THE TRUMP FILES : OVERPRICED PURCHASES AND RUSSIAN FINAGLES

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^ on the trail of an allegedly profitable finagle : mysteries surround the relationship of Mr. Putin to Mr. Trump — and vice-versa

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The Art of the Deal is Real The art world is a strange one, in regards to art as investment. Many people pay very high prices for art work for the very simple reason of parking their money. This idea invariably drives the prices of art up…drastically. The more the better. Because the more it’s worth, the more they get to avoid paying taxes on their wealth.

Recent revelations that Trump bought a certain house in Florida in 2004 for 40 million dollars became notable lately — the subsequent sale of that home having netted him a substantial profit. This is the property that he sold to a certain Russian Oligarch for 95 millions, more than doubling his money.

Why would someone pay a price deemed to be way over market value? That’s the question. This kind of sale is not unknown; these kind of arrangements are a common tactic by which people sink their money into countries like the US, paying way above actual value to do it. How does over-paying for a property make business sense for the buyer? There are two reasons. Number one, the money may need to be laundered because it is not legit. The second reason has regard to the first. The person selling the property agrees to kick back the buyer some of that excessive profit after the sale.

So, did Trump do that in FL? In NYC? No one seems to have that info, because no one gets to see Trump’s tax returns.

The same recent story I have alluded to highlights how Deutsche Bank and Cyprus bank dealt with Russian Oligarchs to launder money, in what the story calls a major case of “follow the money”. What stood out most was the identity of one member of those transactions, a person the story claimed to have facilitated the laundering: a head of the Cyprus Bank, an American : Mr. Trump’s recently-appointed Commerce Secretary.

So why does that matter? Perhaps Trump is installing people already involved in international Russian money-laundering. If so, why ? Trump previously met with Russians to discuss his brand-name hotels/casinos in Russia: all of which is well-documented, but which now, viewed in this light matters more than had Mr. Trump not been elected President.

Before taking office, this was just Trump’s way of franchising his name- he doesn’t actually own buildings, he just rents his name on them. The name is a brand, perhaps one that Russian Oligarchs appear to have wanted use of for making their own money. But maybe there is more to it.

Where this became complicated was when he became the actual President of the United States. The conflicts of interest are obvious for him, but what of others involved whom might benefit from him as president? This is a major question. What is another major question is what if his name becomes a liability? What if he’s a disaster (he is)? Do all these people who’ve invested in his name lose? Maybe. But maybe not. Let me back up. He ran for president, successfully. But did he actually plan to be? The reason I raise that question is there is much evidence that he did not. His cabinet has been in disarray since inauguration, and key positions in the state department have yet to be filled. Another indicator he may not have planned to be president is how ill-conceived his agenda and how easily it’s falling apart. One reason he ran for president was to bolster his brand, that much is apparent. Actually being president…that’s another thing entirely. A man with such extensive conflicts of interest financially gets little to no discernible benefit from actually being President. In simple terms, it requires him to…well…be president. To do the work, which is extensive to put it mildly.

But what if that’s not what he actually wanted? The question would then be “Why is he accepting the presidency?” That may seem like a dumb question…if you’re not really looking at the evidence. He seems inclined to make money, even in association with Russian persons of questionable background. Running for president became an obvious money-maker as well.

Everybody, it seems, was making money on running for president in 2016, most knowing damn well they had slim to zero chance of ever actually becoming POTUS. The money-generating potential was huge. But he campaigned on the idea he was using his own money. Is that true? If so, what would be considered his “own money”? Profits from a certain house sale?

The idea he didn’t actually want to be president is a controversial one, but in this case I feel it matters. We know Russian hacking seems to have been targeting HRC and to benefit Trump, but why? How would they benefit? The sanctions, right? Yeah, but maybe that’s not the only angle. Maybe that’s the obvious one, but maybe there’s another angle, a wholly financial one, that isn’t receiving as much attention.

Based on Trump’s legal-but-questionable money-laundering of property purchased from him by Russian oligarchs in the United States, transactions which seem to cast a growing shadow over now-President Trump, is it possible these transactions indicate a wider financial deal, one that set something in motion that even Trump himself at the time did not grasp, but thought nothing of beyond a healthy sale to a generous foreign national ?

Something he thought, at the time, he could distance himself from and control ?

Something he never imagined was as widespread and profitable that it might motivate cyber-terrorist efforts to meddle in an election of the President of the United States. Now that he’s President, these financial deals he has ties to he not only has been trying to hide but literally now has to hide. Because they indicate something way beyond conflict of interest. Did Russia work to make him president even if he himself never expected to be? If so, this would indicate something remarkable: there is a Russian gun to his head. The gun may be an international entanglement beyond our wildest imagination. The true art of the deal is just that- art. And Russian money. Money they’re parking in America.

Oligarch. That word kind of says it all. Trump helped these Oligarchs park their money, and made lots of money doing so. He figured he’d come out shiny blonde…but he turned orange. In doing so, perhaps what he didn’t know, or didn’t wanna know, was the scope of this art deal. The deal that Putin was the main Oligarch worth some $85bil and needed somewhere to park his wealth. Maybe Trump knew, maybe he didn’t, but either way what’s done is done. Now he’s president and not only is he literally hoping this all just goes away (it won’t), but he has to run this country and he doesn’t know how to govern much less run a country. He’s in a very tough spot: he can’t help the Russians without drawing attention, like he was able to before. And he can’t sell them any more over-priced art. Which begs the question: was meddling in the election the second phase of the original money-laundering art-parking scheme? And if so, what can Russia now buy from the President of the United States? Something tells me this painting is a fake, and we’re finding out far too late.

—- Christopher Mugglebee / The Mugglebee Files for Here and Sphere

Author: hereandsphere

Here and Sphere is an online journal of news, opinion, reviews, advice, & bits n' pieces of everything else - from HERE to SPHERE...... Co-founded by Michael Freedberg, a long-time Boston Phoenix journalist, and Heather Cornell, a South Coast Massachusetts columnist and editor.

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