Sanctioned Russian Bank Confirms It Met With Trump's Son-In-Law

Tyler Durden's picture

In what is emerging as the latest headache for Donald Trump, a state-run Russian bank which has been under U.S. economic sanctions since 2014 disclosed on Monday that its executives had met Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and key policy adviser, during the 2016 election campaign. As reported previously, Kushner has been asked to discuss the contact, and a meeting during the same period with the Russian ambassador, with a Senate committee probing Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.

Executives of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) had talks with Kushner during a bank roadshow in 2016 when it was preparing a new strategy, the bank said as reported by Reuters. "As part of the preparation of the new strategy, executives of Vnesheconombank met with representatives of leading financial institutes in Europe, Asia and America multiple times during 2016," VEB said in an emailed statement.

It said roadshow meetings took place "with a number of representatives of the largest banks and business establishments of the United States, including Jared Kushner, the head of Kushner Companies."

VEB declined to say where the meetings took place or the dates. U.S. officials said that after meeting with Russian Kislyak at Trump Tower last December, a meeting also attended by Flynn, Kushner met later in December with Sergei Gorkov, the CEO of Vnesheconombank. White House spokeswoman Hope Hicks confirmed the meetings.

That said, simply meeting with representatives of a U.S.-sanctioned entity is not a violation of sanctions or against the law, although we doubt the media will focus on that nuance.

A bigger circumstantial problem may be that Evgeny Buryakov, 41, a Russian citizen who worked at Vnesheconombank and whom U.S. authorities accused of posing as a banker while participating in a New York spy ring, pleaded guilty to a criminal conspiracy charge on Friday. Buryakov admitted in federal court in Manhattan to acting as an agent for the Russian government without notifying U.S. authorities. He was sentenced to 30 months in US prison.

Additionally, Gorkov, the bank’s chairman, graduated in 1994 from the Academy of the Federal Security Service of Russia, the Russian school for intelligence officials, i.e., spies. He later worked for the now-defunct Russian oil giant Yukos and state-controlled Sberbank before taking the top job at VEB. As the WSJ reminds us, the plunge in oil prices and Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis had  pushed the bank into financial trouble, forcing the Russian government to undertake a bailout.

The White House said Kushner was simply doing his job by holding this meeting, although Obama sanctioned the bank in 2014 after the Ukraine coup and subsequent hostilities with Russia, and contacts with Russia have landed other Trump associates in hot water.

Earlier on Monday, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters that Kushner is willing to testify to the Senate Intelligence Committee chaired by U.S. Senator Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican. “Throughout the campaign and the transition, Jared served as the official primary point of contact with foreign governments and officials ... and so, given this role, he volunteered to speak with Chairman Burr's committee, but has not received any confirmation regarding a time for a meeting," Spicer told reporters at his daily briefing. The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate panel also said Kushner had agreed to be interviewed.

Allegations by U.S. intelligence agencies that Russian actors were behind hacking of senior Democratic Party operatives and spreading disinformation linger over Trump's young presidency. Democrats charge the Russians wanted to tilt the election toward the Republican, a claim dismissed by Trump. Russia denies the allegations.

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Smedley's picture

OMG, would the media STOP with this shit!?!?!?

Clown show....i am sick of hearing about it!!!

:D

xythras's picture
xythras (not verified) Smedley Mar 27, 2017 6:14 PM

Another day, another (not Russian) surprise

UFC Octagon star Lindsay Pelas has no Problem Rocking Topless all Over the Internet

http://dailywesterner.com/news/2017-03-27/ufc-octagon-star-lindsay-pelas...

 

Hopefully soon will also have Russians. Only HOT Russians. ;)

Art Van Delay's picture

That's a vanload of boobs.

mmm

philipat's picture

So, not the same Russian Bank that just appointed Podesta to lobby on its behalf?....which the MSM completely ignored.

gladih8r's picture

Holy fuck!  People met!  And talked business!

Even Jews are calling out to Jesus Christ!

Truly, shocking news. 

BullyBearish's picture

trump gave the internationalist control of his foreign policy...

trump must have known the result of JFK not giving them foreign policy control...

trump's a survivor, so far...

TDK's picture

But you guys are the kings of dumb conspiracy... Pizzagate anyone?... Birthers? ... Surely you should be lapping it up?

 

Personally I think they are all a crock of shit, it's your hippocracy that is most notable

philipat's picture

Ah, the Libtard trolls are all over this one. Which is, of course, how one can tell it is insignificant. They are doing themselves no good with this Russian shit, which is, at best, old and tired. And proven to be all untrue. But I guess when you are a one trick pony there isn't much choice..

TDK's picture

I'm actually agreeing... The Russian stuff is as much a crock of crap as the weirdo alt-right stuff

Consuelo's picture

 

 

I wish these gals could at least 'attenuate' the bee-sting lips a little...?   That, or have them done right the first time.

Giant Meteor's picture

I have to disagree slightly here, and I know this is a matter of personal preference, but my first thought on this is, you'll never see them ..  and that is as far as I'm inclined to go in ths explanation ..

Although I will say, better vacuum seal, golf balls, garden hoses and such ..

Unnatural? Well sure, sure it is, I mean the lips.

SoilMyselfRotten's picture

You can't underestimate this, there is a chance, a slight chance, they did some.....<gasp>business

eatthebanksters's picture

Free the boobies!  I say let those puppies breathe!

Blazing in BC's picture

There is a lot said for natural beauty, unfortunately she is not even close.

onewayticket2's picture

they needed something to distract from John Podesta owning shares in russian firms....and being the senior most clinton advisor, but whoopsie.....he forgot to mention it on his campaign disclosure forms.   must have slipped his mind.

Saucy-Jack's picture

Whoopdeefuckingdoo...

This is getting tiring. STFU you retards on the left.

You lost. Get over it.

TAALR Swift's picture

Relax. They did a Clinton-Lynch thing.

They talked about their kids, golfing, deep-sea fishing and sailing. Guy stuff.

Isn't that what the disseminated NSA transcripts show?

Cassandra.Hermes's picture

Did the media stop with Benghazi or EMail server? It didn't ! Nothing new under the sun, just it is Trump's turn!!! I personally enjoyed when they attacked Hillary, now I enjoy when they attack Trump, and he deserves it more than Hillary, he claims to be strong leader, he can handle it!

flaunt's picture

Globlists: no borders, everyone's the same, don't build walls build bridges

Same globalists: OMFG SOMEONE TALKED TO RUSSIANS

Sheesh.

Creative_Destruct's picture

Every fucking-body in the damn WORLD has talked and continues to talk to the freakin' Russians, INCLUDING the Podesta Group and many people on the left of the politcal spectrum:

"That said, simply meeting with representatives of a U.S.-sanctioned entity is not a violation of sanctions or against the law, although we doubt the media will focus on that nuance."

Its not illegal to talk to them, or their bankers, and this is a ridiculous waste of time. A transparent smear tactic; guilt by association.

CPL's picture

Protip:  They are all working together already, have since Reagan.  They understood that the market economy as they designed it wasn't going to last.  Math is the reason and at this point they have so little to do with markets moving since the algos/hft/ai's were installed in 2007-8.  Plus granting any asshole with a credit facility the ability to partake in the 9 to 1 lending reserve policy enjoyed by banks, all they did was start lending to one another about two seconds afterwards.

DOW 36000 it where this is going.  If you want to read that plan.  It was an international best seller.  If you'd like to thumb through this piece of asswipe here you go.

https://books.google.ca/books/about/Dow_36_000.html?id=XmqTQgAACAAJ&sour...

And here's why it's mathmatically impossible.

http://web.mit.edu/krugman/www/dow36K.html

And yes, the Russians are in on it as well.  They all are.

CPL's picture

Problem they are having is similar to IT migrations form one platform to another.  Conversion details.  In previous jobs I've run into similar issues.  The Project Manager estimated 35 TB of stuff, the reality is once the migration started about ten thousand skeleton's fall out of the closet.  Suddenly the backups balloon, SAN cost hits the pedal and moving more terabytes of crap takes weeks to make sure it happens properly.  What should take three weeks for 35TB, planned.  Falls off the rails at 130TB and six months.

These knuckle head attempting to stick handle the economy.  They don't know the size of what's been going on.   Without the central banks in the know about what all those ten's of thousands of baby banks they've made are actually doing.  The capital created is actually about 8000 times bigger than they could imagine.  The Algo AI also do lending since the robosigning scandal didn't stop the practice.  It merely removed the 'people' element out of it.  Same people that built the robo signers also sold massive 'robosigner' systems to the newly created credit facilities in the private sector.  Places like GM became investment houses rather than automakers and have a thousand little spin off companies to manage it.  The Giant Squid had lots of baby squid, in a tiny fish bowl.  Those 'baby squid' going to eat them all out of house and home.

 

Giant Meteor's picture

Good stuff here, I mean not good, but you know what I mean.

I enjoyed this descriptive line the best ...

"the reality is once the migration started about ten thousand skeleton's fall out of the closet."

Understood and great analogy. Perhaps THE perfect description of the entire global shitshow ..

And all it take's is some butterfly flapping it's wings at the exact wrong moment ..

I would say black swan, but apparently they have assimilated and are not all that rare anymore ..

Nope, a common butterfly will do ...

CPL's picture

Not needed at all.  They've got six out of eight of the common features of project failure already there

  1. Underestimation and poor ananlysis
  2. Engagement and communication failures
  3. Quality control omission
  4. Poor risk definition
  5. Governance issues
  6. Organization failures

A crystal ball, nor tea leaves are needed to predict it fails.  They obviously have never run any sort of project in an open source fashion across dozens of languages and dozens of platforms.  Somehow every month the linux community can do it, and in the case of emergency, next day.  These guys I wouldn't trust to manage a cat fight with a can of cat food.  Their success rate sucks, they cost too much money, can't manage resources and to be blunt...can't run an entire project with nepotism.  Ethics aside, you better hope the guy you hire actually knows his job.

Just look at Canada, we've got fruitbat Trudeau blissing out doing absolutely nothing.  He could be replaced with a box of dirty socks tomorrow and the average Canadian wouldn't even notice.  That's how 'special' he is.

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Mar 27, 2017 6:09 PM

It's okay he is Jewish

jmaloy5365's picture

Our own government is worse than the Russians.

mary mary's picture

Clintons meet with Russians: good.

Trump meets with Russians: bad.

Giant Meteor's picture

I've had several conversations with the Russians. Boris Alotofcrap being one, whom although somewhat eccentric, I found  to be quite affable and well informed. The other, a good looking, hot blonde, working the dance circuit, simply was needing a new washer and dryer for her pad, also while working her way through college etc. 

Extremely reasonable people I thought ..

 

caconhma's picture

It becomes more and more clear that there is no differences between the Clinton's foundation during Hillary being a Secretary of State and Trump's dealings during his Presidency.

IranContra's picture

So what? If he had met a liberal, I'd worry... Liberals are the real evil, not Russia.

Trolls, Mercenaries, Shills, and Pundits, and Why the Left Leads Evil on Earth

1. Childish Trolls (scripted, no brains). They either pose as Trump supporters and say things that make Trump look like a heartless crazy monster. Or they pose as Trump opponents but they don't know what they are talking about.

2. Mercenaries. They start as loyalists who think in generalities (Dems, Gop, anything). Being unable to discern, they can be recruited with money to follow orders of evil superiors. Examples: McCain, violent thugs, ISIS, and others. It makes no difference whether they scream "allahu akbar" or "Jesus is Lord," their real lord is Lucifer, but they don't know it.

3. Shills and Pundits. In order to lie, abstract thinking is required. Liberals thrive on that. Therefore, evil leaders recruit only liberals as shills and pundits. Liberals are also the only ones who can be psychopaths. You need to think in the abstract in order to completely ignore the suffering of your victims. Shills and pundits can pose as pro-Trump or against-Trump. They misdirect, divert, confuse, and obfuscate. They make people despair.

Not everybody who has a child inside, generalizes, or thinks abstractly becomes a bad person. If your heart is with God and country, you are good.

Trump voters and supporters are infiltrated by all the above. This is why his job is so difficult. However, his duty is to lead, teach and tell the truth. The Almighty determines success or failure of anything.

Humanity is being sieved and sorted, and people are free to choose what stand to take, until Jesus returns. Then they must take the right stand or perish.

See also: cognitive templates

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) IranContra Mar 27, 2017 6:21 PM

Great misdirection dickwad

turnball the banker's picture
turnball the banker (not verified) Berspankme Mar 28, 2017 3:36 AM

Praise the lord

curbjob's picture

"Trump voters and supporters are infiltrated by all the above"

 

It is possible that some Trump voters were never supporters. 

(Personally I voted for Trump because I viewed him as the best candidate to emerge in my lifetime  capable  of ending US global hegemony. So far he's exceeding my expectations. )

 

 

Giant Meteor's picture

Looks like you and I are on the same page ..

johnnycanuck's picture

Do you get $5 bucks everytime you post that or parts thereof?  You seem especially eager to post it over and over again today.

CPL's picture

They get paid $3.50 a post, the agency gets a dollar a view. Roughly.

IranContra's picture

Wow, you get that much? All I get is an IOU from Jesus.

TheLastTrump's picture

Great stuff, mostly. #2 could also describe some worthy members of the Revolutionary War, patriots side, so be careful there. War is hell.

 

 

IranContra's picture

Thanks. Right. This is brief and focused on bad liberals (maybe there are good liberals, God is the judge). Those who have their heart with God and country can use the same mental methods for a good purpose.

Catahoula's picture

Expect 4 year narrative of this nonsense. Comey clown will drag it out

Mzhen's picture

Comey has already testified that that the Russian government was not involved in giving the Podesta emails to Wikileaks.  But the story comes back like Godzilla.

TheLastTrump's picture
Come on trolls, what were you saying? Mzhen Mar 27, 2017 6:18 PM

Comey has already testified that that the Russian government was not involved in giving the Podesta emails to Wikileaks.  But the story comes back like Godzilla.

onwisconsinbadger's picture

If one deals with Iran or North Korea with US sanctions, you go to jail. We had sanctions with Russia and all these Drumpfsters are meeting with them and making deals. Jail Kushner, Manafort, Sessions, Kelly. Sad !!!!

TheLastTrump's picture

Yeah sure big boy. lulz

 

Meanwhile the last president is in danger of being Watergated. Reflect on that dweeb.

 


 

"Executives of Russian state development bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) had talks with Kushner during a bank roadshow in 2016 when it was preparing a new strategy, the bank said as reported by Reuters. "As part of the preparation of the new strategy, executives of Vnesheconombank met with representatives of leading financial institutes in Europe, Asia and America multiple times during 2016," VEB said in an emailed statement.

It said roadshow meetings took place "with a number of representatives of the largest banks and business establishments of the United States, including Jared Kushner, the head of Kushner Companies."

MuffDiver69's picture

Half of Crooked Hillary's campaign team would be in jail following your logic. Her campaign chairman John Podesta sold 75,000 shares in a Russian business during campaign and didn't disclose it....Any comment tough guy

caconhma's picture

Trump and the rest of our politicians are POS.