The 2000s

Russiagate 

The 2000s

 2000

2000: “Roger Stone serves as chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential exploratory advisory committee. [Added March 27, 2017] “Bill Moyers Michael Caputo, who later runs Trump’s primary campaign in New York during the 2016 race, secures a PR contractwith the Russian conglomerate Gazprom Media to burnish Russian President Vladimir Putin’s image in the United States. ” Mother Jones

“Sometime in 2000, according to Mr. Henry, Mr. [Felix] Sater got himself in more trouble when the NYPD “reportedly discovered that he had been running a money-laundering scheme and illicit gun sales out of a Manhattan storage locker.” Judicial Watch
September 2000 FL State Rep. Tom Feeney asked programmer Clint Curtis & Lee Yang at Yang Enterprises (ExxonMobil, NASA, FL DOT clients) to steal the election in West Palm Beach. Feeney testified before Rep. John Conyers in 2004. Feeney was Yang’s corporate attorney and a registered lobbyist for Yang at the time.July 31, 2000 Bob Urosevich promoted to CEO & President of Global Election Systems, Inc. (GES), which acquired his I-Mark Systems touch screen voting system.

2001

January 2001 Convicted lobbyist Jack Abramoff left Preston Gates & Ellis and started working for Greenberg Traurig LLP. Convict Tony C. Rudy joined him, with Victor Reyes head of the Hispanic Democratic Organization who had close ties to Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley “ Abramoff brought a book of business then worth more than $6 million annually to Greenberg Traurig, according to his own estimates. At the firm he assembled “Team Abramoff“, a lobbying team that was involved in the Jack Abramoff Indian lobbying scandal and the monetary influence of Jack Abramoff.Washington Post.   After Reyes’s arrival, from 2001 to 2005, Greenberg earned $3.5 million in city-related legal fees, including for representing the city in the United Airlines and RCN Cable TV bankruptcies.” Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greenberg_Traurig]

2001: Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza opened. Street Easy

2002

January 22, 2002 Diebold acquired Bob Urosevich’s Global Election Systems, Inc. GES for $24.7m, electronic voting concurrent with the Help America Vote Act HAVA  introduced by ,Rep. Ney, Robert W. [R-OH-18] electronic voting funding– GES Senior VP (programmer Jeffrey Dean) was a convicted felon who had served timefor sophisticated crimes involving “computer tampering”. Wired 

2002: TRUMP WORLD TOWER OPENED. Felix Sater has testified that he joined Bayrock, controlled by Tevfik Arif, around 2002. Bayrock was based in Trump Tower. In a sworn deposition in 2008, Sater testified that he would pitch business ideas to Trump (“just me and him”) and his team (“on a constant basis”).” Forbes
“Russian-born Felix H. Sater and his company, Bayrock Group — a Trump Tower tenant — begin working with Trump on a series of real estate development deals, one of which becomes the Trump SoHo. Another development partner in Trump SoHo is the Sapir Organization, founded by Tamir Sapir. “[Revised March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers
Also in 2002: “Efforts to sell Russians apartments in Trump World Tower, Trump’s West Side condominiums, and Trump’s building on Columbus Circle expand with presentations in Moscow involving Sotheby’s International Realty and a [Kirsanova Realty] Russian realty firm. In addition to buying units in Trump World Tower, Russians and Russian-Americans flood into another Trump-backed project in Sunny Isles Beach, Florida. In South Florida alone, members of the Russian elite invest more than $98 millionin seven Trump-branded luxury towers.”[Added March 20, 2017] Bill Moyers     “Simultaneous with when the tower was going up, developer Gil Dezer and his father, Michael, were building a Trump-backed condo project in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. “Russians love the Trump brand,” he says, adding that Russians and Russian Americans bought some 200 of 2,000 units in Trump buildings he built. They flooded into Trump projects from 2001 to 2007, helping Trump weather the real estate collapse, he says.”Bloomberg
2002: Trump National Golf Club Bedminster (Old Course), N.J. (No. 58 Golfweek’s Best Modern)  Donald Trump bought the property, which included the estate of automaker John Z. De Lorean, for less than $35 million.[3]    “Camp David North”  In May 2017, President Trump started to use the property for weekend retreats stating that staying at his property in Bedminster is less expensive and disruptive than going to Trump Tower in New York city.[15]”  Wikipedia
2002 Election Reform Bill Rep. Ney accepted bribes from Abramoff to insert 4 amendments that would remove paper ballots, Ney helped Abramoff’s client Volz’s daughter with passport issue for Ney’s summer 2003 trip to Moscow

2003

“Trump had agreed to let Miami father-and-son developers Gil and Michael Dezer use his name on what ultimately became six Sunny Isles Beach condominium towers, which drew in new moneyed Russians all too eager to pay millions. “Russians love the Trump brand,” said Gil Dezer, who added that Russians and Russian-Americans bought some 200 of the 2,000 or so units in Trump buildings he built. A seventh Trump-branded hotel tower built up Sunny Isles into what ostensibly has become a South Florida Brighton Beach. Selling units from the lobby of the Trump International Beach Resort in Sunny Isles was Baronoff Realty. Elena Baronoff, who died of cancer in 2015, was the exclusive sales agent for three Trump-branded towers. ” Rolling Stone
Michael Cohen, Arkady Vaygensberg (Ukrainian), and Leonid Tatarchuk (Ukrainian) were 30%/30%/30% partners with Alvin Malnik, accused of NJ Meyer Lansky mob connections as a silent 10% partner, invests in unsuccessful casino boats in S. Florida Buzzfeed
July 2003: “Eduard Nektalov, an Uzbekistan-born diamond dealer, purchased a 79th-floor unit directly below Conway’s for $1.6 million in July 2003. He was being investigated by federal agents for a money-laundering scheme, which involved smelting gold to make it appear like everyday objects that were then hauled to drug cartels in Colombia. Nektalov sold his unit a month after he bought it for a $500,000 profit. Less than a year later, Nektalov, rumored to have been cooperating with authorities, was gunned down on Manhattan’s Sixth Avenue.”Bloomberg
Rep. Robert Ney [R-OH] visited Moscow 
July 2003 “Ohio State Senator Jeff Jacobson, Republican, asked Ohio Secretary of StateKen Blackwell, also a Republican, in July 2003 to disqualify Diebold’s bid to supply voting machines for the state, after security problems were discovered in its software, but was refused.[39] Blackwell had ordered Diebold touch screen voting machines, reversing an earlier decision by the state to purchase only optical scan voting machines which, unlike the touch screen devices, would leave a “paper trail” for recount purposes. Blackwell was found, in April 2006, to own 83 shares of Diebold stock, down from 178 shares purchased in January 2005″ Wikipedia 
September 2003 “a large number of internal Diebold memos, dating back to 1999, were posted to the BlackBoxVoting.org web site, resulting in the site being shut down due to a Diebold cease and desist order. Later, other website organizations Why War? and the Swarthmore Coalition for the Digital Commons, a group of student activists at Swarthmore College posted the memos. U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich, a Democrat from Ohio, placed portions of the files on his websites.[34] Some of these internal memos are posted here: Original Diebold Memos[35] Diebold attempted to stop the publication of these internal memos by sending cease-and-desist letters to each site hosting these documents, demanding that they be removed. Diebold claimed the memos as their copyrighted material, and asserted that anyone who published the memos online was in violation of the Online Copyright Infringement Liability Limitation Act provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act found in §512 of the United States Copyright Act. When it turned out that some of the challenged groups would not back down, Diebold retracted their threat. Those who had been threatened by Diebold then sued for court costs and damages, in OPG v. Diebold. This suit eventually led to a victory for the plaintiffs against Diebold, when in October 2004 Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled that Diebold abused its copyrights in its efforts to suppress the embarrassing memos.” Wikipedia 

2004

January and February 2004 “a whistleblower named Stephen Heller brought to light memos from Jones Day, Diebold’s attorneys, informing Diebold that they were in breach of California law by continuing to use illegal and uncertified software in California voting machines. California Attorney General Bill Lockyer filed civil and criminal suits against the company, which were dropped when Diebold settled out of court for $2.6 million. In February 2006, Heller was charged with three felonies for this action.[36][37] On November 20, 2006, Heller made a plea agreement to pay $10,000 to Jones Day, write an apology, and receive three years probation.[38]Wikipedia 
2004: “Trump Organization sold most of the properties he inherited from his late father, Fred, who started the family real estate business in outer-borough neighborhoods like Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay and Flushing.” The Real Deal
2004: Trump World Tower at 845 United Nations Plaza: ““We had big buyers from Russia and Ukraine and Kazakhstan,” says Debra Stotts, a sales agent who filled up the tower. The very top floors went unsold for years, but a third of units sold on floors 76 through 83 by 2004 involved people or limited liability companies connected to Russia and neighboring states Bloomberg
Wally O’Dell Diebold (electronic voting) CEO is a big, controversial fundraiser for Bush’s Rangers & Pioneers 2004 Campaign
October 2004 “Judge Jeremy Fogel ruled in OPG v. Diebold that Diebold abused its copyrights in its efforts to suppress the embarrassing memos.” Wikipedia 
2004: Paul Manafort “appeared to experience some turbulence in 2004. A Florida horse farm he owned with his wife faced the threat of foreclosure, according to property records, and he used his Virginia house as collateral for a quarter-million-dollar loan. After bursting on the Washington scene in the 1970s and 1980s working for the likes of Gerald R. Ford, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, his political consulting career had largely disappeared from view.” Washington Post
December 2004: (Paul)”Manafort goes to work for Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russian prime minister of Ukraine. Yanukovych is identified by U.S. officials as being allied with Russian oligarchs and Putin cronies Dmytro Firtash and Oleg Deripaska, among others.” NBC News
2004-2007 Carter “Page works on energy investments for Merrill Lynch in Moscow. “NBC

2005

Later convicted Robert Ney in Abramoff scandal, certified the CO electoral votes for Bush/Cheney January 6, 2005.

January 22, 2005: Trump married Melania

Yulia Tymoshenko became the first woman appointed prime minister of Ukraine through September 2005

2005: Date unknown: “Trump reportedly signs a development deal with Bayrock Group, a real estate firm founded by a former Soviet official from Kazakhstan, to develop a hotel in Moscow and agrees to partner on a hotel tower in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Trump works on the projects with Bayrock managing partner Felix Sater, a Russian American businessman. The New York Times will later publish a story revealing Sater’s criminal record, which includes charges of racketeering and assault.” Mother JonesBayrock/Sapir Organization, LLC laundered $1.5 million dollars by setting up in the Netherlands. Rudy Giuliani’s law firm, Bracewell & Giulliani, performed legal services Georgian-born Tamir Sapir and Kazakhstani Tevfik Ari to form a new joint company Bayrock/Sapir Organization, LLC. It has been accused of grand-scale fraud and is being investigated by the State of New York. Trump bought in at [18-] 20%.” Dutch Review

Who did Manafort and Gates work for in Ukraine and Russia? Washington Post “Former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych gestures as he answers journalists questions during his news conference for foreign media in Moscow on Feb. 21, 2017. By Max Bearak October 30, 2017

“In 2005, Manafort was hired by Rinat Akhmetova Ukrainian steel magnate who wanted to burnish his international image. Akhmetov’s company was based in a heavily industrialized, mostly Russian-speaking part of eastern Ukraine. He was one of a large group of Ukrainian oligarchs with close ties to Viktor Yanukovych, the leader of the Russia-friendly Party of Regions. Manafort was hired by the political party soon thereafter.” Washington Post

“Back home, corporations linked to Manafort purchased a unit in Trump Tower for $3.7 million and then two other high-priced apartments in New York, while Manafort and his wife bought a new house in Florida.” Washington Post
February 13, 2005FORBES has obtained a letter to Sater, listed as Bayrock’s “managing director,” from Donald Trump Jr., which states that his father would be a partner in a proposed hotel-tower in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The letter is cc’d to the Trump Organization’s VP of development.
2005: In a sworn deposition in 2008, Sater testifies that Trump gave Bayrock Group an exclusive deal to develop a project in Russia. “I’d come back, pop my head into Mr. Trump’s office and tell him, you know, ‘Moving forward on the Moscow deal.’ And he would say ‘All right… I showed him photos, I showed him the site, showed him the view from the site. It’s pretty spectacular.” But that early effort to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow fails. [Added March 3, 2017]  Bill Moyers

June 2005: Paul Manafort proposes that he undertake a consulting assignment for one of President Vladimir Putin’s billionaire oligarchs. Manafort suggests a strategy for influencing politics, business dealings and news coverage inside the United States, Europe and former Soviet republics to benefit Putin’s government. [Added March 27, 2017] Bill Moyers“ Paul Manafort, later Trump’s campaign chairman,pens a strategy memo to Russia oligarch and Putin confidant Oleg Deripaska, with whom he would sign a $10 million lobbying contract the following year. “We are now of the belief that this model can greatly benefit the Putin Government if employed at the correct levels with the appropriate commitment to success,” Manafort writes, noting that the effort “will be offering a great service that can re-focus, both internally and externally, the policies of the Putin government.” (Manafort later denies working to advance Russian interests as part of this contract, first reported by the Associates Press. Deripaska later calls the AP story a “malicious…lie” and says, “I have never made any commitments or contacts with the obligation or purpose to covertly promote or advance ‘Putin’s Government’ interests anywhere in the world.” Mother Jones
“On May 26, 2005, the Paraguayan Senate allowed US troops to train their Paraguayan counterparts until December 2006, when the Paraguayan Senate can vote to extend the troops’ stay. The United States had threatened to cut off millions in aid to the country if Paraguay did not grant the troops entry. In July 2005 hundreds of US soldiers arrived with planes, weapons and ammunition.” The Nation
Yulia Tymoshenko ousted as the first woman appointed prime minister of Ukraine through September 2005
September 28-October 3, 2005: Rep. Tom DeLay {R-TX, House Maj. Leader 2003-2005] convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud and money laundering to conceal it in connection with the Jack Abramoff Scandal. Wikipedia
November 12, 2005: Donald Trump, Jr. married Vanessa Haydon at Mar-a-Lago. NY Times
2005: “On March 14, 2017 the first two pages of Trump’s 2005 federal income tax returns were leaked to MSNBC‘s Rachel Maddow show. The two pages showed that Trump paid $38 million in federal taxes and had a gross adjusted income of $150 million.[103][104] The White House confirmed the authenticity of the 2005 documents and stated: “Despite this substantial income figure and tax paid, it is totally illegal to steal and publish tax returns.”[103][104]” Wikipedia
2005: Trump took $17 million in insurance for damage few rememberOct. 24, 2016 “PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Donald Trump received a $17 million insurance payment in 2005 for hurricane damage to Mar-a-Lago, his private club in Palm Beach, but The Associated Press can find little evidence of such large-scale damage.” Associated Press“Just over two weeks after Wilma, Trump hosted 370 guests at Mar-a-Lago for the wedding of his son Donald Jr….The insurance adjustor who assessed the insurance claim, Hank Stein of VeriClaim Inc., said there had been damage to Trump’s golf course in West Palm Beach and damage to Mar-a-Lago’s roof and landscaping, but he could not remember details.” Sun-Sentinel

2006

February 2006: Two of Trump’s children, Don Jr. and Ivanka, travel to Moscow. According to Sater, Donald Trump Sr. asked him to show them around: “He asked if I wouldn’t mind joining them and looking after them while they were in Moscow.” He summarizes the attitude of Trump’s children as “nice, big city, great. Let’s do a deal here.” Ten years later — October 2016 — Trump Organization general counsel Alan Garten tells Forbes that the presence of Sater and Trump’s adult children in Moscow at the same time had been a coincidence. [Added March 3, 2017.]  Bill Moyers

2007

2007: “Discussing ambitions for a Trump hotel in 2007, he declares, “We will be in Moscow at some point.”Bill Moyers
“As of 2007, Bayrock and its partners reportedly had more than $2 billion of Trump-branded deals in the works.” The American Interest
January 20, 2007: Rep. Ney sentenced to 30 months for Abramoff election and other bribes. Washington Post
September 19, 2007: “Sater and the former Soviet official who founded Bayrock, Tevfik Arif, stand next to Trump at the launch party for Trump SoHo, a hotel-condominium project co-financed by Bayrock.” Mother Jones
[Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers:Financial Times
August 2007 Diebold Election Services changed name to Premier Election Solutions
October 15, 2007: In an interview with Larry King, Trump says: “Look at Putin — what he’s doing with Russia — I mean, you know, what’s going on over there. I mean this guy has done — whether you like him or don’t like him — he’s doing a great job.” Bill Moyers
November 2007Paul Manafort’s firm receives a $455,000 wire transfer from Ukraine Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. Manafort had been hired to improve the image of Putin-backed Yanukovych, who was portraying himself falsely as an anti-corruption reformer seeking to move Ukraine closer to the West. “The West has not been willing to move beyond the Cold War mentality and to see this man and the outreach that he has extended,” Manafort says about Yanukovych at the time. Ukraine’s richest man — a billionaire industrialist — had introduced Manafort to Yanukovych. [Added April 17, 2017] Bill Moyers
November 22, 2007:  “Trump Vodka debuts in Russia, at the Moscow Millionaire’s Fair. As part of its new marketing campaign, Trump Vodka also unveils an ad featuring Trump, tigers, the Kremlin, and Vladimir Lenin. At the Millionaires’ Fair, Trump meets Sergey Millian, an American citizen from Belarus who is the president of the Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA (RACC). Subsequently, Millian later recounted, “We met at his office in New York, where he introduced me to his right-hand man—Michael Cohen. He is Trump’s main lawyer, all contracts go through him. Subsequently, a contract was signed with me to promote one of their real estate projects in Russia and the CIS. You can say I was their exclusive broker.” According to Millian, he helped Trump “study the Moscow market” for potential real estate investments. “Mother Jones
“Baronoff accompanied Trump’s children on a trip to Russia in the winter of 2007–2008, posing for a photo in Moscow with Ivanka and Eric Trump and developer Michael Dezer. Also in the photo, curiously, was a man named Michael Babel, a former senior executive of a property firm owned by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian metals tycoon Paul Manafort allegedly offered personal updates on Trump’s presidential campaign. Babel later fled Russia to evade fraud charges.” Rolling Stone
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December 17, 2007: “The New York Times publishes a story about Felix Sater’s controversial past, which includes prison time for stabbing a man with a margarita glass stem during a bar fight and a guilty plea in a Mafia-linked racketeering case. The article characterizes Sater as a Trump business associate who is promoting several potential projects in partnership with Trump.” Mother Jones
December 19, 2007: “In a deposition, Trump is asked about his plans to build a hotel in Moscow. He says, “It was a Trump International Hotel and Tower. It would be a nonexclusive deal, so it would not have precluded me from doing other deals in Moscow, which was very important to me.” Mother Jones
Dec. 19-20, 2007: Two days after a Dec. 17, 2007 article in The New York Times about Felix Sater’s criminal past, a lawyer deposing Trump in his libel suit against journalist Timothy O’Brien — author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald — asks, “[W]hat kind of interaction did you have with Mr. Sater prior to the article appearing?” Trump answers, “Not that much, not very much….I would say that my interaction with Felix Sater was, you know, not — was very little.” Discussing Bayrock’s unsuccessful development efforts for Trump in Russia, Trump says, “This was going to be a hotel in Moscow. And I really can say the same things for all of the sites…a hotel in Moscow, a hotel in Kiev, a hotel in Poland, et cetera,…. Bayrock knew the people, knew the investors, and in some cases I believe they were friends of Mr. Arif. And this was going to be Trump International Hotel and Tower in Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul, et cetera, Poland, Warsaw.” Trump is referring to the Bayrock Principal, Tevfik Arif. A few minutes later, Trump says Arif  “did bring people up from Russia… I believe he brought the people from Moscow up to meet me.” [Added July 3, 2017]  Bill Moyers

2008

2008: “Manafort is involved in a business deal to redevelop the Drake Hotel in New York. Documents show that the business partner is Firtash, who got his start in business with help from notorious Russian crime lord Semion Mogilevich. Manafort is involved with [Oleg] Deripaska in an investment fund, documents show. Deripaska has been denied access to the United States at times in the past because of alleged Russian mafia ties, and is considered to be in Putin’s inner circle. Deripaska pays Manafort $7.35 million in management fees.” NBC

“In 2008, he [Manafort] tried to develop an $850 million Manhattan luxury apartment project with Dmitry Firtash, a Ukrainian energy tycoon with a history of legal trouble. U.S. prosecutors charged Firtash in 2013 with money-laundering and bribery as part of a broad international corruption investigation and have sought his extradition, although Firtash’s attorneys have called the effort politically motivated. Manafort’s alleged role in the deal was detailed in documents submitted as part of a 2011 New York lawsuit that accused Firtash of working with Manafort and others to invest ill-gotten profits from energy transactions in Ukraine. Manafort denied wrongdoing, and the case against Manafort and Firtash’s energy company ultimately was dismissed.” Washington Post

In 2008, one of Manafort‘s business partners, Rick Davis, arranged for Deripaska to meet then-presidential candidate John McCain at an international economic conference in Switzerland. At the time, Davis was on leave from Manafort’s firm and was serving as McCain’s campaign manager. The meeting caused a stir, given McCain’s longtime criticism of Putin’s leadership. The Post reported in 2008 that Deripaska jointly emailed Davis and Manafort after the meeting to thank them for setting it up.”

Washington Post

CHRISTOPHER STEELE DOSSIER “Speaking in confidence to a trusted associate in late July 2016, a Russian emigre figure close to the Republican US presidential candidate Donald TRUMP campaign team…In terms of established operational liaison between the TRUMP team and the Kremlin, the emigre confirmed that an intelligence exchange had been running between them for at least 8 years. Within this context priority requirement had been for intelligence on the activities, business and otherwise, in the US of leading Russian oligarchs and their families. TRUMP and his associates duly had obtained and supplied the Kremlin with this information.”

April 2008: “Trump announces he is partnering with Russian oligarch Pavel Fuks to license his name for luxury high-rises in Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Sochi, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics. But Fuks ultimately balks at Trump’s price, which the Russian business newspaper Kommersant estimated could have been $200 million or more. “Mother Jones

May 16, 2008 World Russia Forum Curt Weldon & Charles Taylor former Congressmen. Ed Lozansky

July 2008: “Billionaire Dmitri Rybolovlev, a Russian oligarch, buys a Palm Beach mansion owned by Trump for $95 million, despite Florida’s crashing real estate market and an appraisal on the house for much less. Trump bought the property for $41.35 million four years earlier. Rybolovlev goes on to give conflicting explanations for why he bought the property.” Mother Jones  “Believed to be the biggest single-family home sale in US history. The Russian oligarch never lived in the house and, since then, it has been demolished. Three years earlier, Trump had bought the home at auction for $41 million. [Added March 3, 2017] Bill Moyers

September 15, 2008: “Donald Trump Jr. speaks at a real estate conference in Manhattan, where he says “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets…We see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” Mother JoneseTurboNews

2008 Date unknown: “Trump’s team reportedly invites Sergei Millian to meet Trump at a horse race in Florida, where, according to Millian, they sit in Trump’s private suite at the Gulfstream race track in Miami. “Trump team, they realized that we have a lot of connection with Russian investors. And they noticed that we bring a lot of investors from Russia,” Millian told ABC News in a 2016 interview. “And they needed my assistance, yes, to sell properties and sell some of the assets to Russian investors.” Millian says that following this meeting with Trump, he works as a broker for the Trump Hollywood condominium project in Miami, selling a “nice percentage” of the building’s 200 units to Russian investors.” Mother Jones

November 3, 2008 Mike Connell deposed by OH Atty. Cliff Arnebeck who filed “acivil racketeering case against Karl Rove, which included allegations that the 2004 election was rigged.” Harper’s Magazine

2009

March 3, 2009: “Jared Kushner also gave $20,000 to [Cory] Booker‘s Newark mayoral ticket “Booker Team for Newark,” New Jersey campaign finance records show. That year, Booker attended the wedding of Kushner and Ivanka Trump.” International Business Times

April 27-28, 2009 World Russia Forum US Senate  Sergi Kislyak, Robert McFarlane– National Security Advisor to President Reagan, Senator Jim DeMint R-SC, Free Congress Foundation WIlliam Lind, Ed Lozansky,Konstantin Khizderk   Russia House

September 3, 2009  Election Systems & Software (ES&S) (Todd Urosevich VP, Bob Urosevich was President from 1979-1992 when it was called AIS, American Information Systems) acquired Bob Urosevich’s Premier Election Solutions (Diebold)

Late September 2009 A Policy Agenda for the U.S.-Russia Congressional Caucus The Heritage Foundation October 1, 2009 Download Report Ariel Cohen Director, CENRG and Senior Fellow, IAGS “Last week, Congress launched the bipartisan Congressional Russia Caucus, which is chaired by Congressmen Tom Price (R-GA) and Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH). The creation of the caucus could not be timelier, as the Obama Administration seems to have made unrequited concessions to Russia in missile defense, strategic arms talks, and the sale of Russian arms to Iran and Venezuela. Meanwhile, the U.S. said little regarding its violation of Ukrainian and Georgian sovereignty.”

Oct. 14, 2009: Paul Manafort’s firm receives a $750,000 wire transfer from Viktor Yanukovych’s Party of Regions. The Russian-leaning Yanukovych was running for president and, in February 2010, he won[Added April 17, 2017]  Bill Moyers

2009: Michael Flynn “aviation financing deal negotiated with Vladimir Putin, according to court records” Politico
George Papadopoulos‘s future wife Simona Mangiante “began working for some very senior members of the EU Parliament in 2009. These MEP politicians were ; Mairead McGuiness, Roberta Angelilli, & Martin Schulz. Parliamentary member Gianni Pittella introduced Mangiante to “Professor” Josef Mifsud.  George graduated from college.

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