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Mueller Investigating Russian Payments Made by Trump Tower Meeting Organizers
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=45337"><span class="small">John Bowden, The Hill</span></a>   
Friday, 21 September 2018 12:30

Bowden writes: "Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating millions of dollars paid between two organizers of the Trump Tower meeting that involved Donald Trump Jr., top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton."

Robert Mueller. (photo: NBC)
Robert Mueller. (photo: NBC)

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Mueller Investigating Russian Payments Made by Trump Tower Meeting Organizers

By John Bowden, The Hill

21 September 18


pecial counsel Robert Mueller is investigating millions of dollars paid between two organizers of the Trump Tower meeting that involved Donald Trump Jr., top Trump campaign aides and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary Clinton.

BuzzFeed News reports that Mueller's team is examining $3.3 million in payments between Aras Agalarov — a real estate developer and Russian billionaire with close ties to both President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin — and Agalarov's longtime employee, Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze.

Kaveladze, who was also involved in planning the June 2016 meeting that Trump associates say resulted in no cooperation between Moscow and the Trump campaign, has been investigated in the past for money laundering, according to BuzzFeed News.

Officials at three separate banks raised concerns about the legality of the transactions, according to BuzzFeed, though the documents obtained by the news site do not show that the money was linked to the Trump Tower meeting.

The money began moving on June 3, the same day that Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort met with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya at Trump Tower in Manhattan, according to the documents.

Four federal law enforcement officials told BuzzFeed that Mueller's office is investigating the transactions, though the special counsel's office declined to comment to BuzzFeed.

Scott Balber, an attorney for the two Russian men named in the documents, dismissed insinuations that the money was used for purposes related to the meeting.

“This looks like complete nonsense," Balber said. "It’s obvious the events of June 2016 have been a focal point of the special counsel’s investigation, various congressional inquiries, tremendous media attention and the like. We are in the lens of that reality, so it doesn’t surprise me that there’s been some flyspecking, some gross overreporting by a number of financial institutions."

Manafort, who at the time was Trump's campaign chairman, struck a plea deal with Mueller's team earlier this month, allowing him to avoid a second criminal trial on the heels of one in August where a jury convicted him on eight counts of bank and tax fraud.

The deal signed by Manafort includes a "cooperation agreement" with the special counsel's office, according to court filings. Manafort and other current and former Trump officials have long denied any collusion with Russia during the 2016 election.

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-13 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-22 09:23
This story is woefully incomplete in its description of the organizers of the Trump Tower meeting. Here are the people who were their and their associations. It is clear that the meeting was "organized" by Fusion GPS as a part of the work being done by CIA operative Stefan Halper and MI6, very much parallel to the way George Papadopolus was approached by Joseph Mifsud and later Alexander Downer with stories about the same Russian Dirt on Hillary.

Trump campaign staff:
Donald Trump Jr. --

Paul Manafort – left after about few minutes

Jared Kushner – left after about few minutes

MI6 assets:
Rob Goldstone – long time bag man for
Richard Dearlove and MI6

Natalia Veselnitskaya: Russian lawyer. Dinner with Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS before and after the Trump Tower Meeting. Then left for Washington to meet with Michael McFaul, Obama’s ambassador to Russia. They went to a congressional hearing together.

Rinat Akhmetshin: Russian born, now American citizen lobbyist. Worked for Fusion GPS. Also worked for Clinton campaign.

Anatoli Samochornov: Russian-English translator, long time work for Fusion GPS

Ike Kaveladze: Russian-America n businessman who worked for Fusion GPS.

Clearly Fusion GPS was the organizer and driver of this meeting. The meeting has to be seen as a campaign trick set up by Fusion to implicate the Trump campaign in a Russia deal. No dirt on Hillary was discussed or transmitted.
+2 # Blackjack 2018-09-22 12:58
RR, does Mueller know about you? With all the insight you can offer on the Russian connection,sure ly he would want to put you on his investigative payroll! In fact, I don't see how he can possibly manage without you.
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-22 15:27
BJ -- all my sources are published in pretty common journals, websites, newspapers, etc. I'm sure Mueller's Probers keep up with all of them.

If Mueller were running an honest and real investigation, he'd be looking into the MI6 + Fusion GPS relations. Every time Russian Dirt on Hillary is mentioned, there's an MI6 person behind it. Christopher Steele is only the most obvious. But it does not appear that Mueller is interested in this part of the story. In fact, he's still running the CIA/MI6 covert op.

At least we know. The Trump Jr. meeting was a sting operation.