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Title: Trump Is a 'Russian Asset' Owned by the Mafia
Source: Newsweek
URL Source: https://www.newsweek.com/manafort-t ... ussia-mafia-strzok-fbi-1076582
Published: Aug 18, 2018
Author: Nina Burleigh
Post Date: 2018-08-18 12:57:26 by Willie Green
Keywords: None
Views: 250
Comments: 31

Omarosa vs. Trump may be the political pro wrestling match of the week, but a more serious confrontation could be prompted by a book that came out Tuesday, alleging that President Donald Trump may be a Russian asset compromised by billions of laundered dollars over decades of shady real estate deals. 

In House of Trump, House of Putin: The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia, veteran journalist and author Craig Unger names 59 Russians as business associates of Trump (who has claimed he has none) and follows the purported financial links between them and the Trump Organization going back decades. 

The Trump White House did not immediately respond to Newsweek's requests for comment. In February 2017, Trump issued a blanket denial to questions about Russian money and his business. "I have no dealings with Russia. I have no deals that could happen in Russia, because we’ve stayed away," he said. "And I have no loans with Russia. I have no loans with Russia at all."

Newsweek spoke with Unger about ties he claims exist between the Russian mafia, President Vladimir Putin and the Trump Organization, as well as what a guilty verdict for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could mean for the future of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. 

What is money laundering, and what role do you believe the Trump Organization played in it?
Money laundering is taking money from illicit sources and essentially cleaning it and putting it into a Western bank. We are talking about huge sums, a trillion dollars in flight capital from Russia since Putin became president. With the demise of the Soviet Union, the floodgates opened for the Russian mafia. All of Russia's natural resources were up for grabs. If you needed to launder huge sums of money, the best ways are casinos and real estate—both of which Trump was in. Casinos have a $10,000 [reporting threshold under the Bank Secrecy Act]. The Trump Taj Mahal violated that more than a hundred times. But you can’t launder a trillion dollars that way. You really need something like real estate.

You allege that the Trump Organization laundered billions of dollars. How much of the money would it have gotten to keep?
It did enrich him. He gets an 18 to 25 percent franchising fee for these [real estate] projects. Just as McDonald’s franchises burgers, Trump was franchising luxury condos in roughly 40 Trump Towers all over the world. But the larger point is the Russian mafia bailed him out. They own him.

You name numerous alleged mafia links to Trump. Isn’t that just how business is done in New York commercial development?
It has been, absolutely. I think the Russian mafia’s role has been dismissed and not analyzed because people think that in real estate you have to pay off construction people. That has been true historically. But early in Trump's career, the Italian mafia began partnering with the Russian mafia, and the Russian mafia is very, very different, and that ups the ante. The major reason for that is that Russian mafia is a state actor.

There are two things that you say intersect here: the mafia and the Russian government. Explain.
I interviewed [former] General Oleg Kalugin, who was head of counterintelligence for the KGB, and when I asked him about the Russian mafia, he said, "Oh, that’s another branch of the KGB."

Who is Semion Mogilevich?
He is the brains behind the Russian mafia. He is worth $10 billion. He is the king of money launderers, and he is the financial genius behind many of their scams. Russia has no Wall Street, no Goldman Sachs. If you have financial acumen, you work for the Russian mafia. If he had been born here, he might be head of Goldman Sachs. The Russian mafia fetishizes brutality. Mogilevich helped elevate it from this thuggish world of extortion to sophisticated financial scams. He lives in Moscow. He has been on the FBI Ten Most Wanted list, and one of the people on the Budapest task force investigating him was Lisa Page, who was part of Mueller’s investigation. [Page resigned from the FBI in May.] 

You call this the greatest intelligence operation of our time. What do you mean by that?
It started out as a simple money-laundering operation at Trump Tower in 1984, when a Russian mobster came to Trump Tower with $6 million in cash and bought five condos. This is the template for what begins to unfold. At least 1,300 of Trump condos in the United States have been sold similarly. All cash purchases through anonymous sources. Those numbers reflect only domestic property. After the demise of the Soviet Union, the KGB decided to create multibillion-dollar companies to survive. The use of the term mafia state is not just a metaphor. It really explains how Russia works. The mafia essentially reports to Putin.

Do you think Trump knew he was being targeted, or did he just think the Russians were being nice and helpful?
I have no idea what’s going on in his mind. But it's hard to believe someone can do 1,300 transactions and not know what is going on.

Both Trump sons have talked about how much money was coming into their business from Russia in the 2000s. Doesn’t that suggest that it was not a secret operation and that the U.S. government was fully aware of it?
Regulations in real estate are so lax that the Trump Organization and Trump have repeatedly said they don't have to do due diligence. And, legally, that is largely true. Sometimes, what is most scandalous is what's legal.

How is it that the U.S. authorities never noticed the relationship you allege between Trump and the Russian mobsters?
I think the whole story of the FBI’s role in this is another book, but there are important unanswered questions there. Before 9/11, the FBI was clearly on the trail of the Russian mafia, and they opened a task force in Budapest that was specifically going after Mogilevich. They chased Mogilevich back to Moscow, where there is no extradition treaty. Soon after that, 9/11 happened. The priorities of the FBI shifted dramatically. 

How much so-called kompromat do you believe the Russians have on Trump, how far back does it go, and what is the nature of it?
I am approaching things quite differently than looking for the pee tape. In a lot of ways, the kompromat is hiding in plain sight. I found 59 links between Trump and Russia. He said zero. I say 59. These cannot possibly be random or coincidental contacts. It evolves into something more than money laundering over time.

What is Manafort’s alleged role? What does he know about Trump?
Manafort is an incredibly crucial link to Putin’s goals. He connected Trump directly to Putin's strategic objectives. One question people are not asking: Where is the Russian mafia money coming from? In my book, I identify two pipelines. One is the Ukraine energy trade, in which Mogilevich has a gas intermediary. They get gas at low prices and resell it at market prices, and through this, they were skimming $750 million a year off the Ukraine energy trade. They were getting all that money and wanted the political wherewithal to support it. Manafort was hired to assist Putin's candidate in Ukraine. He was paid in money that he had to launder. And some of that went through a shell company, and I tie that directly to Mogilevich.

How can Manafort hurt Trump?
If he’s convicted, he can still flip. Manafort has known Trump for 30 years. He knows how the whole thing works.

Did any Russian mobsters either follow or threaten you in the course of your research?
I have not had threats. But I dedicate this book to Paul Klebnikov and other Russian journalists who have been murdered. Dozens and dozens of people have been murdered. It takes real courage for the Russian journalists to pursue this.

Which of your findings do you think Americans would find most shocking?
There is a Russian asset in the White House. He is an asset. I believe he is an agent, but it's hard to prove he is knowledgeable. When you look at the 59 Russians, some live in Trump Tower. The Russian mafia is a state actor, and it has direct ties to Russian intelligence, and they have been located in the home of the president of the United States!


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#1. To: Willie Green (#0)

Trump Anxiety Syndrome is as common as sickle cell, amongst the potato’s. You should ask yourself why.

lol

I'm the infidel... Allah warned you about. كافر المسلح

GrandIsland  posted on  2018-08-18   13:44:06 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Willie Green (#0) (Edited)

Donald Trump humps

Dnc whores

STormy wormy daniels

SupersTiTion - voodoo

is a geneTic disease

Amaboorsa Too

HaiTi - kenya usa
boris

The duke lacrosse wiTch hunT

was a media dry hump

Of The dnc hillary - huTu

Cannibal- zombie aTTack

If you ... don't use exclamation points --- you should't be typeing ! Commas - semicolons - question marks are for girlie boys !

BorisY  posted on  2018-08-18   14:42:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: All (#0)

You know I'm curious as to when the TDSers are going to realize that all of the bullschitt they post and believe is just bullschitt??

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-18   16:30:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Willie Green (#0)

Willie,didn't your mama teach you it was mean to tease the animals?

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-08-18   19:27:23 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: CZ82 (#3)

You know I'm curious as to when the TDSers are going to realize that all of the bullschitt they post and believe is just bullschitt??

You will know that day has arrived when you read about mass suicides all over the country as they wake up one morning and realize they no longer have a reason to live.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2018-08-18   19:28:47 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: sneakypete (#5)

You will know that day has arrived when you read about mass suicides all over the country as they wake up one morning and realize they no longer have a reason to live.

And then the taxpayer will have to pick up the tab for planting their asses in the ground, their families will be let off the hook.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-19   8:47:40 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#7. To: sneakypete (#4)

Willie,didn't your mama teach you it was mean to tease the animals?

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-19   8:52:59 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#8. To: CZ82 (#3)

You know I'm curious as to when the TDSers are going to realize that all of the bullschitt they post and believe is just bullschitt??

Ya know -- a lotta these pod-people are GONE. Reality isn't even on the radar. They live in an Alternative Universe where Bullsh** = Truth. (A few even post HERE.)

For instance -- those two bike-riders who were stabbed numerous times by ISIS pedaling through ISIS territory? There are MILLIONS OF PROGS/LEFTIES who would do the same.

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-19   11:43:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#9. To: sneakypete, Willie Green (#4)

Willie,didn't your mama teach you it was mean to tease the animals?

MEMO: Willie IS one of those "animals".

'Cept he's in the cage looking OUT.

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-19   11:44:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#10. To: Liberator (#9)

'Cept he's in the cage looking OUT.

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-19   12:20:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#11. To: Willie Green (#10)

You're getting lazy, Willie.

WRITE. ARTICULATE.

Stop stealing someone else's hard work to answer on your behalf.

Btw on a personal note, it's not that I dislike you; I've admired your past independence to go against the grain and support Pat Buchanan. You merely...disappoint me (and likely many others) greatly.

Q: WHAT HAPPENED TO CHANGE YOU? (and turn you into pro-Communist/Fascist?)

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-19   12:25:20 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#12. To: Liberator (#8)

For instance -- those two bike-riders who were stabbed numerous times by ISIS pedaling through ISIS territory? There are MILLIONS OF PROGS/LEFTIES who would do the same.

They're just volunteering to be culled from the herd you should praise them.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-19   13:23:21 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#13. To: Liberator (#11)

Q: WHAT HAPPENED TO CHANGE YOU? (and turn you into pro-Communist/Fascist?)

Welfare, food stamps, disability, social security, Medicaid and some money from the Obama propaganda funds for posting BS on the political forums.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-19   13:40:24 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#14. To: Liberator (#11)

WHAT HAPPENED TO CHANGE YOU?

I didn't change... I despise globalist George Fuckin-Dubya Bush as much as I ever did...

And even though I never voted for O'Bummer, I've come to equally despise the ignorant racist Birther Bigots who campaign with partisan smears instead of actual issues... And that includes Putin's buttboy buffoon...

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-20   12:14:14 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#15. To: CZ82 (#12)

They're just volunteering to be culled from the herd you should praise them.

If that's how Democrats-Left want to volunteer, take one for their team and "prove ALL cultures are the same", then who are we to stop them? (by the bus load or... 'Million Man Bike Ride'?

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-20   12:59:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#16. To: Willie Green (#14)

Why is pointing out that Obama was or was possibly foreign born making him ineligible racist?

A K A Stone  posted on  2018-08-20   13:00:50 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#17. To: Willie Green (#14)

I didn't change... I despise globalist George Fuckin-Dubya Bush as much as I ever did...

Well, we BOTH despised globalist Dubya Bush, Willie; On that issue, you're still right.

And even though I never voted for O'Bummer, I've come to equally despise the ignorant racist Birther Bigots who campaign with partisan smears instead of actual issues... And that includes Putin's buttboy buffoon...

Wait a minute; WHO is "ignorant"??

Willie, why were those who challenged the legitimacy of 0bama's BC characterized as "ignorant racist bigots"? TRUTH is the Issue.

But let's assume for a moment that 0bama's Birth Cert was discounted as a non-factor in your equation/condemnation; WHY would such a quest for truth and to vet the truth of exactly WHO 0bama was, his background, his education, his life philosophic, his agenda, and exactly what he meant by "Hope and Change" so wrong to you?

Many of us are still demanding answers from Dubya Bush and his cabal regarding 911 -- yet such a demand is NOT "racist", nor "bigotry", NOR "ignorant" to demand the truth when obvious fake answers and cover-ups won't suffice.

FACT: 0bama's records -- ALL of them -- WERE IMMEDIATELY SEALED. That includes ALL his school records and docs from Occidental and Harvard. Even his records from Indonesia and Hawaii WERE SEALED.

But for you that's NOT a red flag? Not challenging and demanding transparency and verification is the OPPOSITE of "ignorant"; It's wisdom. It's right. We are ENTITLED to demand full disclosure and honesty, aren't we?

Tell me -- why did 0bama and his reps keep on submitting fake BC after fake BC?? They never did submit the legit Birth Cert. NEVER. They were caught several times. Do they think we're stupid?? (Loretta Fuddy -- the Hawaiian official who last had access to the Truth of the Matter... was MURDERED, btw in that plane crash.)

Your mythical charge and smear projection of "ignorance" and "bigotry" for those who merely searched for and sought the BC truth is based on nothing but damage-control lies, projections, and circling-the-wagon of massive deceit.

The truth, Willie?

0bama's entire life history has been one monumental Deep State-controlled junk-yard rubber-tire fire that's been buried deeper than Area 51. It still smolders. YOU can't say that you know any differently.

Look -- 0bama lied through his teeth on thousands of issues. On what basis should he be trusted to tell the truth?

FACT: Despite 8 years in office he hung out Black people to dry. he never did make their safety, security, education and job vocations ANY priority.

Fundamentally Barry O has always HATED America, HATED white people (see Rev Wright Church), HATED "that flag", that pin, lied on his own actual religion (admitted to George Stephanoplous that he was a Mooslem, NOT a "Christian"); 0bama supported man/women marriage when he ran as Prez; changed his mind suddenly to become pro-Gay marriage AFTER his election.

Larry Sinclair exposed his perverted proclivities; Homo AND crack user. PROVEN. And then true to form, critics of 0bama became immediate targets of weaponized Gummint assault of freedoms.

As to your claim that Trump was/is "Putin's Butt-Boy" -- SERIOUSLY?? Come on -- stop. On what do you base that insane charge??

If ANYTHING, *0bama* was Putin's b*tch; Remembered when he whispered during a Hot-Mic session, promising to "be more flexible after the election"? "Flexible" about what exactly, Willie? SELLING OUT THE USA??

Willie Willie Willie. Willie Green. Who was that guy?

I'd posted and read the forum at Free Republic since 1999. I REMEMBER YOU. WELL.

For several years this Willie Green guy, this poster had established a reputation (and well-deserved at the time) as one of Free Republic's most principled, uncompromising, truth-seeker and conservative stalwart; one who refused to back down to consensus. One who proudly proclaimed himself a Pat Buchanan supporter, demanding transparency, honesty and a gummint that truly represented We The People of America instead of partisan globalism...

And then you changed on a dime.

0bama and his policies DEFINED "Globalism". He defined Group-Think. Everything you were NOT. But BECAME.

0bama defined Deception. He defined the typical "Politician" who SAID one thing and DID another. 0bama became to most divisive scheming bigot, hater and liar ever seen at this level of politics. Everything you USED to hate. But not anymore.

"Those [white] people". Those white working-class Americans. He ridiculed them, characterizing them as "bitter", contemptuously mocking them as "clinging to their guns or [Christian] religion." (And then he ordered his DoJ and IRS to harass, intimidate, and audit the same people as well as the Tea Party.)

0bama to Joe the Plumber when asked about a plan to help the economy:

"I wanna kinda spread his wealth around.”

0bama, on what might help advance his ideas for "hope and change":

"GET IN THEIR FACE!".

Barry 0bama's overall goal to help fully advance/coerce that "hope and change" was wished to be a "Civilian Army" that in numbers would actually exceed ALL of the US military. So who was/is Barry 0bama? A racist. Black Supremacist. A Fascist-Communist. One whose "Hope and Change" is easily deciphered as, "MAKE THE USA COMMUNIST!" ("By any means necessary").

Is that you too?

Willie Green, days past: One of Free Republic's champions of America's Liberty, of independence, opposing Globalist Tyranny. Willie Green -- stalwart of political transparency of person and agenda, and advocate straight talk that advanced the American Ideal.

Yes you've changed. A full 180 degrees. From basking in the light to embracing the dark.

I'm not perfect. Far from it. If I'm a "good" person, I'm "good" sometimes and not as often as I should be. "Good" is relative. A lot of the time I don't take my own advice. But here goes:

Remove the mask. Let go of the bitterness and blame, the victimhood and resentment. S*** happens in life, I know. Forgive. Others and yourself. unburden yourself. Seek peace. Seek God.

Return to your REAL roots. Return to being a stalwart of truth. The truth shall set you free.

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-20   14:22:56 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#18. To: Liberator (#17)

WHY would such a quest for truth

Truth, a four letter word is some folks vocabulary.

Vegetarians eat vegetables. Beware of humanitarians!

CZ82  posted on  2018-08-20   17:21:19 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#19. To: Liberator (#17)

Return to your REAL roots. Return to being a stalwart of truth. The truth shall set you free.

If that's what you want, then get them to rebuild the goddam passenger trains...

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-20   21:31:27 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#20. To: CZ82 (#18) (Edited)

Truth, a four letter word is some folks vocabulary.

That...OR.."TRUTH" just doesn't exist for them any longer. OR..."TRUTH" = LIES". And vice-versa. They are fine with that, aren't they?

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-21   14:16:25 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#21. To: Willie Green, aka Choo-Choo Willie (#19)

"Return to your REAL roots. Return to being a stalwart of truth. The truth shall set you free."

If that's what you want, then get them to rebuild the goddam passenger trains...

What *I* want?

No. What you once were, are, do or don't do, believe or disbelieve in Truth has no affect on me personally.

But it does affect you. And you perception of reality.

WHY, Willie, does the construction of trains make or break you? Or have ANY bearing of life's "Truths"?? Seriously.

Did your dad or you or someone close to you work the rails?

DEDICATED TO WILLIE GREEN:

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-21   14:25:46 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#22. To: Liberator (#21)

I always loved this song. It might be why I still like Amtrak.

no gnu taxes  posted on  2018-08-21   15:25:29 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#23. To: no gnu taxes (#22)

I always loved this song.

I do too...

Amtrak...if only it turned a profit.

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-21   16:04:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#24. To: no gnu taxes (#22)

I always loved this song. It might be why I still like Amtrak.

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-21   21:27:51 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#25. To: Liberator (#23)

Amtrak...if only it turned a profit.

It is the GOP who mandates that Amtrak maintain unprofitable transcontinental service through the sparsely populated western states (NM/AZ/NV up through WY/ND etc) while obstructing much more profitable regional service in our more densely populated corridors.

I've been highly supportive of regional High Speed Rail & Maglev for over twenty years... For regional trips between 150 ~ 500 miles in distance, it is both faster & more comfortable than traveling either by air or highway...

Yet the GOP has been worse than AWOL on this issue...

They've been totally obstructionist....

Fuck them for the rest of my life... I can't stand jackasses who deliberately undermine technological improvement of our transportation infrastructure... They're a bunch of parasitic luddite turds...

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-21   21:46:09 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#26. To: Willie Green (#0)

Obama and Clinton Are 'Russian Asset' Owned by the Mafia

There. Much more accurate title.

Justified  posted on  2018-08-21   22:44:28 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#27. To: Justified (#26)

Your wit & ingenuity never ceases to amaze me...

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-22   11:52:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#28. To: Willie Green (#27)

Your wit & ingenuity never ceases to amaze me...

Glad to know you agree! ;)

Justified  posted on  2018-08-22   14:44:22 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#29. To: Willie Green (#25)

It is the GOP who mandates that Amtrak maintain unprofitable transcontinental service through the sparsely populated western states (NM/AZ/NV up through WY/ND etc) while obstructing much more profitable regional service in our more densely populated corridors.

I've been highly supportive of regional High Speed Rail & Maglev for over twenty years... For regional trips between 150 ~ 500 miles in distance, it is both faster & more comfortable than traveling either by air or highway...

Totally UNTRUE.

Amtrak is already heavily subsidized by the Fed. Maybe you want all choo-choo trains trips to be free??

Within the existing "densely populated corridors, NO operation is "obstructed".

If you're suggesting MORE rail lines than already exists....Amtrak is a white elephant, already operates at a yuge net loss. This isn't the late 19th century or early 20th century, Willie; We already have sufficient roads for cars and buses...and planes for these shorter-medium distance trips. WITHOUT the hassles of intrusivity, security risks of being a passenger on a potential hijacked vehicle shared with lunatics, guided by by over-tired/drug-addled/drunk Drivers.

What's "comfortable" about sharing a bus with nuts and aggressive oglers and mental cases?? This ain't the 1950s.

Yet the GOP has been worse than AWOL on this issue...They've been totally obstructionist....

The GOP has been the Adult in the Room. Your subsidized Amtrak fantasy has been rejected by the GOP and by WE The People.

Moreover, we do NOT want our landscape torn apart in order to accommodate an intrusion from bunch of low-class, non-respectful marauding thieves and jihadists. That's why there is Greyhound.

Fuck them for the rest of my life... I can't stand jackasses who deliberately undermine technological improvement of our transportation infrastructure... They're a bunch of parasitic luddite turds...

MEMO:

You're the one living in the past. Rail is an obsolete infrastructure. And way too much money to build because of the usual exorbitant Commie-Union demands and corrupt Democrat politicians who deliberately expect mega kickbacks. We The People say, "NO!!" (and the politicians LISTEN for once.)

Q: Who are the real "parasites"??

Btw, technology has created...the creature-comfortable personal automobile. I hear you can even stop and empty the bladder WHENEVER NEED BE!

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-22   15:26:36 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#30. To: Justified (#26)

("Obama and Clinton Are 'Russian Asset' Owned by the Mafia")

There. Much more accurate title.

+100

Liberator  posted on  2018-08-22   15:28:11 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#31. To: Liberator (#29)

Amtrak is already heavily subsidized by the Fed.

And just who the fuck owns all our other transportation infrastructure: highways, bridges, tunnels, waterways, locks & dams, canals, airports, air traffic control system?

Here's a big, fat, fucking clue: it ain't the private sector.

Willie Green  posted on  2018-08-22   19:48:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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