President Donald Trump’s worst nightmare is coming true right before his eyes. There’s an old saying when dealing with complicated investigations, such as the one Trump and his goons are currently going through over their Russian ties, and that is, ‘Always follow the moola.’
This is exactly what Associated Press did with the missing millions from Russia in the instance of Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and it appears they have exposed a catastrophic paper trail which leads from government associates of Vladimir Putin straight to Trump’s inner crew.
According to the New York news source:
‘U.S. Treasury agents in recent months obtained information connected to Manafort’s transactions from authorities [in Cyprus], according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak publicly. The request was part of a federal anti-corruption probe into Manafort’s work in Eastern Europe.’
This follows a report earlier this week that exposed Manafort for working under-the-table for a billionaire in Russia who has close connections to Vladimir Putin, just years before joining Trump’s campaign.
‘Manafort [handled] secret work for a Russian billionaire Oleg Deripaska to advance the interests of Russian President Vladimir Putin a decade ago. Manafort does not dispute working for Deripaska, but said he had represented him only in personal and business matters.’
Thursday, the AP announced in its follow-up report that they have discovered some of the money that was paid to Manafort by his Kremlin-connected boss. The money was traced from the Bank of Cyprus, which is the Mediterranean island nation’s largest bank.
‘As part of their investigation, U.S. officials were expected to look into millions of dollars’ worth of wire transfers to Manafort. In one case, the AP found that a Manafort-linked company received a $1 million payment in October 2009 from a mysterious firm through the Bank of Cyprus.’
Russian kleptocrats have made Cyprus their banking place for years, as it is less regulated and transparent than banks such as Switzerland or other Western banks, making it easier for Russia’s money laundering of illegal rubles for years.
The Bank of Cyprus is of importance because both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are connected to it. One of the biggest shareholders at Cyprus Bank, Dmitry Rybolovlev, is said to be directly connected to the orange man himself. In 2008, he purchased one of Trump’s real estate properties in Florida for almost $100 million, which is over $50 million more than what the short-fingered man paid for it just a few years earlier.
But wait, it gets juicer.
In 2014 Wilbur Ross, President Trump’s current United States Commerce Secretary, was appointed to the bank’s Board of Directors and served as the Board’s Vice Chairman at the same time Trump chose him for the cabinet opening. The Bank of Cyprus website says that Ross is still their Vice Chairman.
According to AP, this is a critical point because:
‘… the White House said Trump had not been aware of Manafort’s work on behalf of Deripaska, the close Putin ally with whom Manafort signed a $10 million annual contract beginning in 2006.’
As the ongoing investigation continues into the Trump campaign’s devious ways and investigators continue to roll out the information that only verifies links between President Trump’s closest associates and Vladimir Putin, it’s only a matter of time before we start reading about Trump’s impeachment.
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