ABC Report: Congress Also Wants to Hear From Boris Epshteyn
We looked at the fact they want to hear from Michael Cohen last post.
Cohen is refusing to appear which just means Congress may soon subpoena him. Boris Epshteyn’s lawyer is being more circumspect, though also giving him the wiggle room to also demur if he wants.
“Epshteyn, a Trump campaign adviser who briefly served in the White House communications office, confirmed to ABC News that he has received a request for information and testimony from the House Intelligence Committee. His lawyer provided a brief statement to ABC News.”
“Like many others, Mr. Epshteyn has received a broad, preliminary request for information from the House Intelligence Committee. This is a voluntary request. Mr. Epshteyn has not been subpoenaed nor do we anticipate that he will be. We have reached out to the Committee wth several follow up questions and we are awaiting their response in order to better understand what information they are seeking and whether Mr. Epshteyn is able to reasonably provide it.”
“The Trump associate, 34, most recently served as the special assistant to the president in charge of surrogate operations before leaving his post in March.”
What’s notable about when he left is the abruptness of it. It was getting hot. Remember when Devin Nunes gave that bizarre presser and said that only one person in the WH actually has a FISA warrant against them?
Gee-I thought we just had an election on handling classified information with extreme carelessness? Nunes just outed that info for the whole world to hear.
Anyway, that one person subject of a FISA warrant was believed by many to be Epshteyn.
With Trump it often seems that not only is relevant experience in a cabinet or agency position a perquisite, it hurts you. It seems that lacking experience is a feature not a bug for Trump’s hires. But I think the key is that Trump values people with whom he has a personal relationship first and foremost-competence doesn’t matter for him-as if he’d know the difference-loyalty does.
It turns out that Esphteyn has a very long relationship with the Trump family.
“Epshteyn grew up in Moscow and met Trump’s son Eric at Georgetown University, where he received his law degree. Following the campaign, he served as senior adviser to the Trump-Pence transition team and director of communications for the Presidential Inaugural Committee before joining the White House press office.”
So he’s a very close family friend.
“You would have to ask Russia if they tried to meddle … Whether there was an attempt at meddling, again, how would I know?” Epshteyn said. “Again, if you have a problem with how the president is handling his foreign policy, you can speak at the ballot box in three and a half years.”
You’d know if you helped them. And Esphteyn is a born Russian citizen and some sources say he’s connected with FSB.
Epshteyn may also be Source E from the Steele Dossier-who has the Kompromat on Trump. Louise Mensch back in March:
“I cannot confirm whether Mr. Epshteyn is, as has been speculated about, ‘Source E’ in the Steele dossier, but he fits the description given of that source. What I can report is that sources stated Epshteyn was named to the FISA court in July as a target, but – and I re-emphasize this point – that application was denied by the court.”
Here’s another post she wrote on Epshteyn.
The Daily Kos at the same time when Epshteyn was first let go:
“Russia’s Federal Security Service (the FSB) often recruits Western businessmen by obtaining compromising material (“kompromat”) during tours and junkets to Russia. Russian intelligence has used this iconic recruitment technique for over fifty years.”
“Epshteyn worked with the Russian government in 2013 to promote investment in Russia to the American business community. His actions fit tightly with the FSB model described above.
The Russia-born investment banker and attorney moderated a panel at an October 2013 conference in New York City called “Invest in Moscow!” The panel was mainly comprised of Moscow city government officials, like Sergey Cheremin, a city minister who heads Moscow’s foreign economic and international relations department. Huffington Post 8/12/16
“There are unsubstantiated rumors that Epshteyn is Source E in the Steele dossier and that he entrapped Trump in the Pee Pee tape blackmail.”
Seth Abramson had an interesting mega thread on Epshteyn at the same time.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) March 27, 2017
Finally, here is part of a profile on him in the NY Times during the election:
Two years ago, Mr. Epshteyn was charged with misdemeanor assault in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a bar fight. The charge was dropped after he agreed to undergo anger management counseling and perform community service.
“Boris takes a certain amount of delight in trying to bully the interviewer,” said Joy Reid, the host of a show on MSNBC, who has clashed with Mr. Epshteyn. “He sees every night as combat and he goes in as very combative.”
“Three political commentators said in separate interviews that he often acted in a rude, condescending manner toward show staffers, makeup artists and others. The three, all of whom are opposed to Mr. Trump’s election, spoke on condition of anonymity because they sometimes appear on air with Mr. Epshteyn.”
“Boris is abrasive,” Ms. Reid added. “That is who he is both on the air and off.”
Mr. Epshteyn said in an email that he absolutely disagreed with such remarks. ”I have utmost respect for all of the great people I have the pleasure to come in contact with,” he wrote.
So here’s what we know about Epshteyn for starters:
1. Was born in Russia
2. His intro to Trump World was via meeting Eric Trump on college.
3. He conducts himself in an abrasive and condescending manner and can get so bad it leads to fights.
4. He may be Source E per the Steele Dossier who has Kompromat on Trump. Obviously if true this made him a very important figure in the WH for Russia.
5. He has done things that seem consistent with being in with FSB.
6. According to Mensch’s sources he was named in a FISA warrant from July, 2016-which was rejected by the court.
7. He is a person of interest for investigators.
8. Mensch-who has gotten many things right wrote this post on him.
9. He worked on the transition with Pence so what does he know about Flynn? Is he himself a Russian spy? Or at least a Russian agent?
10. By no means is this a comprehensive list.
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