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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Department of Justice Press Release: An indictment was unsealed today in the District of Columbia charging a Kentucky man and a Florida man both with conspiracy to solicit and cause an illegal campaign contribution by a foreign national, effect a conduit contribution and cause false records to be filed with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and related substantive offenses.

According to court documents, Jesse R. Benton, 43, of Louisville, Kentucky, who previously worked as a campaign manager for two campaigns for U.S. Senate and one campaign for president, and Roy Douglas "Doug" Wead, 75, of Bonita Springs, Florida, who previously served as an advisor to multiple presidential campaigns, conspired together to solicit a political contribution from a Russian foreign national (Foreign National 1). As described in the indictment, Wead conveyed to Foreign National 1 that he could meet Political Candidate 1, a candidate for president during the 2016 election cycle, in exchange for a payment. Shortly after Foreign National 1 committed to transfer the funds, Benton reached out to individuals at Political Committee B, the national party committee for Political Candidate 1's political party. He then arranged for Foreign National 1 to attend a political fundraising event and get a photograph with Political Candidate 1, in exchange for a political contribution to Political Committee C, a joint fundraising committee comprised of the campaign committee for Political Candidate 1, Political Committee B, and related state committees. Foreign National 1 ultimately wired $100,000 to Company A, a political consulting firm owned by Benton. To disguise the true purpose of the transfer of funds, Wead and Benton created a fake invoice for "consulting services" and invented a cover story. Wead and Foreign National 1 attended the political fundraising event for Political Candidate 1 on Sept. 22, 2016. Foreign National 2, who worked as a Russian/English translator for Wead, also attended. All three individuals had photographs taken at the event with Political Candidate 1. Following the event, Benton repeatedly represented to a consultant working for Political Committee B and Political Committee C that he had already sent the promised contribution for the event, but in actuality he delayed sending the contribution. Benton ultimately filled out a contributor form, indicated that he was the contributor, and used a personal credit card to make a $25,000 contribution. Benton retained the remaining $75,000 of Foreign National 1's money. Because Benton falsely claimed to have given the contribution himself, three different political committees unwittingly filed reports with the FEC that inaccurately reported Benton, rather than Foreign National 1, as the source of the funds.



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This is just the tip of the whole Trump Russia/Saudi bribery schemes. The FBI will be busy for years.

#1 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-21 01:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From Politico:

Two veteran Republican campaign operatives including one who got a pardon from then-President Donald Trump one month before he left office ...

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-21 01:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Hard to be a Trumpite and be honest, so we won't see any here.

Anyone who wants to see Trump back in power is a loathsome human being, and obviously not an American.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2021-09-21 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

We were told repeatedly that there were no shady ties between Trump and Russia and that we should stop harping on the matter.

It's pretty clear that those suspicions were well-founded.

#4 | Posted by cbob at 2021-09-21 02:59 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Why shouldn't Russian money be spent on American elections?

Maybe one of our DR Republicans, Independents, and "Liberals" can tell us why that's wrong.

But I wouldn't hold my breath.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-21 03:08 PM | Reply

but hunter Biden had a laptop!
And he used drugs!

#6 | Posted by e1g1 at 2021-09-21 03:37 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

The FBI will be busy for years.

Or until Republicans block them.

#7 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-09-21 03:42 PM | Reply

Why shouldn't Russian money be spent on American elections?

American money is spent on foreign national elections.

That is, when we're not outright assassinating elected officials and potential candidates.

We literally started a war with Iraq in 2003 to murder Saddam.

Russians were working with Trump to get him elected? At least they didn't murder Hillary and Joe.

#8 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-09-21 03:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So, I guess those stories about Russian money being illegally pumped into Trump's 2016 presidential campaign were true after all. Now the question is, how much Russian money ended-up in the 2020 campaign and how much is still finding it's way into Trump PAC's for whatever he decides to do next?


#9 | Posted by OCUser at 2021-09-21 05:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why shouldn't Russian money be spent on American elections?
#5 |

Maybe because it's illegal?

#10 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-09-21 05:52 PM | Reply

GOP Operatives Charged with Funneling Russian National's Money to Trump


So for the record - GOP operative funnels money from putin to the GOP.

Gets busted.

Trump pardons him.

Now getting busted again.

Lets hear it trumpers - since "russiagate" was a "nothingburger" why is putin funneling money to the GOP and why was trump pardoning the agents doing that?

Furthermore - what is it about the GOP that putin loves so much, since his goal is to destroy america?

#11 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-21 07:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#11 Questions everyone knows the answer to.

#12 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-21 07:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

.ps I liked my title better...

Russian mob uses Wead to buy access to Trump.

#13 | Posted by bored at 2021-09-21 07:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I love that these guys are so corrupt that no matter what Dotard pardoned them for, the FBI and DOJ can find more/other crimes for which the pardon does not stand. Now do Roger Stone and Steve Bannon for 1/6, PLEASE!!!!

#14 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-09-21 07:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Well no ----! The Ruskies troll farmers have been lying their asses off?
Color me NOT shocked!

#15 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-09-22 03:57 AM | Reply

A Trumo pardon should be a lifetime "get out of jail free" card.


#16 | Posted by danni at 2021-09-22 04:25 AM | Reply

That's fine and all but what about ... um ... Benghazi?

#17 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-22 11:27 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

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