I cannot call the White House under President Donald Trump, the Trump Administration anymore, I have the feeling with the scandals under the Warren G. Harding. Most people have mentioned Richard Nixon and Watergate, but there is also similarities with that time:
“Ohio Gang, in U.S. history, a group of politicians who achieved high office during the presidential administration of Warren G. Harding and who betrayed their public trust through a number of scandals. Leader of the Ohio Gang was Harry M. Daugherty, a long-time political operative who was the principal manager of Harding’s political ascendancy and who was named attorney general of the United States. Other members of the gang included Albert B. Fall, secretary of the interior; Will H. Hays, postmaster general; Charles R. Forbes, head of the Veteran’s Bureau; and Jess Smith, an official of the Justice Department” (Britannica, 2017).
The latest to join the pack of people at the former undisclosed meetings in 9th June 2016, which was already with the Russian Lawyers Natalia Veselnitskaya, but there was one more person the oldest son of the American President Donald J. Trump didn’t disclose about. The mail also disclosed the knowledge of Emin Alalagrov who is a Oligarch representative. Who was someone Junior really knew and could contact on his phone. Therefore, in the mails he would talk with him to find the possible time for the meeting in the Trump Tower. These mails between Donald Trump Junior and Rob Gladstone, also showed that Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and himself we’re present at the meeting. The latest revelation is that a former Ex-Spy and has a history, his name is Rinat Akhmetshin. Who has even had litigation his acts like this one:
“In connection with the Dutch Action, Salisbury, S&R, and ECVK hired Akhmetshin, a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer. Upon being retained, Mr. Akhmetshin hacked into IMR’s computer systems and stole IMR’s sensitive and confidential materials. Defendants then sought to inflict maximum damage on IMR, including by using the fruits of this hacking to assist ECVK in the Dutch litigation” (Supreme Court of New York, 2015).
“Akhmetshin is a former Soviet military counterintelligence officer who moved to Washington, D.C. to become a lobbyist. While working in Washington, D.C., Akhmetshin developed a special expertise in
running negative public relations campaigns. In connection with these negative public relations campaigns, Akhmetshin conducted media and legislative outreach, encouraged journalists to write negative articles in connection with his client matters, and developed close relationships with reporters in New York, Washington, D.C., and elsewhere” (Supreme Court of New York, 2015).
Let’s retract the E-Mails again, just to make sure the meeting isn’t forgotten about:
“ So let’s take the fellow information we can from the e-mails, which was on the 3rd June 2017 Rob Gladstone wrote to Donald Trump Jr: (Subject – “FW Russia – Clinton – privat and confidential”)
“Good Morning. Emin just called and asked me to contact you with something very interesting. The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but it is part of Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin. What would you think is the best way to handle this information and would you be able to speak to Emin about it directly? I can also send this info to your father via Rhona, but it is ultra sensitive so wanted to send you first. Best Rob Gladstone”.
Later in the day – Donald Trump Jr answered: “Thanks Rob I appreciate that, I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it’s what you say I love it later this summer. Could we do a call first thing next week when I am back? Best, Don”.
So Donald Trump Junior who has claimed on Hannity it was such a nothing and not anything. Still the verdict isn’t all out. He couldn’t be totally transparent with the public. Since he didn’t tell the public of all the people involved and the seriousness of the sentence from Rob Gladstone: “This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but it is part of Russia and it’s government’s support for Mr. Trump – helped along by Aras and Emin” (Rob Gladstone E-Mail to Donald J. Trump, June 2016).
Why do I compel it also to the Ohio Gang, since it isn’t only the closeness between the Trump family, that being the Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Junior and Eric Trump. The others who has been connected with Russians and Foreign Operatives are Michael Flynn, Michael Cohn, Carter Paige, Michael Caputo, Felix Sater and Jeff Sessions. Several times Kushner has had to fill the SF86 form again, since he hasn’t disclosed everything. The same has happen to Attorney General Sessions who didn’t disclose his meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
So it isn’t like the Administration has been upfront and honest. Because they know what it looks like and know the values of the hacked Democratic National Committee or Democratic Party hacking around the Presidential Election in 2016. Trump earned lots of political mileage. This together with the sudden operatives who delivered the internet DNC documents like Guccifer 2.0 and WikiLeaks. Even as Donald Trump Junior dropped his E-Mails chain with Rob Goldstone, he had talked with Julian Assange who wanted to disclose it on WikiLeaks, but Junior dropped on his own on Twitter. Therefore, the connections and knowledge of each other really surface.
Even today it is now known that White House adviser Sebastian Gorka who might also have connections to Kremlin. The amounts of people who has had positive connections are astonishing. Also Rex Tillerson and others have had that. Therefore, it soon hard to find someone who doesn’t have some sort of relationship or connections to Kremlin/Moscow.
If there are more people inside the White House with relationship, business or even has wealth there. Especially, since the unknown values of Trump Organization business there and the incorporated agreements in Russia. Doesn’t help that the IRS Tax Returns hasn’t been delivered, as well as all the ownership or royalties made the companies of the President.
It makes it more worrying that someone who has capacity for hacking and for pending negative public campaigns, with knowledge of how the Trump Campaign attacked the fellow Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party. Since the leaks came right after, the rest is history. But the connections and the peddling of information will come forward. If the Cambridge Analytica and Jared Kushner used the big data combined with Russian interference to make the campaign more successful. Especially if they worked closer to Rinat Akhmetshin, who is a former counterintelligence officer in the KGB.
Clearly, there are more stones to turn, but this will only become ugly for the Trump Administration or should I say the New York Gang! Peace.
Britannica – ‘Ohio Gang’ (03.05.2017) link: https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ohio-Gang
Supreme Court of New York – ‘International Mineral Resources B.V. VS. Rinat Akhmetshin, Patrick Salisbury, Salisbury & Ryan LLP, Eurochem Volga – Kaliy LLC’ (12.11.2015)