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JM Ashby
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In other news, federal authorities have identified over $40 million in "suspicious" transactions (read: possible money laundering) linked to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort. That's up from the $18 million identified in Mueller's indictment of Manafort.

Meanwhile, Alex van der Zwaan, a lawyer with a firm in London that does work for Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs, is expected to plead guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with former Trump deputy campaign manager Rick Gates and his work on behalf of former Ukrainian president and pro-Russian stooge Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort also worked for Kanukovych.

This is a deep rabbit hole.

Last year, van der Zwaan married the daughter of Russian oligarch German Khan, according to the London Tatler. Khan is a shareholder of Alfa Group, a Russian banking and investment concern, and a board member at LetterOne Holdings, the investment vehicle set up by the founders of Alfa Group. A spokesman for Khan didn’t immediately provide a comment. [...]

Van der Zwaan is accused of misleading investigators about the last time he talked with Gates when he was questioned Nov. 3 by U.S. authorities regarding the work. He told investigators that his last contact with Gates was an innocuous text message in mid-August 2016, when they actually spoke the following month about the Tymoshenko report in a call the lawyer secretly recorded, the information says.

Prosecutors say van der Zwaan lied about his talks with someone else, who they identified only as Person A. The lawyer told investigators he last spoke with Person A in 2014, when in fact they spoke in September 2016 during the secretly recorded call with Gates.

Finally, Trump is trying to bring back pre-existing conditions again and it will increase premiums for everyone else.

  • ninjaf

    Alfa Bank also had that pinging server with the Trump campaign that has yet to be publicly explained (which makes me think it is under Mueller’s investigation; hardly a peep about it anywhere).

    • Badgerite

      Oh, I hope so. I always thought that connection between a server in trump tower and one run by a Russian ‘bank’ was incredibly suspicious. I’ve never understood why this was not a bigger deal during the campaign.

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