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1.#Trump and the #TrumpCrimeFamily built a hotel in #Azerbaijan, his partners in the deal to build the hotel was #Oligarchs with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard

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2.March 23rd 2018 DAG #Rosenstein and the #SDNY indicted Nine #Iranians With Conducting Massive Cyber Theft Campaign on Behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

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justice.gov/opa/pr/nine-ir…
3.#TrumpTower in #Baku, #Azerbaijan never opened, but was in the making in In 2012, after the #TrumpOrganization, signed multiple contracts with the #Azerbaijani developers behind the project.

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4.The #Azerbaijanis behind the project were close relatives of Ziya #Mammadov, the Transportation Minister and one of the country’s wealthiest and most powerful #Oligarchs .

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5. Here is one of the #Mammadov´s getting the "Order of Honor" from Vladimir #Putin

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news.az/articles/sport…
6.The younger #Mammadov, Anar, is viewed by Western intelligence services and analysts as a proxy for his father and the #Azerbaijani ruling elite.

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icij.org/investigations…
7.Leaked State Department cables described the elder #Mammadov as "notoriously corrupt, even for #Azerbaijan" and involvement in highway contracts awarded to a #Iranian military official in Republican Guard.

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8.#Mammadov is a silent partner in these contracts

search.wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/0…
9.#Azerbaijan is among the most corrupt nations in the world. Its President, Ilham Aliyev, the son of the former President Heydar Aliyev, recently appointed his wife to be Vice-President.

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10.Ziya #Mammadov became the Transportation Minister in 2002, around the time that the regime began receiving enormous profits from government-owned oil reserves in the Caspian Sea.

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11. At the time of the hotel deal, #Mammadov, a career government official, had a salary of about twelve thousand dollars, but he was a billionaire.

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12.#Trump made the deal not just with Anar #Mammadov but also with Ziya’s brother Elton—an influential member of the #Azerbaijani parliament. Elton signed the contracts, and in an interview he confirmed that he founded Baku XXI Century, the company that owns the Trump Tower Baku.
13.@IvankaTrump was the most senior #TrumpOrganization official on the #Baku project. In 2014,she visited the city to tour the site and offer advice. An executive at Mace met with #Ivanka in #Baku and #NewYork.

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14.@IvankaTrump personally approved everything, #Ivanka posted a photograph of herself wearing a hard hat inside the half-completed hotel. A caption reads, “Ivanka has overseen the development of #Trump International Hotel & Tower #Baku since its inception
15..If parties involved in the #Trump Tower #Baku project participated in any illegal financial conduct, and if the #TrumpOrg exerted a degree of control over the project, the company could be vulnerable to criminal prosecution.
16.#Mammadov family, well known for corruption, also for years has been financially entangled with an #Iranian family tied to the #Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, the ideologically driven military force.
17. In 2008, Ziya #Mammadov,as Transportation Minister, awarded a series of multimillion-dollar contracts to #Azarpassillo, an Iranian construction company. Keyumars Darvishi, its chairman, is also head of Raman, an Iranian construction firm controlled by the Revolutionary Guard.
18.#USA government had regularly accused the Guard of criminal activity, including #drugtrafficking, sponsoring #terrorism abroad, and #MoneyLaundering
19.#TrumpOrg may have broken the law in its work with the #Mammadov family.The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977, forbade #American companies from participating in a scheme to reward a foreign government official in exchange for material benefit or preferential treatment
20.The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 even made it a crime for an #American company to unknowingly benefit from a partner’s corruption if it could have discovered illicit activity but avoided doing so. This closed what was known as the “head in the sand” loophole.
21..in 2009, an #American entrepreneur Frederic Bourke, the co-founder of Dooney & Bourke, the handbag company, had invested in a project in which a foreign partner paid bribes to #Azerbaijani government officials and their family members and was prosecuted successfully.
22..Four years before the #TrumpOrg announced the #Baku deal, #WikiLeaks released the #USA. diplomatic cables indicating that the family was corrupt.
23.One cable mentioned the #Mammadovs’ link to #Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. In 2013, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project investigated the #Mammadov family’s corruption and published well-documented exposés
24..Six months before the hotel announcement, Foreign Policy ran an article titled “The Corleones of the Caspian,” the #Mammadovs had exploited #Ziya’s position as Transportation Minister to make their fortunes
25.#Baku XXI Century, the company controlled by Elton, had at least two other stakeholders. One of them was a company called zqan, an acronym for the family members of the Transportation Minister: Ziya #Mammadov; Qanira, his wife; #Anar, his son; and #Nigar, his daughter.
26..Anar is the official head of zqan. Another stakeholder in #Baku XXI Century was the #Baghlan Group, a company run by an #Azerbaijani businessman who is known to be close to Ziya #Mammadov.
27..In May, 2012, the month the #Baku deal was finalized, the F.C.P.A. was evidently on #Trump’s mind. In a phone-in appearance on #CNBC, he expressed frustration with the law. “Every other country goes into these places and they do what they have to do,”
28.“It’s a horrible law and it should be changed.” If #American companies refused to give bribes, he said, “you’ll do business nowhere.” There is one answer—go to your room, close the door, go to sleep, and don’t do any deals, because that’s the only way.
29. As the #Mammadovs were preparing to build the tower, the family patriarch, #Ziya, was cementing his financial relationship with the #Darvishis, the Iranian family with ties to the country’s Revolutionary Guard.
30. At least three Darvishis—the brothers Habil, Kamal, and Keyumars—appear to be associates of the Guard. In Farsi press accounts, Habil, who runs the Tehran Metro Company, is referred to as a sardar, a term for a senior officer in the Revolutionary Guard
31..Kamal owns a company called Nasr, developed and acquired instruments, guidance systems, and specialty metals needed to build ballistic missiles. In 2007, Nasr is sanctioned by the #USA. for its role in #Iran’s effort to develop nuclear missiles.
32.#Kamal and #Keyumars were frequent visitors to #Azerbaijan; Kamal had recently established “a close business relationship/friendship” with Ziya #Mammadov, and, with #Mammadov’s assistance, had been awarded “at least eight major road construction and rehabilitation contracts.
33..The Revolutionary Guard is an independent force of about a hundred and fifty thousand soldiers, whose duty is to protect the country’s Islamic system and to preserve the power of the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
34.The Revolutionary Guard has its own air force and navy, and it has a unit known as the Quds Force, which the United States has identified as a major supporter of Hezbollah and other international terrorist groups.
35.The Guard has developed a shadow economy within Iran to fund its activities and expand its power. It controls all official border crossings and runs several unofficial ports, solely for its own use.
36,.The Revolutionary Guard smuggles into the country everything from consumer goods blocked by sanctions to drugs.
37. It also owns legitimate companies in construction, energy, telecommunications, auto manufacturing, and banking. The Guard is linked “to dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of companies that appear to be private in nature but are run by Revolutionary Guard veterans.
38. .In the Trump Tower #Baku project, money was going in and out of the #USA., the #UnitedKingdom, #Turkey, #Romania, the UAE, and several other countries.
39.#Mammadovs’ money was flowing through holding companies in offshore banking centers. According to leaked documents in the #PanamaPapers, companies controlled by the family have opened accounts in such places as the #Bahamas, the #BVI, and #Panama.
40..The shell companies that list Mammadovs as beneficiaries or officers have bland names such as Trans-European Leasing Group and 1st Rate Investment, and many of them are owned by other shell companies.
41. .In 2012, on one of Anar’s trips to #America, he visited Trump Tower, in #NewYork, to meet with Donald #Trump and company executives.,Around this time, the contracts for the #Baku project were issued.
42. #Trump has not addressed the #Baku deal since becoming President. @TheJusticeDept have not commented on the possibility of investigating the Trump Tower #Baku deal.
43..Throughout the Presidential campaign, #Trump was in business with someone that his company knew was likely a partner with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.
44..The #Baku deal appears to be the second time that the #TrumpOrganization has turned a blind eye to #USA. efforts to sanction #Iran. In 1998, when Donald Trump purchased the General Motors Building, in Manhattan, he inherited as a tenant #Iran’s Bank Melli.
45..The following year, the Treasury Department listed Bank Melli as an institution that was “owned or controlled” by the government of #Iran and that was covered by #USA. sanctions.
46..@USTreasury t later labelled Bank Melli one of the primary financial institutions through which# Iran was funnelling money to finance #terrorism and to develop weapons of mass destruction.
47.Regardless The #TrumpOrg kept Bank Melli as a tenant for four more years before terminating the lease.
48.#Trump projects in #India, #Uruguay, #Georgia, #Indonesia, and the #Philippines have involved government officials or people with close ties to powerful political figures.
49. #TrumpOrg has not provided satisfying answers to the most basic questions about the #Baku deal: who owns #Baku XXI Century, the company with which they signed the contracts; the origin of the funds with which Baku XXI Century paid the #TrumpOrg;
50.Did the #Mammadovs used their political power to benefit themselves and the #TrumpOrg; and whether the #Mammadovs used money obtained from the #Iranian Revolutionary Guard to fund the Trump Tower #Baku.
51..If the #Mammadovs or powerful Iranians have evidence that the #TrumpOrg broke laws, they might be tempted to exploit it.
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