Mueller’s team is now questioning at least three Russian oligarchs on whether they donated money to Donald Trump’s campaign.
The approach to Russian oligarchs in recent weeks may reflect that Mueller’s team has already obtained records or documents that it has legal jurisdiction over and can get easily, one source said, and now it’s a “wish list” to see what other information they can obtain from Russians entering the US or through their voluntary cooperation.
Mueller really does love to meet people at the airport. His people stopped two of the Russians as they arrived.
In January, FBI agents stopped and questioned George Nader, a Middle East specialist, when he arrived at Washington Dulles International Airport….
Ted Malloch, a self-described informal Trump campaign adviser, last week issued a statement saying he was stopped in Boston when returning from an international trip by FBI agents who took his cellphone and questioned him about Republican political operative Roger Stone and WikiLeaks.
George Papadopoulos, too, if I recall correctly.
The CNN piece doesn’t name the Russians, but one of them may be Viktor Vekselberg, owner of the conglomerate mentioned here. Or this may be in addition to the others.
Earlier this year, as Donald Trump, then the president-elect, was trying to counter news reports that Russia had hacked the 2016 election to help him win, the head of the American subsidiary of a Russian conglomerate owned by a Russian oligarch with close ties to President Vladimir Putin made a huge donation to Trump.
On January 6—the day the US intelligence community reported that Putin had approved a covert operation to subvert the presidential campaign to assist Trump—Andrew Intrater donated $250,000 to Trump’s inauguration fund.
And then there’s the ever-popular Konstantin Kilimnik, who found himself a partner in Sam Patten, a lobbyist and political hand who just happens to have worked previously for Cambridge Analytica. I’m going to let you read this one yourself, because it’s too complicated to extract.
Yesterday’s Russia news was that Mueller intends to write a report, which may or may not find its way into our hot little hands.
My current bottom line is that there are multiple Russian connections to people around Trump. No other President has had this kind of connection with a hostile country. In my opinion, he should be impeached for what is known publicly. Of course, the Republican Congress won’t do that, so you know how you have to vote in November.
Update: The New York Times joins tonight’s newsdump. Apparently George Nader has some connections to Russia, mainly helping to sell Russian weapons to Iraq, but not confined to that. Part of this story hit me personally. Another of Nader’s connections is Joel Zamel, the CEO of Wikistrat. Some years back, Zamel asked me to join Wikistrat. He had maybe a couple dozen consultants at the time. One was one of Nixon’s far-right idiots, I can’t recall which. I couldn’t be in an organization with that person, I told Zamel. We have a diversity of opinion, he said. I just couldn’t, and now I’m glad I didn’t!