Jeremy Rothe-Kushel and Greg McCarran reporting:
We begin this extended edition by discussing a list of possible American donors to Benjamin Netanyahu’s 2008 election, and some of the more interesting and significant names on the list, including Ronald Lauder, Leslie Wexner, Tamir Sapir, Leonard Blavatnik, and even Donald Trump.
From there we discuss some of the history of SCL Group and Cambridge Analytica, including its growth and evolution, and its connections to Russia. Then we talk about the late Arthur Finkelstein and his decades long career as a very successful strategist and operative for right wing campaigns in the US, Canada, Eastern Europe, and Israel, and his many “kids” who have themselves become political right wing political players.
We identify Finkelstein as a key figure in not only the “Russiagate” narrative, but also in the evolution of the global far right political movement throughout the world.
Graphic by Jon Swinn, who can be found at theworldneedsthisman.blogspot.com
Published (mirrored) August 13, 2018 courtesy of The Antedote
Cambridge Analytica Primer
Prior to the formation of Cambridge Analytica, CA’s parent company, SCL, was owned by billionaire Robert Mercer (1) and Vincent Tchenguiz (2).
Tchenguiz, a major Tory donor, was arrested in 2008 in connection with the collapse of Icelandic bank, Kaupthing, that lent 40% of it’s capital to Tchenguiz and his brother. Tchenguiz is linked both to Russia’s Alfa-Bank and the Ukrainian oligarch, Dmytro Firtash (2).
Prior to becoming Cambridge Analytica, SCL subsidiary SCL elections had been involved in voter suppression in Nigeria (3).
Birth of Cambridge Analytica
In 2013, Cambridge Analytica was born as the brain-child of Robert Mercer and Steve Bannon (4). At the time Steve Bannon was executive chair of Breitbart News that was largely financed by the Mercer family (5).
Steve Bannon met with SCL elections at Cambridge University, prompting him to name the outfit Cambridge Analytica (6 @2:30).
Michael Flynn joins Cambridge Analytica
In 2013, the same year Bannon formed Cambridge Analytica and Trump was hanging out with the Agalarovs in Vegas and later Moscow, Michael Flynn would be the first US officer to be allowed inside the GRU, where he briefed their entire staff and gave them leadership OPD (7).
It has recently been revealed that Guccifer 2.0, who claimed to have hacked the DNC and Podesta and handed the files to Wikileaks, is a GRU officer (22).
Then, interestingly enough, in February 2014, Flynn met with a former employee of Sberbank (8) and a graduate student at Cambridge University, Svetlana Lokhova, whom had trusted access to Russian spy agency records and was writing a book about GRU spies. After the meeting, the two continued to communicate through email. Flynn would sign his emails as General Misha. Flynn did not disclose this meeting to US authorities and it’s believed the incident is linked to his dismissal from the Obama administration for insubordination (9).
To put this meeting between Flynn and ex-Sberbank employee Lokhova into context of the Trump-Russia scandal, just four months prior during the Miss Universe Mosocow 2013 contest, Herman Greff of Sberbank and Donald Trump signed a letter of intent for a Trump Tower Moscow to be financed by Sberbank for $1.6 billion through Crocus Group owned by Russian oligarch Aras Agalarov (21).
In January 2014, just a month before Flynn first met Lokhova, Yulya Alferova, who hung out with Trump during Miss Universe Moscow 2013, tweeted her support for Trump’s presidential run well before Trump ever announced (23).
Flynn would eventually become an advisor for Cambridge Analytica (10).
Some background on Flynn
Flynn ran intelligence for the U.S.-led international coalition in Kabul and was pushing for more creative approaches to targeting Taliban networks, including use of data mining and social network analysis, according to McCulloh. (emphasis mine) (11)
That runs parallel to what Cambridge Analytica does.
After being fired, Flynn entered into consulting, founding Flynn Intelligence Group. FIG “began assembling a crew of former armed forces veterans with expertise in cyber, logistics and surveillance, and sought out ties with lesser-known figures and companies trying to expand their profiles as contractors in the military and intelligence spheres” (11).
George Papadopolous’ ties
On Papadopolous’ Linkedin, Papadopoulos said he wrote papers for Cambridge University, tying him into the rest of Cambridge University spies (154).
Papadopolous had direct emails from both Flynn and Bannon encouraging and supporting his role in the campaign, including his contacts with Russia (155).
Michael Flynn would become Jared Kushner’s right-hand man
Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were instrumental in pushing Chris Christie off Trump’s transition team and implanting Flynn (115)(116). They would later push to make Flynn Trump’s National Security Advisor (117) and then push to have Comey fired when it was discovered Comey was investigating Flynn for lying to the FBI (118).
Flynn was involved in many of the scandalous meetings Kushner held including with the prince of Abu Dhabi Zayed (119), Chinese ambassador Cui Tankai (120), and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak (121) (122). Jared Kushner would ultimately order Flynn to negotiate sanctions with Kislyak during Trumps transition in violation of the Logan Act (123).
Jared Kushner, along Brad Parscale, worked closely with Cambridge Analytica on Trump’s digital operation (124). Jared Kushner invited campaign embeds from Facebook, Youtube, and Google to work with his Cambridge Analytica team (125 @2:37).
Facebook, embedded in Cambridge Analytica, is embedded by Russia
Theresa Hong from the Trump campaign says that people from Facebook, Google, and Youtube “…were helping us… They were basically our hands-on partners…”
In the video above (125 @4:21), Theresa Hong from the Trump campaign says, “Without Facebook, we wouldn’t have won.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has long been close with Russia. Back in 2009, Russian social-media mogul Yuri Milner invested $200 million into Facebook at a valuation of $10 billion dollars without voting rights or a seat on the board. To understand this investment, at the time the world was going through a global recession and Facebook’s general valuation had dropped from the $15 billion from the year prior to $4-$6 billion in 2009 (126).
One company did offer a valuation of $8 billion, but with a seat on the board, which Zuckerberg was strongly against. In other words, Yuri Milner invested in Facebook when they were strapped for cash and at an inflated price without voting rights or a seat on the board. That’s an amazing deal for Zuckerberg. The Paradise Papers would later reveal Milner acquired the financing through Gazprom (129).
The deal was coordinated by Alisher B. Usmanov, a close friend of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich (128). A Russian oligarch himself, Usmanov earned his fortune managing steel mill subsidiaries for Gazprom. Usmanov spent six years in prison for fraud and embezzlement in the 80’s. In 2008, Usmanov fired a publisher and editor at one of Russia’s most respected news paper after it published detailed accounts of Russian election fraud (127).
It was said, “His ties to the Kremlin and Facebook have stirred concerns that he might influence the company’s policies in subtle ways to appease governments in markets where Facebook is also an important tool of political dissent, such as Russia.” This was in 2009 (127).
Soon after, Zuckerberg and Milner became friends, meeting monthly (130) and Milner even attended Zuckerberg’s wedding (131). And guess what?
Since Trump’s presidential win, Facebook has been instrumental in bringing to the USA a former Russian Troll of the IRA, Agatha Burdonova, and her husband Dmitry Fyodorov (133)(134), and has even hired Joseph Chancellor from Global Science Research, the company the breached Facebook users’ private data (135).
Controversial researcher Alexander Kogan partners with Cambridge Analytica
In a 2012 study, Kosinski and two colleagues at Cambridge University were able to predict any person’s race, political affiliations and sexual orientation by analyzing someone’s social media activity.
While at Cambridge, Kosinski met fellow researcher Aleksandr Kogan. Russian-born Kogan asked about using Kosinski’s method for election manipulation. “The whole thing began to stink,” Kosinski told German Das Magazine (12).
Interestingly enough, November 2012 was when Kremlin propagandist Konstantin Rykov claims he began helping Trump’s presidential campaign. In his confession posted onto Facebook shortly after Trump’s win, Rykov claims he utilized Cambridge Analytica, a pair of hacker groups (presumably Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear), civil journalists at Wikileaks, political strategist Mikhail Kovalev, and “the special scientific department of the ‘Cambridge University.’” (13)
November 2012 was also when Trump registered “Make America Great Again” (14).
In 2014 Cambridge University researchers Joseph Chancellor and Alexander Kogan took the research of Cambridge University psychologist Michal Kosinki and founded Global Science Research (12), the company that breached Facebook user’s private information and sold it to Cambridge Analytica (15). 2014 was a busy year at Cambridge University.
It turns out the idea to scrape Facebook data through an app, however, came from, Alfredas Chmieliauskas, an employee of Facebook board memeber Peter Thiel’s Palantir (172). An intern at Cambridge Analytica and daughter of Google’s Eric Schmidt, Sophie, initially pushed CA toward Palantir (171).
Alexander Kogan would again use his Facebook data-scraping technique in 2015 on behalf of St Petersburg State University (16)
Kogan’s lecturer page at Cambridge University has since been taken down after the CA controversy erupted (17). Joseph Chancellor currently works as a researcher at Facebook (18).
Ron Lauder, Trump’s original Russia connection
In November 2014, the same year Kogan founded Global Science Research and Flynn founded Flynn Intelligence Group,Trump’s childhood friend, Ron Lauder, met with Mikhail Fridman and German Khan, both of Alfa-Bank, in London (68). Two years later in April 2016 Ron Lauder would meet with Valdimir Putin (99).
Alfa-Bank servers would later directly ping servers from the Trump Organization and Betsy Devos’ Spectrum Health. Betsy Devos’ brother, Erik Prince, has a business associate, Ko Chun Shun, on the board of Cambridge Analytica (70).
Ron Lauder has a long history of connections with Russia. As a matter of fact, Trump’s first known introduction to a Russian government official was to Russian Ambassador Yuri Dubinin at a luncheon hosted by Ron’s brother, Leonard Louder, in 1986 (19).
Ron Lauder is close to Alfa-Bank’s Pyotr Aven. They both sit on the Board of Patrons together (112), host art galleries together (113), and Ron Lauder’s Lauder Institute joined Alfa-Bank in awarding foreign firms that conduct successful business in Russia. Who so happened to be on the Jury for that award? Trump advisor and Alfa-Bank chair Richard Burt (114).
Ron Lauder has done business with Russian oligarchs Lev Leviev (103) and Oleg Deripaska’s business partner Roman Abramovich (104). The same Lev Leviev whom Jared Kushner did business with (105) and who’s luncheon he met Ivanka Trump (106); And the same Roman Abramovich who’s ex-wife, Dahsa Zhukova, is good friends with Ivanka Trump and suspected Chinese agent and Putin love interest Wendi Deng (107).
In 1998, Lauder joined George Nader and Benjamin Netanyahu in secret Israel-Syria negotiations that ultimately failed (108). George Nader is close to UAE crown prince Zayed and was instrumental in arranging a meeting between Erik Prince and head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund Kirill Dmitriev (109).
Even today, Lauder sits on a board with Yuri Milner, the Russian oligarch behind DST’s investment into Facebook (132).
Ron Lauder, with the help of Trump Organization employee Arthur Finkelstein, ran for NYC mayor in 1989, though he failed to gain the nomination (100). Lauder would later recommend Finkelstein to Benjamin Netanyahu (101). Since 2003 Finkelstein partnered with George Birnbaum (100) who would become enmeshed in the campaigns of pro-Russia Netanyahu and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban (102), eventually joining Ben Carson’s campaign where George Papadopolous got his first campaign experience (110), and then, after Carson’s campaign collapse, Birnbaum moved on to join Ben Carson’s ex-campaign manager Barry Bennett and Trump’s ex-campaign manager Corey Lewankdowski to form Avenue Strategies (111).
Nigel Farage back-channel between Julian Assange and Cambridge Analytica
Nigel Farage and Steve Bannon are good friends. Nigel Farage once gifted Bannon a portrait of Bannon dressed as Napoleon (73).
In 2014, Bannon brought Breitbart to London to support Nigel Farage (72), even sending Breitbart London’s managing editor, Raheem Kassam, to join UKIP as senior advisor to Farage (74).
Cambridge Analytica has a history of using hacked emails in their campaigns. Alexander Nix, CEO of Cambridge Analytica, met with Israeli hackers at his office in London and used the hacked materials they provided in his campaign against Buhari in Nigeria (76).
Nigel Farage had been a frequent guest of Julian Assange and suspected of having delivered a thumb drive (75).
Cambridge Analytica may have ordered the hack into the DNC and Podesta and later delivered the hacked files to Julian Assange for dissemination.
Quick Timeline of Cambridge Analytica and hacked DNC emails:
Summer 2015 Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s future campaign manager, is in talks with Cambridge Analytica (77).
Summer 2015 Michael Flynn, an advisor of Cambridge Analytica (78), meets Donald Trump (79).
July 2015 DNC is hacked (80).
**August 8, 2015, Trump fires Roger Stone from Trump’s campaign. Sam Nunberg claimed Mueller was asking if Stone’s firing “was some grand plot by Roger and [Nunberg] to get fired and then …we would collude with the Russians…” (167 @20:00)
December 2, 2015, Michael Flynn has a “very productive” meeting with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Kislyak’s home in D.C. (HIC Trump-Russia investigative report)
December 10, 2015 Michael Flynn sits with Putin at an RT Gala in Moscow (81).
At some point Peter Smith, in coordination with Michael Flynn, contacted various hacker groups, including at least two connected to the Russians, in hopes of finding Hillary Clinton’s 30,000 deleted emails (82) (Note: this would require a third hack separate from the DNC and Podesta hacks).
April 29, 2016 Professor Mifsud tells George Papadopoulos Russians had dirt on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails.
Aug 14, Trump adviser Roger Stone direct messages Russian intelligence agent Guccifer 2.0 (83)(84). Roger Stone admits being in contact with Guccifer (85).
Guccifer 2.0 leaks DNC hacked memo directly to Kushner-owned Observer (86)
Carter Page and Vin Weber back-channels for Paul Manafort
From 2000-2004 Carter Page worked at Merrill Lynch, London, where he impressed a colleague when he mentioned his work for Victor Pinchuk (91), a Ukrainian oligarch that donate $150,000 to Trump’s Trump Foundation (92). They sent him to Moscow to open a Merrill Lynch office where he worked until 2007 (90).
Shortly after returning to New York, Carter Page founded Global Energy Capital with James Richard and a former mid-level Gazprom executive, Sergei Yatsenko, that invested in Gazprom (89). He opened his office in a building directly connected to Trump Tower where Trump and Paul Manafort resided.
In 2013, Carter Page got caught up in a busted spy ring (95). Despite that, on Aug 25, 2013, Carter Page bragged about his work as advisor to the Kremlin (88).
On March 21st, 2016 Page was named to Trump’s NatSec team along with George Papadopoulos (87). That’s four days after Trump asked Manafort to run his campaign (36).
On July 7, 2016, Carter Page gave a speech at the New Economic School in Moscow, who’s main benefactor is Pyotr Aven of Alfa-Bank. While there he discussed with Igor Sechin a deal of the brokerage fee of .5% of the 19% sale of Rosneft (93).
On July 11, 2016, Carter Page visited Vin Weber, a Paul Manafort associate, at Cambridge University (94).
Vin Weber is currently under investigation by Robert Mueller(97) and at the center of the meeting Rick Gates lied about in his plea deal with Mueller. The meeting included Rick Gates, Vin Weber, Paul Manafort, and Dana Rohrabacher where they discussed Ukraine (98).
Paul Manafort recruited Vin Weber in 2012 to be a lobbyist on behalf of the European Center for Modern Ukraine, a firm funded by the Ukrainian Party of Regions that also financed Manafort’s work there. Vin Weber also lobbied on behalf of Gazprom, and a Turkish company chaired by Ekim Alptekin who also hired Flynn (96).
Giuliani, Trump’s original back-channel to Russia
Trump and Giuliani have been good friends for years. In 2000, while Giuliani was Mayor of New York, Giuliani and Trump appeared in a low-budget comedy video together (37) and in 2001 Giuliani borrowed Trump’s plane for a trip to Israel (38).
Immediately after leaving office, Giuliani founded consulting firm Giuliani Partners that’s been shrouded in secrecy and became a named partner at oil and gas law firm Bracewell and Giuliani in Texas (39).
In 2004, while partnered at Bracewell and Giuliani, Giuliani met with Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov (40). Since then, Guiliani picked up big clients that have been major players in the Trump-Russia scandal including Emirates of Qatar and Russian state-run Rosneft, both appearing in Steele Dossier. Alfa-Bank, that also appeared in the Steele Dossier and is connected to SCL through Vincent Tchenguiz, hired Giuliani as a paid speaker. Giuliani represented Eni, the Italian energy company that bought Yukos assets only to turn around and give them to Gazprom (40) (55). Mercer-backed Keep the Promise 1/Make America Number 1 payed Bracewell and Giuliani and later his firm Greenberg and Traurig even while the Mercers were backing Ted Cruz publicly (41). The Mercers, of course, financed Cambridge Analytica. Bracewell and Giuliani also did legal work for Cambridge Analytica directly (42).
On February 1st, 2013, Giuliani met with Emin Agalarov (48).
Russia and Trump share lawyers
Guiliani is not the only lawyer connected to Trump and Russia.
Trump’s lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, also represents Sberbank (43).
Trump’s lawyer, Don McGahn, worked for Patton Boggs that represented Gazprom (44).
Richard Burt, on the board of Alfa-Bank, lobbied on behalf of Alfa-Bank to Jeff Sessions during Trump’s campaign, and helped write Trump’s first speech on foreign affairs (71).
Morgan Lewis, a firm that represented Trump and dealt with his conflicts of interest issues as president by having lawyer Sheri Dillon stand before a stack of blank folders, won 2016 Russia Law Firm of the Year (47) (46). Dillon also claimed Trump’s tax returns “do not reflect” ties to Russian “with a few exceptions” (45).
Morgan Lewis, the center of the web: Trump, Russia, Giuliani, Ted Cruz, Cambridge Analytica, Mercers, Gazprom, Rosneft, Eni, Carter Page
Ted Cruz, who was backed by the Mercer’s before backing Trump, also hired Cambridge Analytica and also happened to work for Morgan Lewis (50).
Morgan Lewis’s Moscow page boasts of being “particularly adept at advising [their] clients about compliance and sanction matters” (51).
Morgan Lewis partner Jonathan Hines has been stationed in Moscow for 18 years and has represented Gazprom through every major development including Sakhalin II, a project Carter Page also worked on while at Merrill Lynch in London (67). Hines also represented the same Eni Giuliani represented that bought Yukos assets only to turn around and hand them to Gazprom (55); Statoil’s venture with Giuliani’s client, Rosneft; Exxon-mobil’s deal with Rosneft in Sakhalin that Tillerson signed with Igor Sechin, earning Tillerson both an Order of Friendship from Putin and a $2 million fine for violating US sanctions against Sechin (54); and Lukoil, whom Cambridge Analytica did a presentation for (53), amongst others (52).
Kirstin Gibbs has worked for both Bracewell and Giuliani as well as Morgan Lewis (56) (57). She also happened to have worked with Statoil.
In May 2011, she worked for Bracewell and Giuliani (57). In October 9th, 2013 she spoke at Bracewell & Giuliani’s 2013 Oil & Gas Regulatory Symposium as a representative of Morgan Lewis (58). By February 20, 2014, she was introduced as a representative of Bracewell and Giuliani at the 13th Annual Liquefied Natural Gas in Houston, Texas where she spoke alongside Mikahail Anotonov, CEO of Gazprom Marketing and Trading (59). She spoke along side Anotonov again in February 2015 (60).
Trump adviser-backers hold a meeting
In January, 2013, just days before Giuliani meets with Emin Agalarov, Victor Pinchuk hosts his annual Ukrainian Lunch at Davos (164)(165).
For context, Paul Manafort attended Pinchuk’s Ukrainian Lunch in 2007 and in 2006, Paul Manafort’s business associate in Ukrain, Rick Davis of Davis and Manafort, introduces Senator John McCain to Oleg Deripaska (27).
The guests of Pinchuk’s 2013 Ukrainian Lunch included (156):
Victor Pinchuk, Ukrainian oligarch that donated $150,000 to Donald Trump’s Trump Foundation (157) was also the name Carter Page dropped that impressed his colleagues enough that they had Carter Page open a Merrill Lynch in Moscow where Page claims to have been involved in deals with Gazprom (91).
Vitali Klitschko, mayor of Kiev and client of Rudy Giuliani (166).
Eugene Kaspersky, who’s Kaspersky labs anti-viral software has been banned by the US government over hacking fears (158). Kaspersky labs also paid Flynn a speaking fee (159).
Alexander Lukanov, CEO of Alfa-Bank Ukraine. While Wilbur Ross was vice-chair, Cyprus Bank extended by four years a loan made to Alfa-Bank to buy its Ukrainian assets (160); Alfa-Bank paid Rudy Giuliani a speaking fee (40); Chairman of Alfa-Bank and Trump advisor Richard Burton sits on a jury for an award handed out in partnership with Alfa-Bank and Donald Trump’s childhood friend Ron Lauder’s Lauder Institute (114); Alfa-Bank’s German Khan’s son-in-law Alex van der Zwaan pleaded guilty to Mueller for lying about his contacts with Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, whom had worked with him on a false Ukrainian report (161).
Herman Gref of Sberbank that signed a deal for Trump Tower Moscow at the Miss Universe contest 2013 just a few months after this photo was taken (21). While Wilbur Ross was vice-chair, the Bank of Cyprus, adivsed by Deutsche Bank London, sold off its Russian based businesses to Artem Avetisyan, who has ties to US-Sanctioned Sberbank through his business partner Oleg Greff, son of Herman Gref. The businesses, bought by Cyprus in 2008 for $450 million sold it to Avetisyan for less than one-sixtieth that price (160).
Alexey Pertin, CEO of Smart Holding. Smart Holding, in tandem with Alisher Usmanov’s Metalloinvest, failed to acquire KGOKOR due to Timoshenko’s plans to private the asset (168). Yanukovych later jailed Timoshenko after his ascent to power with the help of Paul Manafort. General director of Gazprom Investment Holding Alisher Usmanov also arranged Yuri Milner’s 2009 investment deal with Facebook, financed through Gazprom (169).
Vadym Novynskyi, Ukrainian oligarch who is currently under investigation for helping Viktor Yanukoych take over the Ukrainian Orthodox Church just months after this photo was taken (162).
Aleksandr Yaroslavsky, in tandem with Paul-Manafort-employer in Ukraine Rinat Akhmetov, bought several of Roman Abramovich’s Ukrainian businesses in 2016. In 2015 he also purchased a controlling stake in a company from an Oleg Deripaska associate. Deripaska and Abramovich are close assoaciates (170).
Günther Oettinger, a German politician that had negotiated with Gazprom and lobbied for both the Nabucco and Trans Adriatic pipelines that would bypass Ukraine. He also was involved in the EU mediation that had Gazprom turn gas back on in Ukraine after Russia and Ukraine had pricing conflicts. Carter Page teamed up with a Gazprom exec at his company Global Energy Capital (163).
It’s almost as if each attendant hand-selected their own agents to support their interests while infiltrating Trump’s campaign.
Giuliani brings along Emin Agalarov
On May 29, 2013, four months after Giuliani met with Emin Agalarov, Emin posted a music video starring himself and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo (49).
Two weeks later, on June 15th, 2013, Rob Goldstone, Emin’s publicist, hangs out with Trump (61) the night Trump is alleged to have visited a Vegas night club known for an act of simulated urination (62). The next day during the Miss America 2013 contest, Trump announces Miss Universe 2013 will be held in Moscow (63). Trump, Emin, Goldstone, Yulya Alferova, Artem Klyushin, and Michael Cohen all hang out for dinner later that evening (64).
The whole crew hung out again during the Miss Universe Moscow 2013 (66) .
Three years later Emin and Goldstone would attend the infamous meeting at Trump Tower with Paul Manafort, Don Jr., Jared Kushner, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Ike Kaveladze, and suspected hacker Rinat Akhmetshin where Emin and Goldstone promised Don Jr. documents that would incriminate Hillary Clinton (65).
Trump uses Miss Universe competition to garner favor
Trump signing the Trump Tower Moscow deal at Miss Universe Moscow 2013 isn’t the first time Trump used his Miss Universe contest to garner favor.
In 2002, Oxana Federova, who had no busy winning, acquired the crown for Miss Universe. Four months later she became to first Miss Universe to be dethroned (138). Turns out Federova was Putin’s girlfriend (139) and who was kept under watchful eye by Russian tycoon Vladimir Golubov (140). There are claims Trump rigged the competition in Putin’s favor (148).
Felix Sater joins Team Trump
In 2003, just months after Trump allegedly rigged the Miss Universe 2002 competion, Bayrock Group moves into Trump Tower and hired the son of Russian mob “boss of bosses” Semyon Mogilevich’s underboss, Felix Sater (141)(142), who would go on to manage the scandal-ridden Trump Tower SoHo (143) (144) (145). Felix, with his own colorful past – assault and penny stock fraud (146)- is currently cooperating with the Mueller investigation (147). The owner of Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, was also caught in shady behavior, being caught on a yacht with underage prostitutes (149).
In 2006, during Ivanka and Don Jr. trip to Moscow, Felix Sater arranged for Ivanka to sit in Putin’s chair at the Kremlin (150).
Sater would later email Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, that “Our boy [Trump] cam become president of the USA and we can egineer it.” He later states, “I will get Putin on this program and we will get Donald elected” (151).
This strongly echoes KT McFarland’s email to a friend in December 2016 stating it was Russia “which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him [Trump]” (152)
Sater eventually got caught up passing a secret Ukrainian peace plan from Ukrainian lawmaker Andrii V. Artemenko to Michael Cohen that eventually landed on Flynn’s desk, though he was fired before he could receive it (153).
Roger Stone joins Team Trump
Roger Stone was introduced to Donald Trump through Trump’s lawyer in the 80‘s, Roy Cohn (32).
As early as 1989, Stone was trying to persuade Trump to run for president (33).
After being Trump’s presidential campaign manager in 2000 (31), Stone again joined Trump’s presidential ambition in 2011 (34 @0.03), around the time Steve Bannon and David Bossie were talking to Trump about a potential run for the presidency (35). Stone and his sidekick, Sam Nunberg, would be fired from Trump’s campaign in 2015, though Stone stayed an active advisor.
Stone would directly message GRU agent Guccifer 2.0 and Wikileaks’ Julian Assange (136), even meeting him in London (137). Stone new of the Podesta hack and tweeted “it will soon be Podesta’s time in the barrel,” before knowledge of Podesta’s email hack was made public (136).
Paul Manafort joins Team Trump
In 2004, Paul Manafort starting working alongside Dmytro Firtash and the Party of Regions in support of Russia-friendly Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine.
In 2006 Manafort’s business partner in Ukraine, Rick Davis of Davis and Manafort, managed to arrange a meeting between John McCain and Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska in Davos . Soon after, John McCain would start preaching a stance n Montenegro favored by the Russians and later that same year on a yacht off the coast of Montenegro, Oleg Deripaska would host McCain’s 70‘th birthday bash. In 2008, Davis became McCain’s campaign manager during his run for the presidency while Manafort attempted to join the campaign as well, though was forced out by others working in the campaign (27).
That same year, in 2006, Manafort purchased an apartment at Trump Tower (24). Paul Manafort is currently indicted by Mueller for money laundering (25) and Trump properties are known to be money laundromats (26).
Soon enough, the two begin plotting away (36).