The Trump Family Connection to Moscow: Ivanka and Putin’s Squeeze, Wendi Deng Murdoch; Paul Manafort

Donald Trump on Vladimir Putin

The chickens are home to roost for Donald Trump’s scorched earth candidacy. His myriad skeletons which fall daily from his closet link him inextricably to Russia — and have since the waning years of the Soviet Union during perestroika.

Yesterday, The New York Times released its exposé of the Trump campaign and, more strikingly, the Trump family connections to deposed leader of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych and Vladimir Putin. In reading what superficially reflects a nightmarish game of Russian roulette preceding Six Degrees of Separation, the matter that Paul Manafort — Trump’s campaign manager — had the audacity to assail Never Trump conservatives as agents of the Washington establishment Trump seeks to destroy is at best laughable given the globalist real estate mogul is as ensconced in the thicket as is his old friend Hillary Clinton.

Paul Manafort, Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, ran a political consulting operation out of a first-floor office on Sofiivska Street in Kiev, Ukraine. Credit Joseph Sywenkyj for The New York Times

Paul Manafort, Donald J. Trump’s campaign chairman, ran a political consulting operation out of a first-floor office on Sofiivska Street in Kiev, Ukraine. Credit Joseph Sywenkyj for The New York Times

Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, in his scorn for his former boss, appears to have fired the penultimate shots that may fatally wound Trump’s candidacy with his retweet of the Manafort bombshell.

Manafort’s office, based off Independence Square in Kiev for several years, was where he consulted for Ukraine’s ruling political party, where his furniture and personal items remained as recently as May. Government investigators examined secret records which provide his name as well as companies with which he sought business deals while attempting to untangle a corrupt network employed to loot Ukraine of her assets and influence elections during the administration of Mr. Manafort’s main client, Yanukovych. Recent reports that handwritten ledgers disclosing more than $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Mr. Manafort from Yanukovych’s pro-Russian political party from 2007 to 2012 were confirmed according to Ukraine’s newly formed National Anti-Corruption Bureau, which asserts were part of an illegal off-the-books system whose recipients also included election officials.

Additionally, criminal prosecutors are investigating offshore shell companies aiding members of Yanukovych’s inner circle finance their lavish lifestyles which include a palatial presidential residence stocked with a private zoo, golf course and tennis court. Among these hundreds of transactions by these companies was an $18 million deal to sell Ukrainian cable television assets to a partnership put together by Mr. Manafort and a Russian oligarch, Oleg Deripaska, a close ally of Putin.

Vladimir V. Putin, left, then Russia’s prime minister, in 2008 with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally. Credit Pool photo by Ilia Pitalev

Vladimir V. Putin, left, then Russia’s prime minister, in 2008 with the Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, a close ally. Credit Pool photo by Ilia Pitalev

Manafort’s involvement with monied interests in Russia and Ukraine have alarmed national security advisers and the intelligence community given Trump’s glowing statements about Putin and recognizing Russian sovereignty over Crimea, to the suspected Russian hacking of Democrats’ emails. Such an examination of Manafort’s activities offers greater insight in his mix of politics and business out of public view while benefitting from powerful interests now under scrutiny by the new government authorities in Ukraine. In fact, Kiev’s anti-corruption officials claim the previously unreported payments earmarked for Manafort are a focus in their investigation, though they have yet to determine if he actually received the cash. Manafort is not yet officially a target in the separate inquiry of offshore activities, but his understanding of Ukrainian law, according to Vitaliy Kasko formerly with the general prosecutor’s officer, meant “He understood what was happening in Ukraine. It would have to be clear to any reasonable person that the Yanukovych clan, when it came to power, was engaged in corruption.” Kasko further added that “It’s impossible to imagine a person would look at this and think, ‘Everything is all right.”

Absent a registration — requiring full disclosure of how much the registrant is paid and by whom — Mr. Manafort’s compensation has remained a mystery. However, a cache of documents discovered after the fall of Mr. Yanukovych’s government known in Ukraine as the “black ledger” appear as chicken-scratch using the native Cyrillic alphabet covering 400 pages taken from books kept in a third-floor room in the former Party of Regions headquarters on Lipskaya Street in Kiev, which contain two safes stuffed with $100 bills. According to Taras V. Chornovil, a former party leader who notably received a $10,000 “wad of cash” for a trip to Europe, revealed that “This was our cash. They had it on the table, stacks of money, and they had lists of who to pay.”

Black Ledger from Ukraine

A page from the “black ledger,” released by Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau. This page does not include Mr. Manafort’s name.

The matter Mr. Trump repeatedly lies about his relationship with Vladimir Putin is itself self-evident. Far left-wing network MSNBC has led the charge on Trump’s relationship with the former Soviet KGB agent and current Russian president. More than three years worth of sound bytes by Trump are both indisputable in content and demonstrative of potentially the greatest display of election fraud in America’s history.

No question then, and justifiably so, that the Trump/Putin “bromance” political intrigue accelerated through revelations of daughter Ivanka’s close friendship with Wendi Deng Murdoch — who Us Magazine reports currently dates Putin and is the ex-wife of Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch — who also set up Ivanka with her husband, Jared Kushner. In fact Ivanka is presently vacating with Deng Murdoch in Croatia. The photograph below is in fact, posted on her Instagram account.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJF-4tLgEXJ/?hl=en Screengrab of Ivanka Trump's Instagram of her sightseeing with a friend 8/14/16 Source: Ivanka Trump/Instagram

https://www.instagram.com/p/BJF-4tLgEXJ/?hl=en
Screengrab of Ivanka Trump’s Instagram of her sightseeing with a friend
8/14/16
Source: Ivanka Trump/Instagram

As People magazine reports, Ivanka — reportedly “taking a break from the campaign trail to vacation with friends” — “shared a scenic snap with Wendi Deng Murdoch… from Dubrovnik, Croatia.” Ivanka was notably spotted with husband Kushner in the city’s old town vacating without their three children. Ivanka’s remarks about Deng Murdoch earlier this summer in Vogue notably touch on her usefulness at business and “connections” in  earlier this summer.

“Everything she has is available to her friends, which, believe me, is not common. There’s nothing that doesn’t interest her, and she can hit five topics in a 35-second conversation. It’s really a whirlwind with Wendi. I can’t recall the last time I had a conversation with her that didn’t conclude with her connecting me to four people who might become great friends or great business opportunities.”

Donald Trump with his wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images (2)

Donald Trump with his wife Melania Trump and daughter Ivanka Trump. Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images (2)

It is important to note how greatly (and disturbingly affectionate, some argue) Trump leans on Ivanka, who proclaimed that her primary “role is daughter” to Harper’s Bazaar in its September issue, because “I’m his daughter.” Her vacation comes less than a month after introducing her father at the Republican National Convention, who is on record teasing that his daughter would be the first woman named to his cabinet. 

What marvelous excuse might the Trump campaign offer now?

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