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  • Liberal Democrat
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    It would be a shame if something would happen to it.

    This morning, the Daily Kos reported this tidbit:

    Facing massive debt and an ever closer deadline, Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner appears to finally have found someone willing to invest in his 666 Fifth Avenue property. Kushner‘s family-owned company is facing an enormous mortgage over the 41-story office tower, and a soon-to-come-due $1.2 billion note threatened the future of the company. But now, after investors from around the world turned Kushner down, he has amazingly found a savior.

    The New York Times reports that Canada-based investment company Brookfield Properties is on its way to being the proud controlling partner for a building that no one else seems to want. Which would seem like good timing for Kushner, though not otherwise particularly interesting, but for one thing: Bookfield’s money comes from the Qatar Investment Authority.

    Not long after being released from prison in 2017, Charles Kuchner (Jared’s father) met with officials in Qatar as a courtesy. At the time, the Kushner Company determined that it would not be appropriate to take a loan backed by the Qatari government.

    Not long after that meeting, Kuchner and Trump traveled to Saudi Arabia (his first overseas visit), where they gave their blessing to Saudi Arabia’s blockade of Qatar (which happens to be a U.S. ally) and the location of Al Udeid Air base. The base is host to the Qatari Air Force, the U.S. Air Force, and the Royal Air Force. It is also a forward headquarters of the United Air Forces Central Command. In June of 2017, the base was host to 11,000 American and the U.S. led anti-ISIS coalition.

    Since that visit, Jared Kuchner has received a $184 million loan from Qatar, but recently learned of even better news.

    At the risk of repeating myself, here are the key facts of the Daily Kos artice:

    1) Canadian-based Brookfield Properties recently became controlling partner in the Kushner building at 666 Fifth Avenue. Since the building has a note of $1.2 billion that is due next January, the timing was very advantageous.

    2) Brookfield’s money comes from the Qatari Investment Authority.

    3) The Saudi blockade of Qatari is costing our ally, Qatar, $20 billion a month.

    So, would you spend $1 billion on a white elephant in the Big Apple to save your country $20 billion a month?

    Probably, since you really don’t want to see your property get blown up, do you?

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    As of today, Gulf states are studying plans to break the deadlock over the Saudi-led boycott of Qatari.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/06/gulf-states-plans-end-saudi-arabia-qatar-boycott

    P.S. if you could somehow blend together Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump Jr. and Michael Cohen, the result would bear a strong resemblance to the guy who's on the right side of the picture.

    Anthony Scaramucci

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    Donald Trump Jr.

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    Michael Cohen

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    By the way, Donald J. Trump has been heavily involved with the mob for his entire career. The article below provides a lot more detail, and a lot of the information will sound very familiar.

    He had a "fixer", whose name was Ray Kohn

    He cheated at least some workers out of their wages

    He did not always pay people.

    The Teamster boss who oversaw the construction of Trump Tower bought 3 apartments in the building the floor below were Trump lived.

    The Teamster boss's mistress got a $3 million mortgage for an apartment, even though she did not have a job.

    Trump paid $1.1 million for a mob-owned chunk of land in New Jersey that had been appraised at $195,000 5 years earlier.

    https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/05/donald-trump-2016-mob-organized-crime-213910

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Rachel Maddow had a good segment on the Qater-Kushner link and how Trump used the power of his presidency to basically "extort" Qatar to loan the Kushner family the money. It's absolutely sickening but in Trump world it is business as usual. Pay to play...

  • Liberal Democrat
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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Rachel Maddow had a good segment on the Qater-Kushner link and how Trump used the power of his presidency to basically "extort" Qatar to loan the Kushner family the money. It's absolutely sickening but in Trump world it is business as usual. Pay to play...

    That's politics. That might be why line item vetoes might be popular? Instead of an authority vetoing the entire bill, we all know that quite a bit of garbage is attached to bills, and if a president doesn't like the additions, he won't sign the bill, that garbage is favors for businesses and state politicians. They call them constituents.
  • Liberal
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    Lock ‘em up.
  • Strongly Liberal
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    So many abuse of power crimes being committed . This is exactly what Nixon tried to do. This is what will ultimately bring this crime family along with their co conspiritors to justice.

    I believe that we will have to wait until after the November elections to hear from Meuller . He has so much work to do, and will want to shield our election from any kind of politicalization of his work.

    Colution, abuse of power, money laundering , extortion, RICO ....the entire GOP is involved , the Mercer's , the entire family the cabinet the rest of the co conspiritors .

    It's us against them now. They are in opn war with America and the free world. Aligning themslves now with China ven above the interests of American workers. America .

    The shooting has begun ....

  • Independent
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    That is what you get in an uneducated country , where even the teachers are not educated because they also have no money to get educated. Yes then you are asking for it that an "mob" boss get elected without any screening. Mueller is doing the work now which should have been done before the election. But yeah this country loves to do things backwards. By electing Trump, this country invited the worst of the corrupt bunch to join him. Result will be an real banana republic.

    Thus the only thing what can save this country is to revamp our election laws as well rewrite the Constitution to fit 2018 and beyond. Especially make solid laws related to what a President is allowed to do as well such person should have no power other than an coordinator and be an inspiring and knowledgeable person with worldwide experience. Just like the Royalty in Europe who have no say in the daily governing of a country. But yeah due to having a zillion lawyers here this will never happen here. The stubborness in this country will bring it to its fall.

  • Liberal Democrat
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    All good points ….

    I agree with maindawg that this issue won’t be resolved until after the mid-terms

    Although it’s possible the violations could be tried by the new Attorney General in New York, it more likely would be prosecuted by the Justice Department, since RICO would be involved.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racketeer_Influenced_and_Corrupt_Organizations_Act

    Although it’s possible that the Attorney General would be involved (Sessions) it’s also possible that the FBI (or Mueller) could be involved. Since 33 states have state RICO laws, New York’s attorney general could bring charges, since the Kushners and Trump are all New York residents.

    If you are good at following the dots, the whole story has an interesting time line

    After serving 14 months at a Federal Prison Camp in Alabama, Charles Kushner was released on August 25, 2006

    In early 2007, Kushner Companies paid $1.8 billion for their white elephant on Fifth Avenue

    In late 2007, the real estate market crashed

    In August 2015, Charles donated $100,000 to Trump’s campaign

    Throughout 2015 and 2016, Jared Kushner and his father, Charles, negotiated directly with a major investor in Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, known as HBJ for short, in an effort to refinance the property on Fifth Avenue, the sources said. They were trying to borrow $500 million, but were turned down

    On December 12, 2016, Ahmed Al-Rumaihi (head of Qatari Investments) met with Trump transition members at Trump Tower

    Jared’s younger brother, and his dad, both met with Qatari Finance Minister Ali Sharif El Emadi in two separate meetings at El Emadi’s hotel in Manhattan in April of 2017, but still could not get the financing they needed.

    Trump went to Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017

    On May 21, he met with Gulf Arab leaders in Saudi Arabia

    Two days later, the Qatar News Agency and other government media platforms were hacked. Hackers posted fake remarks on the official Qatar News Agency attributed to the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, that expressed support for Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and Israel.The emir was quoted as saying: "Iran represents a regional and Islamic power that cannot be ignored and it is unwise to face up against it. It is a big power in the stabilization of the region. Qatar reported that the statements were false and did not know their origin Despite this, the remarks were widely publicized in the various Arab news media, including UAE-based Sky News Arabia and Al Arabiya. On 3 June 2017, the Twitter account of Bahraini foreign minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa was hacked.

    Although the Russians were suspected, US Intelligence sources believe that the hacking was done by the United Arab Emirates.

    Roughly a week after the hacking, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries imposed a blockade.

    In June of 2017, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE and 2 other Arab countries cut off diplomatic relations with Qatar

    In May of 2018, Brookfield Properties was close to finalizing the deal.

    https://therealdeal.com/2018/05/18/brookfields-ric-clark-talks-666-fifth-plan/