Win

by Oui Fri May 25th, 2018 at 08:13:31 AM EST

See also Martin Longman's fp story earlier ...

The World of Michael Cohen and Felix Sater

My earlier diary on Felix Sater ...

It's Not Russia ...

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

Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, received a secret payment of at least $400,000 (£300,000) to fix talks between the Ukrainian president and President Trump, according to sources in Kiev close to those involved.

The payment was arranged by intermediaries acting for Ukraine's leader, Petro Poroshenko, the sources said, though Mr Cohen was not registered as a representative of Ukraine as required by US law.

Mr Cohen denies the allegation.

Continued below the fold ...

The meeting at the White House was last June. Shortly after the Ukrainian president returned home, his country's anti-corruption agency stopped its investigation into Trump's former campaign manager, Paul Manafort.

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.

The Story Behind Chris Steele - Ukraine and Nuland
Ukrainian Orthodoxs Playing the Anti-Semitic Card
Manafort Accused of Money Laundering in Ukraine

How much corruption of Jewish millionaires/billionaires is allowed before red lights are flashing? Screwing democracy in America ...

Lobbyist Jack Abramoff's "Charity" a Front for Terrorism

THE GUILTY plea of fabulously wealthy and highly corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff raised the question of whether he would roll over on congressmen involved in illegal fund-raising and other crimes with him. Some 20 Republicans on Capitol Hill are said to be in danger.

Abramoff's dense network of illicit finances and phony charities might end some political careers in the United States. But the investigation into his activities by the FBI also shed light on the ways in which right-wing American Jews have often been involved in funding what are essentially terrorist activities by armed land thieves in Palestinian territory.

Indeed, it was this terror funding of Israeli far-right militiamen that tripped Abramoff up, since the FBI discovered that he had misled Indian tribes into giving money to the Jabotinskyites, and then began wondering if he had defrauded the tribes in other ways. (You betcha!) The Indian leaders were furious when they discovered they had been used to oppress another dispossessed indigenous people, the Palestinians, calling it "Outer Limits bizarre" and saying that they would never have willingly given money to such a cause.

Newsweek's Mike Issikoff reported that Abramoff diverted $140,000 from a charity ostensibly to benefit inner-city youths to militant Israeli colonists who had usurped land in the Palestinian West Bank. Issikoff wrote:

    "Among the expenditures: purchases of camouflage suits, sniper scopes, night-vision binoculars, a thermal imager and other material described in foundation records as `security' equipment. The FBI, sources tellNewsweek, is now examining these payments as part of a larger investigation to determine if Abramoff defrauded his Indian tribe clients..."

Abramoff, a legendary lobbyist particularly close to former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-TX), is also a fierce supporter of Israel--"a super-Zionist," one associate says. That may explain why Abramoff's paramilitary gear ended up in the town of Beitar Illit, a sprawling ultra-Orthodox outpost whose residents have occasionally tangled with their Palestinian neighbors.

Yitzhak Pindrus, the settlement's mayor, says that several years ago the town was confronting mounting security problems. "They [the Palestinians] were throwing stones, they were throwing Molotov cocktails," Pindrus says. Abramoff's connection to the town was Schmuel Ben-Zvi, an American emigré who, the lobbyist told associates, was an old friend he knew from Los Angeles. Capital Athletic Foundation public tax records make no mention of Ben-Zvi. But they do show payments to "Kollel Ohel Tiferet" in Israel, a group for which there is no public listing and which the town's mayor said he never heard of.

Cheney and Netanyahu Pushing for War Against Syria | EIR - Jan. 2006 |
Israel green-lights 1,126 West Bank settlement homes

Still matters today:

I've had enough by PsiFighter37 @BooMan on May 11, 2006

sooo the Booman spent what, a week?, reading back-issues of Post and New Yorker magazine online for the inside scoop to NYC's Italian, Russian, and Irish mafioso. Deep.

I bet he loved this piece by ... Jane Mayer ... Christopher Steele, the Man Behind the Trump Dossier ... from this March.

"They're trying to take down the whole intelligence community!"

Steele exclaimed one day to friends. "And they're using me as the battering ram to do it."
Steele was a middle-of-the-road Labour Party supporter, and at the Cambridge Union his allies, known as the Anti-Establishment Faction, were state-schooled, middle-class students. Steele's camp competed against a blue-blooded Establishment Faction and a right-wing Libertarian Faction. His longtime friend, who was part of a like-minded society at Oxford, said, "Almost all of us had come from less posh families, and suffered a bit from the impostor syndrome that made us doubt we belonged there, so we worked many times harder to prove ourselves." He recalled Steele as an "astoundingly diligent" student with "huge integrity," adding, "He just puts the bit in his teeth and charges the hill. He's almost like a cyborg."
I think she's writing ad copy now.

"MI6: Secretly we are just like you."

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri May 25th, 2018 at 08:58:25 AM EST
You are not alone.
The Logic of US Foreign Policy | The American Empire and Its Media, illustrated

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu May 31st, 2018 at 12:03:49 AM EST

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