The Fugitive Kazakh, Felix Sater’s Bayrock, AND Rudy Giuliani
Lots of interesting news out of some friends of Trump here. Rudy who knows what happened with the Comey letter, Felix Sater and: the fugitive Kazakh:
— McClatchyDC (@McClatchyDC) September 29, 2017
Let McClatchy tell the story:
“A powerful Kazakh family and a developer linked to Donald Trump enlisted the law firm of a high-profile Trump confidante to create a web of offshore companies designed to minimize taxes.”
“The firm: Bracewell & Giuliani, which carried the name of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Giuliani was a frequent surrogate for Trump during the 2016 campaign and was considered for a position in his Cabinet.”
“Bracewell & Giuliani had an office in Kazakhstan, and Giuliani even raised funds from expatriates there for his failed 2008 presidential bid.”
Again, Bayrock is a company that Trump and Felix Sater partnered up in. It’s arguable that simply having had a business association with Sater is a felony on Trump’s part-and that of his kids. Maybe that’s why he issued such categorical-and false-denials in the past of having anything to do with Felix Sater.
More recently, it’s emerging that in the 2016 campaign-as Trump was again claiming to have nothing to do with Sater-his lawyer Michael Cohen and Felix Sater were working on getting a Trump Tower in Moscow.
This required a sign on from Putin himself and Sater boasted that he could get it and that this was going to win the election for Herr Trump.
“WE CAN ENGINEER IT”: TRUMP ASSOCIATE BRAGGED ABOUT USING DEAL WITH PUTIN TO HELP WIN ELECTION
“E-mails between Felix Sater and Trump’s personal lawyer reveal efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.”
Back to McClatchy:
“Bayrock is believed to be under the microscope of Justice Department and congressional investigators looking at Russian meddling in the 2016 election, in part because of its foreign investors and buyers and in part because Bayrock’s Russian-born then-managing director Felix Sater, who served time in prison in the U.S. in the mid-1990s, became an adviser to Trump’s company.”
“Sater and Trump Organization lawyer Michael Cohen were seeking a hotel deal in Moscow even during the election, according to emails that recently surfaced and are now in the hands of investigators. The emails undercut Trump’s post-election claim that he had no business in Russia, showing he was actively trying to develop a luxury tower.”
Sater and Cohen go way back: to where they were both teenagers here on Long Island in the early 1980s.
“Documents obtained by McClatchy, Dutch broadcaster Zembla and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project show that the Khrapunovs — former Kazakh politician Viktor, his anchorwoman wife Leila and Geneva-based son Ilyas — joined forces with Bayrock and Sater during a period that Bayrock was developing the famed Trump Soho project in Manhattan, which Trump touted often on NBC’s hit show The Apprentice.”
Together, the Khrapunovs and Bayrock Group created KazBay B.V. in the Netherlands in 2007, with the legal advice of Bracewell & Giuliani.”
Rudy completes the circle of Trump cronies.
“The Khrapunovs, with the help of a partner of Sater’s, later purchased and quickly flipped three condos in the Trump Soho hotel and condo complex. They are accused in Kazakhstan of embezzlement and money laundering. The Khrapunovs face civil lawsuits in New York and Los Angeles that seek to claw back what the Kazakh government says is stolen money. Some of the cash allegedly washed through U.S. real estate, including the Trump properties.”
“When Zembla readied to air a documentary this week (Sept. 27) about the relationship between the Khrapunovs and Sater, the Khrapunovs sued in the Netherlands to block it, accusing the Kazakh government of defamation.”
“Internal records show KazBay B.V. was 50 percent owned by Bayrock B.V. and its owner Tevfik Arif, and 50 percent owned by Helvetic Capital S.A., a Swiss company whose true owner, according to the documents, was Leila Khrapunova. She’s the former TV anchor and back in 2007 was the wife of Viktor Khrapunov, the former mayor of Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, and an ex-energy minister.”
“KazBay wasn’t the only project involving the Khrapunovs and Bayrock. They partnered on a luxury condominium project overlooking Lake Geneva, and established a Swiss corporation in early 2008 called Swiss Capital IB SA that listed two addresses on its website: Bayrock’s New York offices in Trump Tower, two floors down from Trump, and a Switzerland address used by Helvetic Capital.”
“A series of investigative reports by McClatchy earlier this year showed how Sater maintained a business relationship with Khrapunovs, including investing together in a shopping mall debt deal in Ohio that ended in litigation and a sealed settlement. They also worked together in Syracuse, N.Y, to purchase a former state institution, another deal mired in lawsuits.”
And again-Sater was the guy working with Trump’s lawyer during the election to do a major real estate deal in Russia with Putin: We can engineer it.
Then there’s also Rudy Giuliani:
“Multiple people with knowledge of the KazBay deal describe Bracewell & Giuliani’s work as limited to creating a tax structure that worked to reduce tax exposure and benefit investors in Switzerland, the United States and Kazakhstan. It’s why Holland was chosen as the home base, on paper, for KazBay.”
“Houston-based Bracewell & Giuliani was one of the few prominent U.S. firms in 2007 with an office in Kazakhstan, at once both a land of promise because of its rich natural resources and a “kleptocracy” run by President Nursultan Nazerbayev since 1989.”
“Giuliani joined the law firm as a partner in 2005, staying until 2016. It’s unclear how involved he was in Kazakhstan, but the head of the law firm’s Kazakh office at the time, Gregory Vojack, raised money there for Giuliani’s failed presidential bid in 2008.”
The man who knows all about the Comey letter also knows way too much about Sater and the fugitive Kazakh.
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