FBI Probing Russian-Speaking Fake Heiress Who Infiltrated Mar-A-Lago.
“The startling case underscores the security challenges of Donald Trump’s resort even as the former president stashed top-secret U.S. government files there.” – HuffPost
“Inna Yashchyshyn, a Ukrainian woman posing as a member of the Rothschild banking family has been outed as a fraud after she allegedly infiltrated former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, according to reports. she was invited to Mar-a-Lago, where she mingled with former President Donald Trump’s supporters and showed up the next day for a golf outing with Mr. Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham among other political luminaries.” – Pittsburgh Gazette
‘She Shouldn’t Have Been There’. Mar-a-Lago is simultaneously Trump’s primary residence, a resort for paying members, and a place where the former president has hosted fundraisers and even entertained world leaders. Experts said the way Yashchyshyn entered Mar-a-Lago, gaining access to Trump’s immediate family and prominent politicians, was deeply troubling. – OCCRP
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Mar-A-Lago security risks
Trump’s club was once blasted by a former FBI agent as arguably “the worst counterintelligence nightmare the country has faced since the Cold War.” Politico declared the Palm Beach venue “heaven—for spies.” – Vice
“U.S. officials are investigating a Russian-speaking Ukrainian immigrant and “self-confessed grifter” who pretended to be a wealthy heiress as she infiltrated the highest echelons of Mar-a-Lago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The startling case underscores the security challenges of Donald Trump’s resort even as the former president stashed top-secret U.S. government files there. Inna Yashchyshyn, who sported a pricey Rolex watch and drove a $170,000 Mercedes, reportedly claimed to members of the private club that she was an heiress of the wealthy European Rothschild banking family and had ties to top real estate developers.
The woman — who went by the name Anna de Rothschild and was actually the daughter of an Illinois truck driver — mingled last year with Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other close associates of the men during “multiple” trips and at various Mar-a-Lago functions, reported the Post-Gazette, which uncovered the story with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.” – HuffPost
Mitch McConnell helps Russia, and Kentucky gets investment
“In January, McConnell barely was able to stop a Democratic effort to reimpose the sanctions on Deripaska that Trump had rolled back. Mitch McConnell kept the sanctions from being reimposed and now he is getting his payoff. This is one of the easier forms of Russia/Republican corruption that one will ever see. McConnell enabled the Russian attack on US democracy in 2016 by refusing to stand with Obama in denouncing Russian efforts to manipulate the presidential election. It isn’t just Donald Trump. The Russians have bought themselves a political party, and the Senate Majority Leader is getting rewarded for his loyalty to mother Russia.” – Politicususa
Russian oligarch political donations
“Between 2009 and 2014, Blavatnik, a dual US-UK citizen, had been giving relatively small donations to both US political parties; his biggest spend was a total $273,600 in the 2014 election cycle. From 2015 to late 2017, he donated at least $6.35 million to Republican party institutions, PACs, and candidates, May wrote in the Dallas Morning News, based on FEC data. He gave the money in a mixture of personal donations and contributions via Access Industries and AI Altep Holdings, which he also reportedly owns. (The two firms share the same CEO and Blavatnik’s brother is listed as AI Altep’s director, according to Open Corporates.)” – Quartz
Maria Butina: Russian sexpionage
- Butina, a 30-year-old Russian gun rights activist, worked for years to cultivate relationships within Republican and NRA circles. She was charged with working as an agent of the Russian government earlier this year and on Monday agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy charges and cooperate with prosecutors.” – Alternet
- “Based on the description, the “Russian Official” appears to be Alexander Torshin, deputy governor of the Russian Central Bank and a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Under his direction, the agreement said, she “sought to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics.” – Salon
- ‘Romantic’ relationship with Paul Erickson, GOP operative”. Sources have alleged that “other person” is Republican operative Paul Erickson, whom she had a romantic relationship with, according to ABC.”
DeSantis, Igor, Lev, and Russian cash
“After a federal indictment has spelled out the not-too-clever scheme that Fruman and Parnas cooked up to lavish Republican elected officials with illegal campaign cash from Russia, we’re supposed to believe that our swamp-drainer-in-chief DeSantis didn’t even sense a whiff of anything amiss with two of his major benefactors.
After all, DeSantis was a guy who went around saying “I’m going to be very tough on crime.” Yet, somehow a fake out-of-state company offering a $50,000 contribution went unnoticed. And now we’re supposed to believe that the principals of said fake company, who were guests at more than one DeSantis campaign event, are now practically ghosts who are hard to recall.” – The Palm Beach Post
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