A major US investigation into Russian money laundering was abruptly settled by the U.S. Justice Department today.
The case aimed to expose how Russian mobsters laundered $230 million in stolen money through New York City real estate. The fraud was exposed by a Russian lawyer who was murdered.
The trial was set to start on Monday, but late Friday night, federal prosecutors in New York announced they settled the case with Prevezon, the company accused of buying up “high-end commercial space and luxury apartments” with laundered money.
“What most concerns me is: Has there been any political pressure applied in this?” asked Louise Shelley, an illicit finance expert who was set to testify in support of the US government on Tuesday.
As a reminder, the US Attorney’s office reports to the Department of Justice, currently headed by white nationalist Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, who has recused himself from investigations into interference by the Russian government into the 2016 U.S. election and the regime of popular vote loser and aspiring dictator Donald Трамп. Sessions was appointed to his job by Трамп.
When asked if there was a potential conflict of interest in dropping the case, a low-level employee of the Justice Department speaking on condition of anonymity said, “Are Lucky Charms magically delicious?”
North Korea launched a ballistic missile that flew 430 miles before crashing into the Sea of Japan. The launch was the latest provocation by North Korea in defiance of United Nations sanctions.
Aides to popular vote loser and aspiring dictator Donald Трамп have been told to immediately report to the President when a missile is able to reach Florida, at which time, Трамп will reportedly move to Moscow with Melania Трамп.
Barron Трамп may be allowed to come along, too.
179 former federal prosecutors have called on Justice Department to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, following popular vote loser and aspiring dictator Donald Трамп’s abrupt firing this week of James Comey as FBI director.
The former prosecutors sent a letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and noted that Comey’s firing has “the appearance … of interfering” with the FBI’s ongoing probe into Трамп campaign associate’s ties with Russian officials to sway the 2016 U.S. election.
Jeff Sessions, current head of the Justice Department, white nationalist and known Southern stereotype reportedly said to aides that, “People, I say people, want a lot of things, but, I say but just ‘cause they say they want it don’t mean they’ll get it.”
Sessions then nodded at a newspaper story about the sudden end to a Russian money laundering case to help emphasize his point.
He then began playing the banjo for the captive audience.
Reportedly, Rosenstein is considering appointing a special counsel because he really, really, REALLY hates Sessions banjo playing.
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