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Leonhardt writes: "How Bruce Ohr, President Trump's latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia."

Robert Mueller. (photo: Brooks Craft LLC/Getty Images/Corbis)
Robert Mueller. (photo: Brooks Craft LLC/Getty Images/Corbis)

The Urgent Question of Trump and Money Laundering

By David Leonhardt, The New York Times

11 September 18

How Bruce Ohr, President Trump’s latest Twitter target, fits a suspicious pattern of behavior on Russia.

onald Trump has a long history of doing what he thinks is best for Donald Trump. If he needs to discard friends, allies or wives along the way, so be it. “I’m a greedy person,” he has explained.

It’s important to keep this trait in mind when trying to make sense of the Russia story. Trump’s affinity for Russia, after all, is causing problems for him. It has created tensions with his own staff and his Republican allies in Congress. Most voters now believe he has something to hide. And the constant talk of Russia on television clearly enrages Trump.

He could make his life easier if only he treated Vladimir Putin the way he treats most people who cause problems — and cast Putin aside. Yet Trump can’t bring himself to do so.


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+13 # Working Class 2018-09-11 09:55
This is the key to the entire Russian - Trump puzzle. There is little doubt that the Trump organization has been a safe haven for Russian money launders since the US banks turned there backs on Trump.
0 # lfeuille 2018-09-11 18:56
Yes, money laundering is the key to Trumps affinity to Russia. But it is a leap to assume Putin is in charge of the laundry. Maybe Trump thinks sucking up to him will facilitate his aims of breaking into the Russian real estate market, but so far there is no evidence that is true. Trumps attitude toward Putin seems to be that of one using exaggerated flattery to get what he wants, but Putin more often than not seems to be embarrassed by this attention.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-12 05:53
"He could make his life easier if only he treated Vladimir Putin the way he treats most people who cause problems — and cast Putin aside. "

The NYT needs to read the news. Trump has done this. Sanctions on Russia continue to escalate, Trump and Putin won't meet for a second time, the US is moving more and more troops and weapons right up to Russia's borders, the Obama/Clinton Nazis in Ukraine are getting more weapons and money. What else does he need to do -- other than pronounce the words that the NYT demands of him.

There's nothing wrong or illegal about making a financial deal with Russians. That's the principle of neo-liberalism, the fundamental law of the US. Capital can move freely around the world with almost no government regulations. There are 1000s of Americans who have all sorts of business relations with Russians.

It is only that the NYT and the rest of the US media has gone full Joe McCarthy and is claiming that anything to do with a Russian is treason. My name is Russian so I'm a traitor. I'm convinced that most of the red thumbs I get are because I have a Russian name.

I'm surprised that Mueller has not made anything of Trump's finances. It should be easy to find some fraud in there. Fraud charges can easily be made up by any federal prosecutor. Fraud is just a gap in information. Maybe it is coming. Or maybe Mueller knows that a president can't be impeached for things done before he got into office. We'll see.
-1 # BetaTheta 2018-09-12 09:38
Trump has been dragged, kicking and screaming, to the sanctions. And, as another current article on RSN notes, often the most serious part of a scandal is the legal stuff.

By the way, Porfiry doesn't get the red thumbs, except perhaps from you. It's about the lame ideas, not the identity.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-12 12:59
BT -- the NYT just wants Trump to join the Joe McCarthy chorus and blame Russia for everthing from Hurricane Florence to whatever. The new cold warriors are creating a common discourse in the US which frames the cold war. Trump's not doing that part. That's really what they want. It is how propaganda works.

Porphiry is the police. No one red thumbs the police on a law and order site like this one.
+2 # relegn 2018-09-12 06:00
Our Supreme Leader acts like a man guilty of criminal activity because he is guilty of criminal activity. If it quacks like a duck it probably has feathers.
-1 # DongiC 2018-09-12 22:11
It has been the greatest accomplishment for Russian intelligence since stealing the secret of the atom bomb, this capture of an American President in a web of corruption. Face it, Putin owns Donald Trump. Money laundering, sexual profligacy, illegal business deals, illegal campaign expenditures are all being exposed now by a slew of investigative reporters. Never in the history of our republic has there been such a mess of deceit and falsehood stemming from one family - the Trumps.

When Mueller is finished with his investigations, Trump will rank with Benedict Arnold and Jules and Ethel Rosenbergs on the treason scale. Plus, the Republican Party will be shattered by its failure to take a stand against this morally flawed human being who has lived such a charmed life in the midst of such evil. Anything and everything for riches and power is what the GOP now represents.

I thinkTrump is heasding for jail for giving aid and comfort to our enemy (treason) and the Republican Party is on the way to oblivion for its massive dereliction of duty in these dangerous times. Let the sunshine of truth fall upon our land illuminating what is really happening. May liberty prevail and the research continue - for as long as necessary.
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-09-13 14:15
Dong -- "this capture of an American President in a web of corruption. Face it, Putin owns Donald Trump."

Do you have any real proofs for any of this. I know the mass media has been saying it over and over and over. But we know that the first rule of propaganda is that if you repeat something often enough people believe it. Still there is no proof for this thesis by Christopher Steele and his co-writers in the CIA and Fusion GPS.

Rational people need proof for the claims they make. I would be ready immediately to believe this is there were sufficient proof.

We can't have a decent society if people don't insist on the integrity of their own reason. They must not accept what leaders say without also demanding the proof.
-1 # DongiC 2018-09-13 19:12
RodRas, try looking at Trump's connections with Russian Mafia figures as detailed in "House of Trump, House of Putin" by Craig Unger. He shows the connections between Trump and various Russian Mafia figures who purchased many of Trump's condominiums and who, in effect, bailed out Sir Donald after his Atlantic City bandruptcies, Christopher Steele was one crack superspy and I wonder how you a layman can even question his findings. Where is your evidence, comrade, for your fanciful charges against him?

Based on the numerous posts you have made here at RSN, I doubt very much if you would abandon your positions no matter how much proof. Judging friom the vast number of red marks you receive, I think the readership of RSN agrees with me.

To have a decent society we must have critical thinking. This involves gathering the evidence, evaluating it, applying our reason, making judgments and being ready to make changes in our approach when necessary. If you want more proof on Trump's corruption just look at the sorry group of individuals he has appointed to federal office from Vose to Carson to Phillips to Pruitt and Manafort was his campaign manager for a while in 2916. When it comes to integrity, Trump and his team rate a clear "F".

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