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Court Filings Suggest Giuliani And His ‘Associates’ Are In Bed With The Russian Mafia

When his attorney made a court filing ago to convince a judge that Rudy Giuliani’s electronic devices contain confidential information such as discussions with clients, the documents that wound up in the public record shed new light on the full scale of unsavory characters Rudy has been rubbing elbows with and also point to a larger conspiracy which involves the Russian mafia.

Giuliani’s attorney, Robert J. Costello, notes that the former New York City mayor should never have been raided by the FBI late last month, the New York Times reports:

“In a 17-page letter to the judge who authorized the searches, Mr. Giuliani’s lawyers argued that it would have been more appropriate — and less invasive — for the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan to seek information through a subpoena, which, unlike a warrant, would have given him an opportunity to review the documents and respond.

“The defense lawyers wrote that prosecutors ‘simply chose to treat a distinguished lawyer as if he was the head of a drug cartel or a terrorist, in order to create maximum prejudicial coverage of both Giuliani and his most well-known client — the former president of the United States.'”

Though Rudy may not be the head of a drug cartel, it seems he travels in the same circles and does business with members of organized criminal organizations that do indeed traffic in narcotics, engage in sexual trafficking of young girls, and have people killed for daring to report on their illegal activities.

At one point in the court documents that became public, there’s a tantalizing tidbit that refers to Dmitro Firtash, a Ukrainian businessman with extensive ties to Russian organized crime, legal analyst Marcy Wheeler pointed out on Twitter. It also mentions possible associates of Giuliani who worked in the United States as unregistered foreign agents of Firtash:

Firtash, it should be added, gave a $1 million loan to Lev Parnas, who was working for Giuliani at the time in an attempt to dig up dirt on the Biden family:

“A billionaire with alleged ties to the Russian mob, Firtash is facing bribery-related charges in the U.S. and fighting extradition from Vienna. He once attempted to buy and redevelop the famous Drake Hotel in New York with the now-incarcerated Paul Manafort, Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman. And he’s seen by Ukrainian anti-corruption activists and Western governments as a corrupt instrument of Russia.”

 

So former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney — the man who was actively working to sabotage Joe Biden’s 2020 campaign — was also doing business with a man who has deep ties to the Kremlin and the Russian mob.

The mention of Firtash in the court filings is also yet another connection that Trump has to Russia, despite his protestations that he has never done business with Russian entities or sought assistance from the Russian government.

If nothing else, the ongoing legal case against Giuliani could give us greater insight into just how deeply Donald Trump is tied to Russia, the Kremlin, and Russian organized crime. It may also wind up leading to criminal charges against the former president, his children, and members of the Trump Organization.

 

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The Cohen Tape Donald Trump Fears Most Has Evidence Of A Criminal Conspiracy — And We Could Hear It Soon

The recording of a discussion Donald Trump had with this attorney, Michael Cohen, which was released to CNN yesterday, does indeed suggest the president may have been a party to fraud. But the tapes Trump fears most are yet to be released, and they could wind up implicating him in a conspiracy beyond the one he may have committed with Vladimir Putin.

One thing that hasn’t been discussed much when it comes to Cohen are his extensive ties to Russian organized crime. As Salon first reported in April:

“Before he joined up with Trump in the mid-2000s Cohen was involved in a series of scams, including insurance and IRS fraud, for which he always avoided indictment while others were jailed or fined.

“Many of his associates in these businesses came from the former Soviet Union and had connections to Russian organized crime. Cohen married a Ukrainian immigrant whose father had pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy to defraud the IRS in a taxi medallion fraud case. Cohen himself has made millions in the New York taxi business, which is reportedly one of the areas the FBI cited in its search warrant.”

If Cohen ever discussed “business” that involved the Russian mafia — which is known as the most brutal in the world — with Trump and taped it, he made his client part of a much larger, more dangerous conspiracy that would implicate them both in crimes ranging from money laundering and human trafficking to drugs and murder.


And if there’s a tape of that conversation about the Russian mob between Cohen and Trump, then the president will no longer be able to say the Russia investigation is a “witch hunt.” He will have been a party to organized criminal activities.

Why would Trump have gotten into bed with the Russian mafia in the first place? Money. American banks refused to loan him a dime, so Trump may have agreed to launder dirty money for Russian organized crime. But in doing so, he also opened himself up to being blackmailed. Cohen likely knows where all of the money came from, and that’s a big problem for the Donald now that his former fixer has turned against him.

Sources close to Cohen say the more damaging tapes he made of his meetings with Trump are yet to surface, but that they will, and soon.

Imagine the fear that must be coursing through Trump’s fevered brain right now. He can sense that the end is near, but he’s powerless to do anything about it. He’s probably running through all the incriminating things he and Cohen talked about over the years.

Meanwhile, somewhere in a nondescript building in downtown Washington, D.C., Robert Mueller is listening to the Cohen tapes and taking notes as he considers all the crimes he can charge Donald Trump with.

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Michael Cohen’s Ties To Russian Organized Crime Have Trump Very Worried

Lost amidst all the chatter regarding Michael Cohen and the role he’s played as a “fixer” for Donald Trump and Sean Hannity is a fact that’s certain to draw the attention of Special Counsel Robert Mueller: Cohen’s many ties to Russian mafia figures.

ProPublica recently took a deep dive into Cohen’s mob connections, and what they found suggests that not only is Cohen willing to offer his services to the highest bidder, he may well have involved Trump and made introductions for him to notorious members of the Russian mafia here in the United States and in Russia.

Consider this from a report published by Salon:

“Cohen is not exactly a made man … Before he joined up with Trump in the mid-2000s Cohen was involved in a series of scams, including insurance and IRS fraud, for which he always avoided indictment while others were jailed or fined.

Many of his associates in these businesses came from the former Soviet Union and had connections to Russian organized crime. Cohen married a Ukrainian immigrant whose father had pleaded guilty to a felony conspiracy to defraud the IRS in a taxi medallion fraud case. Cohen himself has made millions in the New York taxi business, which is reportedly one of the areas the FBI cited in its search warrant.”


Ask yourself a question: Why would Donald Trump hire as his personal attorney a man who once specialized in personal injury lawsuits and has done nothing to distinguish himself in the legal world? Maybe because Cohen had connections to people Trump thought he could get badly needed funding from in Russia, many of whom just so happen to be mobsters.

Oh, and then there’s the Cohen family connection to the Russian mafia:

“Cohen’s father and uncle were both doctors, but the uncle also owned a ‘social club’ in Brooklyn called El Caribe that was a known Mafia hangout in the 1970s and ’80s. The Russian mob, then run by a legendary godfather named Evsei Agron, then by his successor, Marat Balagula, (who was suspected of killing Agron) had offices in El Caribe and pretty much ran their nefarious business out of it for some years.”

Here’s another frightening fact that must be walking around in Trump’s head ever since the raid on Cohen’s office, home, and hotel room: If the feds can link Cohen to the Russian mob, they can also go after Trump on federal racketeering charges. And that, as the old saying goes, would be lights out for Donnie.

Reports that Trump was livid about the Cohen raid make perfect sense when you consider that Cohen may well be the most valuable witness the feds will have as they go after Trump on multiple criminal charges.

Donald Trump is about to be staring a racketeering (RICO) indictment with his name on it, and he can thank Michael Cohen for that.