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Facebook/Cindy Yang

The massage parlor owner under a counterintelligence investigation for her ties to the Chinese government and her business selling access to President Trump, offered opportunities to Chinese nationals to “invest in the US government” on a newly discovered website for her business, Fufu International LLC.

The company Fufu International is, on its face, an art company. The official website sold paintings for $10,000 and included pictures of Cindy Yang arranging art shows.


The following is an excerpt from Real News, my upcoming chronicle of the Trump-Russia investigation: https://www.amazon.com/Real-News-Investigative-Foundations-Trump-Russia/dp/1510746781/ref=tmm_hrd_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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The way that news is reported is broken. This feels taboo to say in light of some of the hate directed towards journalists at the behest of the most powerful people in the country, but there is a problem at the core of news reporting that needs to be addressed.

At the core of the problem lies a wave of opinion and speculation creeping into news reporting. A common tactic among those who consistently try to delegitimize the press is to conflate the editorial…


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A pro-Russian Ukrainian oligarch who is directly tied to the Trump Tower Toronto project used the parent company of Psy Group, according to foreign news reports and an analysis of corporate documents from Ukraine, Israel, Cyprus, the British Virgin Islands, and other nations.

Separately, a former director in the corporate structure of Psy Group is casting doubt on the notion that Joel Zamel is the ultimate owner of the intelligence-gathering and social media manipulation company.

These two episodes are shining new light on why federal investigators probed the money flow behind the group.

Psy Group was an Israeli-based company whose…


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Salix Services headquarters in Zurich. Courtesy: Tages-Anzeiger newspaper

After being thrust into the spotlight as an area of focus for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, the parent company of Psy Group whose CEO met with Donald Trump Jr and others in 2016 to pitch his social media manipulation tools, has scrubbed its online footprint and employees have taken steps to hide their work for the Swiss company.

Salix Services is at the end of a long-trail of shell companies which own Psy Group, and has garnered the interest of Mueller, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday. …


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Andrey Rozov, right, with current mayor of a Moscow suburb, Alexander Khodyrev

In the months following Donald Trump’s announcement in June 2015 that he would seek the presidency, his personal attorney Michael Cohen became acquainted with a Russian real estate developer by the name of Andrey Rozov. Rozov, who was introduced to Cohen via another former Trump associate Felix Sater, pitched the Trump Organization and Cohen on a plan to use his real estate firm, IC Expert, to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. Sater and Rozov had known each other for nearly a decade from their work for a major Russian real estate conglomorate, Mirax Group.

At the beginning of the…


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Rendering of Trump Tower Moscow exclusively provided to BuzzFeed News overlayed with a screenshot of the loan from Sberbank to IC Expert

The developer of the proposed Trump Tower in Moscow that was negotiating with Michael Cohen and the Trump Organization appears to have an unaccounted 6 billion rubles or $90,000,000 after it received a loan from Sberbank in the weeks following the agreement with Trump.


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The CEO of the developer of Trump Tower Moscow was behind a mysterious New York real estate transaction in late 2015, just as the Trump Organization was negotiating to build in Moscow with the developer.

In a letter exclusively obtained by BuzzFeed News, Andrey Rozov, the CEO of IC Expert wrote in September 2015 that he recently acquired an office building in New York:

I also own a 12 story office building in Manhattan at 22 West 38th Street, which I acquired last year

The property and its sale shrouded in secrecy, was first written about in 2018 by independent…


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Andrew Caballero-Reynolds | AFP | Getty Images

Federal authorities out of Washington DC, working in coordination with Robert Mueller’s team, have in recent days sought to arrange an interview with the author of a letter sent to Congress last month that claimed that ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos coordinated with Russians in the weeks following the 2016 election. The person who wrote the letter is expected to travel to DC for an interview with the FBI about the claims, per two U.S. officials involved and the author of the letter. All three have requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic.

The memo sent to Congressman Adam…


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Papadopoulos with David Ha’ivri, an Israeli political strategist who introduced the ex-Trump adviser to Charles Tawil.

George Papadopoulos, the convicted ex-Trump adviser who is preparing to serve his 14-day sentence for lying to the FBI, has been outspoken in accusing elements of the FBI of entrapment in 2017, specifically regarding a $10,000 cash payment from Israeli-American businessman Charles Tawil. The entrapment theory has been echoed in right-wing publications as well as social media.

In August, Mr. Papadopoulos accused Mr. Tawil of being an “intelligence officer of a foreign country”. Indeed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing recommendation for Mr. …

Scott Stedman

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