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Budapest, Behind Heroes’ Square, 1896

On March 17th, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) “called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization.” Gorka used to work as an advisor to Putin ally, Hungarian Prime Minister, Viktor Orban. Orban was the first (only?) European leader to publicly endorse Trump.

Yesterday, March 30th, Larry Cohler-Esses at Forward .com wrote an open letter entitled, “Dear Dr. Gorka: Six Questions Trump’s Counter-Terrorism Aide Won’t Answer“: “on March 22, I sent you a few basic questions about your relationship to the far-right Hungarian group known as the Vitezi Rend.

As with Steve Bannon, the potential ties between Gorka and Neo-Nazis are not as strange as they appear, despite the fact that Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Trump mega-donor Sheldon Adelson are both close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some Jewish people figured it out early on: Neo-Nazis and White Nationalist segregationists want Jewish people in Israel, rather than spread around the world in a diaspora. The Neo-Nazi/White Nationalist segregationist objective of sending diaspora Jewish people to Israel would logically involve further development of Jewish settlements in UN Mandate Palestine, which would allow Trump, Jared Kushner, Adelson, and/or Trump’s other Real Estate scion advisor (Reed Cordish) to develop housing, hotels, entertainment venues, and casinos there. Based on our understanding of information found on the Israeli government website, Israel doesn’t allow extradition of resident Jewish nationals and didn’t allow any extradition of those holding Israeli citizenship until 1999. The law was changed due to abuses by non-resident criminals. Thus, Russian oligarchs/members of Russian organized crime with some Jewish ancestry – or who used faked documentation of Jewish ancestry/obtained fake Israeli passports- could hide out in Israel, as needed. Furthermore, resident and non-resident alike can still be sentenced and punished in Israel. Therefore, it should not be surprising, that according to the FBI, alleged Russian mobster, Mogilevich, holds an Israeli passport and managed to get documentation for many of his associates, as described below. Mogilevich is considered “by European and United States federal law enforcement agencies to be the ‘boss of bosses’ of most Russian Mafia syndicates in the world. Mogilevich is believed to direct a vast criminal empire and is described by the FBI as ‘the most dangerous mobster in the world.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semion_Mogilevich

Gorka used to work as an advisor to Hungarian Prime minister Viktor Orban. Orban is reported to have done a sudden about-face on Putin and is now a major ally. It has been speculated that Semion Mogilevich had compromising information on Orban, which was handed to Putin at the time of Mogilevich’s arrest for suspected tax evasion. Mogilevich was arrested in Moscow on January 24, 2008, and was released on July 24, 2009. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semion_Mogilevich

Trump himself has ties, at least indirect ones, to Mogilevich via Trump Tower Toronto (Shnaider employer and father-in-law, Birshtein) and the alleged mafia protector (Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov) of the gambling ring run, at least in part, out of Trump Tower 5th Ave., and, via the Genovese Crime Family (Trump lawyer and friend Roy Cohn represented them), said by the FBI to working with Mogilevich.
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/fbi-doc-mogilevich-org-tied-to-tochtachunov-genovese-all-tied-to-trump-at-least-indirectly-mogilevich-org-planned-to-dump-waste-at-chernobyl-too/

(Blog post continues after the screenshots.)
https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/fbi-doc-mogilevich-org-tied-to-tochtachunov-genovese-all-tied-to-trump-at-least-indirectly-mogilevich-org-planned-to-dump-waste-at-chernobyl-too/


See more screenshots from the 1995 FBI document here: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/19/fbi-doc-mogilevich-org-tied-to-tochtachunov-genovese-all-tied-to-trump-at-least-indirectly-mogilevich-org-planned-to-dump-waste-at-chernobyl-too

(Blog post continues after Senate letter.)
03.17.17 Senators Call For Investigation Of Sebastian Gorka After Reports Surface Of Ties To Neo-Nazi Group Failure To Disclose Membership In Hungarian Anti-Semitic Organization Could Invalidate Dr. Gorka’s U.S. Immigration Status
WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Ben Cardin (D-MD) today called on the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice to investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Dr. Sebastian Gorka falsified his U.S. naturalization application by failing to disclose his membership in a Hungarian neo-Nazi organization.

According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Gorka as a member of the organization who took a “lifelong oath of loyalty.”

“We note that this Administration has expressed a special interest in ensuring that those with extremist views do not exploit our immigration laws,” the senators wrote. “We are deeply concerned by reports that Dr. Gorka concealed the material fact of his membership in the Vitézi Rend, a far-right anti-Semitic Hungarian organization, when he applied for U.S. citizenship.”

Full text of the senators’ letter:
March 17, 2017
The Honorable Dana J. Boente
Acting Deputy Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
The Honorable John F. Kelly
Secretary
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Acting Deputy Attorney General Boente and Secretary Kelly:

We urge you to immediately investigate whether senior White House counterterrorism advisor Sebastian Gorka falsified his naturalization application or otherwise illegally procured his citizenship. 


We are deeply concerned by reports that Dr. Gorka concealed the material fact of his membership in the Vitézi Rend, a far-right anti-Semitic Hungarian organization, when he applied for U.S. citizenship. As you know, it is unlawful to make a false statement in naturalization proceedings (18 U.S.C. 1015) and procuring naturalization by concealing a material fact or willful misrepresentation is punishable by denaturalization (8 U.S.C. 1425, 8 U.S.C. 1451). 


According to the Forward, leaders of the Historical Vitézi Rend have identified Dr. Gorka as a sworn member of the organization who took a “lifelong oath of loyalty.”  The State Department identifies the original Vitézi Rend, as a virulently anti-Semitic organization that operated under the direction of the Nazis during World War II.  Dr. Gorka was photographed wearing a Vitézi Rend medal on several occasions, including at a Presidential inaugural ball earlier this year.  He has also identified himself as “Dr. Sebastian L. v. Gorka” in written testimony before Congress. Experts note that the initial “v.” is used by sworn members of the Vitézi Rend.

We note that this Administration purports to have a special interest in ensuring that those with extremist views do not exploit our immigration laws.  The President’s January 27th Executive Order states, “In order to protect Americans, the United States must ensure that those admitted to this country do not bear hostile attitudes toward it and its founding principles. … the United States should not admit those who engage in acts of bigotry or hatred (including … the persecution of those who practice religions different from their own).”  Membership in an anti-Semitic organization like the Historical Vitézi Rend should raise serious concerns regarding whether an individual holds the sort of “hostile attitudes” that concern the Administration. Failure to address this case would further confirm the intent of this Administration is to discriminate on the basis of religion, rather than combat extremist views.

We are particularly troubled by Dr. Gorka’s reported affiliation with an anti-Semitic organization because of the White House’s own checkered record on religious discrimination.  For the first time in decades, the White House’s statement on Holocaust Remembrance Day failed to mention the Jewish victims, an omission which Dr. Gorka publicly defended.  President Trump was slow to condemn the wave of attacks on Jewish community centers and has yet to condemn the surge in anti-Muslim bigotry.  And the President has signed two executive orders, both of which have been blocked by federal courts, barring people from Muslim-majority countries and all refugees from entering the United States.  The President’s orders are a notable departure from our nation’s bipartisan tradition of welcoming refugees, which was established in the aftermath of our tragic failure to provide safe haven to Jews who were fleeing the Holocaust. 


Again, we urge you to immediately investigate the circumstances surrounding Gorka’s naturalization.  Thank you for your time and consideration.
Sincerely,
RICHARD J. DURBIN
United States Senator
RICHARD BLUMENTHAL
United States Senator
BEN CARDIN
United States Senator
https://www.durbin.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/senators-call-for-investigation-of-sebastian-gorka-after-reports-surface-of-ties-to-neo-nazi-group (Emphasis added.)

EXCLUSIVE: Nazi-Allied Group Claims Top Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka As Sworn Member” by Lili Bayer and Larry Cohler-Esses March 16, 2017, Budapest. Read the article at http://forward. com/news/national/366181/exclusive-nazi-allied-group-claims-top-trump-aide-sebastian-gorka-as-sworn/

The Wikipedia article, which some have noted appears written by Gorka:
After returning to Hungary in 1998, Gorka served as an adviser to Viktor Orbán.
…In January 2017, Gorka assumed the position of Deputy Assistant in the Trump Administration.[16][28] Gorka is a member of a White House team known as the Strategic Initiatives Group, which was set up by Gorka’s former boss, Steve Bannon, together with Jared Kushner.[28]… Gorka worked in the Ministry of Defense during the Prime Ministry of József Antall.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sebastian_Gorka

In a manner similar to Jeff Sessions, Orban flipped from harsh critic of Putin’s Russia to being his foremost ally in Europe: “… in 2007, Orbán harshly lambasted the Government for being “blind” to the “growing influence” Russia wields via its vast energy giants,… In 2008, he continued to criticize the Kremlin,… Suddenly in 2009, everything changed. Orban unexpectedly showed up at the “United Russia” convention in Saint Petersburg, where he met Putin.  He immediately ceased criticizing Russia, and a year later, when Orbán became the Hungarian Prime Minister, he became one of the key Putin apologists in Europe.  Whatever happened to Orbán in such a short period of time? Could it be the arrest of criminal kingpin Semion Mogilevich in Moscow, that influenced the Hungarian leader? …. one of the reasons for his loyalty might be a video with compromising info on Orbán, filmed back in the mid 1990s by crime kingpin Semion Mogilevich…” Read the article here: http://www.4freerussia.org/a-suitcase-full-of-cash-from-the-solntsevo-mafia-does-putin-have-a-compromat-on-the-hungarian-leader/

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was the first European leader to publicly endorse Donald Trump in July. And Hungary is perhaps the only country to have a former employee of its own Ministry of Defense — Sebastian Gorka — receive a high-ranking post within the Trump administration.http://budapestbeacon.com/featured-articles/american-alt-rights-hungarian-love-affair/44643 (The article alleges that he and Orban fell-out in 2006, but it could be inaccurate. Someone in Orban’s government recently wrote a letter in support of Gorka – saying Gorka wasn’t a Nazi.)

The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization operated under the protection of Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, who is known as a “Vor,” a term translated as “Thief-in-Law,” that refers to a member of a select group of high-level criminals from the former Soviet Union. Tokhtakhounov used his status as a Vor to resolve disputes with clients of the high-stakes illegal gambling operation with implicit and sometimes explicit threats of violence and economic harm…” (US DOJ, April 30, 2014). Tokhtakhounov is still at large in Moscow. https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/03/11/trump-tower-tenant-living-below-trump-sent-to-jail-for-racketeering-conspiracy-with-russian-american-organized-crime/

According to the Office of Congressman Swalwell: “Alex Shnaider: Born in Russia, Shnaider co-financed a real estate project with Trump. Shnaider’s father-in-law, Boris J. Birshtein, was a close business associate of Sergei Mikhaylov, the head of one of the largest branches of the Russian mob.” https://swalwell.house.gov/issues/russia-trump-his-administration-s-ties. The reference given is James S. Henry, “The Curious World of Donald Trump’s Private Russian Connections“, which has a section called “The Case of the Trump Toronto Tower and Hotel—Alex Shnaiderhttp://www.the-american-interest.com/2016/12/19/the-curious-world-of-donald-trumps-private-russian-connections/

According to “The Globe and Mail”, May 27th 2005, Shnaider took the majority state in Trump Tower hotel and condo Toronto. Shnaider started working for the man who became his father-in-law, Boris Birshtein, in 1991. They had “met through family connections“. “Birshtein introduced him to the world of steel trading, which would become the foundation of his fortune. They say that there have been no allegations of wrong-doing by Schnaider. See “The Invisible Man” by Michale Posner, December 5, 2016. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Shnaider

According to an FBI document, Boris J. Birshtein and Sergei Mikhaylov attended a Russian organized crime meeting in Israel in October 1995, including Mogilevich.

In early 1991, Mogilevich moved to Hungary and married his Hungarian girlfriend Katalin Papp. He had three children with her, and obtained a Hungarian passport. Living in a fortified villa outside Budapest, he continued to invest in a wide array of enterprises, including buying a local armament factory, “Army Co-Op,” which produced anti-aircraft guns.[13] In 1994, Mogilevich group obtained control over Inkombank, one of the largest private banks in Russia,[14] in a secret deal with bank chairman Vladimir Vinogradov, getting direct access to the world financial system. The bank collapsed in 1998 under suspicions of money laundering.[15] Through Inkombank, in 1996 he obtained a significant share in Sukhoi, a large military aircraft manufacturer.[citation needed]… The Solntsevskaya have also been active in Israel, primarily using it as a base for money laundering…. According to the US, as published during the 2010 Wikileaks scandal, the Solntsevo gang continues racketeering operations under the protection of the FSB.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Semion_Mogilevich

(Additional) References-Information
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Viktor_Orbán
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fidesz
https://fam.state.gov/searchapps/viewer?format=html&query=vitezi&links=VITEZI&url=/FAM/09FAM/09FAM030207.html
http://www.4freerussia.org/a-suitcase-full-of-cash-from-the-solntsevo-mafia-does-putin-have-a-compromat-on-the-hungarian-leader/
https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/stories/2009/october/mogilevich_102109
http://hungarianspectrum.org/tag/semion-mogilevich/
https://hungarianspectrum.wordpress.com/2013/10/05/possible-criminal-activities-of-some-hungarian-politicians/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sándor_Pintér
http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/ruslobby-mogilevich-04172007.pdf
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/3/16/1644077/-Sebastian-Gorka-Trump-advisor-is-member-of-Nazi-group-on-State-Dept-list-US-citizenship-in-doubt

”Dear Dr. Gorka: Six Questions Trump’s Counter-Terrorism Aide Won’t Answer” Larry Cohler-Esses March 30, 2017 Read more: http://forward. com/news/national/367726/dear-dr-gorka-six-questions-trumps-counter-terrorism-aide-wont-answer/

Wonder if he still controls the natural gas pipelines? Removed from most wanted list, apparently because he couldn’t be extradicted from Russia.