Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Swiss Mystery Company Is at the Heart of a Mueller Puzzle

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In August 2016, Zamel met with former Blackwater founder Erik Prince, Donald Trump Jr., and Nader to discuss ideas that could potentially help Trump win the election. During that meeting, as first reported by the Times and later confirmed by The Daily Beast, Nader told the room that the crown princes of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE were eager to help Trump win the election.

Zamel, through his lawyer, has previously denied pitching an official plan for the campaign or working with campaign members. Two other sources close to the Trump team said they did not believe Zamel, or Psy Group, carried out an official cybercampaign. But according to The New Yorker, Zamel told Nader after the election, “Here’s the work that we did to help get Trump elected.”

Nader’s payment of $2 million after the election went through to Zamel. Exactly what for—that’s unknown. The ultimate beneficiary could offer clues.

Lawyers for Zamel—a self-styled Mark Zuckerberg of the national-security world—have previously refused to say how much of a stake he held in Psy Group and therefore how much controlling power he had over the company. But records obtained by The Daily Beast show Zamel is a director of the company that owns Psy.

Furthermore, documents reviewed by The Daily Beast and interviews with individuals familiar with Psy Group’s financial structure lay bare a complex web of companies with connections to Zamel that point to Salix.

“It’s how Joel holds his shares,” one former Psy Group employee told The Daily Beast. “They set up trusts and provide nominee services to… shield beneficial owners from their holdings. It’s completely legal.”

Psy Group, registered as Invop in Israel, has its ownership obscured by a series of offshore companies. In June 2018, after the company’s name surfaced in the Mueller investigation, employees asked an Israeli court to liquidate the company and financial records revealed that all of Psy Group’s shares were owned by a Cyprus-registered company known as IOCO Limited. Former Psy Group employees also told The Daily Beast that IOCO was “just another name for Psy.”

Since its creation in 2014, IOCO’s shares have been owned by a handful of companies registered to post-office boxes in the British Virgin Islands. Bank records show that ownership of IOCO changed hands on a roughly annual basis through a rotating cast of anonymous offshore companies.

There are few hints about who owns the handful of companies that hold IOCO’s shares, but at least one of the companies listed as a former IOCO owner has links back to Salix.

Leaked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca show that a company named Cornell Enterprises SA was at one point a shareholder of Prime Nominees Limited, IOCO’s sole shareholder from late 2015 through mid-2016. Salix is listed in the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Panama Papers as an intermediary of Cornell, and Cornell shared an address with Salix in Zurich, Switzerland.

Protexer Limited, another former owner of IOCO, is listed as a subsidiary of the Trident Trust Company (Cyprus) Ltd., which currently serves as a secretary on the board of IOCO.

IOCO appears to have fallen on hard times itself. In December, the company announced a voluntary liquidation by its creditors scheduled for January 2019.

Meanwhile, former Psy Group employees believe they’ve been “cleared” by law enforcement in the U.S., they told the Daily Beast, and do not expect to face more questioning. Zamel appears to still be operating his other major global consulting firm, Wikistrat, which holds contracts with the U.S. government.

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Ex-Mossad agents formed company that targeted Clinton campaign, Israel boycott activists – Haaretz

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Ex-Mossad agents formed company that targeted Clinton campaign, Israel boycott activists  Haaretz

An Israeli company made up of former Mossad agents that specialized in covertly spreading messages to influence what people believed and how they behaved …


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“Jared Kushner” – Google News: Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid – KUTV 2News

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Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid  KUTV 2News

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. Klobuchar kicked …

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Analysis | Why early August 2016 has become central to the Russia investigation: A timeline – The Washington Post

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Analysis | Why early August 2016 has become central to the Russia investigation: A timeline  The Washington Post

For those paying close attention to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, there are a few dates that immediately jump out as significant.


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“Russia investigations” – Google News: Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid – WFXL FOX 31

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Klobuchar raises $1M within 48 hours of launching 2020 bid  WFXL FOX 31

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s campaign says the Democrat raised more than $1 million in the 48 hours after launching her presidential bid. Klobuchar kicked …

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Jared Kushner’s time in the barrel

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A mostly silent and ghoulish figure in the Trump administration, Jared Kushner has fared a bit better than others in the Trump orbit, at least as a daily target of public outrage, due to his willingness to maintain a mannequin-like demeanor in the face of mounting criticism of everything from who pays his lawyers to his involvement in the Jamal Khashoggi murder.

Possible involvement? No. Alleged involvement? Uh-uh. His contacts with Saudi Prince Mohammed bin-Salman – who anyone with a shred of integrity can recognize orchestrated the assassination based on known facts and simple reason – are well documented both before and after. The New York Times reports that Kushner huddled with bin-Salman “about how to weather the storm” after the Washington Post journalist was choked to death by Saudi agents under bin-Salman’s command and subsequently dismembered last year.


The White House has objected to the assessment, which is a bizarre strategy, as it raises more suspicions than it removes. But what else can Trump and his propaganda goblins claim? It’s public knowledge that Kushner met with bin-Salman after the murder. If they admit to the fact that bin-Salman ordered it, how can they possibly explain that meeting? Another lose-lose situation for an organization steeped in what gathering evidence shows is wanton criminality on an international scale, run by meatheads who lack the talent or intelligence to manage the fallout of their desperate actions.



I’ll give you a hundred million riyals if you can find anyone to credibly argue that Kushner would have turned down an influx of big cash after he searched the world for bailout money to rescue him from financial ruin, seeing as his record $1.8 billion purchase of a 41-story tower at 666 Fifth Ave in Manhattan in 2007 proved to be an unwise investment right before criminally irresponsible real estate scammers helped melt the economy. Real meathead move. And Kushner didn’t get that bailout until last summer, when an investor swooped in and leased 666 Kushner Tower office space. Terms undisclosed, but it would be Trumpian to trumpet a nice return. Loud silence.



As for Kushner and the Khashoggi murder, what’s next? That likely depends on what strategy Robert Mueller and SDNY decide to coordinate. We don’t know what evidence they have, or, crucially, their timeline, but considering the ineptitude of those involved in the criminal plotting, they likely left many tracks uncovered (see: Cohen tapes, Stone terabyte trove). Is it more believable that Trump greenlit the murder, or that he didn’t? The answer appears obvious, but even accessory to murder is only one of many avenues that investigators are delving into. They won’t false start, even for murder.


Charging Jared Kushner would rock the world, but to a much lesser degree than implicating Donald Trump would. Hell, Trump could appear to toss Kushner to the wolves and then pardon him later in some dark and childish shared fantasy. Evidence is scarce that they’ve ever really known what they’re doing. That theme of ineptitude suggests that the Khashoggi murder is no different. And Kushner is exposed most of all.

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House Democrats just made a genius new hire heading into Donald Trump’s impeachment

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If you’re looking for a sure sign that House Democrats are planning to impeach Donald Trump if that’s what it takes to get him out of the office he’s been illegally occupying, you need look no further than the new hire they made today. In fact it’s one of the more brilliant hires I’ve seen, and it’ll ensure that they can hit the ground running.



The impeachment process begins in the House Judiciary Committee, which is led by Chairman Jerry Nadler. He announced today that he’s hired two outside consultants to help the committee. Barry Berke is a highly respected defense attorney who can help the committee push back against any defense strategy Trump might try to mount. But the name that jumps off the page is the other hire.




Of all the legal activist groups that have been trying to use the court system to put a dent in Donald Trump’s corrupt political agenda, CREW has been arguably the most successful and ahead of the curve. The chairman of CREW: Norm Eisen. He’s been in the thick of this from the start. Now Eisen is going to work for the House Judiciary Committee. This is the guy you hire if you want to mount the strongest impeachment push possible.



Of course there are other ways to oust Donald Trump from office. Robert Mueller is about to expose every crime he’s ever committed, including the treason and espionage that allowed him to illegally take office. SDNY is going to imprison Trump’s kids. New York state will end up going after his assets. This will box him in to the point that he’ll be sorely tempted to declare yet another “bankruptcy” by agreeing to a resignation plea deal in exchange for reduced prison time. But if he refuses to take such a deal, we now know House Democrats have lined up the big guns for impeachment.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: House Democrats just made a genius new hire heading into Donald Trump’s impeachment

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If you’re looking for a sure sign that House Democrats are planning to impeach Donald Trump if that’s what it takes to get him out of the office he’s been illegally occupying, you need look no further than the new hire they made today. In fact it’s one of the more brilliant hires I’ve seen, and it’ll ensure that they can hit the ground running.



The impeachment process begins in the House Judiciary Committee, which is led by Chairman Jerry Nadler. He announced today that he’s hired two outside consultants to help the committee. Barry Berke is a highly respected defense attorney who can help the committee push back against any defense strategy Trump might try to mount. But the name that jumps off the page is the other hire.




Of all the legal activist groups that have been trying to use the court system to put a dent in Donald Trump’s corrupt political agenda, CREW has been arguably the most successful and ahead of the curve. The chairman of CREW: Norm Eisen. He’s been in the thick of this from the start. Now Eisen is going to work for the House Judiciary Committee. This is the guy you hire if you want to mount the strongest impeachment push possible.



Of course there are other ways to oust Donald Trump from office. Robert Mueller is about to expose every crime he’s ever committed, including the treason and espionage that allowed him to illegally take office. SDNY is going to imprison Trump’s kids. New York state will end up going after his assets. This will box him in to the point that he’ll be sorely tempted to declare yet another “bankruptcy” by agreeing to a resignation plea deal in exchange for reduced prison time. But if he refuses to take such a deal, we now know House Democrats have lined up the big guns for impeachment.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Here’s why the Senate Intel Committee report about Trump-Russia is a joke

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The Senate Intelligence Committee announced today that it found no direct evidence of a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. As reported last week by CBS news, Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said, “If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia.” While Democrats reportedly countered that assertion, the counterpoint that NBC reported on Tuesday, attributed to a Democratic aide, still seemed to affirm that while they have plenty of indirect evidence there is indeed no direct evidence.

For savvy Palmer Report readers this comes as a bit of a shock. What about the evidence just uncovered in a Mueller filing, as reported in the Washington Post, of a meeting between Konstantin Kilimnik and Paul Manafort? Mueller believes this meeting goes “to the heart” of his investigation. The heart of Mueller’s investigation is conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia. So, what do we make of the reporting that the Senate Intelligence Committee found no direct evidence of a conspiracy.

First, remember that the Senate Intelligence Committee is relying heavily on testimony of witnesses they called before the committee. They do not have access to all the information and evidence that Mueller and his team have. Paul Manafort allegedly lied, even to Mueller and his team about his meetings with Konstantin Kilimnik. In fact, the whole reason we have access to the few unredacted sentences about this meeting between Kilimnik and Manafort, is because Mueller included information about it in a court filing to explain what Manafort lied about that invalidated his cooperation agreement.

So, we know that Mueller has direct evidence of this meeting. It is probable that the Senate Intelligence Committee does not have the evidence about this meeting, that Mueller has. Since Manafort jeopardized his cooperation agreement in order to keep information about this meeting from Mueller, it would seem impossible that anyone honestly testified about this meeting to the Senate. Further, the way Mueller found out about this meeting is most likely highly sensitive.

So, in the same week we have the Senate Intelligence Committee announcing that they have found no direct evidence of a conspiracy, while a filing from Mueller indicates a specific meeting between Manafort and Konstantin Kilimnik is such evidence. All this means is that Mueller has evidence that the Senate Intelligence Committee does not.

Cheryl Kelley lives in the DC area with her husband and young son.  She is active in government and politics.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: Trump not ‘thrilled’ with border deal reached by lawmakers

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But president appears to be leaning toward grudging acceptance that would prevent new government shutdown

Under mounting pressure from his own party, Donald Trump appeared to be grudgingly leaning toward accepting an agreement on Tuesday that would head off a threatened second government shutdown but provide just a fraction of the money he has been demanding for his Mexican border wall.

Trump said he would need more time to study the plan, but he also declared he was not expecting another shutdown this weekend when funding for parts of the government would run out. He strongly signaled he planned to scrounge up additional dollars for the wall by raiding other federal coffers to deliver on the signature promise of his presidential campaign.

Related: Border security deal reached to avert another US shutdown

Related: BBC cameraman shoved and abused at Trump rally in El Paso

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Susan Collins’ days are numbered

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On February 7, 2019, Chief Justice John Roberts, siding with the liberal Supreme Court Justices, ruled that a newly proposed law in Louisiana seeking to limit legal abortion must be stayed, pending timely submission of a writ of cert. The plaintiffs in Louisiana, in essence, want to overturn a ruling made by the Supreme Court in a Texas case known as HB2. In that case, Justice Roberts dissented, but the case became law by a 5-4 majority, which became precedent with respect to requiring doctors to have hospital admissions privileges in order to perform abortions. The Louisiana law is virtually identical to the Texas law, which was struck down three years ago, and Justice Roberts rightfully granted the stay.



As expected, Justice Brett Kavanaugh dissented from the majority ruling in the Louisiana case. In his dissent, Justice Kavanaugh claimed that he needs “additional information” before he can rule with the majority. What “additional information” Kavanaugh needs beyond what can be found in the ruling made in HB2 three years ago is telling. Rather than ruling based on the law, he is ruling based on his beliefs. Critics called him out on it and pointed to Republican Senator Susan Collins and her deciding vote to allow him on the Supreme Court as a big “I told you so.”




The backlash against Collins was harsh and swift. Now, she claims that her “detractors” haven’t even read the Kavanaugh dissent. I have. The detractors are correct that, as suspected, Kavanaugh would ultimately make rulings based on his desire to end legal abortion as we know it in this country. His dissent relies on “what ifs” and his belief that “the doctors have time to try to gain admission privileges,” which is not the issue. These doctors have been providing abortions in clinical settings in accordance with the law, and there is absolutely no reason to overturn the law of the land, especially in light of the ruling in HB2. This law and Kavanagh’s dissent are merely attempts to strike down legal abortion, and no one is fooled.



Susan Collins’ days in the Senate are numbered. Attempting to rationalize a dissent that clearly goes against established law does her absolutely no good. She ran on “term limits” all those years ago to gain a seat in the first place – an issue she has yet to address even after 22 years. So much for her term limits. The citizens of Maine will not be fooled by her talking out of both sides of her mouth again.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries slam dunks Donald Trump

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Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is perhaps best known for the fiery speech he gave last month while nominating Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House, ad he’s most recently known for ripping Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker a new one during his recent congressional testimony. Now Jeffries is setting his sights on a new target: Donald Trump.



Trump posted this hideously racist tweet: “Today Elizabeth Warren, sometimes referred to by me as Pocahontas, joined the race for President. Will she run as our first Native American presidential candidate, or has she decided that after 32 years, this is not playing so well anymore? See you on the campaign TRAIL, Liz!”




This prompted Congressman Jeffries to fire back at Trump: “Trail of tears massacre is part of Native American genocide perpetrated against millions of indigenous people. Mocking this shameful episode is a hateful trope. When will newly ‘enlightened’ Republicans denounce their so-called President? PHONIES.”



Hakeem Jeffries was just getting started. He went on to rip Donald Trump for wanting a to build a “medieval border wall.” Jeffries delivered his answer to Trump, appropriately enough, in Russian: “NYET!” He also added that “We’re just getting started” when it comes to dismantling Trump.

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