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zBrown

Ice climber
Apr 18, 2018 - 01:03pm PT
I spoke to two former federal investigators who told me Cohen was introduced to Donald Trump by his father-in-law, Fima Shusterman, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Ukraine who arrived in the U.S. in 1975. Shusterman was in the garment business and owned a fleet of taxicabs with his partners, Shalva Botier and Edward Zubok – all three men were convicted of a money-laundering related offense in 1993. "Fima may have been a (possibly silent) business partner with Trump, perhaps even used as a conduit for Russian investors in Trump properties and other ventures," a former federal investigator told me. "Cohen, who married into the family, was given the job with the Trump Org as a favor to Shusterman."

Take two

Cohen joined the Trump Organization around the time that the second Sunny Isles tower was being built. A few years earlier, he had invested $1.5 million in a short-lived Miami-based casino boat venture run by his two Ukrainian business partners, Arkady Vaygensberg and Leonid Tatarchuk. Only three months after its maiden voyage, it would become the subject of a large fraud investigation. But Cohen was saved from his bad investment by none other than Trump himself, who hired Cohen as an attorney just before his casino ship sank. A source who investigated Cohen's connections to Russia told me, "Say you want to get money into the country and maybe you're a bit suspect. The Trump organization used lawyers to allow people to get money into the country."
10b4me

Social climber
Lida Junction
Apr 18, 2018 - 01:11pm PT
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/larry-kudlow-apologizes-nikki-haley-over-russia-sanctions-remark-n866916?cid=sm_npd_nn_fb_ma

let's see how this plays out.
btw, who is on first?
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 18, 2018 - 01:15pm PT
It's never a good sign when you send the head of the CIA to do SecState's or UNAmb's job. In fact, I'd go so far as to say to protect our democracy we should enact legislation to make directors of the CIA and NSA ineligible for cabinet positions, the presidency, and vice presidency.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 18, 2018 - 01:50pm PT
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

RIGHT THERE.



What kind of Dolt (climbing related) would openly want a CIA guy as the Secretary of State?


Mama always said, "Stupid is, as stupid does."
 Forrest Trump


It is astonishing that Trump thinks that a CIA guy is the best foot to put forward, to pronounce that America is doing the right thing for the rest of the world.



YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS SH#T UP.


#BASTA


NeeBraun

Trad climber
80302
Apr 18, 2018 - 03:39pm PT

hey there say, st00pid Americans... at least Pompeo brought back the three st00pid Americans that were being held captive in North Korea. And had them agree to numerous important concessions in advance of any further meetings. Only st00pid brainwashed Americans would believe the fake news stories that Pompeo actually accomplished absolutely nothing, in normal diplomatic terms.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Apr 18, 2018 - 04:01pm PT
Look Trump's got a tough row to hoe in N. Korea due to Obama's basically kicking the can on that one (and so many others!).
Best thing we can do is all support him and acknowledge that everything isn't going to be perfect, but just focus on the big picture--markets seem to be coming back, economy is humming along nicely, Trump seems to be making at least a little progress on NK (much more so than his predecessors at least)
. . . no reason to rock the boat by nitpicking everything Trump does.

And Hannity seems to have dodged a bullet--pretty much dropped off of CNN, and Fox never really picked up the story. Must be breathing a big sigh of relief and hopefully he learned a bit of a lesson: even though his actions may have been technically proper (hard to say for sure), he should really try to conduct himself as being completely beyond approach.
NeeBraun

Trad climber
80302
Apr 18, 2018 - 04:05pm PT

hey there say, st00pid American... it's reproach, idiot.
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Apr 18, 2018 - 04:33pm PT
btw, who is on first?

Yes.





No. Who.
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 18, 2018 - 05:04pm PT
blahblah? On your last post about Hannity, at the end you sum up with:

as being completely beyond approach.

I agree you likely meant "beyond reproach."

A more correct statement would say: "above reproach."

Didn't you recently imply you were a lawyer?

Where the heck did you go to school?
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 18, 2018 - 05:21pm PT
Look Trump's got a tough row to hoe in N. Korea due to Obama's basically kicking the can on that one (and so many others!).

No one kicked that one down the road, the N. Koreans have just been intractably disinterested in cooperating and trumpco is likely going to get played on the one thing he's really gambling big on.

On the other hand you can claim everyone has kicked the can on Israel who also has never had nor will have an interest in peace with the Palestinians.
EdwardT

Trad climber
Retired
Apr 18, 2018 - 05:30pm PT
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Apr 18, 2018 - 06:02pm PT
as being completely beyond approach.

I agree you likely meant "beyond reproach."

A more correct statement would say: "above reproach."

Looking those up in Webster’s second and third unabridged dictionaries, there are the same . Each entry lists the other as a synonym.
Both mean blameless.

It’s worth noting that the King James New Testament uses the ‘above’ version, (Timothy, Phillipians, Titus)

The Old Testament uses the other version in Samuel in reference to blame carrying to succeeding generations, as does Colossians with the phrase “ Holy, blameless, and beyond reproach”

Class dismissed.
blahblah

Gym climber
Boulder
Apr 18, 2018 - 08:38pm PT
Didn't you recently imply you were a lawyer?

Where the heck did you go to school?

Fritz,
If you want to know where I went to school, just ask SomebodyEverybody (or something like that), Supertopo's best cyberstalker.
I'm sure he'll tell you where I went to law school, undergrad, and probably back to preschool I'd imagine (he's good).

Actually I assume your question is basically rhetorical, but I went to good ol' CU for law school.

(And thanks Lorenzo for correcting Fritz's incorrect attempt to correct me on beyond / above; as for "approach," I sincerely apologize for the consternation my typo seems to have caused!)
Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 18, 2018 - 09:19pm PT
blahblah! Thank you for your polite reply:

Fritz,
If you want to know where I went to school, just ask SomebodyEverybody (or something like that), Supertopo's best cyberstalker.
I'm sure he'll tell you where I went to law school, undergrad, and probably back to preschool I'd imagine (he's good).

I am reminded of this story of mine, about Jim Donini being able to identify what University climbers attended.


I find that some well-traveled people, like Donini, are able to tell not only what state people are from, but where they attended college.

Donini was drinking and having fun with some younger members at an AAC meeting.

After a while, he pointed to a climber and said: “You went to school at Stanford, right”?

The climber smiled and said: “Yes, I did, but how do you know”?

Donini said: “I travel a lot, and have met a lot of well-educated climbers, and I have gotten pretty good at guessing where they went to school.

A while later, he pointed to another climber and said: “You went to Dartmouth, right?”

Again, that climber asked Donini how he knew his school.

Donini smiled, and said: “I travel a lot, and have met a lot of well-educated climbers. After that, it is pretty easy for me to guess where they went to school.”

A few drinks later Donini pointed to blahblah and said: “blahblah did you go to school at the University of Colorado?”

blahblah replied: “Maybe, but why do you think I went to C.U.?”

Donini replied: “It was an easy guess. I saw your class ring when you were picking your nose.”





Fritz

Social climber
Choss Creek, ID
Apr 18, 2018 - 09:24pm PT
Credit: Fritz
Bruce Morris

Trad climber
Soulsbyville, California
Apr 18, 2018 - 10:40pm PT
As a matter of fact, Yes!
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Apr 19, 2018 - 12:39am PT
Haha. All three of those guys were adulterers.
Lorenzo

Trad climber
Portland Oregon
Apr 19, 2018 - 12:47am PT
Am I the only one who noticed that Trump’s lawyer is warning Donny that his fixer might flip?

“Flipping” only happens if there is something to flip.
Tom

Big Wall climber
San Luis Obispo CA
Topic Author's Reply - Apr 19, 2018 - 02:52am PT
Floppy Don's fixer might flip.


Say that five times, really fast.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Apr 19, 2018 - 04:08am PT
I'm beginning to get a vague feeling TrumpCo's notion of a "witness protection program" might involve Russian neurotoxins. If it comes down to that then hopefully they're not as sloppy with them as everything else they touch.
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