15 DAYS TIL MUELLER BUT READ THE BACKSTORY AND FORESTORY

 

If you have not read or listened to The Mueller Report, time is running out.  Special Counsel Mueller has agreed to speak to Congress https://youtu.be/xS6oC-NU-Ws about his report.  However, in the meantime as a citizen, you should be prepared to understand what Mueller and Congress are commenting on.

In the preamble, Mueller explains his task was to investigate any links between the Russian Government and anyone associated with the Trump campaign, also with any other matters that arose from his investigation.

He declares, the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.  Evidence of Russian government operations began to surface in mid-2016.  In June the Democratic National Committee and its cyber response team publicly announced that Russian hackers had compromised its computer network.  Releases of hacked materials-hacks that public reporting soon attributed to the Russian government began that same month.  Additional releases followed in July through the organization WikiLeaks, with further releases in October and November.

However the June 28 G-20 https://youtu.be/Br-p2Pe9fcY tells another story.

The report describes actions and events that the Special Counsel’s Office found to be supported by the evidence collected in [its] investigation.  In some instances, the report points out the absence of evidence or conflicts in the evidence about a particular fact or event.  In other instances, when substantial, credible evidence enabled the Office to reach a conclusion with confidence, the report states that the investigation established that certain actions or events occurred.  A statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts.

 

 

More important is to understand that in spite of its redactions, The Mueller Report still reads coherently and it contains over 2,000 notes.  Listening to CD or on eBook: The Mueller Report: The Washington Post / introduction and analysis by reporters Rosalind S. Helderman and Matt Zapotosky ; Peter Finn, national security editor, is like listening to a thriller—that even Tom Clancy would be proud of.

However, if you find The Mueller Report too much of a dry read, I recommend Luke Harding’s Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money And How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win (2017), published two year prior to The Mueller Report (2019).  https://youtu.be/FlwbrtMHmxQ

President Trump has tasked Attorney General Barr to investigate the investigators.  According to the conclusions drawn in Collusion, this is a big mistake on Trump’s part.  Deutsche Bank and its dealings with Trump and Russian oligarchs is a very interesting story in itself, whose expose can be heard on Fresh Air on May 19, 2019, in an interview with NY Times editor David Enrich, as well as on The Daily May 23, 2919.  And Harding’s’ validation of former MI6 officer Christopher Steel and Steel’s now-famous dossier which kicked off the Russian-Trump scandal, is enlightening.

 

 

Or if you decide on a more updated version that The Mueller Report explores, read Oliver Bullough’s Moneyland: the Inside Story Of The Crooks And Kleptocrats Who Rule The World (2919).  Bullough posits that John Tobon, deputy special agent in charge of the Miami office at Homeland Security Investigations, told his in February 2017 that “If you have some time off, go to Bayside (Miami), get on one of those boat rides and you can actually see Al Capone’s home, It’s still there, it’s still?’   And he was like, have you not seen the house, the Al Capone house?  This is where it started, this isn’t new.”

Of course, a majority of the investment in Miami still originates in the United States, and much of the foreign money is legal.  The trouble is that, thanks to the obscuring effect of the non-transparent companies used to hold the property, we have no way of knowing what is legal and what isn’t.  In the early hysteria over President Donald Trump’s Russia ties, a Reuter’s investigation into Russian investment in the Trump Organization found sixty-three Russians among the owners of 2,044 units in seven different Trump-banded developments in Florida.

 

Are more remarkable was the fact that fully 703 of the units were owned via corporate vehicles, meaning there were no real people attached to their title deeds at all, and their ownership was completely obscure.  They might have belonged to Vladimir Putin, for all anyone else could know.

 

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