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Two top Trump officials are ex-lobbyists for a billionaire with deep ties to Russian oligarchs

By Greg Walters Apr 13, 2018

Two senior Trump administration officials were once registered as lobbyists for an investment company controlled by a Soviet-born industrialist who made billions doing business with newly sanctioned Russian oligarchs.

Makan Delrahim is now the assistant attorney general for the Antitrust Division in the Department of Justice, after rising from his original appointment as deputy White House counsel and deputy assistant to the president. David Bernhardt is the No. 2 official in Trump’s Department of the Interior.

Both men registered as lobbyists in 2011 and 2012 for Access Industries, a holding company controlled by billionaire Leonard Blavatnik, according to public filings reviewed by VICE News. And though they are far from the only D.C. lobbyists to get plum jobs in the Trump administration, the connection to Blavatnik, long in business with billionaire associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, reveals yet another link between Russia and senior Trump officials.

Blavatnik, 60, is a naturalized dual U.S.-U.K. citizen who owns Warner Music Group. He’s also a longtime donor to both political parties. He gave at least $314,800 in the 2014 midterms, with a slim majority going to the Democratic side. But Blavatnik dramatically ramped up his donations to Republican causes prior to the 2016 U.S. election, according to a review of public filings carried out by Ruth May, a professor at the University of Dallas.

Read: Trump just hit Russian oligarchs with the stiffest sanctions yet


The men with whom Cohen was sitting in Manhattan, have been identified

I found this reply to Avenatti.

I expect Trump losing 10 lbs...sweating from fear.


Michael Cohen is spending a lovely 80-degree day with his friends, outside his Manhattan hotel, smoking a cigar. On the right: Rotem Rosen. Rotem Rosen and Alex Sapir accompanied Donald Trump on his 2013 trip to Russia.

The guy in the grey shirt is Dan Elituv, CEO of Gottex Models, Ltd. Elituv bought Gottex in 2009 from Lev Leviev, a Soviet-born oligarch with close ties to Putin. In 2015 Kushner Companies bought a stake in the old New York Times building from Lev Leviev.

Rotem Rosen is the "right hand man" of real estate magnate and Putin ally Lev Leviev. Here's Ivanka at the bris Leviev organized for Rosen.

Let's see who else is in that first photo. In the back on the left: Jerry Rotonda, former CFO Deutsche Bank. Rotem Rosen and Jerry Rotonda recently launched a development firm targeting NYC properties with Indian billionaire Anand Mahindra.

Preet Bharara : "This aged well"

I love his subtle irony.



The President does not have very good personal lawyers
19:23 - 8 mars 2018

If Republicans think America is still leading the world, show them this

Fixed Nostradumbass :-)))

Syria Nostradumbass collection.... "Enjoy" !

Polls are starting to look really bad for Obama. Looks like he'll have to start a war or major conflict to win. Don't put it past him!
07:30 - 17 oct. 2012


Obama is, without question, the WORST EVER president. I predict he will now do something really bad and totally stupid to show manhood!
18:07 - 5 juin 2014

Why would anyone think Obama would attack Syria the day of his speech in Washington. He doesn't want to detract from his press & glory.
21:39 - 28 août 2013

If we are going to continue to be stupid and go into Syria (watch Russia), as they say in the movies, SHOOT FIRST AND TALK LATER!
05:19 - 29 août 2013

Is everyone seeing how incompetently our country is being run by watching the mess with Syria? Our leaders don't know what they are doing!
12:17 - 30 août 2013

If Obama attacks Syria and innocent civilians are hurt and killed, he and the U.S. will look very bad!
12:26 - 30 août 2013

How bad has our "leader" made us look on Syria. Stay out of Syria, we don't have the leadership to win wars or even strategize.
14:28 - 30 août 2013

The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria-big mistake if he does not!
16:02 - 30 août 2013

If the U.S. attacks Syria and hits the wrong targets, killing civilians, there will be worldwide hell to pay. Stay away and fix broken U.S.
18:55 - 2 sept. 2013

President Obama put himself in a very bad position when he talked about Syria crossing the RED LINE. Amazingly, now he denies he said that!
04:07 - 5 sept. 2013

Obama must now start focusing on OUR COUNTRY, jobs, healthcare and all of our many problems. Forget Syria and make America great again!
06:19 - 11 sept. 2013

President Obama & Putin fail to reach deal on Syria - so what else is new? Obama is not a natural deal maker. Only makes bad deals!
06:49 - 5 sept. 2016

He's behind me, isn't he ?

Worshiping the Golden Calf

The art of the deal...

Thank you Dr Rachel Maddow

We don't have MSNBC in Belgium, but I often watch you on Youtube. I've never been deceived.

If I were to personify journalism excellency, your name would come first.

NB :thank you all. I learned how to use appropriately “Miss”, “Mrs” and “Ms”. I have initially (mis)used “Mrs” to show respect to Rachel Maddow.
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