Halkbank / Gaetz / Giuliani / Putin / Internet Research Agency / Putin’s Chef / Money Laundering / Wikileaks
Gaetz buddy & #2 donor (Brian Ballard) is the chief lobbyist for Erdogan and the Turkish bank Halkbank.
GOP regional finance chair.
major Trump donor
sat on Trump transition & Trump Inaugural Committee
Pam Bondi – former Florida AG, also a registered FARA agent through Ballard for Qatar (Kushner). She also dropped the Trump University after getting a donation. and was on his defense team for his Ukraine scandal/impeachment.
Bondi lobbied for a pardon from Trump for Brian Ballard’s sister
Giuliani’s indicted Mob partners Parnas and Fruman promised access to Trump via Halkbank FARA-agent Brian Ballard and Pence’s chief of staff in exchange for cash
Giuliani’s client, Reza Zarrab implicated Turkey’s Erdoğan in their crimes from a New York courtroom in late 2017.
Zarrab (from Azerbaijan, who evaded Iran sanctions) lived in Trump Tower Istanbul
May, 2015, the Trump Org was informed that it’s deal in Azerbaijan laundering operation run by Iran’s was likely part of a money IRGC and, specifically, the part of the IRGC that seeks WMD. Their attorney, Alan Garten admitted to this.
more on Halkbank:
Prigozhin (Putin’s Chef / Internet Research Agency / Troll farm) was using a series of shell companies via Halkbank to launder money into his troll efforts.
Steve Bannon testified that Roger Stone was the Trump Campaign’s conduit to WikiLeaks.
”Shortly after Organization 1’s release, an associate of the high-ranking Trump Campaign official sent a text message to STONE that read ‘well done.’” (Page 9of indictment)
the bipartisan (GOP – led) senate intelligence committee said it “found significant evidence to suggest that, in the summer of 2016, WikiLeaks was knowingly collaborating with Russian government officials.” (208)
Tillerson refused to intervene in Halkbank case later saying publicly (on why he quit): So often, the President would say here’s what I want to do and here’s how I want to do it and I would have to say to him, Mr. President I understand what you want to do but you can’t do it that way. It violates the law.”
02/15/20: CNN reports US Attorney Berman rebuffed Barr’s attempt to drop prosecution of Halkbank
Reporter behind Panama Papers story, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was murdered by a car bomb in Malta.
Mar 30/20 – Trump/Putin phone call Apr 9, 10, 12, 25: Trump/Putin phone call
May 1: news reporting that “Trump admin is now hiding information about Taliban Attacks in Afghanistan” 🧐🧐 (so ethics watchdogs already were asking about this)
May 7: Trump/Putin phone call
5/21/20: President Trump announces that the United States would withdraw from the 1992 Open Skies Treaty
Jun 1 Trump/Putin phone call
Jun 3: Trump said it was “common sense” for Russia to return to G7
6/5/20: US drops charges against banker she was investigating. Iranian banker & former chair of Pilatus bank Ali Sadr Hasheminejad. He was ALREADY found guilty of a $115 million dollar scheme through Venezuela.
06/17/20: Bolton book reveals Trump promised Erdoğan he’d replace SDNY prosecutors
06/20/20 Trump-Barr fire Berman
Hillary Clinton 2016: “Turkey is at war with the Kurds…If Turkey cuts off the Trump Organization’s cash flow from Istanbul, will Trump allow that to you influence how the U.S. juggles the interests of these 2 critical allies?”
Trump on 10/8: “in no way have we Abandoned the Kurds, who are special people and wonderful fighters.”
Trump on 10/16: “They’re (the Kurds) not angels. They’re not angels, if you take a look.”