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1) So, you don't think the Mueller investigation helped lead the investigations into the global money laundering cases & back to the Swamp? Let's look at the trouble found with Swedbank! #ButNothingsHappening
2) Swedbank found itself in the crosshairs of the New York State Department of Financial Services along with a lot of other banks identified in the #PanamaPapers in April of 2016. NYDFS subpoenaed 13 banks for all their transactions that linked with connections to NY banks.
3) Remember that foreign corporation that fought Mueller's subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court? The Supreme Court dismissed their appeal Monday, Wednesday we learn Swedbank (not government owned to my knowledge) lied to NYDFS investigators. Thursday their CEO is canned.
4) What records did Swedbank lie about? Many but one of note: $1M payment to Paul Manafort from Vega Holdings through Swedbank. Vega Holdings is a secret company linked to the former president of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
5) Seems like much of the money was being introduced into Swedbank by Russian oligarchs laundering money through them to their shell companies in tax havens. Plus or minus bribes to Ukrainian oligarchs...
6) But why did we just learn this over the last 48 hours? I suspect the records that Mueller's team subpoenaed were to trace the money from a government owned bank (Russia or Ukraine) through this transaction. Those records proved Swedbank concealed these transactions from NYDFS.
7) So the SCOTUS decision on Monday forced the foreign bank to hand over the records to Mueller's team, who passed it on to other relevant investigations. Leading to the escalation of #MoneyLaundering allegations against Swedbank.
8) The impact is that Swedbank was probably not alone in this, at least 13 global banks got identical letters. I haven't found them all but they include Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Commerzbank, ABN Amro & Societe Generale & 7 more! #ButNothingsHappening bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
9) Then in May 2016, NYFDS asked 4 more banks: Goldman Sachs, BNP Paribas, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Standard Chartered for their records on shell companies set up through Mossack Fonseca. Taking us to 17 banks. reuters.com/article/us-gol…
10) There requests followed up on the investigation of Taiwan's Mega International Bank's NY branch that was laundering money through Mossack Fonseca established shell companies out of Panama & other places. Findings from Feb. 2016 were settled 09/30/16. dfs.ny.gov/docs/about/ea/…
11) #Spygate was not about spying on Trump. It was about spying on anyone who might prevent Hillary from firing the investigators at FBI & DOJ who were going after the global money laundering networks.
12) In order to avoid consequences from FBI/DOJ, the banks have always tried to hide behind the excuse that shell companies were so opaque that they could not tell it was all money laundering. The leaks of the #PanamaPapers in April of 2016 proved the banks weren't the victims.
13) In fact, #PanamaPapers proved that the banks were the ones setting up the shell companies for their customers to help them hide their money. Using Mossack Fonseca to set them up, then using them for cover! More than 500 banks set up nearly 15,600 shell companies.
14) Who were some of the big banks using Mossack Fonseca to set up shell companies to hide their customer's assets. HSBC, UBS, and several others under the microscope by NYFDS letters to identify their transactions with #PanamaPapers firms.
15) It makes clear that the banks were active conspirators with their customers participating in money laundering on a global scale. Much of it passing through Russian & Eastern European banks & linked to Russian oligarchs. icij.org/investigations…
16) It was these investigations some from 2010, others from 2014, that lead to the #ButNothingsHappening cases we are seeing hit the news today. And how did one of the players get caught lying about #moneylaundering this week? By hiding records related to Paul Manafort & Ukraine!
17) Wouldn't want customers who are involved in "overt" criminal activities, that might draw investigators. But don't look for covert crimes, as that is the entire purpose of the off-shore shell companies... Gotta have a little plausible deniability, so put the onus on M.F.!
18) They then set up arrangements with HSBC & Credit Suisse. How did that get exposed? By the internal investigations department at HSBC that was being advised by James Comey on how to detect & investigate money laundering & hand over the cases to the FBI! Like they did to Huawei
19) French bank Societe Generale then set up VIP accounts for it's 'customers' to hide ownership & money laundering through "bearer bonds". A bond with no name, that can be passed around as much as you like off the record.
20) Former President Nicolas Sarkozy was caught laundering campaign finance money through SG in 2012, he is currently awaiting trial for taking contributions from Muamar Khadaffi. Who is conveniently unavailable to testify... businessinsider.com/blowback-from-…
21) Of course it wasn't just money laundering it was illegal arms deals too! Plus kickbacks on oil contracts for Total. #ButNothingsHappening
22) So lets bring this back full circle, what was the most scandal laced arms deal? It was revealled when Sarkozi's mentor reneged on bribes after he won the election, leading to Pakistan's who didn't get their bribes allowing some terrorists to blow up the French contractors.
23) And who negotiated this dirty arms deal for campaign contributions turned terrorism case? Paul Manafort! Who got a piece of the bribe money to do polling & public relations slate.com/news-and-polit…
24) Finally back to finish this thread! You don't think Manafort's relations with Pakistan ended after that 2002 deal right? Of course not, but we don't know when or if they ended! Read on #ButNothingsHappening
25) Manafort & associates (Roger Stone) helped set up the Kashmiri American Council in the early 90s, supposedly as an independent interest group. But it was really a front for Pakistani intelligence to influence the Swamp! theintercept.com/2017/09/05/dec…
26) The group illegally lobbied Congress from 1990-2011 by concealing the fact that it was a front for Pakistan's ISI. It is similar to the Ukrainian front group Manafort used to pay Podesta & Weber for their lobbying services. Laundering the money to hide where it was from!
27) Manafort even posed as a journalist for @CNN to hide his activities from India!
28) Of course, someone Swampy at the DOJ never bothered to investigate if Manafort knew the money was coming from Pakistan... Wouldn't want to find any FARA violations against Manafort in 2011 after he spent 2 decades pushing a Pakistani intelligence controlled group!
29) Yep, the Dems wanted to investigate Manafort just because they thought he would lead to Trump! Forgetting they had spend 30 years covering up his ties to the Swamp!
30) Good thing the FBI flipped an employee at the Kashir American Council! Fai's co-conspirator supposedly died in Pakistan in October 2011 after his arrest.
31) Fai donated to a variety of political candidates from both parties to gain access in DC. But I will bet there is a lot more money laundered behind closed doors & shell companies! opensecrets.org/news/2011/07/k…
32) Fai became one of the rarest animals in Washington DC, someone prosecuted for FARA violations before Mueller's investigation! But he wouldn't be the last!
33) With the Kashmir American Council shutdown in 2011, Pakistan needed a new agent of illegal FARA influence to the Swamp! They created one in 2012! Using Nisar Ahmed Chaudhry they set up the Pakistan American League!
34) Chaudhry was arrested & plead guilty in April 2018 soon after Gates plead guilty & agreed to cooperate. I haven't found a confirmation of the link but it is an identical script! investigativeproject.org/documents/case…
35) Chaudhry set up think tank workshops, press briefings, attempted to sway university scholars & government officials to eliminate their anti-Pakistan views. Including lots of contact in the Swamp!
36) Including setting up training programs for State Dept. Foreign Service Officers! timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/pakis…
37) Mueller's pursuit of Manafort became the impetus to prosecute this Pakistani a few months later! But there is no solid connection yet. Just the coincidence that Manafort's Pakistani front group would disappear & be replaced by another one so quickly. reuters.com/article/us-usa…
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