The Way to a Lifelong Presidency
MECHANISM TO SUPPRESS THE INVESTIGATION BY APPOINTING LOYAL PEOPLE: KRUGOVAYA PORUKA
By appointing judges and DOJ leads involved with the Kremlin, compromised or used by it, Trump is applying the Kremlin’s pattern.
Putin is known to install loyal people in all positions of power. The mechanism, in turn, mirrors Yeltsin’s move to cover up the corruption that brought Putin to power: installing loyal people in key positions and creating a network of support. In Russian, there is a term for this: “круговая порука” that can be translated as either “espirit de corps” or “mutual responsibility.” It has a negative connotation. Krugovaya poruka is one of the defining features of a mafia state.
Yeltsin appointed Putin as a successor during the scandal that involved covering up corruption and using kompromat. Putin’s role was to prevent the future investigation into Yeltsin’s corruption.
The typical steps towards silencing and suppressing criminal investigation involve:
→ The strategic hires block trials.
→ Through bribes, blackmail and murder, any investigation is silenced and stopped.
→ The public opinion is formed by the press working for the government.
→ Independent journalists and investigators are killed or exiled.
Trump is following this pattern by nominating Kavanaugh, Benczkowski, and other key positions in DOJ and national security agencies. The timeline of Kavanaugh’s nomination shows the Kremlin-linked agency involvement. A Russian oligarch with close links to Putin appears throughout the thirty years of international organized crime operations.
- WHY KAVANAUGH?
Below is a timeline of events that lead to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. Trump nominated Kavanaugh soon after he was quoted nine times in a motion filed by the lawyers of a Russian firm indicted by the special counsel for interfering in the US elections. The firm has close connections to Putin.
1.2. KAVANAUGH — RUSSIAN TROLL FACTORY — “PUTIN’S CHEF”
PUTIN’S COOK’S COMPANY IS INDICTED BY MUELLER
On February 16, 2018, special counsel Mueller indicted a Russian company Concord Management and Consulting LLC, two other Russian companies, and 13 Russian individuals, accusing them of illegally interfering in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
According to the indictment, Concord failed to register as a foreign agent, failed to make required disclosures to the Federal Election Commission, and made false statements to secure fraudulent visas.
Concord Management and Consulting LLC is a Saint Petersburg-based business said to be controlled by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Kremlin’s official caterer, and Putin’s long-term friend with ties to Russian intelligence.
PUTIN’S COOK’S COMPANY QUOTES KAVANAUGH WHILE FILING A MOTION TO DISMISS MUELLER’S INDICTMENT
On May 14, 2018, attorneys for Concord filed a motion to dismiss and proposed dismissal order with the court on which Judge Kavanaugh currently sits, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, citing Kavanaugh nine times.
In a memo accompanying the motion and proposed order, Judge Kavanaugh is referenced nine times in total, to argue that the charges against Concord should be dropped. Below is a detailed analysis of all nine quotes.
One of the Russian companies indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller for its alleged involvement in a troll farm…lawandcrime.com
Concord, in particular, noted that Kavanaugh warned the government in a 2011 court decision that in order to charge foreigners with violating laws about political contributions, the government first must prove that those foreigners knew that they were breaking the laws.
Opinion for Bluman v. Federal Election Com’n., 800 F. Supp. 2d 281 — Brought to you by Free Law Project, a non-profit…www.courtlistener.com
Concord lawyers used the argument that the special counsel lacked any statutory authority to charge the company with conspiracy.
On June 8, 2018, lawyers for Concord filed another document, calling special counsel “unlawfully appointed.”
NEXT, TRUMP NOMINATES KAVANAUGH TO THE SUPREME COURT OF THE US
On June 27, 2018, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement.
On July 9, 2018, Trump announced that he selected Brett Kavanaugh to become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States filling the vacancy left by the retirement Kennedy.
1.3. KAVANAUGH IN FAVOR OF NIXON: “WRONGLY DECIDED”
In addition, Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court because Kavanaugh had stated that he did not believe sitting presidents should be indicted or even subject to civil suits.
In 1999, then US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said that the Supreme Court opinion ordering Nixon to turn over White House recordings during the Watergate investigation might have been “wrongly decided.” “Trump believes Kavanaugh would serve as a “barrier” should the inquiry end up before the supreme court,” wrote Bobbie Stein, a member of the board of governors of California Attorneys for Criminal Justice.
“But maybe Nixon was wrongly decided — heresy though it is to say so,” said Kavanaugh. The case “took away the power of the president to control information in the executive branch by holding that the courts had power and jurisdiction to order the president to disclose information in response to a subpoena sought by a subordinate executive branch official.”
2. WHO IS BRIAN BENCZKOWSKI?
Brian Benczkowski is a Trump’s pick for the DOJ criminal division lead, one of the most significant pieces of the Justice Department overseeing 600 prosecutors,
BENCZKOWSKI IS CONNECTED TO A RUSSIAN BANK CLOSE TO PUTIN
Benczkowski, a Kirkland & Ellis partner, has never tried a case in court but worked for Alfa Bank, owned by Mikhail Fridman and Peter Aven, oligarchs with long-term and close ties to Putin.
In 2016, he helped Alfa Bank investigate whether its computer servers had contacted the Trump Organization.
TRUMP NOMINATES BENCZKOWSKI
In June 2017, Trump nominated Benczkowski for the DOJ Criminal department position despite the fact that he didn’t have enough work experience.
On July 11, 2018, Benczkowski was confirmed by the Senate.
Benczkowski refused to recuse himself from the Russian investigation.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein said that Benczkowski’s nomination “presents glaring conflicts of interest” with regard to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 election.
ALFA BANK HAS MULTIPLE CONNECTIONS TO PUTIN AND TRUMP
Alfa Bank has multiple connections to Trump’s circle. Below are some of these ties; read more here.
ALFA BANK — KING AND SPALDING — FBI DIRECTOR
The FBI Director Chris Wray, nominated by Trump after firing of James Comey, worked for the firm King and Spalding that represented Alfa Bank and Sberbank on the issues related to sanctions, Gazprom, and Rosneft. Read the detailed report here.
ALFA BANK — BETSY DEVOS
In 2014, Alfa Bank formed a partnership program with Amway, a company owned by DeVos family.
ALFA BANK — RICHARD BURT — TRUMP’S FIRST POLICY SPEECH
In April 2016, Richard Burt, a former member of the senior advisory board of Alfa Bank and currently a Board member of Letter One, helped to draft Trump’s first policy speech at The National Interest.
ALFA GROUP HAS A CONNECTION TO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA
Robert Mercer’s funds bought US-listed shares of 2 Russian telecommunications firms with significant operations in Russia and Ukraine, including VimpelCom (VIP), an affiliate of Alfa Bank, founded by Fridmanand Aven.
ALFA BANK AND PUTIN
Ilya Zaslavsky, a Russian-American political analyst, has authored a detailed and complete work following the connections of its owners to Putin.
Research note prepared by Ilya Zaslavskiy All the points below suggest strongly that Aven, Fridman and other key Alfa…www.underminers.info
PETR AVEN OF ALFA BANK SILENCED AN INVESTIGATION INTO PUTIN’S CRIMES IN ST. PETERSBURG IN THE 90s
Petr Aven, one of three owners of Alfa Bank, played a major role in silencing the investigation of Putin’s crimes in St. Petersburg in the early 1990s. The investigation was similar to Mueller’s. Its suppression led to Putin being in power for eighteen years.
FOOD SUPPLIES DISAPPEAR FROM ST. PETERSRBURG
In 1992, a big scandal involving Putin and Petr Aven shook St. Petersburg.
The Soviet Union had just collapsed and the city suffered food shortages due to the poor economy and dysfunctional distribution system. The situation was emotionally trying as the city had suffered 1.5 million deaths due to starvation during the Siege of Leningrad forty-five years prior to this event. In other words, my parents’ generation lived — and many died — through four years of hunger. Cutting the food supplies to this city evoked the panic.
ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO MILLION DOLLARS MISSING
The government came up with an idea of exchanging Russian raw materials like oil products, timber and lumber, metals, ammonia and concrete for the Western food supplies.
The city authorities ended up exporting the raw products without importing the food supplies. The city was left without food during a cold winter. I lived in St.Petersburg at the time and witnessed standing in line for hours, empty shelves and food ration cards.
INVESTIGATION LEADS TO PUTIN AND AVEN
The People’s Deputies committee and its chairwoman, Marina Salye, investigated the matter.
It alleged that the Mayor of the city Anatoly Sobchak, Putin, Petr Aven, and the St. Petersburg government entered into contracts with dubious shell companies and appropriated the money.
The barters required issuing licenses to export companies. According to the investigation, Putin, Chairman of the Committee for External Relations of the City Hall at the time, signed export licenses despite lacking the proper authority to do so. Putin denied the existence of these licenses despite the existing copies of the licenses signed by him.
Aven, the Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Economic Relations of the RSFSR at the time, located in Moscow, covered him up.
An investigation showed that various businesses received a total of $122 million for their exports.
INVESTIGATION IS SILENCED; INVESTIGATORS DEAD
In 1992, the scandal was silenced. The documents disappeared from the archives.
In 1999, Putin came to power. He is still the President of Russia in 2018.
Salye lived in exile ten years after Putin’s rise and gave several interviews in 2010.
Вот уже 10 лет автор скандального доклада о деятельности Владимира Путина в органах власти Санкт-Петербурга Марина…www.svoboda.org
In 2012, this story broke again and many believed that it had potential to sink Putin. Salye re-appeared in St.Petersburg at a protest and made a public speech. Few days after that, she suddenly died. She predicted her death and claimed that many of her colleagues were murdered.
THE ARCHIVE LIVES
The copies of the documents were published on Salye’s Facebook account.
Vladimir Ivanidze, a Radio Svoboda journalist researching this story had to leave the country.
Одним из первых журналистов, кто попытался пройти по следу доклада рабочей группы Марины Салье, посвященного работе…www.svoboda.org
3. BENCZKOWSKI HAS ALREADY COVERED FOR KAVANAUGH BEFORE
In March 2008, Benczkowski, then a principal deputy assistant attorney general, responded to Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat, who penned a separate letter to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzales regarding Kavanaugh’s allegedly false statements regarding detention and interrogation policies, saying the public-integrity section had “reviewed this matter and determined there was not sufficient basis to initiate a criminal investigation.” This answer has been disputed and is still a matter of controversy.
When Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sits for his confirmation hearing this week, Democratic senators will pick…www.cnn.com
The following day, NPR added more detail: "In fact, in 2002, Kavanaugh and a group of top White House lawyers discussed…www.theatlantic.com
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