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    https://www.thedailybeast.com/leaked...hid-putin-ties

    Gee, this administration sure is UNLUCKY when it comes to people who have (previously hidden) connections to Russian, aren't they?


    Leaked Docs: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross Hid Putin Ties

    Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concealed his business ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin during his confirmation process, according to leaked documents known as the “Paradise Papers.” A shipping company tied to Ross known as Navigator Holdings has a close relationship with a Russian energy company run by Putin’s son-in-law, NBC News reports. The documents reportedly show Ross used a series of a offshore investments to hold a stake in Navigator, which has a significant partnership with the Russian gas company Sibur, which is part-owned by the husband of Vladimir Putin's daughter. Ross reportedly kept his stake in Navigator even after becoming Commerce Secretary.
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    The files include allegations that the Queen's private estate secretly invested huge sums of cash in tax havens



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    What are the Paradise Papers? Explosive documents reveal how the rich and powerful protect their wealth

    The Paradise Papers are a collection of 13.4million documents that reveal a number of high profile figures, including the Queen and Donald Trump's commerce secretary, linked to offshore tax havens.



    The secret dossier was leaked by German news organisation Süddeutsche Zeitung, which revealed the equally explosive Panama Papers last year, that then called on the help of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to aide its probe.



    The dossier has revealed how the figures and organisations use schemes involving trusts and shell companies to protect their fortunes from tax officials.



    The majority of the data comes from Appleby, a leading legal firm based in Bermuda. Appleby helps companies set up in overseas countries that have low or non-existent tax rates.


    However, while the firm leaked the information it refuses to name its source.


    Source: BBC




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    Among the more bizarre revelations is that U2 frontman Bono used a company based in Malta to invest in a Lithuanian shopping centre



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    Because the US is Russiaphobic? Any connection to Russia is seen as a BAD THING. International business is interconnected. Lying about any links you do have however is not a good way forward. It won't bring Trump down, but it will sow division in America.


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    https://www.thedailybeast.com/massiv...-jared-kushner

    LOL, Donald Dump better sharpen up those pardoning skills, his rubber tittied daughter ain't gonna like it when that amensia-ridden mute she calls her husband goes to the slam. I smell money laundering charges for THIS prick, too.

    Massive Leak Reveals New Ties Between Trump Administration and Russia, Implicating Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Jared Kushner

    The so-called Paradise Papers have revealed secrets of politicians worldwide, including new links between the Trump administration and Russia.



    A new trove of more than 13 million leaked documents implicates top officials and associates of President Donald Trump—as well as foreign politicians—in shady business relationships tied to offshore financial accounts.

    In at least two cases, the documents highlight top administration officials’ previously undisclosed connections to Russia and Kremlin-linked interests.

    The so-called Paradise Papers were leaked to the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the same publication that obtained the “Panama Papers.” Süddeutsche Zeitung shared the new documents with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, which led a global effort of 96 media organizations from 67 countries to pore through the records. The findings were published on Sunday.

    The documents show that many of the wealthy individuals Trump brought into his administration have worked to legally store their money in offshore havens where they would be free from taxation in the United States. Trump has promised repeatedly to “drain the swamp,” in condemning the idea that well-connected individuals in Washington, D.C., preserve their own interests at the expense of the rest of the country.

    Among the Trump administration officials implicated in the leaks is Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who according to the documents concealed his ties to a Russian energy company that is partly owned by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s judo partner Gennady Timchenko and Putin’s son-in-law, Kirill Shamalov. Through offshore investments, Ross held a stake in Navigator Holdings, which had a close business relationship with the Russian firm. Ross did not disclose that connection during his confirmation process on Capitol Hill.

    “In concealing his interest in these shipping companies—and his ongoing financial relationship with Russian oligarchs—Secretary Ross misled me, the Senate Commerce Committee, and the American people,” Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said in a statement on Sunday. He characterized Ross’ financial disclosures as a “Russian nesting doll, with blatant conflicts of interest carefully hidden within seemingly innocuous companies.”

    Ross has been linked to Russian interests before; in 2014, he poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the Bank of Cyprus, an institution regarded by financial watchdogs as a haven for Russian money laundering. Ross' fellow investors included a pair of Russian oligarchs, including Dmitry Rybolovlev, the man who bought a Trump property in Palm Beach for $95 million, even though it was valued at less than $60 million. Ross became a vice chair of the bank, along with a reported former KGB officer. Former Deutsche Bank executive Josef Ackermann was installed as chairman. Deutsche Bank—one of Trump’s biggest creditors—subsequently paid hundreds of millions to settle disputes that it shipped $10 billion or more to Russia in suspect loans.

    Top White House adviser Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, is also implicated. The documents reveal that Russian tech leader Yuri Milner invested $850,000 in a startup called Cadre that Kushner co-founded in 2014.

    Milner has long had a reputation in Silicon Valley as a big-league investor; his firm at one point owned major chunks of both Facebook and Twitter. But Milner was never considered particularly Kremlin-connected. These new documents call that reputation into question. The investing arm of Gazprom, the state-backed energy company, financed a share of Facebook worth up to $1 billion; a Kremlin-owned bank invested $191 million into a Milner firm, and some of that money was then injected into Twitter.

    Despite Milner’s investment in his startup, Kushner said in July that he told the Senate Intelligence Committee in a closed-door meeting that he never “relied on Russian funds to finance my business activities in the private sector.”

    Representatives for Sens. Richard Burr (R-NC) and Mark Warner (D-VA), the chairman and vice chairman of the committee, did not immediately return requests for comment. Kushner, who still has a stake in Cadre, did not previously disclose the firm’s other business ties.

    The top adviser is already ensnared in the Russia investigations as questions continue to swirl about his meeting at Trump Tower in June 2016 with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Kushner attended the meeting alongside Donald Trump Jr. and Paul Manafort, who was indicted last week by the Justice Department’s special counsel, Robert Mueller, in connection with his lobbying work for pro-Russian interests in Ukraine.
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    We have found no evidence of collusion, coordination, or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians."
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