|..... “You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to f**king Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.”|
[ For those who say this is supposed to be about Russia ... it's RUSSIAN MONEY being laundered, for God's sake.
And it's not even just about Russian money laundering, it's also about the corrupt "treasonous unpatriotic" (words of Trump insider, Bannon) bargaining with Russia for campaign support. ]
He’s not wrong. Some of the known moves of Mueller appear to be picking off peripheral players and working inward.
Last month it was reported that federal prosecutors had subpoenaed records from Deutsche Bank, the German financial institution that has lent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Kushner property empire. Bannon continues: “It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner sh*t. The Kushner sh*t is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
So nepotism in high seats of government can be troublesome. Who knew?
Scorning apparent White House insouciance, Bannon reaches for a hurricane metaphor: “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”
I’m going to go out on a limb and say Bannon is worried, although, not for himself. He insists he doesn’t know any Russians, doesn’t deal with Russians, and won’t be made a focus of any of this.
Maybe not a focus, but recent reports are that he’s been asked to come in and speak with some congressional committees.
The rancour between Bannon and “Javanka” – Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump – is a recurring theme of the book. Kushner and Ivanka are Jewish. Henry Kissinger, the former secretary of state, is quoted as saying: “It is a war between the Jews and the non-Jews.”
I don’t know if that’s the problem between Bannon and “Javanka.” I believe it’s more of a clash of political philosophies. Bannon worked hard to drive the populist message, while “Javanka” are big government liberals who have interests abroad.
Trump is not spared. Wolff writes that Thomas Barrack Jr, a billionaire who is one of the president’s oldest associates, allegedly told a friend: “He’s not only crazy, he’s stupid.”
[ Like I've been saying ever since he came along. Of course, he's crazy and stupid! ]
The book is scheduled to be published next week, and Wolff, a media critic who has written for The Guardian, as well as being the biographer of Rupert Murdoch claims it was written with no other agenda than to get what insiders were thinking and feeling in those critical moments of the new presidency.