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Thu May 12, 2022, 08:34 AM

Michigan Lawyer Who Sought to Overturn Biden's Victory Tied to Russian Spy

The international white supremacist-money laundering-tax dodging oligarchs and gunhumping moron crowds unite oh my.



Michigan Lawyer Who Sought to Overturn Biden's Victory Tied to Russian Spy

The National Memo
May 12, 2022

A Tennessee attorney who worked on a Michigan lawsuit alleging voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election has a history of working with Russian nationals, an investigation by the American Independent Foundation has found.

The lawyer, G. Kline Preston IV, worked with a conservative legal group in Michigan as part of an effort to overturn the election results in the state, where Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by a slim margin in 2020.

Preston has worked for Republican politicians and causes as a legal adviser for nearly two decades. He has said he is "family friends" with Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee, whose campaign he represented in 2005 as it was being investigated for possible finance violations. He gave legal advice to Blackburn's 2007 House campaign and worked with her as recently as 2014.

Preston has a long history of sharing pro-Confederate propaganda on social media. He even quoted a former Ku Klux Klan leader in one of the many books he's written. In 2013, Preston sent a tweet suggesting that former President Barack Obama is not American — the same "Birther" conspiracy theory that Trump pushed before he ran for president.

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One of the Russian nationals Preston is connected to is Maria Butina, an unregistered foreign agent who infiltrated the National Rifle Association as part of a Russian effort to influence conservatives. In 2018, The Daily Beast uncovered that it was Preston who first introduced Butina's handler, Alexander Torshin, a former Russian parliamentarian who was sanctioned by the Treasury Department, to David Keen, the former president of the NRA. According to their reporting, Preston is a "friend and confidant" of Torshin. In 2011 — the same year he introduced Torshin to Keene — Preston traveled to Russia to serve as a foreign elections observer. Preston also told The Tennessean in 2018 that Torshin "was interested in the NRA so I hooked him up."

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https://www.nationalmemo.com/michigan-lawyer-who-sought-to-overturn-biden-s-victory-tied-to-russian-spy/particle-1

Welly well well. What have we here?

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Reply Michigan Lawyer Who Sought to Overturn Biden's Victory Tied to Russian Spy (Original post)
Kid Berwyn May 2022 OP
yardwork May 2022 #1
Kid Berwyn May 2022 #7
Walleye May 2022 #2
Kid Berwyn May 2022 #8
KS Toronado May 2022 #3
BeyondGeography May 2022 #4
KS Toronado May 2022 #9
Kid Berwyn May 2022 #16
mopinko May 2022 #5
Kid Berwyn May 2022 #17
Botany May 2022 #6
Kid Berwyn May 2022 #19
yaesu May 2022 #10
2naSalit May 2022 #12
Chin music May 2022 #15
Irish_Dem May 2022 #11
LymphocyteLover May 2022 #13
Chin music May 2022 #14
msfiddlestix May 2022 #18
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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:37 AM

1. The Republican Party is owned by Putin.

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Response to yardwork (Reply #1)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:14 AM

7. Really does.



The Manchurian Candidate detailed the tradecraft: corrupt the opponents who wear their patriotism on their sleeves. No one suspects them.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:39 AM

2. Collusion!!!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:44 AM

3. Do we have anyone

who is seriously looking into Russian money traveling through the NRA
into the pockets of elected reQublicOns?

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #3)

Thu May 12, 2022, 08:52 AM

4. We need a major disinfection

Putin had (and has) no greater enablers than the GOP, starting at the top.

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Response to BeyondGeography (Reply #4)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:19 AM

9. At the very top thanks to Agolf Twitler

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Response to KS Toronado (Reply #3)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:54 AM

16. Besides Putin? Butina cleared to ogle Navalny.

Russian Ex-Con of U.S. Penal System Meets and Taunts Imprisoned Navalny

The meeting between Maria Butina and Aleksei A. Navalny came after the Russian opposition leader declared a hunger strike to demand access to a doctor because of deteriorating health.


https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/02/world/europe/navalny-butina-prison-taunt.html

FBI might’ve built a case, but Dimdonnie Drumpf fired the counter-espionage team specializing in Russian spies.



Trump’s Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime

Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and the FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.


NATASHA BERTRAND
The Atlantic, AUG 30, 2018

Bruce Ohr. Lisa Page. Andrew Weissmann. Andrew McCabe. President Donald Trump has relentlessly attacked these FBI and Justice Department officials as dishonest “Democrats” engaged in a partisan “witch hunt” led by the special counsel determined to tie his campaign to Russia. But Trump’s attacks have also served to highlight another thread among these officials and others who have investigated his campaign: their extensive experience in probing money laundering and organized crime, particularly as they pertain to Russia.

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Trump’s latest obsession is with Bruce Ohr, a career Justice Department official who spent years investigating Russian organized crime and corruption—an expertise he shared with another Trump target named Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence operative who provided valuable intelligence on Russia to the State Department and the FBI’s Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force prior to authoring the Trump-Russia dossier in 2016. Ohr and Steele met in 2007, according to The New York Times, and stayed in touch as a result of their shared interests and mutual respect. Trump has tweeted about Ohr nearly a dozen times this month alone, complaining about his relationship with Steele and Ohr’s wife’s past work for Fusion GPS—the opposition-research firm that hired Steele in 2016 to research Trump’s Russia ties.

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Trump’s fixation with seeing Ohr ousted from the Justice Department could be perceived as yet another attempt to undermine the credibility of the people who have investigated him. It could also be interpreted as an attack on someone with deep knowledge of the shady characters Trump and his cohort have been linked to, including Semion Mogilevich, the Russian mob boss, and Oleg Deripaska, a Russian aluminum magnate close to Putin who did business with Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort. (Incidentally, another Manafort associate, the Ukrainian billionaire Dmitry Firtash, admitted that he only managed to be in business because Mogilevich allowed him to be, according to a leaked 2008 State Department cable.) Ohr was involved in banning Deripaska from the U.S. in 2006, due to his alleged ties to organized crime and fear that he would try to launder money into American real estate. Nearly a decade later, Ohr and the FBI sought Deripaska’s help in taking down overseas criminal syndicates.

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The president has denied having any business ties to Russia, and his dream of building a Trump Tower Moscow never materialized. But his links to Russian oligarchs and mobsters from the former Soviet Union have been documented: Millions of dollars from the former Soviet Union flowed into Trump’s developments and casinos throughout the 1990s, as the journalist Craig Unger has chronicled, as oligarchs looked for a place to hide their money in the West. The Trump Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, was once known as a hot spot for Brooklyn mobsters associated with the Russian Mafia, and quickly became the “favorite East Coast destination” of the top Russian mob boss Vyacheslav Ivankov, according to the 2000 book Red Mafiya: How the Russian Mob Has Invaded America. It was also repeatedly cited by the Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network for having inadequate money-laundering controls.

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https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/08/trumps-top-targets-in-the-russia-probe-are-experts-in-organized-crime/569056/



Pee-resident Trump targeted the FBI Witch Hunters who were tracking Putin and his Mafiya.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:04 AM

5. i was shocked but not surprised by steve schmidt saying ru was involved in the mccain campaign.

 

for as outspoken as he has been, this was the 1st i had heard of it.

but yeah nra=pootie
lock them up. all of them.

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Response to mopinko (Reply #5)

Fri May 13, 2022, 10:59 AM

17. BT that'd still be front page news.

Exclusive Interview with US political strategist Steve Schmidt: McCain, Russia, Ukraine, Palin and more

By Jason Jay Smart
Kyiv Post, Published May 12

American political strategist Steve Schmidt’s long career in U.S. politics includes having famously managed Senator John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, an experience that is the basis for the movie Game Change. Mr. Schmidt was also part of the campaign leadership for President George W Bush and California Governor California Arnold Schwarzenegger before going on to found the Lincoln Project in 2019 to stop Republicans from supporting Donald Trump.

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Where does the malignant influence of Russia in the U.S. come from? How is Russia influencing U.S. policy?

Let’s look at some past presidential campaigns: In ’96 Senator Bob Dole was an insider; in 2000 Governor George W. Bush was an outsider; in 2004 we had Bush’s re-election and in 2008 Senator John McCain was an insider. If you take a look at those campaigns, you can see that one firm, in particular, had an inside track. It was a Washington DC firm that had represented Russia’s interests across Eastern Europe.

Take Rick Davis, who you might remember as being the business partner of [political consultant, lobbyist, attorney and convicted fraudster] Paul Manafort. He supported Russian interests for years, such as in Montenegro where he was an adviser. It’s problematic for me that the guy who could have become Chief of Staff of the President had McCain won, had developed such a close relationship with pro-Russian candidates and proxies across Europe.

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https://www.kyivpost.com/world/exclusive-interview-with-us-political-strategist-steve-schmidt-mccain-russia-ukraine-palin-and-more.html

BT = Before Trumputin

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 09:12 AM

6. This Alexander Torshin? Here be given a tour of Luzerne County, PA's voting machines by the GOP.


Butina's handler, Alexander Torshin

BTW Luzerne County, PA went red for the first time since 1984 or 1988 in 2016
and was home to the Russian backed false flag operation, "Miners for Trump."


How deep into the GOP/Fox News is Putin/Russia?

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Response to Botany (Reply #6)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:12 AM

19. NRA-Russia Timeline

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In 2004, United Russia Senator Alexander Torshin made his first known visit to the United States of America. Torshin was known to have ties to the Federal Security Service (FSB), the intelligence agency formerly known as the KGB. Torshin also had ties to the Taganskaya mob in Moscow going back to the mid-1990s. Torshin had previously worked as a mid-level official at Russia’s Central Bank, where he befriended one of his subordinates, Alexander Romanov. When Torshin went into politics and became a senator, Romanov became an executive at the Rosneft energy company and gained notoriety for engaging in illicit business with the Taganskaya mafia.

On December 28, 2005, a parliamentary commission chaired by United Russia Senator Alexander Torshin released a report that cleared Russian president Vladimir Putin of wrong-doing in a botched attempt to rescue hostages. The rescue attempt occurred after Ingush and Chechen militants took 1,100 hostages at a school in Beslan, Russia. Russian Security Forces stormed the campus on September 1, 2004 and initiated a siege that lasted for three days. 334 people — including 186 children — were killed in the fighting. Torshin’s commission exonerated Putin and the Russian military and blamed local officials in Beslan for the casualty totals.



United Russia Senator Alexander Torshin chaired a parliamentary commission that cleared president Vladimir Putin and the Russian military of wrong-doing in the disastrous 2004 siege of a school in Beslan.

In June 2008, legendary American businessman Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s Starr Russia Investments III fund bought 20 percent of Investtorgbank, a Russian bank. The fund paid about $100 million for its share of Investtorgbank.

Greenberg is a major Republican donor, a former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and the former CEO/chair of insurance and financial services giant AIG. Greenberg was forced out of AIG in 2005 for his role in a fraudulent transaction that made the company’s financial position appear to be stronger than it really was. Greenberg is also a social friend and former client of Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. In 1987, Greenberg appointed Kissinger as chairman of AIG’s International Advisory Board.

NRA board member David Keene joined the board of directors of the pro-Russia Center for the National Interest (CFTNI) in 2009, according to the organization’s 990 records. CFTNI was established by the administration of Republican President Richard Nixon. Its board of directors includes former AIG CEO Maurice “Hank” Greenberg, former Nixon Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and a Russian-born confidant of president Vladimir Putin, Dimitri Simes.

In May 2009, the Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kisylak, requested that Alaska Governor Sarah Palin meet with United Russia senator Alexander Torshin, who was visiting the state. Palin turned down the request, but the lieutenant governor of Alaska, Sean Parnell, agreed to a sit-down with Torshin. Parnell said the following to NPR about his meeting with the Russian legislator: “It wouldn’t be unusual for Alaska’s Lt. Governor to take a meeting with a visiting foreign dignitary, especially if the Governor’s Office had been approached first by the visitor/visiting delegation to schedule a meeting and the governor had declined.”

In August 2009, American businessman Maurice “Hank” Greenberg’s Starr Russia Investments III fund invested an additional $8 million in the Russian bank Investtorgbank.

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https://laddeveritt.medium.com/from-russia-with-love-for-the-nra-ffc69088fe41

Gee. This all AFTER Mr. Greenberg’s AIG was bailed out by the US taxpayers.

The Banksters who Stole Uncounted Trillions Should PUT IT BACK.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:00 AM

10. I would bet putin has thousands of proxy agents in the repuke party ready to work for him, do his

bidding, people he has been "collecting" for decades.

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Response to yaesu (Reply #10)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:35 AM

12. Some of them...

Holding seats in Congress and the SCOTUS.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 10:33 AM

11. Putin has infiltrated most of the GOP leadership.

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Thu May 12, 2022, 11:19 AM

13. SHOCKER!!!

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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:07 AM

18. Surprise, Surprise, Surprise....

not.




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Response to Kid Berwyn (Original post)

Fri May 13, 2022, 11:36 AM

20. K&R

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