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    The two tallest buildings in Europe are both in Russia. In addition, 4 other buildings in Russia are also among the top 10 tallest building in Europe.

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

    Trump Tower Moscow was a lot further along than any of the Trump crime family will admit, and today's Daily Kos provided a detailed chronological list of the developments of the project. Discussions about the tower started in 2013 when Trump was in Moscow for the Miss Universe contest. If the building had come to fruition, it would have produced a profit of $300,000,000 for the partners. The article below is pretty lengthy, but it is worth reading.

    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2019/1/27/1828956/-Trump-Tower-Moscow-was-a-much-larger-deal-and-potential-crime-than-anyone-has-realized?detail=emaildkre

    A couple of paragraphs towards the middle of this article should be of interest to both you and Robert Mueller:

    Violation of U.S. sanctions is actually a much bigger and more serious crime than lying to the FBI or Congress.

    Punishment for violations of the sanctions can be severe. Civil fines range from $11,000 to $1 million for each violation. Civil fines may be imposed even if the violation was committed unknowingly and with innocent intent. The majority of the fines imposed are most likely the result of corporations simply failing to recognize trade transactions involving a targeted country or SDN. Additionally, criminal penalties may be levied for willful violations and include fines from $50,000 to $10 million and imprisonment from 10 to 30 years.

    The offer of a free $50 million personal penthouse for Putin could be considered a violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, even though the deal was never completed.

    Penalties for violating the act can be very severe. The largest fine so far is the $450 million that Siemens AG paid in 2008.

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

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    "it would have produced a profit of $300,000,000 for the partners"

    The only way to negotiate a deal that produces a $300,000,000 profit is to inflate the financing.

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    We don't know how many years the $300 million profit covers. Is it for the life of the hotel or something less...say 30 years? And is it inflated dollars or dollars adjusted for future inflation?

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    We don't know how many years the $300 million profit covers. Is it for the life of the hotel or something less...say 30 years? And is it inflated dollars or dollars adjusted for future inflation?

    $300,000,000 profit as an inn keeper was not Trump's plan. His profit would have come from the inflated deals the dealmaker would have swindled while he was hot and rising. He is up for immediate gratification selling his brand based on out year profits. Trump would make a profit in licensing fees and branding and other management fees.

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    All, Anyone read any good articles that have dug deep into what Trump actually owns in terms property and other assets?

    It's my recollection is that Trump Inc was increasing more and more just in the licencing business and owned every little; the core business was licencing that name "Trump" on properties and products. And what assets he does have is fully mortgaged so that in reality he owes the banks far more than what people realize. Example, he likely owns less than 10% of Trump Tower in NY, and that 10% is mortgaged to its full value, thus Trump, despite his claim of being a billionaire many time over, is completely under water and does't the have cash to pay off his debts.

    Once we get to see his tax returns, my speculation he is that is not a billionaire, and deep in debt to several 100 million $$$.

    If a majority of that is true, we could see Trump bankrupt within the next 10 years.

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    "The president's net worth stands at $3.1 billion, down from $4.5 billion in 2015, Forbes said."

    Said he has lost a billion dollars since announcing his presidential bid in 2015.

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    After reading all the links and links to the links, I understand that the plans for the Moscow Trump Tower were quite advanced. It was to be the tallest skyscraper in Europe built in the heart of Moscow, a prime real estate area. From Buzzfeed:

    "It would be located in Moscow City, a former industrial complex outside of the city center that has since been converted into an ambitious commercial district clustered with several of the tallest skyscrapers in Europe.

    "According to a finalized letter of intent signed by Donald Trump on Oct. 28, 2015, the tower would have “approximately 250 first class, luxury residential condominiums.”

    "Its hotel portion would feature “approximately 15 floors” and contain “not fewer than 150 hotel rooms,” the letter of intent stated. The building would feature a luxury spa and fitness center, a commercial component “consistent with the overall luxury level of the Property,” and an office space “consistent with Class A luxury office properties,” as well as “luxury” parking."

    "A New York architect had completed plans for a bold glass obelisk 100 stories high, to be topped by a gleaming, cut-diamond–like shape emblazoned on multiple sides with the Trump logo."

    This would have been an enormous undertaking, and one can see why Trump held onto it until he won the election. Maybe it's on hold until he leaves office, and it would explain in part why Trump romances Putin so much...that and his past money laundering deals with Russian mafia. Trump in effect is a Russian agent.

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    Being the poster boy for bankruptcies Trump's business decisions leave a lot to be desired and having an ego the size of the Grand Canyon his decision to be President will be the dumbest decision he has ever made.

    Trump really believes his position means he is above the law which is not surprising since he has been giving the figure to the legal systems all his adult life and getting away with it and he knew as long as the Republicans controlled the House and Senate he could brake any laws he wanted because the Republicans are as corrupt and dishonest as he is but Trump's presidential record for promoting fear, hate and fascist ideas made certain the Dems would take the House.

    The House will now investigate his tax forms and if he makes the best decision of his life he will resign and so will Pence since he is a carbon copy of Trump with another serious character flaw he is also a down and dirty, mean spirited, ignorant religious fanatic.

    If the vulture capitalists can replace the elected President of Venezuela then the American people have a duty and right to get rid of the two most corrupt, evil rulers in U.S. History.

    By the way, the middle class is beginning to realize who will be paying for that tax bill for the filthy rich and the increase in their 2018 taxes is a big clue.

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    Wonder why Putin snubbed trump at the g20 and embraced the Saudi king? b'Cause trump ain't got no money?
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    connie -- Good points. I agree. This is off topic, but regarding regime change in Venezuela, whenever the United States gets involved in regime change, there is blowback. As much as I do not like Maduro, and I empathize with the Venezuelan people for wanting him out, the United States must maintain a "hands off" approach. This is for the people of Venezuela to decide. We can certainly ship much needed aid to the border, but keep the military away.
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    Schmidt Wrote: connie -- Good points. I agree. This is off topic, but regarding regime change in Venezuela, whenever the United States gets involved in regime change, there is blowback. As much as I do not like Maduro, and I empathize with the Venezuelan people for wanting him out, the United States must maintain a "hands off" approach. This is for the people of Venezuela to decide. We can certainly ship much needed aid to the border, but keep the military away.
    I like to add: keep the Republicans and Trump away from it also.