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    What’s Up With Jeff Sessions?, 1836
    The Still Report



    Published on Oct 15, 2017
     
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    Papers Filed To Disbar James Comey Following "False Testimony To Congress"

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    by Tyler Durden
    Oct 19, 2017 11:32 AM


    Ty Clevenger, the "crusading lawyer" who has been trying for months to get Hillary and several members of her campaign staff disbarred in every jurisdiction from Little Rock, Arkansas to New York, has now set his sights on a new target: Former FBI Director James Comey. According to the Washington Times, Clevenger filed a bar grievance in New York this week accusing Comey of lying to Congress and destroying potential evidence in the Clinton email scandal, in a process that could end up costing him his law license.

    Ty Clevenger filed the grievance in New York, where Mr. Comey was a former U.S. attorney and is licensed to practice law.

    Mr. Clevenger said Mr. Comey’s testimony to Congress that he did not predetermine the outcome of the FBI’s probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is belied by revelations this week that he in fact started drafting an exoneration months before even speaking with Mrs. Clinton.

    “Insofar as Mr. Comey gave materially false testimony to Congress, it appears that he violated Rules 1.0(w), 3.3(a)(1), and 8.4 of the New York Rules of Professional Conduct,” Mr. Clevenger wrote.

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    Clevenger also asked to renew grievances in New York against former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, saying that Comey’s claim that she tried to pressure him to downplay the Clinton probe should subject her to scrutiny.

    As you may recall, Clevenger is also the lawyer who convinced Maryland judge Paul Harris Jr. to order the Maryland state bar to investigate former Hillary aides David Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson for their efforts in allegedly helping Hillary "destroy evidence."

    A Maryland judge ordered the state bar to open an investigation Monday into the three lawyers who helped former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to delete her private emails.

    Circuit Judge Paul F. Harris Jr. said the complaints lodged against David E. Kendall, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson were “egregious” and said the state bar couldn’t brush them aside by calling them “frivolous.”

    “There are allegations of destroying evidence,” Judge Harris said at a hearing Monday morning, where he said the state’s rules require the bar to conduct investigations no matter who raises the complaint, and can’t brush accusations aside.

    “I just think this is a rather easy decision at this point,” he said. “The court is ordering bar counsel to investigate.”

    So what say you? Is this all a waste of time or are the Clintons the only ones who can perpetually avoid punishment for their scandals?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-...ames-comey-following-false-testimony-congress
     
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    DISBAR AND ARREST HIM

     
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    First criminal charges 'have been filed' in Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian's meddling in the general election
    • The charges have been ordered sealed by a federal judge in Washington DC
    • The nature of the charges remains unclear along with who they target
    • Law enforcement officials have been notified to be on ready to make arrests as early as Monday
    • Many key players in Trump's campaign, including Paul Manafort, have been under scrutiny for their ties to Russia
    • Reports surfaced hours after White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration was confident Mueller's probe was ending
    • She also tried to undermine his work by suggesting media coverage on the probe is a 'waste'


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    The delay and drama tell me this is just the next act in a boring play entitled 'Hide the truth from the People with bullshit'
     
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    It's amazing that after years of investigation, nothing came from the Hillary email scandal even though the head of the FBI went on record in front of the American people and said laws were broken. Now, after just a few months we have several indictments from a biased former FBI director investigating the Trump camp. While I don't mind someone from the Trump camp being indicted, the thought of HRC camp getting off scott-free for exposing national secrets to the world (via hacking) pisses me off to now end.
     
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    The dude lied through his teeth.

    On a different note - this is the same horse shit prosecutors say when they don't want to prosecute cops. "It was a terrible mistake but not criminal."
     
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    See my post in the Mueller first charges thread.
     
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    Comey did not have the authority to decide whether the case warranted prosecution, it should have been given to a grand jury, Lynch, Comey, etal all belong in jail, there is no rule of law if these people don't get arrested, second to that Sessions announce he's not going to go after Lois Lerner so I guess the whole fucking government from Top to bottom is corrupted.


     
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    A stove has 4 burners, none are on yet, he goes after mj Trump is probably toast in next election, tells you Sessions in big pharms back pocket with the rest of them, illegals running wild and hes worried about pot
     
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    https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/296402
    Yes North American Union will work for everything else except dinosaur rules and laws that the us justice department want to enforce against the American democracy? I guess the world would move on without the land of the free getting on board

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabinoid_receptor

    The receptors for cannabis are mainly present in the brain stem that control muscle tone? This is probably the reason why it is so effective in multiple sclerosis to relieve spasticity. Similar results in Parkinson's. Too good to be true. Patients with these chronic and debilitating diseases are not going to wait till another pharma company can patent weed


    https://herb.co/2016/10/04/autoimmune-diseases/

    As to why so many autoimmune diseases may get better (or symptoms controlled ) with weed.
    The main reason why autoimmune diseases are more prevalent and symptomatic is correlated to obesity. Fat cells are masters at creating nuisance. The last statement IHO is the main culprit behind our huge health care cost.


    http://ancienthealthcare.com/colon-cleanse-ayurveda/
    One doesn't have to spend a lot on lemon or ginger root

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5187926/
    What is molecular mimicry? Some parts of the bacteria have similar molecular structure as the self antigens. Normally the immune system is trained to identify self antigens from foreign invaders. When the body is overloaded with bacteria that have MHC complex similar antigens, auto immunity is provoked. Stress related flare ups.

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3530343/

    http://www.sovereignhealthinitiative.org/articles/autoimmune.html
     
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    I could be wrong but my personal take is that we (the US) have too many religious zealots (nut jobs) making and enforcing laws upon others based upon their own personal beliefs and opinions. Not cool at all. And Sessions is one of them. He probably hasn't a clue what Prohibition caused in America (people getting sick and dying due to bad booze and the rise of organized crime.) Rather than go after real criminals he wants to save America from the demon weed.

    Another thing is that drugs are big business in America. It's very big money for our legal system and those who enforce laws. In America it's policing, prosecuting, judging and imprisoning for profit. And with the civil asset forfeiture laws we have cops who are nothing more than thieves operating under the color of law.

    Really sad..............ain't it.

    Edit: Almost forgot.......Sessions was hand picked by Trump. That speaks volumes.
     
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    Antique rugs worth $934,000, $650,000 for gardening, New York homes and a Hamptons retreat: How Paul Manafort spent, spent and spent before being brought down by Mueller - and now he faces losing it all
    • The feds unsealed an indictment of former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort
    • He and business partner Rick Gates are being charged on 12 criminal counts
    • He relied on hidden offshore accounts to live a 'lavish lifestyle'
    • Funds 'laundered' through foreign corporations, partnerships, and accounts
    • Manafort faces a maximum of 80 years in prison if found guilty on all charges
    • He used the cash to buy multi-million properties and has homes in Mount Vernon, Va., and New York, as well as Florida
    • Used Cyprus firm to buy $3 million Brooklyn home then used a construction loan to pay off a mortgage to pay off another loan and buy a California property
    • Used $18 million in laundered cash to buy property, pay personal expenses, college tuition, and redecorate his Virginia home


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5031755/Manafort-used-laundered-cash-live-lavish-lifestyle.html#ixzz4x5Etd7oR
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    At least the spooks aren't Russian! 'Seething' Trump is haunted by the Mueller probe and Manafort indictment as he and Melania host White House Halloween celebration
    • President Trump's first public event today was a Halloween celebration that he attended alongside Melania
    • The president high-fived and chatted to kids, though waved and didn't speak when asked about Paul Manafort, who was indicted
    • The president and first lady wore normal clothes, but Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos dressed up


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5033403/Trump-haunted-Mueller-probe-hosts-Halloween.html#ixzz4x5F7AWYc
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    Former Trump aide Carter Page admits topic of Russia and Clinton leaks 'may have come up' in emails with indicted adviser George Papadopoulos
    • Page said that he was 'probably' on email chains with George Papadopoulos
    • And Russia 'may have come up', as might comments about the Clinton leaks
    • But he said Russia remarks were 'nothing major' and he never read about hacks
    • Page, unlike Papadopoulos, has not been charged in the ongoing Russia probe
    • Papadopoulos has admitted to lying to the FBI about a meeting involving leaks


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    If Trump makes it that long. If Trump were to legalize MJ just before the election...that might win him some fans.
     
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    OP-ED: Trump must be wondering who else is talking to Mueller

    By EUGENE ROBINSON
    Thursday
    Posted at 2:30 AM


    After Monday’s legal shock and awe, one thing is certain: The Mueller investigation poses a serious and perhaps existential threat to the Trump administration.

    Apologists for the president can yell “nothing burger” until they’re blue in the face. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates — now under home confinement and charged with offenses that carry long prison terms — would likely disagree. Campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, whom special counsel Robert Mueller has “flipped” into cooperating with the probe, also might attest that Monday’s acts and revelations are a very big deal.

    President Trump had good reason to spend that morning upstairs in the White House residence, brooding and fuming. Regarding Manafort and Gates, Trump perhaps could argue that Mueller has made no allegation — thus far — of collusion with the Russians to boost Trump’s prospects in the election. But the Papadopoulos case, according to court documents, is all about Russian mischief — and what the Trump campaign may have known about it.

    Perhaps the nastiest surprise for Trump and those close to him is that Papadopoulos, who was on the campaign’s foreign policy team, was arrested July 27 and became a “proactive cooperator” with the Mueller probe. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty Oct. 5 to making false statements, in an interview with the FBI earlier this year, regarding his contacts with foreigners about obtaining Russian help for the campaign.

    That is ominous news on every level. First, while there had been speculation that Mueller might go after Manafort and Gates, no one outside of Mueller’s team appears to have known anything about Papadopoulos. How long has he been cooperating with the investigation? And what might that cooperation have entailed?

    Anyone who had a conversation with Papadopoulos since his July arrest has to wonder whether he was wearing a wire. That’s what a “proactive cooperator” often does. Gulp.

    Equally unsettling for the White House is the fact that Mueller and his all-star squad of prosecutors managed to keep their engagement with Papadopoulos secret for so long. That took real discipline and sense of purpose. It also signals to Trump and his attorneys that they don’t have anything close to a full picture of what Mueller is up to.

    Have others connected with the Trump campaign been squeezed for information in a similar way? Is more proactive cooperating presently taking place? Speak clearly into my tie pin, please.

    So what, exactly, did Papadopoulos do? He had a series of meetings with a London-based professor who has connections with the Russian government, and in an April 2016 encounter this professor claimed the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton that included “thousands of emails.”

    This was after Russian hackers had broken into the email system of the Democratic National Committee and also managed to steal the private emails of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. It is reasonable to assume that these are the emails that the professor was talking about to Papadopoulos, who made repeated attempts to set up meetings between the Trump campaign and Russian officials — even suggesting, at one point, a meeting between Trump and Vladimir Putin.

    No such get-together took place. But in June, there was that meeting at Trump Tower at which senior figures in the Trump campaign — Manafort, Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law — met with a well-connected Russian lawyer in hopes of receiving “dirt” on Clinton.

    Were the Russians exploring various avenues that might lead to a meaningful connection with the Trump campaign? Did they find one? As it happened, the DNC and Podesta emails were eventually released through WikiLeaks in a manner clearly designed to do maximum damage to the Clinton campaign.

    We also know that the Russians flooded social media with pro-Trump fake news. In many instances, this propaganda campaign targeted voters at such a granular level that one has to wonder where the Russians got such sophisticated and detailed data. Mueller will be wondering the same thing.

    Trump must have noticed that one important name was not prominently mentioned Monday: that of Michael Flynn, his short-lived national security adviser. Flynn faces potential legal jeopardy for his alleged representation of foreign interests without properly registering to do so. Trump has consistently gone out of his way to protect and defend Flynn, even to the point of asking former FBI Director James Comey to go easy on him. Why such uncharacteristic compassion?

    If I were Trump, I’d have to wonder if Flynn could be cooperating with Mueller. I’d worry about what he might say. And if I spoke with Flynn, I’d choose my words very carefully.

    Eugene Robinson’s email address is eugenerobinson@washpost.com.

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    In these write ups, it always comes back to complaining about the fact that voters were actually exposed to the truth for a change.
    ...and when that truth is shown to be effective, the other side wants to cry "foul!".
     
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    A lot of this is a joy to watch!
    President Trump immediately blamed chuck U schumer for the latest NYC terrier attack because it was chuck U's program that brought the terrier in to this country.
    The left immediately explodes into spit flecked outrage because President Trump is "politicizing the issue".
    The fecking left politicizes everything, they are pissed it is the truth and he is using their tactics against them.
    And it's working.

    .:2 thumbs up:
     
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    So when did Meuller's investigation team get put together? When did this guy get arrested? IF this guy was arrested AFTER the team was put together, Trump would have to be a level 1 nincompoop to try to do any funny business with Russia after it was announced that Mueller's team was being put together. If he did, in fact, attempt to reach out to Russia after Mueller's team was put together, then he deserves to be impeached for plain stupidity.
     
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    Jared Kushner hands over documents to Mueller as special counsel lasers in on Trump's son-in-law's role in firing of James Comey
    • President's son-in-law is revealed to have handed over documents to Mueller probe
    • Special counsel is focusing on the firing of James Comey - which Kushner is said to have encouraged
    • Schiller's official title was director of Oval Office operations before he left the White House; he's a longtime employee of Trump's
    • He was chosen to deliver a letter firing Comey to the FBI in May
    • Trump likes to survey the room before he makes big decisions - Schiller was most likely there
    • The former body guard to the presIDent will give a private interview to the House Intelligence Committee next Tuesday


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    Trump 2016 campaign aide questioned by Mueller says it’s panic in the White House and ‘it’s every man for himself’ as he admits that the Russians DID try to interfere in the election
    • A person whose actions are being looked at by Special Counsel Robert Mueller said Friday that 'it's every man for himself' in the Trump White House
    • The ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia has associates close to the president reportedly in a panic
    • The person quoted by CBS News maintains that he is innocent while expressing frustration over the fact that his name has not been cleared
    • Still, he did acknowledge that he believed the Russian government tried to interfere in the election
    • After this week's arrest of ex-Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, Washington is now bracing for the next round of unsealed indictments


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    Trump attorney: We’ll challenge Mueller if he investigates old real estate deals
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    An attorney representing President Trump in the ongoing special counsel investigation into whether his campaign colluded with Russia said in an interview published Saturday that his team would challenge Robert Mueller if the probe began looking at Trump's business deals.

    Politico reported Saturday that Jay Sekulow, a conservative attorney who joined Trump's team in June, said Trump's attorneys would challenge the legality of Mueller's actions if the special counsel were to begin looking at the president's old business deals at the Trump Organization.

    "We'd view that as outside the scope of legitimate inquiry," Sekulow said. "We'd raise it."

    Trump himself has said that any investigation of his personal finances by Mueller would be out-of-bounds.

    In July, Trump told The New York Times that Mueller would be in "violation" of his special counsel mandate to shift his probe's focus from Russia. "No, I think that's a violation. Look, this is about Russia. So I think if he wants to go, my finances are extremely good, my company is an unbelievably successful company," Trump said.

    Mueller's investigation entered a new stage this week with the handing down of indictments against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort and his business associate Robert Gates. Manafort is charged with money laundering and tax fraud.

    Prosecutors accused Manafort in court documents filed Monday of "together with others, knowingly and intentionally conspir(ing) to defraud the United States by impeding, impairing, obstructing and defeating the lawful governmental functions of a government agency, namely the Department of Justice and the Department of the Treasury."

    The special counsel probe has the authority to investigate any potential collusion between Trump's campaign and Moscow, as well as any auxiliary matters arising from the Russia probe.

    Manafort surrendered to authorities on Monday, and is under house arrest until his trial begins.

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    Did Sessions mislead Congress about Russia? 1 / 22
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    Court documents unsealed this week have renewed interest in whether Attorney General Jeff Session misled Congress when he testified recently that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential campaign, CBS News' Jeff Pegues reports.

    Last month, Sessions testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that neither he nor anyone else was in contact with Russian operatives during the election cycle. But Pegues reports the court documents unsealed this week claim George Papadopoulos, the former Trump campaign aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with foreign nationals, offered to set up a meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Papadopoulos made the offer during a meeting that both Sessions and Mr. Trump attended in March 2016. Reported testimony from former campaign policy adviser Carter Page only adds to questions about what Sessions knew. CNN on Thursday reported Page testified in closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee that he told Sessions he was traveling to Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign.

    The New York Times reported Friday night that Page testified that he had met with Russian government officials during the trip, contradicting multiple denials he has made in the press.

    Rep. Mike Conaway, R-Texas, who is in charge of the committee's Russia investigation, confirmed to CNN that Page gave such testimony, but minimized its meaning.

    "I don't make anything sinister out of it," Conaway told CNN.

    "He said Sessions did not react or comment one way or the other," Conaway said. "If I were Sessions, I wouldn't have recalled it either. It was just in passing. He was walking out of the room. A guy he had never met before, grabs him, 'Hey, I'm out on the team. I changed my travel plans to go to Russia.'"

    Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, told CBS News there is "no question" Sessions needs to appear before Congress again in an open session to "reconcile" his testimony.

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling and any ties to the Trump campaign does not appear to be slowing down. Mueller's team is set to interview White House communications director Hope Hicks once the president's team returns from a trip to Asia.

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    Special Counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge Michael Flynn and his son
    • NBC News is reporting that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has enough evidence to charge former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn
    • Mueller has enough evidence to charge Flynn's son, Michael G. Flynn, too
    • The elder Flynn resigned from the White House on February 13, after it came out he misled officials about conversations he had with the Russian ambassador
    • The younger Flynn briefly worked for the Trump transition team, though was canned by the president-elect for spreading the Pizzagate conspiracy theory
    • Sources told NBC that investigators are looking into whether the elder Flynn laundered money or lied to federal agents about his overseas work
    • The younger Flynn responded to the report by tweeting out a photo of his father and Mueller testifying to the Senate Intelligence Committee at the same time


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    'Paradise Papers' massive 13.4million documents leak show Wilbur Ross concealed his close ties to Vladimir Putin's 'cronies' while Russia funded Facebook and Twitter investments through Jared Kushner associate
    • Newly leaked documents called Paradise Papers reveal Wilbur Ross has significant business ties to President Vladimir Putin's son-in-law
    • Ross failed to clearly disclose his interests with Putin's immediate family while he was being confirmed for his cabinet position with Trump's administration
    • He currently retains an interest in shipping company Navigator Holdings that has close relationship with a Russian energy firm
    • That firm is controlled by Putin's son-in-law and other key members of Putin's close inner circle
    • Leaked papers also reveal Yuri Milner, a Russian technology magnate, holds a stake in a company co-owned by Jared Kushner


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    U.S. Commerce Secretary Ross’s Shipping Holdings Under Scrutiny Over Russian Connection

    November 6, 2017 by Bloomberg


    By Bill Allison and Margaret Talev (Bloomberg) — Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said he will “probably not” maintain his stake in a shipping firm that does business with a Russian company with ties to the son-in-law of Russian President Vladimir Putin and an oligarch under U.S. sanctions.

    “I’ve been actually selling it anyway, but that isn’t because of this,” Ross said Monday in an interview with Bloomberg Television.

    Ross said in a government ethics disclosure filed after his nomination that he held an investment worth as much as $10 million in shipping company Navigator Holdings. But news organizations including the New York Times alleged over the weekend he did not disclose that the company’s clients include a Russian energy company called Sibur whose owners include Putin’s son-in-law and the oligarch, who is close to the Kremlin and has been sanctioned by the U.S. government.

    A Democratic senator, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, called on the Commerce Department’s inspector general to open an investigation into the matter, which concerns Ross’s ownership stake in a shipping company that did business with a Russian firm.

    “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,” Blumenthal said in a statement. “Secretary Ross’ financial disclosures are like a Russian nesting doll, with blatant conflicts of interest carefully hidden within seemingly innocuous holding companies.”

    It is unclear whether Ross violated federal guidelines for ethics disclosures by not revealing the connections, and he isn’t alleged to have violated any law.

    ‘Nothing Whatsoever Wrong’
    “We have no business ties to those Russian individuals who are under sanction,” Ross said in the Bloomberg TV interview. Ross said he had nothing to do with the company’s negotiations with Sibur but that “there’s nothing whatsoever wrong with Navigator having a deal with them.”

    Ross insisted he made proper disclosures in terms of his own connections in financial disclosure forms to the Office of Government Ethics. “There is no conflict of interest,” he said, because “we don’t regulate shipping.”

    The Commerce Department said in an unattributed statement on Sunday that Ross was unaware who owned the Russian firm and has never met the owners, and that he has recused himself from transoceanic shipping matters.

    “Secretary Ross works closely with Commerce Department ethics officials to ensure the highest ethical standards, and is committed to restoring our economy and creating American jobs,” the department said.

    On Sunday, news organizations that are part of the Washington, D.C.-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, whose partners include the Times, published reports based on documents leaked from the Bermuda law firm Appleby to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung that were shared with the consortium. The ICIJ has termed the leak the “Paradise Papers” because of its similarity to the “Panama Papers” leak in 2016, from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, for which the organization won a Pulitzer Prize.

    Navigator Holdings
    The Appleby documents included details of Ross’s stake in Navigator Holdings and that its clients include Sibur, according to the Times.

    Sibur was Navigator’s fifth largest customer in 2016, accounting for nearly 8 percent of its revenues, according to Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Mitsubishi Corp. is its largest client, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, accounting for just over 16 percent of revenue.

    Ross’s overall holdings are estimated at $3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

    There is no requirement for executive branch nominees to disclose clients or customers of a business in which they’re a shareholder. The disclosure requirement only applies to direct payments related to a nominee.

    Walter Shaub, who was the director of the Office of Government Ethics at the time Ross filed his disclosure, signed off on the document. Shaub has since resigned and become a public critic of the Trump administration and its ethics practices.

    The ICIJ hasn’t made the documents publicly available. Shaub didn’t immediately return messages on Sunday. Spokespeople for the White House didn’t immediately respond to inquiries.

    Ross Holdings
    Ross holds shares of Navigator Holdings in two funds, WLR Recovery Associates IV DSS AIV, LP and WLR Recovery Associates V DSS AIV, LP, according to his disclosure form, filed in December 2016. Ross listed nine underlying assets for those funds, which he valued in a range of $2 million to $10 million.

    Government officials disclose the values of their assets in broad ranges; how much of the funds’ assets were invested in Navigator Holdings wasn’t disclosed.

    On May 31, Ross sold between $15,001 and $50,000 worth of his stake in the company, according to a subsequent filing with the Office of Government Ethics.

    In his January confirmation hearing, Senator Maria Cantwell, a Washington Democrat, asked Ross about his holdings in Diamond S Shipping Company. The company operates 33 tanker vessels that transport petroleum products, she said.

    The only questions about Russia in his confirmation hearing dealt with cybersecurity, and whether Ross believed there should be consequences for Russian, Chinese and North Korean cyberattacks against U.S. companies. Ross also said that competition from Russian king crabs was an issue he’d look at related to U.S. fishing interests.

    Ross’s ethics agreement didn’t require him to sell his stake in Diamond S Shipping. Ross said that no shipping issue had ever come before the Commerce Department, and so he wasn’t required to divest his holdings, though he would have no active role in the business.

    His ethics agreement said he would recuse himself from any issues involving the companies in which he continued to hold assets.

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    The Case of Wilbur Ross' Phantom $2 Billion
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    Fresh off a tour through Thailand, Laos and China, United States Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Jr. picked up the phone on a Sunday afternoon in October to discuss something deeply personal: how much money he has. A year earlier, Forbes had listed his net worth at $2.9 billion on The Forbes 400, a number Ross claimed was far too low: He maintained he was closer to $3.7 billion. Now, after examining the financial-disclosure forms he filed after his nomination to President Donald Trump's Cabinet, which showed less than $700 million in assets, Forbes was intent on removing him entirely.

    Ross protested, citing trusts for his family that he said he did not have to disclose in federal filings. "You're apparently not counting those, which are more than $2 billion," he said. When asked for documentation, the 79-year-old demurred, citing "privacy issues." Told that Forbes nonetheless planned to remove him from the list for the first time in 13 years, he responded: "As long as you explain that the reason is that assets were put into trust, I'm fine with that." And when did he make the transfer that allowed him to not disclose over $2 billion? "Between the election and the nomination."

    So began the mystery of Wilbur Ross' missing $2 billion. And after one month of digging, Forbes is confident it has found the answer: That money never existed. It seems clear that Ross lied to us, the latest in an apparent sequence of fibs, exaggerations, omissions, fabrications and whoppers that have been going on with Forbes since 2004. In addition to just padding his ego, Ross' machinations helped bolster his standing in a way that translated into business opportunities. And based on our interviews with ten former employees at Ross' private equity firm, WL Ross & Co., who all confirmed parts of the same story line, his penchant for misleading extended to colleagues and investors, resulting in millions of dollars in fines, tens of millions refunded to backers and numerous lawsuits. Additionally, according to six U.S. senators, Ross failed to initially mention 19 suits in response to a questionnaire during his confirmation process.

    Nearly a week before this article went to press, both Ross and his team at the Commerce Department were sent a detailed list of questions. "Secretary Ross has filed all required disclosures in accordance with the law and in consultation with both legal counsel and ethics officials at the Department of Commerce and Office of Government Ethics. As we have said before, any misunderstanding from your previous conversation with Secretary Ross is unfortunate." They declined to provide further answers on the record.

    But Ross' questionable assertions to Forbes, combined with a recent controversy about a multimillion-dollar stake in a shipping company that does big business with close associates of Vladimir Putin, paint a clearer picture of the commerce secretary's tactics. His slippery statements during his confirmation hearings--"I intend to be quite scrupulous about recusal and any topic where there is the slightest scintilla of doubt"--came as no surprise to those who have known Ross for decades.

    "Wilbur doesn't have an issue with bending the truth," says David Wax, who worked alongside Ross for 25 years and served as the No. 3 person in his firm. Another former colleague, who requested anonymity, was less circumspect: "He's lied to a lot of people."

    Twenty-six years before Donald Trump was elected president of the United States, Wilbur Ross disappeared. It was 1990, corporate America was sick on junk bonds, and Ross was a top bankruptcy negotiator. But one November day, he failed to show up at an important meeting to brief bondholders in a furniture company's bankruptcy. They didn't know where he had gone.

    Until they went home and turned on the television. There was Ross, with Donald Trump, announcing a deal to recapitalize Trump's Taj Mahal casino, which was then careening toward bankruptcy. They were technically adversaries, with Ross representing one group of bondholders--at one point Trump asked them to fire Ross after he dismissed a Trump proposal to keep 100% of his equity, saying, "It's too early for Christmas." But Ross eventually brokered a deal among Trump, debt holder Carl Icahn and Ross' own clients that allowed Trump to keep a 50% stake. "I think [Ross] is very talented, a fantastic negotiator," Trump said at the time.

    The son of a judge, he always has been. He grew up in New Jersey, attended Yale and then Harvard Business School and eventually wound up as the bankruptcy work-out specialist at the investment bank Rothschild, where he was known for his ability to quickly distill complex situations. "He was very, very sharp," says someone who worked with him back then. "Very tough." By the early 1990s, his unit was bringing in around $18 million a year, with Ross personally pocketing more than a third of that.

    Ross was an extremely well-paid professional, but he yearned for the big money and big spotlight that come with having your own shop. "People knew of him," says another former colleague, "but not on his own." At first, he worked within Rothschild, raising $200 million for an internal private equity fund that would leverage his bankruptcy expertise to pick up companies on the cheap. Three years later, in 2000, he bought out the fund and slapped his name on the door. At 62, when most investment bankers start dabbling in golf and vineyards, Ross was poised to claim some glory for himself. Says Wax: "He viewed it as an opportunity to have a pulpit, to name something after himself and to potentially make a lot of money."

    Ross quickly accomplished all three of those things. In 2002, his firm invested in the bankrupt steelmaker LTV. According to a Harvard Business School case study, LTV had put $1.2 billion into new plants and equipment but laid off 7,500 union employees and faced a $3.4 billion pension burden. As a master of work-outs, Ross knew he could get the federal government to take over the pensions. According to people who worked at the firm then, Ross told the unions he'd buy the business if they let him hire back just 3,500 workers. Figuring 3,500 jobs were better than none, the union agreed, and WL Ross picked up most of LTV's assets, without the pension headaches, for $135 million and about $165 million in annual environmental liabilities.

    Ross' timing was impeccable. One week later, President George W. Bush issued a stiff tariff on steel imports, sending U.S. prices soaring and making Ross look like a genius. He rolled up several more steel companies, including Bethlehem Steel, into International Steel Group, which filed for an IPO in 2003.

    Ross was technically the beneficial owner of nearly $1 billion worth of the stock. But most of that belonged to his investors, not Ross personally. In 2005, Indian billionaire Lakshmi Mittal bought the business for around $4.5 billion in cash and stock.

    Ross personally invested only about $3 million in his firm's first two funds, according to former employees. Buoyed by International Steel Group, he roughly tripled that money, but the bigger payout came from carried interest--the manager's cut of overall profits, typically 20%. In all, Ross made an estimated $260 million.

    A huge score, yes, though not nearly enough to be one of the 400 richest people in America. But when a Forbes reporter reached out to Ross, apparently crediting him with his investors' money, the future commerce secretary did nothing to clarify the situation, according to notes at the time.

    "I just spoke to Ross," the reporter wrote. "He's one of the easiest new guys I've put on [The Forbes 400] in a while. Very low-key, said he didn't really want to be on, but at the same time wasn't going to fight success. He says he doesn't want to juice up his numbers at all."

    "I told him we're going to start him at $1 billion," added the reporter, who no longer works at Forbes . "And he said 'Yep, fine, thank you.' "

    Ross appeared on The Forbes 400 for the first time in 2004, with a net worth listed at $1 billion. It was nearly four times as much as he was likely worth. "Everyone that I knew that worked with Wilbur knew it wasn't true," says a former colleague of Ross. A legend was born, and like most legends, this one had its roots in a myth.

    Within days of that fateful issue of Forbes, Ross married for the third time at a beachside church in Southampton,

    New York. His bride, Hilary, 12 years younger, had spent much of her life in the Hamptons and Palm Beach, two of the East Coast's most famous billionaire playgrounds. "She brought him a certain kind of prominence, socially," says David Patrick Columbia, who publishes Hilary's musings on his website, New York Social Diary. "It was a perfect merger." Adds another contemporary: "She wants her husband to be on The Forbes 400."

    Life began to change for Ross. Once known for quirky suspenders, he now wore impeccable suits. A workaholic for most of his career, he began spending much of the year outside of New York. He started flying private, built up a collection of paintings by the Belgian artist René Magritte and bought a Palm Beach estate for $13 million.

    His fundraising kept pace with his spending. In 2005, he raised a $1.1 billion flagship fund, his largest yet. The next year, he sold WL Ross & Co. to the publicly traded investment-management company Invesco for $100 million up front and the ability to earn an additional $275 million, depending on how much money he was able to raise in later funds.

    With Invesco and a big incentive behind him, Ross raised a massive $4.1 billion fund in 2007, putting roughly $70 million of his own money into that one and the 2005 predecessor, according to three former employees. His net worth at this time was likely around $400 million, thanks to the sale of WL Ross & Co. But when contacted by Forbes that year, he gave valuations for his firm's investments as if the money belonged to him. The myth, with Forbes compounding it based on our original mistake and Ross' exhortations, got bigger. Now Forbes listed Ross with a net worth of $1.7 billion.

    That wasn't enough. "I would say the total now is a bit more than $2 billion," Ross wrote in a 2011 email, according to notes taken at the time. In 2013, a different Forbes reporter realized that prior estimates seemed to include not just Ross' money but that of the investors in his funds. Ross strung us along, leading us to believe he would provide evidence of his assets, but never did. Just months later, he was insisting that he was even richer, and Forbes continued to largely fall for it. "2.75 [billion] is a bit low but probably close enough," he wrote in an email around the start of 2014. In September, he was arguing for a valuation of $3.45 billion but begrudgingly accepted a smaller figure: "3.1 [billion] is low, but I understand why you wish to be conservative."

    Why wouldn't Ross be satisfied with $400 million? "You're talking about someone as egotistical as they come," Wax says. Five other former employees add a more tangible reason: The more money Ross appeared to be worth, the more money investors seemed willing to give him. "Really, for us, it was a bet on him, " says Sam Green, who helped put $300 million into Ross' funds on behalf of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund, citing his personal wealth as one factor. "I don't know of any better indicator of future success than having been successful in the past." Ross had seemed to figure out how to make fake numbers generate real assets.

    In 2010, Ross set out to raise a new private equity fund, hoping to come up with another $4 billion. It was an audacious goal in the wake of the financial crisis, far more than many of his partners thought would be possible. After two years of fundraising, Ross closed it with just $640 million of investments. Still, he told the media he had raised $2.2 billion. Technically true but also misleading. Most of the other $1.6 billion or so came from other funds or accounts that paid little or no fee to Invesco. Given that shareholders might assume that the firm had an extra $2.2 billion of assets generating fees for its private equity arm, which was not true, Invesco later clarified the matter on an earnings call.

    There were also charges related to transparency inside the funds. In August 2016, the SEC announced a settlement with Invesco-owned WL Ross after investigating whether the firm had charged its investors improper fees from 2001 to 2011. WL Ross agreed to pay a $2.3 million fine, without admitting or denying the findings of the investigation. It also agreed to refund $11.8 million to investors. And that was small potatoes: Buried in its 2015 annual report, Invesco disclosed that it had paid an additional $43 million in reimbursements and regulatory expenses associated with its private equity business in the previous two years. The filings don't explicitly connect that money to WL Ross--and these payments have never before been reported--but four former employees said they were all tied to Wilbur Ross' firm. Invesco declined to comment for this story.

    In 2012, Ross' longtime No. 2, David Storper, left the firm but said he retained interests in many of the funds. Three years later, Storper alleged in a lawsuit that the firm sent him inaccurate financial information after his departure and that Wilbur Ross stole his interests outright. Ross denied the allegations, and the lawsuit remains ongoing. A few years earlier, a vice chairman of WL Ross sued Wilbur Ross for more than $20 million, alleging that Ross tried to cut him out of interest and fees he had been promised. The parties had reached a settlement by 2007, which former employees say cost about $10 million.

    The Storper case has other ex-employees looking back to be sure they were sent proper information. Joseph Mullin, a former member of WL Ross' 15-person investment team, filed his own suit against WL Ross & Co., also alleging that Ross took his interests after he left. The firm filed a motion to dismiss in February, but the case remains active. A third ex-colleague, who is not in litigation, argues that Ross' tactics went beyond hard-nosed negotiating: "Everybody does some cheating, everybody does some lying. Not everybody steals from their employees."

    On November 8, 2016, the night that upended American politics, Wilbur Ross was with Donald Trump, his family and top backers in New York City. The relationships inside this inner sanctum ran deep. Billionaire Phillip Ruffin, the president's Las Vegas partner who had Trump serve as best man at his wedding, was there. So was Icahn and apparently Richard LeFrak, the real estate tycoon who was part of the Palm Beach circle that included Trump and Ross.

    But Ross was the only one who left his day job to join Trump in government. "I'd rather hang myself," Ruffin told Forbes earlier this year. "I don't know why Wilbur took it."

    But viewed in the context of Ross' career arc, it makes perfect sense. The steel deal made him rich, but his returns have been mediocre since, so much so that WL Ross filed documents to raise a sixth flagship fund last year, but nothing seemed to come of it. Trump, the guy he kept afloat 26 years before, offered his fellow attention-seeking dealmaker a lifeline to relevance.

    Ross' appointment as secretary of commerce came with one catch: He had to disclose his assets, providing evidence that he was not as rich as he had long claimed. In 2015, he sent Forbes a detailed breakdown of his supposed holdings, listing $1.25 billion in partnership interests, $1.1 billion in municipal bonds, $500 million in equities, $200 million in art, $110 million in real estate and $200 million in cash, for a fanciful total of $3.4 billion, according to notes taken at the time. We eventually listed him at $2.9 billion. Last year, Ross' assistant claimed $3.7 billion; we stuck with $2.9 billion.

    His former colleagues saw the moment of reckoning coming as soon as he accepted a Cabinet role. "It was surprising because he would have to reveal to the world that he wasn't a billionaire," one ex-employee said. "I was surprised that he would take that risk."

    But Ross was ready to double down, even while he was a Cabinet member, telling Forbes about the putative $2 billion asset transfer to his family members after the election. That opened up a storm of questions from ethics and tax experts. If Ross had owned $2 billion of additional assets before the election, wouldn't they have produced income that he was required to disclose, even if he no longer owned the assets? And why would someone apparently transfer $2 billion to his family, thereby triggering more than $800 million in gift taxes, especially with a president in the White House who was prepared to eliminate the estate tax and therefore much of the cost of transferring fortunes to later generations?

    "I am aware of the ethics and tax rules and have complied with all of them," Ross wrote in an October email to Forbes . "Aren't you going a bit overboard on this? I have explained my situation to you and am surprised and disappointed by the seemingly accusatory tone of your email. For more than 50 years I have had a good relationship with your publication and with the Forbes family. And never have had a bad experience with either. In fact I was just the featured speaker at your magazine's hundredth anniversary CEO conference in Hong Kong."

    After Forbes published an online story on October 16 laying out those questions, six Senate Democrats wrote a letter to the top ethics official in the federal government, asking him to figure out what was going on with Ross' finances. "It is imperative that Congress and the Office of Government Ethics know the full extent of Mr. Ross's holdings to ensure he is not putting personal gain ahead of the interests of the American people."

    The Department of Commerce issued a statement saying the $2 billion gift never happened. "Contrary to the report in Forbes, there was no major asset transfer to a trust in the period between the election and Secretary Ross's confirmation."

    The only problem with that statement: The person who told Forbes that the transfer had taken place, that it had happened after the election and that it had meant more than $2 billion of family assets weren't on the disclosure was none other than the sitting secretary of commerce, Wilbur Ross.

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    I cannot keep tabs of this BS story any more.

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    BREAKING NEWS: Trump's bodyguard says Russian offered to 'send FIVE women' to his Moscow hotel room - but was turned down
    • President Trump's former bodyguard Keith Schiller told Congressional investigators that a Russian offered to 'send five girls' to Trump's hotel room
    • Schiller was speaking behind closed doors to the House Intelligence Committee, though three witnesses to the testimony spilled what was said to NBC News
    • The bodyguard told lawmakers the story as a way to push back against allegations found in the dirty dossier that said Trump did host the girls
    • Schiller testified that he told the Russian 'we don't do that type of stuff,' as he also walked Trump, alone, back to his hotel room that night
    • The longtime aide, who left the White House in September, also said that he and Trump were aware that any activities in Moscow hotel rooms could be bugged
    • The Associated Press reported in July that pop star Emin Agalarov had offered Trump prostitutes on that same trip, for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant


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    Former Trump adviser Carter Page says his 'extensive work in Russia' is 'entirely legal' as he slams the 'Witch hunt' investigation over election meddling
    • Page discussed his work in Russia in filings related to his lawsuit against media giant Oath over stories of his alleged involvement with election meddling
    • Filings come days after House Intelligence Committee released his testimony
    • Former Trump advisor Page spent six hours being interviewed by the committee
    • He revealed that he informed the Trump campaign of his trip to Moscow
    • Campaign chair Lewandowski said it was 'fine' if he went 'on your own'
    • Page met Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich on the trip
    • He has since urged that the 'extensive work' he did in Russia was 'entirely legal'


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    Trump says Putin DENIED meddling in the 2016 election and was 'insulted' by questions about 'Democratic hit-job' that's stopping Russia from helping de-fang North Korea and affecting 'millions of lives'
    • The presidents held private talks on sidelines of economic summit in Vietnam
    • Trump asked Putin if he meddled in the US election and Russian leader denied it
    • US leader said: 'He said he didn't meddle. You can only ask so many times'


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    Trump flip flops and now says he backs CIA claims that Russia meddled with the election - after insisting he was convinced by Putin's denials
    • Trump clarified Sunday that he believes his U.S. intelligence agencies when they say Russia meddled in the 2016 election
    • Vladimir Putin told Trump on Saturday during a meeting that he didn't do it
    • Trump confused when he told reporters Saturday evening that he believes Putin
    • Explained during a news conference on Sunday with Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang that he really think Putin believes that - not that Russia didn't meddle
    • Said he won't stand around and argue with Putin about the election when they could be talking about crises overseas in Syria, Ukraine and North Korea


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