Mueller Reportedly Investigating Trump Links To Ukrainian Who Gave Clintons More Than $13 Million

Right before the close, reports that the FBI had raided the office, home and hotel room of Trump attorney Michael Cohen slammed stocks to their lows of the day. The news provoked a furious response from Trump, who again accused Mueller of conducting a "witch hunt" while slamming senior officials in his own Justice Department, who signed off on Mueller supplying the evidence that led to the raid to the local US attorney's office.

And now, at 8:30 pm ET on a Monday night, the New York Times has reported that Mueller is investigating a $150,000 donation to the Trump foundation that was given from a pro-European Ukrainian businessman during the early days of his campaign.

The donation, which was reportedly solicited by Trump attorney Michael Cohen, was made in exchange for a 20-minute speech that Trump gave about Ukraine and how the US had failed to stop Russia from victimizing the country.

Pinchuk

We first learned of the donation shortly after the election. However, the fact that Mueller is investigating the donation was not publicly known.

But there's a catch: Pinchuk, who has a history of supporting a pro-European Ukraine, was also a major Clinton donor.

Don't forget, the Clinton Foundation received more individual money from Ukrainian donors than any other foreign country.

Clinton

Between 2009 and 2013, including when Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, the Clinton Foundation received at least $8.6 million from the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, according to that foundation, which is based in Kiev, Ukraine. It was created by Mr. Pinchuk, whose fortune stems from a pipe-making company. He served two terms as an elected member of the Ukrainian Parliament and is a proponent of closer ties between Ukraine and the European Union.

Unsurprisingly, Pinchuk and his family are no angels.

He is the son-in-law of a former president of Ukraine whose administration was marred by endemic corruption and human rights violations - exactly the type of donor who would give to the Clinton Foundation.

"Mr. Pinchuk is the son-in-law of a former president of Ukraine, Leonid Kuchma, who from 1994 to 2005 led a government criticized for corruption, nepotisk and the murder of dissident journalists.

Pinchuk, who has also been accused of - get this - illegally dumping steel became the focus of a minor controversy during the campaign pertaining to his ties to Clinton. In 2008, Pinchuk made a five-year $29 million commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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All told, Pinchuk gave more than $13 million to the Clinton Foundation since 2006, and promised to give more.

Meanwhile he paid Trump $150,000. That's roughly 88x more for Clinton than Trump.

Trump made the speech via video at the Yalta European Strategy Conference during August 2015, when he was still the frontrunner but the Republican field was crowded and most considered his bid a long shot. At the time, it received scant news coverage, mostly focusing on Trump's awkward delivery. It was also one of his first foreign policy speeches of the campaign. During the speech, Trump criticized former President Barack Obama for not doing more to stand up to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The speech was organized by Doug Schoen, a longtime Republican strategist with ties to Trump. After the speech, Cohen reportedly called Schoen to solicit an "honorarium" donation to the Trump Foundation.

We imagine this won't be the first leak stemming from the cache of documents that Mueller extracted from the Trump Organization with his subpoena. We know his team is looking into Cohen's involvement in a deal to build a Trump Tower Moscow which stalled, but not before Cohen reportedly solicited help from a spokesman for the Kremlin.

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Automatic Choke IridiumRebel Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:50 Permalink

DJT - it is time, damnit.   Pull the trigger, release the indictments, or whatever.  If you are delaying to time it for the midterm elections, don't.  Just start enforcing rule of law, the american people are getting demoralized by the continued freedom of crooks heading the FBI and the Dem party.   Let's start locking some folks up.   Just do it!

 

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greenskeeper carl LetThemEatRand Tue, 04/10/2018 - 00:48 Permalink

Yep. There are no sealed indictments. Q-anon is either a well thought out LARP or some kind in his basement fucking with yall, take your pick. Trump is not going to bring down the deep state. He is also not going to win in 2018.

 

I don't think this Mueller thing is really about getting Trump out of office for a couple reasons. First, why even bother? He isn't doing anything to disrupt the deep state agenda. Its moving along nicely. Plus, you risk the backlash of the trump supporters that for some reason remain true believers. This Mueller thing is nothing but opposition research for the 2020 election, paid for with tax payer dollars and done under the cover of law.

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Truther lester1 Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:32 Permalink

FYI.

 

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For Immediate Release April 9, 2018

REMARKS BY PRESIDENT TRUMP

BEFORE MEETING WITH SENIOR MILITARY LEADERSHIP

Cabinet Room

6:13 P.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: So I just heard that they broke into the office of one of my personal attorneys -- a good man. And it's a disgraceful situation. It's a total witch hunt. I've been saying it for a long time. I've wanted to keep it down. We've given, I believe, over a million pages' worth of documents to the Special Counsel.

They continue to just go forward. And here we are talking about Syria and we're talking about a lot of serious things. We're the greatest fighting force ever. And I have this witch hunt constantly going on for over 12 months now -- and actually, much more than that. You could say it was right after I won the nomination, it started.

And it's a disgrace. It's, frankly, a real disgrace. It's an attack on our country, in a true sense. It's an attack on what we all stand for.

So when I saw this and when I heard it -- I heard it like you did -- I said, that is really now on a whole new level of unfairness.

So this has been going on -- I saw one of the reporters, who is not necessarily a fan of mine, not necessarily very good to me. He said, in effect, that this is ridiculous; this is now getting ridiculous. They found no collusion whatsoever with Russia. The reason they found it is there was no collusion at all. No collusion. This is the most biased group of people. These people have the biggest conflicts of interest I've ever seen.

Democrats all -- or just about all -- either Democrats or a couple of Republicans that worked for President Obama, they're not looking at the other side; they're not looking at the Hillary Clinton -- the horrible things that she did and all of the crimes that were committed. They're not looking at all of the things that happened that everybody is very angry about, I can tell you, from the Republican side, and I think even the independent side. They only keep looking at us.

So they find no collusion, and then they go from there and they say, "Well, let's keep going." And they raid an office of a personal attorney early in the morning. And I think it's a disgrace.

So we'll be talking about it more. But this is the most conflicted group of people I've ever seen. The Attorney General made a terrible mistake when he did this, and when he recused himself. Or he should have certainly let us know if he was going to recuse himself, and we would have used a -- put a different Attorney General in. So he made what I consider to be a very terrible mistake for the country. But you'll figure that out.

All I can say is, after looking for a long period of time -- and even before the Special Counsel -- because it really started just about from the time I won the nomination. And you look at what took place and what happened, and it's a disgrace. It's a disgrace.

I've been President now for what seems like a lengthy period of time. We've done a fantastic job. We've beaten ISIS. We have just about 100 percent of the caliphate or the land. Our economy is incredible. The stock market dropped a lot today as soon as they heard the noise of this nonsense that's going on. It dropped a lot. It was up -- way up, and then it dropped quite a bit at the end. A lot.

But that we have to go through that -- we've had that hanging over us now from the very, very beginning. And yet the other side, they don't even bother looking. And the other side is where there are crimes, and those crimes are obvious. Lies, under oath, all over the place. Emails that are knocked out, that are acid-washed and deleted. Nobody has ever seen -- 33,000 emails are deleted after getting a subpoena for Congress, and nobody bothers looking at that. And many, many other things.

So I just think it's a disgrace that a thing like this can happen. With all of that being said, we are here to discuss Syria tonight. We're the greatest fighting force anywhere in the world. These gentlemen and ladies are incredible people, incredible talent, and we're making a decision as to what we do with respect to the horrible attack that was made near Damascus. And it will be met, and it will be met forcefully. And when, I will not say, because I don't like talking about the timing.

But we are developing the greatest force that we've ever had. We had $700 billion just approved, which was the reason I went along with that budget because we had to fix our military. General Mattis would tell you that above anybody. We had to fix our military. And right now, we're in a big process of doing that. Seven-hundred billion and then $716 billion next year.

So we're going to make a decision tonight, or very shortly thereafter. And you'll be hearing the decision. But we can't let atrocities like we all witnessed -- and you can see that and it's horrible -- we can't let that happen. In our world, we can't let that happen, especially when we're able to -- because of the power of the United States, because of the power of our country -- we're able to stop it.

I want to thank Ambassador John Bolton for joining us. I think he's going to be a fantastic representative of our team. He's highly respected by everybody in this room. And, John, I want to thank you very much. This is going to be a lot of work. Interesting day. He picked today as his first day. So, Generals, I think he picked the right day. But certainly, you're going to find it very exciting. But you are going to do a fantastic job and I appreciate you joining.

AMBASSADOR BOLTON: Thank you. It's an honor to be here.

THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you all very much.

Q Are you concerned about what the FBI might find, Mr. President? Do you have any concern?

THE PRESIDENT: No, I'm not.

Q Why don't you just fire Mueller?

THE PRESIDENT: Why don't I just fire Mueller?

Q Yeah, just fire the guy.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, I think it's a disgrace what's going on. We'll see what happens. But I think it's really a sad situation when you look at what happened. And many people have said, "You should fire him." Again, they found nothing. And in finding nothing, that's a big statement. If you know the person who's in charge of the investigation, you know about that. Deputy Rosenstein -- Rod Rosenstein -- he wrote the letter, very critical, of Comey.

One of the things they said: "I fired Comey." Well, I turned out to do the right thing, because if you look at all of the things that he's done and the lies, and you look at what's gone on at the FBI with the insurance policy and all of the things that happened -- turned out I did the right thing.

But he signed -- as you know, he also signed the FISA warrant. So Rod Rosenstein, who's in charge of this, signed a FISA warrant, and he also signed a letter that was essentially saying to fire James Comey. And he was right about that. He was absolutely right.

So we'll see what happens. I think it's disgraceful, and so does a lot of other people. This is a pure and simple witch hunt.

Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank all very much.

Q Any more clarity on who was responsible, sir?

THE PRESIDENT: Say it?

Q Any more clarity on who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack?

THE PRESIDENT: We are getting clarity on that -- who was responsible for the weapons attack. We are getting some very good clarity, actually. We have some pretty good answers.

Q What are your options?

THE PRESIDENT: We have a lot of options, militarily. And we'll be letting you know pretty soon. Probably after the fact.

Thank you all very much.

END 6:23 P.M. EDT

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Neochrome Jethro Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:46 Permalink

Unlike you I don't have any illusions about US politicians, not anymore anyway.

I was working hard to defeat Hillary and I will work even harder to defeat Covfefe retard.

You keep supporting him until you realize that he will eventually betray every single promise he made, I won't hold it against you, no hard feelings.

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Neochrome truthseeker47 Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:17 Permalink

I am talking about my point of view, and only to clarify my position, not that I think my political views are of any particular importance.

Let's just say that there are issues we can debate, some government is necessary but how much is too much and so on. I can be persuaded by the facts and reason to move one way or the other. 

Than there are issues, like being anti-war, that are absolutely beyond any debate for me.

 

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CHoward Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:41 Permalink

So - what the FUCK is the point?  Trump along with 13others were running for the nomination - as was Clinton running for the Dems nomination.  Each was campaigning, making speeches, etc to raise money.  Trump is bad and Clinton is good?!?  FUCK OFF!!

FoggyWorld Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:42 Permalink

Funny but Dershowitz was just on Hannity and that came up.  He also makes paid speeches and said given what goes on, Trump was underpaid.  He pointed out that Ukraine really wanted and needed to hear from American businessmen and Trump was just what they were looking for.

And Dershowitz came right out and said Mueller is just off the track on this one.

HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:45 Permalink

The Clintons have been getting bribes, throught their now defunct foundation, for twenty years. But this asshat is concerned about $150k donated to Trump? Millions. The Clintons got millions of dollars and it was pay-to-play and a defacto bribe!

JPMorgan Mon, 04/09/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

This whole Mueller investigation is a witch hunt and a joke.

Bout time the US president ended it, he has far more pressing matters like trying to figure out how not to start WWIII from kicking off in Syria.

Dumpster Elite Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:01 Permalink

Not sure if the Deep State realizes it or what, but if they do succeed in "taking out" a guy that half the country got behind (and please, everyone in the country KNOWS that is exactly what is happening), they will start a Civil War Part Deux. A lot of people will be mighty upset that their vote can just be "negated" by some unseen figures behind the curtain.

Itdoesntmatter Dumpster Elite Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

The problem is morons like you....talkin big shit....half the country didn't get behind him, and he has proven to be a fucking child who throws tantrums, has no respect for anyone, even those on his own team, and has to be the dumbest person ever elected...if that jackass trump would just shut his fuckin mouth, 90% of this shit would not be happening....If he actually picked the best people, instead of people being investigated by the FBI, people who beat their wives, and corrupt stupid dickheads,  99% of this shit wouldn't be happening....He's doing it all himself, and fucking morons like you are defending stupidity...

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asheylarry Oldwood Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:46 Permalink

I’m no progressive or liberal. I do, however, have eyes, ears and a brain. This Trumpfuckery is the lowest of the low. I agree with 90% of his policy but the ways do not justify the means. I’m probably wasting my time arguing with divorced bitter dads and/or guys who’ve never experienced relationships or love. I get it but still unbelievably pathetic. Thank god for amazon prime so u dipshits don’t have to come out of ur mommy’s cave. 

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