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The Truth about Trump & Putin

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An Open Letter (especially to the Electoral College)

Below you will find evidence to support what I believe is an inescapable conclusion: Mr. Trump is colluding with Putin, ExxonMobil, and extremely powerful financiers in both Russia and the USA. In other words, treason.

I have summarized my finding below, and have provided related research links. Judge for yourselves.

In 1999, Vladimir Putin – a former spy for the notorious KGB – became president of Russia. He was hand-picked by Roman Abramovich (http://bit.ly/2hpOOgi)- a Russian billionaire and one of many so-called ‘oligarchs’ who made their fortunes by pillaging the collapsed Soviet Union.

Abramovich has been involved in, amongst other things, paying billions of dollars for political favors and protection fees to obtain a big share of Russia’s oil and aluminum assets. Abramovich’s wife is Dasha Zhukova. She and Ivanka Trump are close friends, vacationing together on at least two documented occasions.

During his time in power, Putin has amassed a reported $200 billion fortune and is poised to make a lot more from a $500 billion oil deal struck by Rex Tillerson, the head of ExxonMobile and nominated Secretary of State. That oil deal was put on-hold by financial sanctions imposed by the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton after Russia invaded neighboring democratic Ukraine in 2014. In the past week, it’s already become clear that Trump and Tillerson intend to lift those sanctions. Let that sink in for a moment.

Putin has long been cultivating ‘assets’ who he could control and manipulate when the time was right. One of those was Donald Trump.

Earlier this year, a former western intelligence agent, who has been working on a private investigation of Trump, uncovered evidence that, as early as 2011,”there was an established exchange of information between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin of mutual benefit.” (http://bit.ly/2gQfbM1)

Here are some additional puzzle pieces:

Trump’s financial ties with Russia:

The Washington Post reported extensively on Trump’s dealings in Russia this past summer. He ran a Miss Universe beauty pageant in Moscow in 2013, bringing him $14 million and closer ties with Russian oligarchs. He keeps trying to build a hotel in Moscow, which he’s been working on since before the fall of the Soviet Union. And his son, Donald Trump Jr., told a real estate conference in 2008, “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets. We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” (http://bit.ly/2hpG7Tu)

“Almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” Trump bragged to Real Estate Weekly upon returning home. (http://wapo.st/2hC1deS)

In 2013, Thomas Roberts of MSNBC asked Trump, “Do you have a relationship with Vladimir Putin? A conversational relationship or anything that you feel you have sway or influence over his government?” Trump responded, “I do have a relationship, and I can tell you that he’s very interested in what we’re doing here today. He’s probably very interested in what you and I am saying today, and I’m sure he’s going to be seeing it in some form.” (http://bit.ly/2gQcaes)

“I was in Russia, I was in Moscow recently and I spoke, indirectly and directly, with President Putin, who could not have been nicer, and we had a tremendous success.” (http://bit.ly/2gQcaes)

Trump’s associates’ financial ties with Russia:

Most notably, Trump’s former campaign director Paul Manafort received heavy scrutiny for his prior work for a pro-Russian Ukrainian leader (and to other dictators, including Ferdinand Marcos). Former Senator Majority Leader Bob Dole, who hired Manafort to run his 1996 bid, helped secure a visa for Russian oligarch/criminal Oleg Deripaska for a $560,000 fee in 2005. Dole also took credit for arranging the call between Trump and Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, but that’s another story.

Trump’s appointments:

As noted, Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon Mobil, has had extensive dealings with Putin and many financial incentives to maintain good relations with Russia, not least of which would be lifting sanctions imposed on Russia after the invasion of Ukraine, the lifting of which would cement the $500 billion deal which Tillerson brokered with Russia oligarchs. ExxonMobil is also seeking access to massive oil reserves in Russia’s Arctic. China is the world’s largest energy consumer, Russia is in the best position to supply that need, and Tillerson wants Exxon Mobil to make it happen.

Trump and Putin working together:

Trump’s criticism of NATO and the Baltics and refusal to condemn Putin’s actions in Crimea, as well as his vow to work with Russia and Assad in Syria, sent signals of his intentions for an unprecedented alliance. Trump has consistently ignored or downplayed incontrovertible evidence of Putin’s autocratic tendencies, including his jailing of political prisoners and squashing of press freedoms.

Alfa Bank connection:

Internet experts uncovered suspicious patterns of electronic communications between Alfa Bank (which has close ties to the Kremlin) and the Trump Organization.(http://bit.ly/2hpFmtq)

Trump’s failure to release his tax returns:

There could be many things in Trump’s tax returns likely to demonstrate his business dealings with Putin’s inner circle, according to an analysis by two former White House ethics advisors.

Hacking:

This has been widely reported, as have Trump’s flat out rejections of CIA intelligence despite bi-partisan support for an inquiry. Doesn’t that strike you as odd?

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If you’ve read this far, thank you.

Here’s my final thoughts: As bitter as our campaign has been, we have entered a new era that goes beyond Democrat v. Republican, Left v. Right, Liberal v. Conservative, Pro Life v. Pro Choice, etc.

We have a bigger problem. We have all been manipulated by handful of very rich, very powerful people. We’ve been played.

Our democracy itself hangs in the balance and you, our electors, are our country’s last hope. Now, more than ever, and at a moment of our deepest divisions, we have to somehow find a way to come together to fight much larger, darker forces than anything our nation has endured in recent history.

A member of the Electoral College who requested to remain anonymous told Salon (http://bit.ly/2gUouMD) that “We have gotten reports from multiple people that the Donald Trump campaign is putting pressure on Republican electors to vote for him based on … future political outcomes based on whether they vote for Donald Trump or not.” The elector said that the threats emphasized “career pressure.” I think that we can all agree … this is outrageous and indicative of worse to come.

We must act, quickly, decisively and in unity. 

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Michael Straus
Mashall, CA

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Notes and links

• Roman Abramovich was the first person to originally recommend to Yeltsin that Vladimir Putin be his successor as the Russian president. (10)

• Dasha Zhukova — Wendi Deng “continues her work with Art.sy, the online source for art worldwide, which she helped establish with a star-studded group of investors, including Dasha Zhukova, the philanthropist and editor.” (9)

• Kasparov: “And so it would be foolish to dismiss as mere celebrity gossip the recent news that Trump’s daughter Ivanka vacations with Wendi Deng, who is a good friend of Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich and who is romantically linked with Putin himself. It’s exactly the sort of discreet personal channel Putin prefers. Like anyone raised in the Soviet Union, I tend to think that paranoia is a healthy response to reality. I believe in coincidences, but I also believe in the KGB.” (12)

• Russian crony capitalism. In 2008 The Times of London reported that Abramovich admitted that he paid billions of dollars for political favors and protection fees to obtain a big share of Russia’s oil and aluminum assets, as was shown by court papers obtained by The Times.

• Sergei Millian. One of the people who said he brought Russian money into Trump projects was Sergei Millian, head of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce. His organization said in 2009 it had “signed formal agreements with The Trump Organization” to service Russian real estate clients and Millian bragged about winning Trump’s affection at the 2007 Millionaire Fair in Moscow. (8)

• Felix Sater. Russian-born businessman turned FBI informant -was awaiting sentencing for his role in a Mafia-orchestrated stock fraud scheme — all the while serving as a government informant on the mob and mysterious matters of national security. Sater would build Trump Towers in U.S. cities and across the former Soviet bloc. Sater pitched it to Trump, who gave Sater’s company rights to explore projects in Moscow as well as in Florida and New York. “Anybody can come in and build a tower,” Sater told potential investors, according to testimony in a 2008 court case. “I can build a Trump Tower, because of my relationship with Trump.” (2) Sater, in previously unreported sworn testimony reviewed by The Washington Post, described a closer relationship with Trump. Sater said he popped into Trump’s office frequently over a six-year period to talk business. He recalled flying to Colorado with Trump and said that Trump once asked him to escort his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka around Moscow. (2)

Sater pleaded guilty in 1998 to one count of racketeering as part of a $40 million stock fraud in which Wall Street brokers artificially inflated the price of stocks. (3). Sater hooked up with La Cosa Nostra-run investment firm (3). Sater said he had met one-on-one with Trump “numerous times” in Trump’s office to discuss various projects. In Phoenix, Sater testified, he met with local officials alongside Trump’s son, Donald Jr. In New York, Sater said he met with Trump and Trump’s staff “on a constant basis” to discuss possible deals in places such as Los Angeles, Ukraine and China. (3)

1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/dbdcaac8-31a6-11e6-8ff7-7b…

2. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/970db232-08c7-11e6-b283-e7…

3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/cec6c2c6-16d3-11e6-aa55-67…

4. http://time.com/4433880/donald-trump-ties-to-russia/

5. http://www.nytimes.com/…/politics/donald-trump-soho-settlem…

6. http://www.politifact.com/…/donald-trump-gets-full-flop-wh…/

7. https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-russian-connections/

8. https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-russian-connections/

9. http://www.vanityfair.com/…/2…/03/wendi-deng-note-tony-blair

10. The Crisis of Russian Democracy: The Dual State, Factionalism and the Medvedev Succession, By Richard Sakwa, Cambridge University Press 2011, page 135 (via wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Abramovich

11. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/…/rupert-murdoch-wendi-den…

12. http://www.nydailynews.com/…/garry-kasparov-vetting-donald-…

Related articles:

Trump’s personal relationship with Putin (multiple statements from before he was running for President) — http://www.politifact.com/…/donald-trump-gets-full-flop-wh…/

Washington Post – Trump’s ties to Putin: http://wapo.st/2hCCeLW

https://ig.ft.com/sites/trumps-russian-connections/

http://fortune.com/2016/11/02/donald-trump-alfa-bank/

Communications between Trump Tower and Russia — Slate: http://slate.me/2gIWGsG

Testimonial that Russia has been working to make Trump an asset:

http://www.motherjones.com/…/veteran-spy-gave-fbi-info-alle…

Senator Harry Reid’s statements:
http://www.vox.com/…/2016/12/12/139…/harry-reid-trump-russia

Photo: From left: Ivanka Trump, Dasha Zhukova and Karlie Kloss (September 2016)
(http://dailym.ai/2hAUAdn)

(with a shout out to the GOP: #MakeAmericaGreatAgain)

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