The eighth person who attended Donald Trump Jr.’s perfectly innocent meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner, a former KGB operative, a “Russian government lawyer,” the guy who set up the meeting, and a translator, has been identified — and unsurprisingly, he was tied to a Russian money laundering scheme.
The Politico reported some interesting FAKE NEWS (Trumpian for facts) that person number eight in the meeting that occurred in Trump Tower on June 9 is Irakly Kaveladze, who attended on behalf of real estate magnate Aras Agalarov — a man who has numerous ties to Vladimir Putin.
“Kaveladze’s identity is among many facts about the 2016 meeting that Trump Jr. has failed to disclose in multiple public statements,” the Times notes. “And his background may add to the questions members of Congress and investigators have about the meeting, which Trump officials say was brief and inconsequential but which Democrats call evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.”
If Kaveladze’s name sounds familiar, it’s because he was identified in numerous reports around 2000 as the originator of thousands of Delaware-based shell corporations that were part of a Russian money laundering scheme:
Quoted in the New York Times after the Congressional inquiry into money laundering, in 2000, Kaveladze said that he had immigrated to the U.S. in 1991.
He also offered an indignant denial of wrongdoing, in terms that echo the Trump White House’s current rhetoric.
“What I see here is another Russian witch hunt in the United States,” he said.
Where there’s smoke there’s fire — and while Trump asked where the fire was while he played in a fire truck on Monday, he knows exactly where it is. It’s raging in the Oval Office, and he struck the match.
“You either have a country or you don’t,” Trump famously said during his campaign while demonizing various groups of brownish people. It’s time for Republicans to do their jobs and rid us of this menace while we still have a country left.
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