Donald Trump has been in trouble from all sides. This we know, but yet another vile secret has emerged from the infamous Trump Tower meeting among the president’s eldest son Don Jr., the top 2016 campaign advisers, and a group of Russians. New information details how following the money paid off big time.
BuzzFeed News reviewed secret documents about this meeting that showed the Trump’s had:
‘A complex web of financial transactions among some of the planners and participants who moved money from Russia and Switzerland to the British Virgin Islands, Bangkok, and a small office park in New Jersey.’
Billionaire real estate developer Aras Agalarov is Russian president Vladimir Putin’s builder and linked to the president of these United States. The developer filtered money into overseas accounts for “himself, his son, and at least two people” in the Trump Tower meeting.
Many of the people around Trump use “shell companies and secret bank accounts” as a means for transporting money around the world. The intent is to move it fast and under the radar. According to an indepth BuzzFeed News investigation, four U.S. legal investigators found two sets of financial transactions of interest. They were looking for “possible money laundering, tax evasion, or other misconduct.”
Just 11 days after the June 9 Trump Tower meeting, one of Agalarov’s offshore companies moved over $19.5 million to his New York bank account. Then, right after Trump won the election, this family moved $1.2 million from its Russian account to one in New Jersey, controlled by his son.
The Agalarovs then moved money from the New Jersey account to a company operated by their longtime business friend Irakly (Ike) Kaveladze and their representative at the June 9th meeting.
The attorney who represents the Agalarov family and Kaveladze, Scott Balber, said:
‘I’m actually perplexed why anybody is interested in this or why anybody in their right mind would treat this as suspicious. These are all transactions either between one of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts and another of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts or one of Mr. Agalarov’s accounts and an account in the name of one of his employees.’
Federal prosecutors arrested Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on charges of bank and tax fraud. They charged his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn with “financial and other white-collar crimes” and convicted him on lying to the FBI regarding his conversations with the Russians.
Bankers said that they could not discern why these people moved their money across the globe in this way. U.S. officials have been investing how Russia financed its attack on the 2016 presidential campaign. This was how they discovered this murky financial underworld.
Agalarov hosted Donald Trump when he held the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow back in 2013. It cost the Russian about $20 million. The two men were trying to find a way to build the tallest building in Russia. Emin Agalarov sang at the event and invited Trump to appear in one of his music videos.
Rob Goldstone, Emin Agalarov’s publicist, emailed Donald Trump Jr that Agalarov received negative information on Hillary Clinton as:
‘Part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.’
Kaveladze, Goldstone, and an attorney linked to the Kremlin attended the Trump Tower meeting. Trump son-in-law, Jared Kushner and Manafort also attended that meeting.
Silver Valley, a money laundering-tax evasion company sent Agalarov’s Morgan Stanley U.S. account $19.5 million right after the Trump Tower meeting. Another Agalarov company also transferred $43,000 to that Morgan Stanley account. A Russian formerly charged with tax evasion and embezzlement also received just under a million dollars from Silver Valley
Thirteen days after Trump won the Agalarovs sent 19 individual wire transfers from Russia to the son’s New Jersey personal account in amounts between $15,000 and $175,000, totalling $1.2 million.
The New York Times broke the news of the Trump Tower meeting in July 2016. Two weeks later, Goldstone headed for Bangkok with his business partner. The two took out a home equity loan on a New Jersey apartment.
They said the loan was for “payroll.” Yet, bankers considered all of their transactions questionable. BuzzFeed News continues to investigate the money trail.
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