GOP Operative Sought Clinton Emails From Hackers, Implied a Connection to Flynn

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Czer, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    Music's Mystery Mogul: Len Blavatnik, Trump and Their Russian Friends
    October 10, 2018

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/f...roup-owner-len-blavatnik-russia-probe-1150550

    The Ukraine-born billionaire owner of Warner Music is not only a backer of films who has looked at buying a Hollywood studio, he’s also reportedly on the fringe of the Mueller probe thanks to generous GOP giving and links to oligarchs with ties to Putin.
    In May 2013, Martin Scorsese went to the Cannes Film Festival — not to be feted but to pitch a project: Silence, his not-exactly-commercial saga of two priests in 17th century Japan. The director had dinner aboard billionaire Len Blavatnik's 164-foot yacht, Odessa, named for his birthplace in Ukraine. Scorsese and Blavatnik then headed to a lavish party hosted by Roman Abramovich, a Lithuanian by birth who, like Blavatnik, had made his fortune in post-Soviet Russia.

    Abramovich was hosting director Baz Luhrmann, whose The Great Gatsby was having its premiere at the festival. One observer was struck by the scene: "Len got to arrive with his prestigious guest and Abramovich was there with his, so it was oligarchs showing their connections." Now, sources say, Blavatnik is negotiating a major multiplatform deal with Luhrmann, and Warner Bros. plans to make a long-gestating Elvis Presley film with the Australian director, presumably with Blavatnik's backing.

    The use of the O-word would annoy Blavatnik, 61. The press-shy billionaire has long maintained that he's not an oligarch but a naturalized American citizen who emigrated from the Soviet Union as a young man in 1978. Nonetheless, he has found himself on the radar of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, according to ABC News. Amid the drumbeat of the probe of Russian interference with the 2016 U.S. election, Blavatnik is on a quest to achieve his stated goal of building a "media platform for the 21st century."

    Since 2011, Blavatnik has been the owner of Warner Music Group. But so far, like many outsiders who try to stake a claim in Hollywood, getting meaningful and gainful traction there has proved elusive. In the past couple of years, The Hollywood Reporter has learned, he's taken shots at acquiring major stakes in Sony Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He's also been in the somewhat antithetical position of investing in prestige films with players who have later become among the most toxic in Hollywood: Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner. Among the projects he's backed: Lee Daniels' The Butler, Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridgeand, yes, Scorsese's Silence. Blavatnik also has extensive entertainment interests in Britain, Israel and Russia.

    [​IMG]
    Dave M. Benett/VF1/WireImage
    With Naomi Watts and Jeffrey Katzenberg in Cannes in May.

    [​IMG]
    Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
    With Harvey Weinstein at Cannes in 2012.

    Until last April, Blavatnik was a financier of Warner Bros.' film slate, investing in such films as Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, It and Annabelle: Creation. Despite Blavatnik's close relationship with studio chairman Toby Emmerich (who stayed on Blavatnik's yacht during the Venice Film Festival this year), Warners did not renew that deal when it expired at the end of March. The studio declined to comment but sources say going forward with new owner AT&T, Warners will no longer seek out slate deals like the one that ended a few months ago.

    Blavatnik's representatives at his privately held Access Industries did not respond to questions on this or any topic, instead providing a statement: "The poor quality of the reporter's superficial and biased reporting and use of unnamed sources do not warrant any thoughtful response."

    When there are mountains of money potentially to be tapped, ever-hungry Hollywood doesn't usually ask too many questions about its provenance. Blavatnik's associates tell contacts in entertainment that he was educated in the U.S. — which is true if you don't count elementary school through college. Yes, he made vast sums in Russia (his fortune is estimated at $18.6 billion, according to Forbes). But Vladimir Putin? Blavatnik's reps have said he hasn't seen the Russian president in almost 20 years.

    Ignoring the Blavatnik origin story may become a little tougher, however, as he is one of several U.S. citizens with deep foreign ties who have attracted Mueller's attention by donating millions to GOP causes in the past few years. Foreigners are not permitted to make such donations, but as American citizens, billionaires like Blavatnik can. Among the checks that Blavatnik has written through Access is a $1 million contribution to Donald Trump's inauguration committee, which raised a record-setting $106.7 million (more than double the previous record set by Barack Obama, though Trump's event involved a smaller staff and fewer events). What became of all that money remains a mystery.

    Starting in the 2015-16 election season, Blavatnik's political contributions "soared and made a hard right turn," according to an analysis by business professor Ruth May in TheDallas Morning News. In that cycle, he contributed $6.35 million to Republican candidates and incumbent senators. The biggest beneficiary was Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, whose Senate Leadership Fund received a $2.5 million donation followed by another $1 million in 2017. Blavatnik or Access gave generously to PACs associated with Sen. Lindsey Graham ($800,000) and to Sen. Marco Rubio ($1.5 million).

    [​IMG]
    Dave M. Benett/Getty Images
    With Lee Daniels in Cannes in 2012.

    [​IMG]
    Dave M Benett/Getty Images
    With former Warner Music exec Lyor Cohen in 2012.

    Married with four children, Blavatnik owns or has investments in an assortment of industries around the world: natural resources and chemicals, venture capital and real estate. He owns or has stakes in upscale hotels including the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood, the Faena Hotel Miami Beach and the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat on the Cote d'Azur.

    At a glance, Blavatnik not only is a wildly successful businessman but a philanthropist who has made huge donations to universities, including $117 million to Oxford (the university's School of Government building, completed in 2015, bears his name). Oxford's press release announcing the gift obligingly described Blavatnik as an "American industrialist and philanthropist." That gift drew protests from a group of more than 20 critics, including academics and activists, who argued that Oxford should "stop selling its reputation and prestige to Putin's associates." The university responded that it has "a thorough and robust scrutiny process in place with regard to philanthropic giving," and a spokesperson for Blavatnik's foundation said it is focused on supporting "institutions with a track record of significant advancements in science, business and government, regardless of geographic location." Blavatnik also has given to Harvard ($50 million) and Yale ($10 million), as well as to think tanks and other causes.

    Born in Ukraine in 1957, Blavatnik spent most of his childhood in a provincial Russian town. In his teens he studied at the Moscow Institute of Transport Engineers. The family immigrated to the U.S. when he was 21, settling in Brooklyn. He earned a master's in computer science at Columbia University and worked in the IT department at Macy's and at the Arthur Andersen accounting firm. He became a citizen in 1984. A couple of years later, he started Access Industries, and three years after that, he got an MBA from Harvard.

    After earning his degree, he teamed up with an old classmate from the Moscow Institute: Viktor Vekselberg. The New York Times reported in May that agents for Mueller had detained Vekselberg, 61, when he arrived in New York earlier this year. Vekselberg attended Trump's inauguration and the Times reported that Mueller's interest in him "suggests that the special counsel has intensified his focus on potential connections between Russian oligarchs and the Trump campaign and inaugural committee." Vekselberg was present at a 2015 dinner in Russia at which Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, was seated beside Putin. (Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition.)

    In April, Vekselberg was among seven oligarchs sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department, which cited Russia's "malign activity around the globe." His name arose again in May when lawyer Michael Avenatti alleged that a U.S. company controlled by Vekselberg and his cousin had put $500,000 into the same account that Trump associate Michael Cohen used to pay hush money to Stormy Daniels. An attorney for the company said at the time that it is controlled by Americans and that it had retained Cohen "regarding potential sources of capital and potential investments in real estate and other ventures."

    [​IMG]
    Dave Benett/Getty Images
    With Dawn Hudson in 2015.

    [​IMG]
    Dave M. Benett/amfAR14/WireImage
    With Jane Campion at the 2014 Cannes amfAR gala.

    Unlike Blavatnik, Vekselberg is considered to have maintained close ties to the Kremlin. For a time he and Blavatnik seemed to be working in tandem to establish themselves in influential Washington circles. As reported in a 2014 New Yorker profile, in 2004 Vekselberg bought nine jewel-encrusted Faberge eggs from the Forbes family for more than $100 million and gifted them to Russia, which was viewed as a way to curry favor with Putin. In 2006, the Kennan Institute — a division of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, where Blavatnik was a donor and official fundraiser — gave Vekselberg the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship. After some pushback, the award was rescinded, according to The New Yorker. But the following year, the institute gave Vekselberg a public-service award. The same year, Blavatnik's Access donated $50,000.

    The sources of Blavatnik's wealth aren't entirely clear, but he and Vekselberg made a lot of money in Russia following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the "aluminum wars" (which pitted organized crime against Russian and foreign investors) and in oil. In the course of acquiring one takeover target in 2001, it was alleged in a lawsuit that militia members representing Blavatnik and his partners forced their way into the company's offices dressed in fatigues and carrying guns. Blavatnik's reps have denied this.

    Blavatnik and Vekselberg have partnered with others now of interest to Mueller, including sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who paid and loaned millions to former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, and Mikhail Fridman, head of the Alfa Group investment consortium. As noted in a 2005 court ruling, Fridman has been the subject of various "allegations of corruption and illegal conduct." Fridman and his associate German Khan are the subject of one of the memoranda comprising the Steele dossier, which raised alarms about a possible Trump campaign conspiracy with the Russian government. But there are no allegations of impropriety with respect to these figures' partnerships with Blavatnik and Vekselberg.

    A key asset that Blavatnik brought to his partnerships was his American citizenship. He had Western connections and conveyed a sense of legitimacy lacking in some of his Russian allies. "He's been able to walk this fine line between these two worlds," says Diana Pilipenko, an anti-corruption expert at the Center for American Progress. "If he has, in fact, had any concerns about his reputation as a 'Russian oligarch,' one can see that he has gone to great lengths to launder it through philanthropy."

    In the mid-2000s, Blavatnik shifted away from the U.S. to spend more time in Britain, where he also has citizenship. He has a 13-bedroom London mansion in Kensington Palace Gardens, home of some of the most expensive properties in the world. (Roman Abramovich is a neighbor.) He has amassed a serious art collection. Having hired retired diplomat Sir Michael Pakenham to advise him on how to comport himself in England, he made major contributions to the Royal Academy, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery, as well as Oxford. Last year, he was knighted by the Queen.

    Blavatnik owns multiple New York properties (though The New Yorker reported that one Manhattan co-op had turned him down, possibly because he had shown up at the interview with armed bodyguards). In 2015 he bought New York Jets owner Woody Johnson's co-op for a record-setting $77.5 million and this year paid a record $90 million for a New York City mansion, according to reports.

    Following the purchase of the U.K. operations of Mel Gibson's Icon Group in 2009, Blavatnik seemed to start exploring deeper moves into the U.S. entertainment business. He considered a $75 million investment in Ari Emanuel's Endeavor but decided against it. The following year, he made a run at MGM, interviewing not only Toby Emmerich but several other executives who were potential candidates to run the company, which at the time was on the brink of bankruptcy. Ultimately, he withdrew.

    Blavatnik's biggest move in entertainment was his 2011 purchase of Warner Music for $3.3 billion. The company by then was seen as too small to compete, and he was criticized for overpaying. He slashed the labels' executive salaries out of the gate — improving profitability but losing some talent in the process — and hasn't spent as much on acquisitions to catch up with the next biggest major record company, Sony Music Entertainment. But WMG is said to be making money as the fortunes of the music industry have turned around.

    [​IMG]
    Dave Benett / Getty Images for Warner Music
    With will.i.am in 2015.

    [​IMG]
    Rachel Murray/Getty Images
    With Miranda Kerr and her husband, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, in 2016.

    [​IMG]
    Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg via Getty Images

    Blavatnik has repeatedly circled deals for a Hollywood studio — often those that seem to be troubled — and has continued to meet key players, though no major deal has materialized. One veteran executive says Blavatnik expressed a strong desire to increase his presence in the U.S. movie business during a 2014 meeting arranged by CAA's Bryan Lourd.

    Blavatnik is a man who likes to entertain at lavish parties, and in the 2014 profile, The New Yorker reported that former Warner Music employees had said Blavatnik wanted "lots of beautiful women at his events, and not too many men." It noted that he often had been photographed "in one of his signature cream-colored suits, with his arm around the likes of the model Naomi Campbell."

    As Blavatnik has worked his way into the movie business, some of his closest associates have long had malodorous reputations and ultimately were accused of serious sexual misconduct. "His two best friends in Hollywood were Harvey Weinstein and Brett Ratner," observes one executive who has done business with Blavatnik. "That's not a good look, is it?" (Weinstein awaits trial in New York; Ratner has been accused of misconduct by several women but has not been charged with a crime.)

    Whatever his connections, Blavatnik seems to have a clear interest in making prestige movies. In 2010, when he struck his pact with The Weinstein Co., Blavatnik was focused on "projects that were upscale and good for his brand," says an executive who worked with him. (Good for his brand does not mean good for his wallet. In 2017, when The Weinstein Co. was on the brink of collapse in the wake of sexual-assault allegations, Harvey Weinstein suggested to the board that Blavatnik was a potential buyer. Instead he ended up making a $45 million loan and is now suing to get the money back.)

    Perhaps it was through Blavatnik's visits to the Cannes Film Festival that he met other regulars, including Ratner and future Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin (who now wields considerable influence in determining which oligarchs will be subject to sanctions). Both Ratner and Mnuchin frequented Blavatnik's yacht. In 2013, Ratner founded RatPac Entertainment with Australian billionaire James Packer. (A source says Blavatnik was an investor from the beginning.) Also in 2013, that company partnered with Mnuchin's Dune Entertainment film financing vehicle to form RatPac-Dune, which then financed Warners' slate of movies with a few exceptions (such as any films in the J.K. Rowling canon). RatPac-Dune started investing in Warners at a time that the studio hit a cold streak, and sources say it was well underwater when Packer sold his stake in RatPac to Blavatnik — apparently at a deep discount — in April 2017. (Terms were not disclosed.) "Warner Bros. is one of the great Hollywood studios," Blavatnik said in a statement at the time. "I am delighted to be partnering with Kevin Tsujihara and the studio alongside the unique talent of Brett Ratner. Together we will build on RatPac's strategic partnership with Warner Bros."

    The delight was short-lived. In November, after the Los Angeles Times reported multiple allegations of misconduct against Ratner (who has denied any wrongdoing), Warners quickly cut ties. RatPac was absorbed into Blavatnik's Access.

    [​IMG]
    Dave Benett/Getty Images
    With Cailin Russo (left) and Heidi Klum in Cannes in 2016.

    [​IMG]
    Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Warner Music Group
    With Cardi B at Warners’ pre-Grammy party in January.

    [​IMG]
    REX/Shutterstock
    Giving Prince William a tour of the Blavatnik School of Government in 2016.

    Yet Access Industries continues to occupy RatPac's old offices — which once belonged to Frank Sinatra — on the Warners lot. "He's thought of as a Warner Bros. guy, and any big-ticket item there, they say his name as someone who might be part of the financing," says a top agent.

    While many in the industry have severed ties with Ratner, Blavatnik appears to have remained close to him. Earlier this year a high-level source told THR that Blavatnik had informed Ratner that he would continue to pay him — it's unclear if there was a contractual obligation to do so — but asked that he keep a low profile. Ratner did not. The New York Post's Page Six reported in January that Ratner had made himself very visible at Blavatnik's hotel in Miami. At Cannes this year he stayed aboard Blavatnik's yacht.

    In recent months, a leading agent says, Blavatnik has appeared to accelerate his efforts to make new deals. In May, he named former ESPN president John Skipper to run streaming sports media firm Perform Group. (Skipper left Disney in December and later acknowledged a cocaine problem that had opened him up to a blackmail attempt.)

    Meanwhile Blavatnik is in talks with Luhrmann, who with his wife helped design Blavatnik's Miami hotel. The move surprises one top agent (not involved in the deal), who says that at this point Luhrmann "can't control a budget and can't multitask." The Australian director's 2016-17 Netflix series, The Get Down, turned into a wildly over-budget disappointment. He hasn't directed a film since Great Gatsby in 2013.

    "Every financier-distributor with whom he has ever worked, including Fox, Warner Bros. and Netflix, have all sought to continue working with him," says Luhrmann's agent Robert Newman. "Regarding the question of multitasking, throughout his career Baz has developed television while writing-directing-producing motion pictures, directed operas while creating advertising campaigns, created plays while designing fashion, overseeing hotels and producing records."

    But clearly Blavatnik's ambition still burns. He's taking meetings in Los Angeles this month, according to sources. Whether he can finally establish a truly meaningful presence in Hollywood remains to be seen. Sources say he's still pursuing other Hollywood properties, though one says that despite Blavatnik's billions, "He lowballs everybody."

    But at this turbulent moment, one industry insider says, maybe Blavatnik can be a lifeline. "We need money like Len's in the business. Otherwise all we're going to be looking at is Netflix and Amazon."

    [​IMG]
    Mike Coppola/Getty Images
    With Rita Ora at the Warner Music Group pre-Grammy party in January.

    [​IMG]
    David X Prutting/BFA/REX/Shutterstock
    From left: Hotelier Alan Faena, Brett Ratner and Blavatnik at the opening of Faena's Hotel Miami Beach in 2015.

    [​IMG]
     
  2. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    People are saying WSJ and NYT are compromised

    obvious propaganda

    [​IMG]

    and

    [​IMG]
     
  3. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    Late GOP Activist Peter W. Smith Met With Former Trump Adviser Michael Flynn in 2015, Sources Say
    New email and interviews indicate the Republican operative who sought to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails had established a relationship with Mr. Flynn
    Oct. 10, 2018

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/late-g...-michael-flynn-in-2015-sources-say-1539196064

    A veteran Republican activist whose quest to obtain Hillary Clinton’s emails from hackers dominated the final months of his life struck up a professional relationship with Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser to President Trump, as early as 2015, and told associates during the presidential campaign that he was using the retired general’s connections to help him on the email project.

    The late Peter W. Smith, an Illinois financier with a long history in Republican politics, met with Mr. Flynn in 2015, according to people familiar with the matter. At the time, Mr. Flynn had recently left his job as head of the Defense Intelligence Agency and was trying to set up his own consulting firm, while Mr. Smith was looking at investment opportunities in cybersecurity.


    Mr. Flynn was a top adviser to Mr. Trump during the 2016 campaign. He served briefly as national security adviser in Mr. Trump’s administration before being forced to resign and pleading guilty to a charge of lying to authorities about his conversations with a Russian ambassador. He is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

    Additionally, in an email reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, one of Mr. Smith’s former associates wrote to a friend last week, “As you are aware Peter started a business relationship with Gen. Mike Flynn in November 2015. We spoke with him on the day he left for his trip to Moscow.” The associate, John Szobocsan, sent the email as the Journal was preparing a story on Mr. Smith and was attempting to reach Mr. Szobocsan. He didn’t respond to requests for comment.

    The Journal reported in 2017 that Mr. Smith implied he had connections to Mr. Flynn, but the email and people familiar with the matter indicate the two men were in contact and did in fact have a working relationship. Though no apparent business deals came of the 2015 meeting, the introduction gave Mr. Smith a contact who would go on to become part of Mr. Trump’s inner circle. An attorney for Mr. Flynn declined to comment.

    Mr. Smith’s pursuit of Mrs. Clinton’s emails put him in contact with a varied group of hackers and operatives on the fringes of Republican politics and brought him to dark corners of the online world, the Journal has previously reported. He died in a Minnesota hotel room in 2017 in what authorities ruled a suicide at the age of 81, weeks after telling friends that he believed he had finally obtained the missing emails, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    How much of Mr. Smith’s quest was undertaken with the knowledge of anyone in Mr. Trump’s orbit is a question investigators have been probing for more than a year.

    The matter is under scrutiny by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and any possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Numerous people familiar with Mr. Smith’s quest have been questioned by Mr. Mueller’s investigators, including at least one witness who was called before a grand jury, according to a court document and people familiar with the matter. A grand jury subpoena described to the Journal also has sought a range of documents concerning Mr. Smith’s activities. President Trump has denied any collusion. The Russian government has denied it interfered in the election.

    People who knew Mr. Smith, including former Wall Street financier Charles Ortel and freelance writer Tom Lipscomb, describe his quest as all-consuming, and say he believed Mrs. Clinton’s emails would reveal a vast amount of incriminating information. Mrs. Clinton described the 33,000 emails that her lawyers deleted from her personal server as relating to routine matters such as yoga.

    Mr. Smith formed a company called KLS Research as a vehicle for his project, the Journal previously reported. He reached out to businessmen as financial backers, including Maine real-estate developer Michael Liberty, Florida-based investor John “Jack” Purcell and Chicago financier Patrick Haynes. They were named in an email reviewed by the Journal as among a group of people who pledged to contribute $100,000 to the effort, along with $50,000 of Mr. Smith’s own money.

    Messrs. Haynes and Purcell didn’t respond to requests for comment. An attorney for Mr. Liberty said his client never donated but may have been asked.

    Mr. Lipscomb also told the Journal he believed Mr. Smith was soliciting money from friends, including himself, under false pretenses. In an interview, he said he now thinks Mr. Smith was a “deluded old man” who had “bet the farm” on misguided efforts to find the emails.

    Beyond his connection with Mr. Flynn, Mr. Smith also claimed ties with the antisecrecy website WikiLeaks, and he solicited money to assist founder Julian Assange with legal support, according to Mr. Ortel and an email Mr. Smith sent in December 2016 that was reviewed by the Journal.

    In the email, an update on what Mr. Smith called the “Clinton Email Reconnaissance Initiative,” he told supporters his team had come across “multiple individuals” in possession of the Clinton emails in the fall of 2016. He also wrote that he directed one or more of those people to send the emails to WikiLeaks.

    WikiLeaks, which never published any of the alleged material, was the main conduit for the dissemination of other embarrassing Democratic emails that U.S. investigators concluded were stolen by Russian hackers. No evidence has emerged that hackers ever obtained Mrs. Clinton’s emails, and the FBI didn’t find evidence that her personal server had been compromised.

    “We have active discussions on how to arrange such legal support for WikiLeaks as a whistleblower, and therefore being exempt from U.S. law,” Mr. Smith wrote.

    WikiLeaks didn’t respond to a request for comment. Mr. Assange, who has been at the Ecuadorian embassy in the United Kingdom for over six years, has repeatedly denied that the group obtained any hacked Democratic material from Russian sources.
     
  4. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  5. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  6. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    EXCLUSIVE: Jamal Khashoggi dragged from consulate office, killed and dismembered
    10 October 2018

    https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/exclusive-1433170798

    Jamal Khashoggi was dragged from the consul general's office inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday before he was brutally murdered by two men who cut up his body, sources close to the investigation have told Middle East Eye.

    Turkish officials say they know when and where in the building the veteran Saudi journalist was killed and are considering whether to dig up the consul-general's garden to see whether his remains are buried there.

    Khashoggi has been missing since last Tuesday when he entered the consulate to obtain paperwork so he could remarry, and has not been seen since.

    We know when Jamal was killed, in which room he was killed and where the body was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic team are allowed in, they know exactly where to go

    - Turkish source

    Since Saturday, Turkish officials have maintained that he was assassinated inside the building, but have not provided evidence or spoken on the record. Meanwhile, Saudi officials have said the 59-year-old left the consulate soon after he arrived and are concerned about his whereabouts.

    “I would like to confirm that... Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him,” the Saudi consul-general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, said on Saturday after the consulate was opened to Reuters journalists. “We are worried about this case.”

    But a Turkish source with direct knowledge of the investigation has given MEE a detailed account of what investigators say happened in the consulate last Tuesday.

    "We know when Jamal was killed, in which room he was killed and where the body was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic team are allowed in, they know exactly where to go," he said.

    Khashoggi first went to the consulate on 28 September and met with a Saudi diplomat in an attempt to get the papers he needed.

    The Saudi diplomat passed him on to a member of Saudi intelligence who said the consulate would be unable to provide what he needed that day, but he could return the following week, the source said.

    Khashoggi left the building on Friday with the telephone number of the intelligence official.

    On Tuesday morning, Khashoggi called and asked if he should still come to the consulate and was told that the papers were ready for him, the source said. His appointment was for 1pm.

    Half an hour before then, during the lunch break held at the consulate, all local staff members left for their usual lunch break which lasts an hour. As they left, they were told to take the afternoon off because a high-level diplomatic meeting was planned for the afternoon in the consulate, the source said.

    As a time-stamped photo first published by the Washington Post has shown, Khashoggi walked into the consulate less than an hour later at 1.14pm.

    He was greeted by an official, and led into the consul-general's room. Shortly afterwards, two men entered the room and dragged Khashoggi out of the office and into another room where they killed him, the source said, without elaborating how he was killed.

    Khashoggi's body was then dragged into a third room and dismembered, he said.

    A Saudi source told Reuters that British intelligence believed there had been an attempt to drug Khashoggi inside the consulate that culminated in an overdose.

    He said the information came from a British intelligence source. Contacted by Reuters, British intelligence did not comment. Asked about this account, a Saudi official said: “This death is not true.”

    There are around 22 cars which are registered to the consulate of which between three and four are of interest to the murder inquiry.

    One of them left the consulate building at 3:15pm and went several hundred metres to the nearby consul general's home, the source said.

    MEE understands that the prosecutor general is now considering whether to dig up the consul general's garden to see whether Khashoggi's remains are buried there.

    A separate Turkish source told MEE that the consul general has not left his house for the past three days and has cancelled all of his appointments.

    This source also said that the Turkish police want to search the residence and also take all the cars which are registered to the consulate to a secure location to examine them, but the Saudis have not allowed this.

    A source also told MEE the Saudis took all the hard drives from the security camera room at the consulate with them when they left the building.

    The Saudis on Tuesday rescinded an offer they made originally to allow Turkish forensic experts onto the premises. Their offer was withdrawn after Turkish state-owned media published a list of 15 Saudis who arrived in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi disappeared.

    The source who outlined the account of how Khashoggi was killed said that police investigators were confident they already had enough forensic evidence from searches of the sewage network connected to the building.

    A second Turkish source with knowledge of the investigation told MEE that the Turks had video and audio evidence of the killing. However, they have not revealed how they obtained this evidence.

    But particular attention is being paid to the Apple watch that Khashoggi was wearing when he entered the building. This is synced electronically to the iPhone that he gave his fiance before entering the building.

    MEE has sought comment from the Saudi embassies in the UK and US.
     
  7. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    Avenatti: Trump Jr. will be indicted before the end of year
    10/11/18

    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-brie...r-will-be-indicted-before-the-end-of-the-year

    Michael Avenatti, the lawyer representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, predicted Thursday that President Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., will be indicted on federal charges before his 41st birthday at the end of the year.

    “Donald Trump Jr. will be indicted before his birthday on 12-31-18,” Avenatti said on Twitter.

    “If you doubt my prediction, please check my record over the last 7 months,” the lawyer continued, while adding a “#Winning” hashtag.



    Avenatti made a similar crack at Trump Jr. on Tuesday, also saying then that he will soon "be indicted" on federal charges.

    The president’s son has been implicated in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into ties between his father’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

    However, Trump Jr. said in an interview last month that he is not worried about potentially being incriminated in Mueller's investigation, though he has acknowledged the ongoing probe has been "very rough" for him personally.

    “I’m not [worried] because I know what I did and I’m not worried about it,” Trump Jr. told ABC News at the time.

    “That doesn’t mean they won’t try to do something,” he added.
     
  8. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  9. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    Mitt Romney: Trump shouldn’t be impeached because he’s a “sitting president”
    Mitt Romney, who is running for Senate in Utah, shows us once again that he’s done being a Never Trumper.
    Oct 11, 2018

    https://www.vox.com/2018/10/11/17963744/mitt-romney-trump-impeachment-utah-midterms

    Mitt Romney, running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Utah, doesn’t think it makes sense to talk about impeaching President Donald Trump — because Trump is a “sitting president.”

    “I don’t think it makes sense to be talking about impeachment, not for a sitting president,” Romney said at a debate with Democratic Senate candidate Jenny Wilson, a former US congressional aide who is on the Salt Lake County Council, this week.

    Of course, impeachment, by definition, is the act of formally charging a sitting official who has committed a crime or acted inappropriately. It’s not clear who Romney thinks could be impeached, given his remarks, but his sentiment is telling of a much broader attitude toward Trump in the Republican Party — one that Romney has increasingly adopted.

    Romney was once the leader of the Never Trump movement, making headlines for calling for Trump to release his tax returns and referring to the president a “fraud” and “phony.” But that’s all changed.

    Now, expected to win the Senate race in Utah and head to Washington, Romney appears to have adopted the same mindset many traditional congressional Republicans and conservatives have settled into under Trump. As long as Trump promotes conservative policies like tax cuts and an aggressive deregulatory agenda, and nominates conservative judges, all the other stuff — the explicit racism, demagoguery, and destruction of democratic norms — can fall by the wayside.

    Asked if he still thought Trump was a “phony,” Romney instead focused on what he likes about Trump’s presidency:

    I agree with the tax plan, overall. I agree that the deregulation effort has been wise. There were extraordinary land grabs by President Obama and Clinton.

    There are times when I think the president has said things that are racist and misogynistic. I will speak out about those things. I choose the things that I say ... when something of great significance, I will speak my mind and do my best to represent the values and feelings of the people of Utah.

    I also believe he is president and that he is doing a lot of things that are very helpful for our state. I will support him in those things.

    In other words, it’s worth it for the tax cuts.


     
  10. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  11. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  12. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  13. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  14. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  15. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  16. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  17. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
    so you have liberal and conservative media playing the same tune for saudi arabia, which is they fucked up in a way that will help end the current ruling family and made fools of themselves
     
    Last edited: Oct 12, 2018 at 8:52 AM
  18. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  19. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801
  20. Czer

    Czer I'm a poor person. The lambo is my cousin's.

    Post Count:
    19,801