As the "Spy who Came in from the Cold" starts to unfold or unravel, these are some of my notes - there will be more, many more, flying at a furious pace I expect. What else is happening? Feel free to pile on, like a Moscow snowdrift.
Little Moscow: More Trump-Russia real estate corruption.
Plus: how Russian money powered Trump's comeback:
Plus Josh is on it: And much much more - it may start to explain the weird reluctance of our government under Obama to release any info on Trump's Russian connections - so there's an informer in the midst - a bit like Nicholson's role in The Departed.
But the Dona don't know him no Ruskies, ya know?
Web of Deception/Intrigue
Meanwhile, Russia denies involvement in Montenegran coup attempt. What, is Kellyanne Conway moonlighting as Putin's PR flack as well?
And go read Adam Khan for anything more.... [disclosure/confession - I stole many of his links]
Trump picks friends for $2 billion FBI building contract.
Huge crony deal - predicted last December, made real in January (while we were distracted), Roth is a Kushner business partner and for a short time on Trump's economic team.
Presumably Russians will get a chance to put wiretaps all through it before complete. But wait, it gets much bigger.....
Trump makes $23 million a year on the coattails of Roth's government biz.
More ties to Kushner here. Infrastructure project to be $1 trillion or more, with no typical grownups in the room, like analysts, gov policy types, etc.,, just a bunch of real estate developers with a huge bucket full of cash. What could go wrong?
Jan 19, 2017
President-elect Donald Trump taps two rich developers to oversee infrastructure plan
Donald Trump has chosen Richard LeFrak and Steve Roth, “two of the wealthiest men in real estate” according to Forbes, to head a “council of builders and engineers”. This new council will be tasked with overseeing Trump’s plan to invest $1 trillion in infrastructure, reports archinect. The Republican infrastructure plan relies heavily on private-public partnerships, so it’s not really a surprise that developers will be involved.
Roth founded Vornado, one of the most prominent real estate trusts in New York and Washington. Tornado is merging with JBG Smith, which is one of the shortlisted bidders for the development of a new FBI headquarters, a $2 billion contract. The LeFrak family has played a major role in developing New York, New Jersey, Los Angeles and Miami.
Feel free to pile on, like a Moscow snowstorm....
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