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Update on Alfa Bank and the “Russia-Gate” Psy-Op

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COMMENT: In FTR #’s 530, 930 (among other programs) we highlighted the Russian Alfa Bank, noting that it appears to be an element of the Bormann capital network, not a “tool of the Kremlin” as it has been made out to be in the rhetorical firestorm of the “Russia-Gate” psy-op.

Last July, a typical piece of New York Times propaganda surfaced, further attempting to link Alfa and people associated with it to attempts by Russia to influence the election. President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian A. Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose whose owners have ties to President Vladimir A. Putin.  Mr. Trump nominated Mr. Benczkowski, a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and a former Bush administration official, in June, and he is scheduled before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. . . .”

In this post, we will forgo detailing Alfa Bank and its many connections. Suffice it to say that it appears to be an “Ostpolitik” outcropping of the Bormann network, not some insidious tool of Kremlin empire-building.

“Justice Nominee Tied to Russian Bank” by Charlie Savage and Adam Goldman; The New York Times; 7/25/2017.

 President Trump’s nominee to lead the Justice Department’s criminal division, Brian A. Benczkowski, has disclosed to Congress that he previously represented Alfa Bank, one of Russia’s largest financial institutions, whose whose owners have ties to President Vladimir A. Putin.

Mr. Trump nominated Mr. Benczkowski, a partner at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and a former Bush administration official, in June, and he is scheduled before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a confirmation hearing on Tuesday.

Alfa Bank was at the center of scrutiny last year over potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia after computer experts discovered data suggesting a stream of communications between a server linked to the Trump Organization and a server linked to the bank. Reports about the mysterious data transmissions fueled speculation about a back channel.

 The F.B.I. investigated the matter, however, and concluded that the servers’ interactions were not surreptitious exchanges between the campaign and Russia, according to current and former law enforcement officials. Experts have argued that the server linked to the Trump Organization appeared to be controlled by a marketing firm, Cendyn, that was sending emails promoting Trump hotel properties. . . .

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