How One Man Influenced The Republican Party’s Transformation Into The Grand Old Putin Party Part 1 of a 10 part series: the Grand Old Putin Party
Dr. Edward Lozansky (2nd from right) pictured with Paul Weyrich (3rd from right) and Robert Krieble (2nd from left) giving out the Freedom and Democracy Pin. Lozansky’s partner Moscow Mayor Povov (bottom left). The Republican Party’s dramatic shift into America’s pro-Russian party and subsequent election of Donald Trump as President shocked the world. An even more surprising development has been watching the Republican Party circle the wagons around a Donald Trump whose entire campaign has high level Russian contacts, and their slavish devotion to the President — a womanizing pathological liar — as he attacks everyone in the world with shameless lies, except Vladimir Putin Trump has nothing but gushing bromance and tweets of praise for Putin. One man isn’t surprised. Dr. Edward Dmitrievich Lozansky. The true story of a Soviet emigrant and his journey from anti-communist dissident to establishment to Putinist reveals a deeper truth about the Republican Party. Edward Lozansky was most likely another one of “The Americans,” but plainly he was the big one who got away. He literally wrote the book in Russian on how to lobby The Hill. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s company “International Relations” was Lozansky’s publisher. His story tells how GOP has been ideologically captured by Russian oil money and a Trump campaign built upon Putinism — the politics of hate, oligarchy and lies, especially lies — all of which Dr. Lozansky fed the highest ranks of the Republican Party apparatus with the opportunity to do business in oil-rich Russia. These are the Chapters of the Grand Old Putin Party:
1. Prologue — Continues Below 2. Putin’s Propagandist Eerily Predicted Trump’s Relationship With General Flynn and Dana Rohrabacher Last Year 3. Putin’s Favorite Congressman Secretly Met With Paul Manafort After The FBI Warned Russian Agents Were Recruiting Him 4. The GOP’s Favorite Russian Professor Spent Decades Building Conservative Ties To Moscow 5. American University In Moscow: Linked To Russian State, But Fake Like TrumpU 6. Here’s Lozansky Introducing Republicans To The Father Of Russian Foreign Intelligence — And Putin’s Mentor 7. Soviet Human Rights Activists Believed Lozansky Worked With Russian Intelligence 8. From Orange Revolution To “Stars And Stripes Revolution” 9. Opinion: Edward Lozansky’s Russia Lobby Compromised The Republican Party 10. Opinion: Without Ed Lozansky, Trump-Russia Could Not Have Happened
Prologue Republican ideology and the party’s gradual Russification culminated in their turn towards Putin this year. The roots of the GOP sea change didn’t happen overnight, and weren’t solely a product of Trump’s political machinations.
It was the product of GOP leadership changing direction after decades of radical ideology, and fueled by Russian state-connected oil money ever since super lobbyist Jack Abramoff began doing business with NaftaSib in the 1990s until his prosecution in the mid-2000s whereupon ex-Trump Campaign manager Paul Manafort clearly took over the reigns of his Russian oil driven, dark money empire. Even the NRA suddenly changed into a pro-Putin group after some targeted courting with love from Russia’s fake NRA. Gallup reported a seismic shift in Republican opinion towards Vladimir Putin in February 2017. They wrote: A major reason for the overall rise in Putin’s favorable rating this year is Republicans’ more positive views of the Russian leader, from 12% in 2015 to 32% today. This comes at a time when President Donald Trump wants to improve relations with Russia, after somewhat frosty relations between the two countries during Barack Obama’s presidency. Independents’ opinions of Putin also have grown more positive in the last two years, but to a lesser extent than Republicans’. Democrats’ views have become slightly less positive, with just 10% viewing Putin favorably today. He Formed The First Young Republicans Club In The Soviet Union, But Soured On America After Ukraine’s Orange Revolution Russian emigrant Edward Lozansky became a Republican shortly after arriving in America with an improbable story that led to Capital Hill and a 40-year career which has evolved into him becoming the dean of the Putin apologist propagandists in Washington, D.C.
Left: Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak at a World Russia Forum, with Dr. Edward Lozansky speaking in Washington, D.C. The anti-communist crusader emigrated from Moscow to the United States via Rome in 1977 and since then quickly managed to ingratiate himself into the highest level of American politics and stay there for four decades. Today, he’s sharing space in Moscow with Vladimir Putin’s top propagandist in Eastern Ukraine with his fake university. Within months of arrival, his Soviet-themed Romeo and Juliet story of family separation became the lever through which he made friends in western New York’s Jewish community and how his story was quickly carried to the floor of the United States Congress by his Republican representative in the House. Just weeks later, even President Jimmy Carter was lobbying for the cause of reuniting Lozansky and his family on the world stage. Two years later, he joined the Young Republicans, and his wife Tatiana formed the first Young Republicans Chapter behind the Iron Curtain — just after Senators Jack Kemp and Bob Dole enacted a marriage in absentia ceremony for the Lozanskys inside the Capitol. After Republicans rejected Putin’s invasion of Crimea in 2014, Lozansky’s love story with the GOP took an especially bitter, tragic twist. Russian propaganda — and very specifically Dr. Lozansky’s opinion — holds the United States responsible for Eastern European “color” revolutions which have overthrown oppressive regimes, oligarchies and kleptocracies like exiled Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych. It’s a viewpoint which for good reason, has drawn quite vociferous American dissent. The Republican Party’s thorough indoctrination into the right-wing of Russian politics didn’t happen overnight. Lozansky’s World Russia Forum invited people to Washington, D.C. for decades, often into the Senate’s inner sanctum. His issues were on the floor of Congress since the late 1970s. Through his friendship Paul Weyrich, Lozansky was involved in the conservative movement nearby the one man who created of nearly every significant conservative group — from A.L.E.C. to the Council for National Policy to the Free Congress Foundation, Heritage Foundation and the Krieble Foundation — which started in the 1980s and consumed Republican political thought in the 2000s and to this day. He was also close with the Cato Institute. Through the years, his associates from Russia and his associates in the United States government came to a singular conclusion about first Lozansky’s activities, and later with the entire Russia lobby’s attributes. They both leaned heavily towards right-wing or Republican politics, and rarely if ever towards Democrats. Disingenuously, Lozansky had blamed that bias on lacking access to the elite Clinton administration in 2000 when the Navy’s CNA Corp. sponsored the World Russia forum. His friend Paul Weyrich told C-SPAN during the coup which ended Soviet rule, that he had personally “trained” the Russian official in charge of privatizing — read: making his friends wealthy on sweetheart deals — state-run companies and assets for President Boris Yeltsin all the way through 1996. In retrospect, it seems plain that Dr. Lozansky targeted the conservative movement and Republican party with his Russian propaganda efforts. And the professor’s efforts to Russianize the Republican Party succeeded to a terrifying degree. https://thesternfacts.com/how-one-man-i ... 1589792320
The real question isn't whether Trump Sr or Trump Jr dictated statement abt June 9 meeting. It's whether Putin did.
Whatever Putin has over Trump, Trump appears more afraid of Putin than he is of Mueller.
Putin’s Propagandist Eerily Predicted Trump’s Relationship With General Flynn and Dana Rohrabacher Last Year
Part 2 of a 10 part series: the Grand Old Putin Party
Professor Ed Lozansky tells Russian TV that Donald Trump’s most important foreign advisor is Gen. Michael Flynn weeks before the Republican announced his foreign policy team. A former Soviet physicist announced on Russian television that Donald Trump’s campaign hired its most important members — General Michael Flynn and Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) — over two weeks before the Republican candidate spoke publicly about his foreign policy advisors last year for the first time. And he predicted a “color revolution” in the United States. This report also reveals the former professor who made those predictions, Dr. Edward Lozansky is the common denominator in Russia’s cyber war department, which interfered in the United States 2016 elections and is also doing Putin’s daily PR dirty work in Eastern Ukraine. Research indicates that Lozansky’s American University in Moscow shares an office with Donetsk Republic Spokesman Alexander Kazakov aka “The Cossack” and both men report to Putin’s high ranking deputy in charge of Eastern Ukrainian affairs, Vladislav Surkov, inside the Kremlin. Lozansky Knew That General Flynn Was Trump’s Key Foreign Advisor Before The Team Was Announced Dr. Lozansky delivered remarkably insightful news to Vestnik Kavkaza — a Russian news outlet for the Caucasus — about Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisors. It was a worldwide scoop: Among the foreign policy advisers of Trump are Michael Flynn, the former head of the US foreign intelligence, that is called the GRU in Russia. Another adviser is Dana Rohrabacher, a Congressman, the chairman of the subcommittee on international affairs, he was Reagan’s speechwriter, and behind him there are also former pillars of the Republican Party of the Reagan era. Lozansky also said, “I think Clinton will win, unless the FBI stops her.” The Washington Post revealed a key piece of Russian disinformation, which targeted the FBI and Director James Comey, and was a key factor in his unusual decision to go public in the Clinton email case. Dr. Lozansky’s eerily prescient Russian television interview took place on or before March 4th, 2016.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9K6d6bgItx4 Dr. Edward Lozansky speaks on Russian television on March 5th, 2016 and talks about the importance of General Michael Flynn and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) to the Trump campaign. This video has better translation in the Closed Captioning. Original Vestinik Kavkaza video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yDF1HOFxfM (Here’s an English Transcript, subtitles with auto-translate recommended.) What makes Dr. Lozansky’s remarks about Flynn and Rohrabacher truly extraordinary is that Donald Trump himself only revealed his list of foreign policy advisors to WaPo on March 21st, 2016. That’s when Trump famously declared Carter Page, Ph.D. at the top of the list, and inspiring ridicule for naming an advisor that listed Model UN experience on his resume. Nowhere was General Flynn or Rep. Rohrabacher on Trump’s list. A bombshell report from Washington Post revealed that House Republican leadership knew last June — three months after Dr. Lozansky’s affable commentary — that then-candidate Trump and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) were being funded by Russia. Sure enough, just as Lozansky predicted, Reagan Republicans began to factor heavily into the Trump campaign’s foreign affairs. At the time, Rep. Rohrabacher was a public Ted Cruz supporter, and claimed the next day on MSNBC that Trump would horrify Nancy Reagan. Indeed, Trump’s rise was linked to the re-appearance a small army of former Reagan Republicans, just as Dr. Lozansky presciently predicted: Paul Manafort, Trump Campaign Manager ran the southern region of Reagan’s 1980 campaign, where he implemented the GOP’s infamously racist “Southern Strategy” designed by Lee Atwater, his late partner in Black, Manafort, Stone, Kelly. Richard Burt, former Reagan State Department official and Ambassador to Germany Ex-felon Bud McFarlane, who served as Reagan’s National Security Advisor, with campaign duties unknown to Trump. He showed up during the transition to endorse K.T. McFarland, a Flynn-linked Deputy NSA who got caught giving Trump fake news. Jack Abramoff, the villainous Republican super-lobbyist and College Republicans founder, whose last scandal sent himself multiple House GOP Congressmen to jail for felonies. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was nominated to a federal judgeship by Reagan in 1986. Dr. Lozansky presciently predicted that America would undergo a revolution at the ballot box last year, without the “burning of tires and Maidan” like Ukraine. He told Russian TV with a sly smile last March that his name for the coming revolution was so good he ‘should patent it’: “The ‘Stars and Stripes’ revolution.” Ironically, Lozansky’s website RussiaHouse.org published this shamelessly opposite story accusing Hillary Clinton of disinformation for claiming that Russia was waging a color war against America — which she could amply do after watching the propagandist’s video remarks. In July 2015, Lozansky also wrote a story entitled “Reagan team against Obama and Congress” where he named his dream team to fight for Russia: Among them several of the team of Ronald Reagan — his speechwriter Dana Rohrabacher, former ambassadors Jack Matlock and Chas Freeman, Assistant US Treasury Secretary in the Reagan administration Paul Craig Roberts (Paul Craig Roberts), Head department of public Relations in the Reagan administration Patrick Buchanan, director of budget management in the Reagan administration David Stockman, a former CIA intelligence analyst Raymond McGovern, preparing the President’s daily briefs, former Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs, Anthony Salvia and others. One of Ronald Reagan’s former Ambassadors — turned Alfa Bank lobbyist — Richard Burt, arrived with white papers for Sessions, as if on cue.
Lozansky is far right in the photo. President Reagan declares Andrei Sakharov Day at the White House in May 1983.. Source: http://sandygradinger.com/page170.html Event: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=41339 Burt continued to represent the Nord Stream II pipeline project for Russian state-owned gas company Gazprom up until March. Richard Burt’s also the Managing Director of McLarty Associates, a conservative Washington lobbying firm which used to be partners with Henry Kissinger. Reagan’s former National Security Advisor, the convicted felon Bud McFarlane, played an unknown role in the campaign and transition. Both Burt and McFarlane played key roles in Trump’s first major foreign policy speech at the Mayflower Hotel on April 27th, 2016. Richard Burt even wrote Trump’s speech at the Mayflower Hotel. Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions was a previous Reagan appointee who failed notoriously nominated at Senate confirmation of his federal judgeship.
American University In Moscow Shares An Unusual Home Address With Putin’s Eastern Ukrainian Propagandist
Dr. Lozansky, did teach Mathematics and Physics at George Washington University and American University in Washington, D.C. decades ago, but he started the American University in Moscow in 1990. Now he’s described on Izvestia as a “Social Sciences” professor where he declares Donald Trump’s problems a “witch hunt.” Lacking a staff, a campus, instructor or diplomas, Lozansky’s American University in Moscow today is no more real than Trump University. His Twitter handle proclaims that he is “President and Founder of the American University in Moscow and the World Russia Forum. Professor of Moscow State and National Research Nuclear Universities,” and he appears regularly to pitch Putin propaganda in both Russian and Western media — like BBC — to give his perspective as a US citizen and Trump voter under that title.
A search of the Russian version of the ‘White Pages,’ reveals that Lozansky’s “University” shares a swank Moscow address with the Center for Liberal Conservative Politics (here’s another directory) which was founded by long time Lozansky associate Arkady Musharev. Today, the Center for Liberal Conservative Politics is headed by a man nicknamed “the Cossack” who none one of Putin’s top propagandists named Aleksandr Kazakov (aka Alexander Kazakov). Kazakov’s role as an advisor to the Donetsk Republic puts him directly in charge of the daily messaging for a breakaway Russian Republic and ties him directly to the Kremlin. Recently leaked emails show Alexander Kazakoff reports back to “Kremlin Puppetmaster” Vadislav Surkov — a top Putin deputy sanctioned by the EU for his “special war” efforts — who is considered so important to Russian efforts in the region, that he was sent to Berlin to negotiate about the future of Ukraine recently. Amazingly, the address information and recent report from the Guardian independently confirms a leaked 2009 email that Wikileaks released in a cache of emails stolen from top private US intelligence company Stratfor. The CIA contractor believed then, that that Dr. Lozansky also reports to Vladislav Surkov. Ukraine fact checking website StopFake reports that Kazakov is definitely on Putin’s official payroll as “an ‘ideological curator’ whose job is to improve the rebel leader’s image”: Russian official newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta, which also lists Mr. Kazakov as a deputy director of the ZPK. The consulting firm has its offices in a modern office tower in downtown Moscow. On its website, the ZPK boasts about its “collaboration with the presidential administration,” abbreviated as AP. The AP is a well-known and powerful institution in Russia, Moscow’s counterpart to the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, but with more clout. It is President Putin’s power center. Here’s the directory listings for American University in Moscow and Kazakov’s think tank:
Was The Father Of Russia’s Lobbying Efforts in America An Unregistered Foreign Agent?
The totality of an overwhelming body of written and photographic evidence suggests that Dr. Lozansky is acting as an unregistered agent of the Russian state. However, without proof of foreign payments linked to his activities, that would be impossible to prove. However, Dr. Edward Lozansky literally wrote the book in Russian on how to lobby in America. Then Russian Foreign Ministry’s company imprint “International Relations” was Lozansky’s publisher. Furthermore, the relationship between Lozansky’s American University in Moscow is unclear, though his website claims that the “school” is housed on that public school campus. Just like General Flynn’s FARA registration resulted from a contract with a state-connected company, one can easily argue that Edward Lozansky should have registered as a foreign agent of the Russian Federation long ago. Our research uncovered this Novus Corporation FARA registration, which is pretty striking evidence that someone knew Edward Lozansky is far closer with the Russian state than previously disclosed. (embedded below) Novus filed under for lobbying work performed in 1991 on behalf of the Russian Republic, distinct from its former client states. The Novus filing lists Edward Lozansky’s Russia House as the Russian government’s official “foreign trade organization.”
Excerpt from FARA registration for Russian Republic in 1991. Lozansky founded Russia House, uses the name to this day, and the actual house in DC is still around, though in October it was put up for sale. Dr. Lozansky knows the rules on Foreign Agent Registration well, but in a 2007 very defensive interview, he specified that he preferred not to register as an agent of the Russian Federation — while he hosted annual events at their Embassy and brought their Ambassador to the halls of Congress and published books with the Russian Foreign Ministry — because it would “not appeal to him at all.” He claimed that restaurant income from Russia House provided him an income.
Novus’ board of directors included two Americans citizens, who both passed away in 2013 and both were eulogized in the Washington Post. It was formed the day before the FARA registration. Six months after this FARA registration, the Russian Soviet government fell in a coup. Three months after that, Lozansky announced the grand opening of “Russia House” at 1800 Connecticut Avenue NW, only blocks away from the US Capitol. L. Ronald Schleman is the man addressed in the pictured letter from the Supreme Soviet. Schleman ended his career as a Senior Advisor in McLarty Associates, the high-powered lobbying firm which had Henry Kissinger as a name partner for many years. Dr. Edward Lozansky’s matter of fact expression of the importance of General Flynn to the Trump Campaign — as well as Rep. Dana Rohrabacher and other Reagan Republicans — betrays an inner knowledge well beyond the realm of speculation. Lozansky’s Moscow address betrays his Kremlin ties. American lobbyists for the Russian Federation betrayed the real reason Lozansky founded Russia House. Dr. Edward Lozansky has been doing this in Washington, D.C. right out in the open for 40 years now. In the halls of Congress. Annually. Just watch this C-SPAN video where Lozansky insults Sen. John McCain in 2008 from the Hart Senate Office building, after the Presidential candidate refused his offer to speak at the World Russia Forum: U.S.-Russia Relations
Putin’s Favorite Congressman Secretly Met With Paul Manafort After The FBI Warned Russian Agents Were Recruiting Him
Part 3 of a 10 part series: the Grand Old Putin Party
Left: Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), with Rep. Steve King (R-IA) in Moscow 2013. Right: Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort Republican Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy believed that Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) was being financed by the Russians, along with Trump. House Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) reaction — to demand silence from the “family” of assembled GOP lawmakers and staff — was a chilling reminder of the political secrets kept at the highest level of our government. The secret that Republicans believed their own candidate for president was cheating, and didn’t breathe a word of their knowledge to the public almost a year since the secret recording of their conversation was made. Rep. Rohrabacher also raised eyebrows recently when he openly admitted to Politico that working with disgraced former Republican super lobbyist, Jack Abramoff. Then, the New York Times reported that FBI Agents warned Representative Rohrabacher in 2012, that Russian intelligence was trying to recruit him, but as some point out, it’s doubtful the strongly pro-Putin Republican would even know if he was turned. The California lawmaker respsonded that he didn’t need the FBI’s warning because, “Russian intelligence has been after me since I was a teenager.” Less than a year after that FBI warning, Congressman Rohrabacher met with Republican operative Paul Manafort — under FBI investigation for his time as Trump’s campaign manager, and shady real estate deals — who had been employed for a long time by Ukraine’s opposition party, the Party of Regions. Unusually, Manafort didn’t file a lobbying registration or register as a foreign agent. Massachusetts lawyer J. Whitfield Larrabee filed a criminal complaint with the Clerk of the House of Representatives over the meeting Manafort wanted to keep secret, and he submitted his documentation (embedded below) to Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller as well. He says that it’s not just a criminal offense by Manafort, but it’s indicative of a secret deal: In lobbying Congressman Rohrabacher in March of 2013, Manafort very likely violated the Lobbying Disclosure Act (“LDA”) and the Foreign Agents Registration Act (“FARA”). FARA requires that detailed disclosures be filed with the Department of Justice. Although he promised to file the required documents, Manafort has failed to do so. The LDA requires that lobbying reports be filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Ex-Congressman Vin Weber, who lobbied Rohrabacher with Manafort, filed a lobbying report. Yet, Manafort, who knows of his filing obligations, has failed to file any lobbying reports in relation to his meeting with Rohrabacher. Manafort knows of his filing obligations, but has continued to violate the law. Perhaps he has made a deal to cooperate with the Department of Justice. It seems likely that the day of reckoning for Manafort cannot be far off.
Who Wants To Be Putin’s Favorite Congressman? Rep. Rohrabacher has earned his public reputation as Putin’s favorite Congressman, and the two men famously met over 20 years ago and arm-wrestled in a St. Petersburg bar. Politico wrote: Rohrabacher’s transformation from Cold Warrior to Kremlin champion has puzzled colleagues. In Rohrabacher’s telling, Americans have gratuitously antagonized Russia instead of seeking common ground against greater threats from China and Islamic terrorism. That worldview has made him a fixture in Russian state media. “ ‘Stupidity hurts us all’: US decision makers ignorant about Russia — Congressman Rohrabacher,” blared a headline in RT, the state-controlled news outlet. “Rohrabacher, who comes from this Reganite background, has totally been turned around,” Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, a non-partisan think tank, said. “Rohrabacher has been on this soapbox for many years and it’s considered outside the norm.” Rep. Rohrabacher met with sanctioned Russian officials last year, while escorting pro-Russia lobbyists around Capitol Hill in opposition to the Magnitsky Act, the global anti-corruption law. Just this month, the Russian tax fraud case that claimed Hermitage Capital’s money and Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky’s life, was settled in a Manhattan federal court, with the plaintiffs winning triple damages in the amount of $5.9 million dollars. Hermitage Capital’s new Russian counsel fell four stories — nearly to his death — just before he could testify earlier this year. Dismissed US Attorney Preet Bharara had been prosecuting the case, but now that it won’t go to trial, the trail of official corruption won’t be exposed publicly. Magnitsky’s killers didn’t admit guilt in the settlement. Rohrabacher has associated with Reagan Administration extremists for decades, such as the vehemently anti-muslim activist Frank Gaffney’s Center for Security Policy, for whom the California Republican presented an award to conservative mega-donor Robert Krieble f0r his efforts in Russia. When the Los Angeles Times asked him about Russian influence in this year’s election, Rohrabacher deployed the Soviet propaganda device whataboutism — a logically fallacious call to hypocrisy — to evade confronting the fact that his friends helped the Republican Party cheat in this year’s elections: “Did they try to influence our election? We have tried to influence their elections, and everybody’s elections. The American people are being fed information that would lead them to believe that we need to be in a war-like stance when it comes to Russia.” Jack Abramoff Returns: He’s The Ghost Of Republican Scandals Past Russian propagandist Dr. Lozansky made prescient remarks — claiming that Rep. Rohrabacher would be involved in Trump’s campaign with with other Reagan supporters — predating Politico’s report in February by almost a year, and hinting at disgraced ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff’s return. The GOP super lobbyist is back to representing foreign powers after spending 3 1/2 years in federal prison after causing a massive Republican party-wide scandal by laundering money for political purposes Naturally, Congressman Rohrabacher confirmed that he’s been working with Jack Abramoff and his mysterious “European” backers on a project purportedly in Africa. Abramoff agreed to act as a liaison between his European friends whom he declined to name, the president of the Republic of Congo, and Rohrabacher to try to establish a coalition of African states to defeat the terrorist group Boko Haram. Abramoff’s friends — who Abramoff said he believes have financial investments in Congo — were in talks with the country’s controversial president, Denis Sassou Nguesso, to try to enlist the United States to support the coalition. Jack Abramoff is now a registered lobbyist for Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash — who got sued for doing business in Manhattan with Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort — and the ex-felon travelled overseas seeking to keep him from being extradited to the US. Firtash is currently wanted by the FBI and awaiting extradition in Austria, and because of his participation in Paul Manafort’s US shady real estate schemes. Firtash is considered by many to be the missing link between Putin and Trump. Republican Super Lobbyist Abramoff Went to Russia, And Brought Back The Oil Money In 1997, Jack Abramoff — a protégé of Paul Weyrich and Robert Krieble — went to work for Russian interests. NaftaSib — the Russian oil company who paid Jack Abramoff and others — may have been part of Gazprom due to the shareholder equity. Sen. John McCain (R-Az.) worked hard to bury the story of Russian oil money flowing into Republican coffers, while everyone focused Jack Abramoff’s role in Indian Casino gambling, and his fraudulent purchase of a fleet of 11 casino boats from Miami Subs restaurant chain founder Gus Boulis. The last convictions in the SunCruz case were handed down in a Florida criminal court in 2015, because the Republican super lobbyist’s partner, Adam Kidan, hired a mafia hitman that murdered Boulis. The Washington Post reported in 2005 that NaftaSib “has business ties with Russian security institutions.”
The Washington Post’s report in 2005 on Russian oil company NaftaSib’s funding for Republican causes NaftaSib set up an offshore shell company in the Bahamas, Chelsea Commercial. Then Chelsea Commercial used Russian oil money to hire lobbyists Jack Abramoff and current Trump administration team member Patrick Pizzella, a conservative who’s worked out of the Council for National Policy offices recently. Abramoff and disgraced former House Majority leader Rep. Tom DeLay (R-Tx.) then had Ed Buckham set up the US Family Network as a cover operation to receive the payments. Then, NaftaSib paid British firm James and Sarch to pay the US Family Network, which would in turn funnel the cash into Jack Abramoff and Tom DeLay’s bank accounts. The US Family Network would also pay the National Center for Public Policy Research with dirty money to fly people to and from Moscow in the late 90s. In January 1998, Abramoff’s American Security Council lobbyists organized a meeting between Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and NaftaSib.
Russia went on to default on their international debts in June 1998, which led to a series of bridge loans from the Washington, D.C. based International Monetary Fund, which House Republicans opposed. (Incidentally, this the very same crisis which led to Yeltsin hiring Putin as the head of the FSB — Russia’s internal security intelligence service — and a few months installing his mentor Yevgeny Primakov as Prime Minister.) That’s when NaftaSib wired a million dollar payment to Rep. DeLay. The Washington Post reports Rep. DeLay was first offered in cash. Barrister David Sarch of the British law firm James & Sarch — who handled arrangements for the payment — died suddenly aged 57, about a month before the single, million dollar check was disbursed. Without much delay, Rep. DeLay was calling on the IMF to fund the loan. And he switched positions. Voted for the IMF loan. Russia got its money. In early November 1998, Center for Liberal Conservative Politics founder Arkady Murashev spoke at Lozansky’s Russia House in Washington about his plans to create a political party in other to continue the Krieble legacy. Later that month, Abramoff flew recently deposed Russian Prime Minister Sergei Kiriyenko out from Russia for a series of high level meetings, for which this itinerary was found in the National Security Caucus Foundations. Jack Abramoff hosted a luncheon at Russia House for Kiriyenko. He also met with the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC), and then with Clinton’s Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright revealed Strobe Talbott’s key role in US-Russia diplomacy in her eulogy for Yevgeny Primakov — where she recalled the “termites” meeting story — which ultimately led to a Russia-NATO agreement. Sen. Helms accused Talbott of spying for Russia the following year. Abramoff would go on to lobby for NaftaSib under a different-dutch shell company called Voor Huisen, until he was caught and sentenced to a 4-year prison term on corruption charges related to his lobbying for conservative causes and fundraising with GOP congressmen. Sergei Kiriyenko would then go on to become the leader of the political party Murashev was talking about, called the Union of Right Forces, and starting in 2005 he spent 11 years atop Rosatom — the Russian version of the Department of Energy, which oversees civilian power generation, as well as technology exports in the sector. In October 2016, Vladimir Putin surprisingly appointed Sergey Kiriyenko as his First Deputy Chief of Staff, a powerful position in the Kremlin in charge of domestic policy. Kremlin watchers named Kiriyenko public relations prowess as the reason for his appointment, though they lamented his construction of a culture of absolute secrecy at Rosatom, which they believe could be used to cover up a Chernobyl-style disaster, at a time when 2/3rd’s of Russia’s aging nuclear reactors need refurbishment or retirement. Congressman Rohrabacher would go on to become one of the more eccentric members of Congress for decades. According to Rohrabacher’s hometown newspaper’s recent report on 21 years of articles in which they call him “OC’s grossest, Whiniest, Congress-loser.” They wrote: United States Representative Dana Tyrone Rohrabacher is a draft-dodging chicken hawk; a fashionably retarded wingnut; an asteroid-fearing, climate-change-denying free-market anarchist/libertarian/Yaffer; a folk-singing dope smoker who once wrote for the Orange County Register op-ed pages, then speeches for then-President Reagan, before parlaying the latter gig into a successful first run for Congress in 1988 with the help of his pal Ollie North and a pledge to support term limits. He has not left the House since. Rep. Rohrabacher’s open entanglement with ex-felon lobbyist Jack Abramoff should concern partisans on both sides of the aisle that there’s a shady deal on progress between the forgotten Republican operative and the pro-Russia congressman. Americans probably never imagined that Russian President Vladimir Putin could have a favorite Congressman, let alone that that person would be a Republican from California. Now, Rohrabacher’s views — which match those of propagandist Edward Lozansky very closely — are moving towards the center of Republican ideology. Here’s a copy of the criminal complaint against Paul Manafort:
The real question isn't whether Trump Sr or Trump Jr dictated statement abt June 9 meeting. It's whether Putin did.
Whatever Putin has over Trump, Trump appears more afraid of Putin than he is of Mueller.