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Jared Kushner is secret financial partners with the Steinmetz family, once the richest in Israel

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Jared Kushner, the First Son-in-Law, is secret financial partners with what was once the richest family in Israel — the billionaire Steinmetzes, whose leading figure has been linked to a massive bribery scandal in Africa.

Kushner’s hidden business ties, just revealed in the New York Times and Bloomberg, should prompt the same intense scrutiny that other Trump officials have gotten for their secret links to Russia. A federal grand jury has been investigating Beny Steinmetz, the Israeli billionaire family’s most prominent member, for bribing officials in Africa to steal mining concessions. How can Donald Trump’s Justice Department now be expected to conduct an honest probe of Steinmetz’s alleged crimes?

In fact, Alan Dershowitz, a criminal defense attorney for Beny Steinmetz, already told the Times that “he believed that the federal investigation of Mr. Steinmetz and his companies was no longer active.” Does Dershowitz already know something the American public doesn’t?

The Times article points out that in 2012, Kushner’s real estate company “went on a buying spree, snapping up about 11,000 apartments around the country, roughly doubling its inventory.” Until now, Kushner’s partners have been kept secret.

Beny Steinmetz, in addition to the U.S. probe, is being investigated in 3 other countries. Israel even arrested him briefly last December. Steinmetz is a diamond merchant who was once worth $8 billion, and friends with two Israeli prime ministers. He is suspected of bribing government officials in the west African nation of Guinea to secure the rights to rich iron ore deposits worth $20 billion.

Just recently, Steinmetz struck back — at George Soros, who has helped fund the current, honest Guinea government’s costly efforts to win economic justice. Steinmetz’s company sued Soros for “defamation” in a New York federal court. “Soros was motivated solely by malice, as there was no economic interest he had in Guinea,” the Steinmetz company charged.

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  1. gamal
    gamal on April 27, 2017, 8:42 pm

    “at George Soros, who has helped fund the current, honest Guinea government’s costly efforts to win economic” and Tony Blair, good governance and honesty assured.

    Alpha Conde?

    “Upon his election in 2010 after decades of dictatorship, Condé decided to re-examine existing contracts in the mining sector and to rewrite the mining code. Good governance was his motto, with the support of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the American billionaire and philanthropist George Soros. Most visibly, he decided to strip BGSR, Steinmetz’s company, from its license for Simandou, claiming it had been obtained fraudulently under the dictatorship.

    But over the past few months, the tide has turned. Allegations of corruption against people close to the president and linked to new mining contracts have surfaced. A preliminary investigation by the national financial prosecutor’s office is under way in France. Most notably, probes by the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in the United States rendered public this summer highlight practices in which companies reportedly financed the presidential camp in exchange for obtaining contracts.”

    “The alleged fraudulent transaction happened thus during president Alpha Condé‘s first year in office following his inauguration in December 2010. The article below names the main companies involved then in the Simandou project. It does not, however, indicate who received the alleged $10.5m payment. But reveals that it was François de Combret, an adviser to president Conde, a former deputy secretary general of the Elysée Palace, and an ex-associate of Lazard Bank.
    Rio Tinto (Australia), Vale (Brazil), BSG Resources and Chinalco (Hong-Kong) had each a stake in the Simandou. The first three have been either forced out or decided to withdraw from the project, leaving Chinalco as the only current investor.”

  2. Ronald Johnson
    Ronald Johnson on April 28, 2017, 9:36 am

    Recall that in the Savings and Loan scandal in the US, about 800 plus S&L executives went to jail. Intervening subsequently was the US Supreme Court determination that incorporated entities have attributes of real personhood in connection with the use of money to amplify “free speech”, notwithstanding the practical effect of amplification drowning out impecunious free speech.

    So it became convenient for prosecutors to merely fine the corporate wrong-doers, thus shielding the real people of the corporate staff who are real person criminals, capable of punitive incarceration. It is a nice clean arrangement, the Electorate is fooled and the power relationships of the Oligarchs are left intact.

    Here is a reference:

    Punishment? fugghettaboudit!

    So it will be with Kushner, LLC.

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