Russian official with modest salary buys multi-million $$$ Trump properties . . . hmmmm . . . no collusion here, move along.

An official with a Russian state-owned media company has paid millions of dollars for Trump-branded properties in South Florida, despite his five-figure salary.

Igor Zorin has bought three condos worth $5.4 million at Trump Palace, a high-end tower built in Sunny Isles Beach by a local developer and branded by Trump Organization, although he has apparently broken Russian law by failing to disclose those purchases, reported the Miami Herald.

Zorin, who earns $75,000 a year running a media company that provides sound systems for military parades and broadcasts emergency alerts, still owns two of those Trump condominiums, as well as a $3.3 million home in Bal Harbour, Florida.

None of those properties appear in public disclosure forms, the newspaper reported, which would trouble Zorin’s bosses back in Russia, where officials disdain owning property in the U.S. — especially given the current state of relations between the two countries.

“It’s like he owned a place in Hell,” said Ilya Shumanov, deputy director of the Russian chapter of the anti-graft watchdog Transparency International.

Zorin has business ties in both the U.S. and Russia to Svyatoslav Mangushev, a Russian intelligence officer and Miami real estate investor who helped found a South Florida motorcycle club called Spetsnaz M.C.

The club, which includes members of local law enforcement and Russian expatriates, is named for Russia’s elite counterterrorism unit and sought ties to Russia’s infamous “Night Wolves” motorcycle group, which is under U.S. sanctions for taking part in the 2014 Ukraine uprising.

“In Russia, security firms that have been linked to Mangushev have won $2.4 million worth of contracts from Zorin’s agency since 2015,” the Herald reported. “In Miami, Mangushev once transferred a Florida company that owned a $1.5 million condo out of his name and into Zorin’s. No deed of sale was recorded, meaning the price paid — if any — is unknown.”

The Russian Broadcasting and Alert Network official purchased his Miami-area homes and a used tire business through a limited liability company — which has jumped in frequency at Trump properties since the election.

Over the past 12 months, 70 percent of buyers of Trump properties were limited liability companies, or LLCs, which allows individuals to form corporations to buy the real estate without revealing their names.

That compares to about 4 percent of Trump buyers in the two previous years, and it appears to be unique to Trump-owned companies.

No more than 20 percent of the condos owned by others in the same buildings, and sold during the same 12-month period, were sold to LLCs.

Zorin was not an original buyer at Trump Palace, so his purchase funds would not have gone to the Trump Organization — which has branded several condo towers in South Florida since the early 2000s.

The Trump name is attractive to Russian buyers, and the company’s brand helped turn Sunny Isles Beach into “Little Moscow,” the newspaper reported.

U.S. officials have grown concerned about the influx of Russian cash into South Florida, where foreign investment has pushed real estate prices out of reach for many local buyers.

“If a person needs to hide dirty money, my bet is that this person is going to South Florida,” said Shumanov, of Transparency International. “It is an ideal place for … laundering money through luxury real estate. The prices are rising, the investment is protected and there are dozens of ways to hide the beneficial owner of an expensive condominium, house or villa.”

The special counsel investigation of Trump’s campaign ties to Russia could focus on his company’s real estate deals in the area.

A Miami attorney for Mangushev, who owned a company that provided security to Russian state-owned companies and government agencies, denied any business relationship with Zorin.

But publicly available records, including a letter of recommendation written by Zorin for Mangushev’s security firm, suggest the two men are connected, the Herald reported.

None of Zorin’s property purchases were made using bank financing, which suggests he paid cash.

State records show Zorin later sold the Trump Palace condo he got from Mangushev — possibly for nothing — to a woman who appears to be Mangushev’s relative, for a $1.5 million purchase price.

Alpha-Anticriminal, the security firm owned by Mangushev, has won dozens of contracts from Zorin’s government-owned company, according to Russia records reviewed by the Herald.

Zorin never notified the government of his South Florida business relationship to Mangushev, which the anti-graft watchdog presented a clear conflict of interest.

The petulant child who thinks he’s President starts his day whining

So are we as a nation still just going to not talk about how freaking nuts this is.

President Trump has a new morning ritual. Around 6:30 a.m. on many days — before all the network news shows have come on the air — he gets on the phone with a member of his outside legal team to chew over all things Russia.

Trump now has a dedicated morning phone call for the Russia investigation. It’s like the presidential daily intelligence briefing—but for what people have been saying about him and Russia, and nothing else. It is now a scheduled part of the White House day. It specifically targets, among others, the special counsel leading that investigation.

The calls — detailed by three senior White House officials — are part strategy consultation and part presidential venting session, during which Trump’s lawyers and public-relations gurus take turns reviewing the latest headlines with him. They also devise their plan for battling his avowed enemies: the special counsel leading the Russia investigation; the “fake news” media chronicling it; and, in some instances, the president’s own Justice Department overseeing the probe.

Oh, thank goodness. A dedicated morning call so that his team can battle his imaginary enemies: anyone who talks about Russian election hacking and the investigators investigating it.

His advisers have encouraged the calls — which the early-to-rise Trump takes from his private quarters in the White House residence — in hopes that he can compartmentalize the widening Russia investigation. By the time the president arrives for work in the Oval Office, the thinking goes, he will no longer be consumed by the Russia probe that he complains hangs over his presidency like a darkening cloud.

It hasn’t been working. Anyone who thought it would work hasn’t been paying attention to just how much Trump needs to fuel his ego with vengeance against the enemies he sees behind every bush — but who are not there.

And so we’re treated to stories like “Trump is struggling to stay calm on Russia, one morning call at a time” which is a headline you would expect to see written about a celebrity battling their rampant drug usage, not a sitting president battling an investigation that he insists will find nothing and is completely meaningless except as vehicle for making him feel bad.

Speaking of lard-ass

I don’t make jokes about people and their weight or any other aspect of their appearance.

However, I’ll make an exception in this case — this is the man who made fat jokes about Rosie O’Donnell and who denigrated women with small breasts (“small” by his definition).

LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT ASS!!!!

70-year-old child in the White House is at it again

As is his habit on early Sunday morning, President Donald Trump was on Twitter attacking his enemies and acting like the petulant 6-year-old that he is — this time his childish whining is directed at former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

A day after he attacked former President Barack Obama and Republican senators who are not falling in line with the GOP’s proposed Trumpcare plan, Trump was back tweeting about the 2016 election

“Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!” he tweeted — although it is unclear why.

The president then promoted his appearance on Fox & Friends — which has become the go-to safe space for Trump Administration officials.

Trump’s dumbass, ignorant son-in-law Jared Kushner completely screws up Arab-Israeli negotiations

According to the Jerusalem Post and London-based Arabic daily al-Hayat, the meeting between Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and President Donald Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, went poorly.

The Post reports that Trump is now considering pulling out of Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations following a “tense” meeting with Kushner and other White House senior staff.

According to reports, Kushner made demands of Abbas that came directly from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leaving the Palestinian leader “furious.”

“They sounded like Netanyahu’s advisers and not like fair arbiters,” a senior Palestinian official told Haaretz. “They started presenting Netanyahu’s issues and then we asked to hear from them clear stances regarding the core issues of the conflict.”

Kushner, sometimes referred to as Trump’s “Secretary of Everything,” was reportedly expected back in the U.S. where he is expected to brief the president on his diplomatic efforts.

 

Trump’s empty promises about jobs . . . Boeing moving 200 jobs overseas, Carrier moving 600

After promoting the number of jobs he was saving as president, Donald Trump’s visit to a South Carolina Boeing plant didn’t make a difference in the jobs of 200 workers.

Trump made the trip in February as part of his “Buy America pledge.” He announced the debut of Boeing’s 787-10 and touted his influence over keeping jobs in the United States. However, The Post and Courier reported the cuts are coming as part of a nationwide attempt to cut costs.

“We are all aware of the need to be more competitive in a relentlessly challenging industry,” Joan Robinson-Berry, vice president and general manager of Boeing South Carolina, said in a memo to employees Thursday. “While we understand the business need, it doesn’t make this action any easier.”

“As your president, I’m going to do everything I can to unleash the power of the American spirit and to put our great people back to work,” Trump said during his visit. “It has to be much easier for manufacturers in our country, and much harder [for them] to leave.”

Earlier in his presidency, it was announced that the Currier plant Trump visited in Indianapolis, Indiana would be laying off 600 employees, despite tax cuts and subsidies from then-Gov. Mike Pence and Trump’s influence in encouraging jobs to stay in the U.S.

Trump admits what we already knew: He’s a lying piece of shit.

President Donald Trump on Thursday finally admitted that he didn’t make any recordings of conversations he had with former FBI Director James Comey.

In a carefully worded tweet, Trump wrote that he couldn’t say for sure whether or not someone had taped his conversations with Comey — but he definitively said that he himself did not do so.

“With all of the recently reported electronic surveillance, intercepts, unmasking and illegal leaking of information, I have no idea whether there are ‘tapes’ or recordings of my conversations with James Comey,” Trump said. “But I did not make, and do not have, any such recordings.”

So — it was all bluff and bluster.  This is NOT the way the President of the United States does business . . . with bluff, bluster, and bullshit.  Donald Trump needs to be removed from the White House now.  This nation will not last until 2020.

Let’s see — Trump claimed he may have had tapes of the White House conversations between himself and Comey as a way of silencing Comey.  Sounds like witness tampering to me.