Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Putin-Trump Summit Interpreted

So, I'll trade you my 12 Russians for your one Mr Browder and his $400 Million he owes us

It seems the News Media was so interested in attacking Mr Trump that they missed this rather shocking portion of the conversation between Mr Putin and Mr Trump.

Here is the extract quoted from Mr Putin speaking after he offered to let the US have access to the 12 indicted Russians; in return, he asked for this:

''Then we would expect that the Americans would reciprocate and that they would question officials including the officers of law enforcement and intelligence services of the United States, whom we believe have something to do with illegal actions on the territory of Russia. 

"And we have to request the presence of our law enforcement. 

"For instance, we can bring up Mr. Browder in this particular case. 

Business associates of Mr. Browder have earned over one and a half billion dollars in Russia. They never paid any taxes, neither in Russia nor in the United States and yet the money escaped the country, they were transferred to the United States. 

They sent a huge amount of money - $400 million - as a contribution to the campaign of Hillary Clinton. Well, that's their personal case, it might have been legal, the contribution itself, but the way the money was earned was illegal. 

So we have a solid reason to believe that some intelligence officers accompanied and guided these transactions. So we have an interest of questioning them. 

That could be a first step and we can also extend it. Options abound. And they all can be found in an appropriate legal framework."

Editorial Notes:

Regarding the accusations of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, Trump provided the carefully worded, non-committal response to entice the Media to once again make fools of themselves:

"I accept our intelligence community’s conclusion that Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election took place. Could be other people also. A lot of people out there    ..  
[In another context, a Professor "ACCEPTS" his students' term papers; but, he must grade them; in this case professional Intelligence officers beyond the reach of Mr Brennan and Mr Clapper regard the IC conclusion as so much politicized nonsense, and encourage Mr Trump to give the IC conclusion (term paper) an "F", and discard it.]

["... Other people" could possibly include Bangladesh or Luxembourg].

Trump added, 
“There was no collusion at all” 
 [thus dismissing the accusation that his campaign coordinated with Moscow in 2016] 

Trump advised that he meant to say he didn’t have any reason to doubt Russia interfered in the election:

“The sentence should have been, 
‘I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be Russia.’ 
 “So you can put that in, and I think that probably clarifies things pretty good by itself.” 

 In essence, Trump has said: 
 "I accepted the IC's paperwork [but not their conclusion] on their 'claim' that Russia meddled, but, there was no collusion. But, it could have been Russia [or, Bangladesh, or China]" 

 Well, what Trump said was clear as mud, but it covered the ground, and it fully had as much depth and substance as his reference a while back to "cofefe".


[Browder later (17 July 2018) tweeted: 
"Russian general prosecutor’s office wants to interview US special agents Hyman, Schwarzman and Angert, who were investigating Natalia Veselnitskaya’s Russian client for money laundering"]

[The Magnitsky Act:
Browder lobbied Congress to pass the Magnitsky Act over the Russian arrest of his accountant accused of fraud and money laundering.  Browder's lobbying persuaded Congress to create this legislation to punish Russian human rights violators and it was signed into law in 2012 by President Obama. The following year, Browder was tried in absentia in Russia for tax fraud and was convicted and sentenced to nine years in prison]

Interestingly, the linkage in this case seems to tie into the Clinton Foundation, which seems to be a common receptacle for a great deal of foreign "donations" while she was Secretary of State.