Bolton, China, Chinese telecom, Chinese Trademarks, Erdogan, Giuliani, Halkbank, Iran, Iran sanctions, Ivanka trademarks, Ivanka Trump, North Korea, Personal Favor, quid pro quo, Trump, Turkey, William Barr, Xi, ZTE
Ivanka’s trademarks and lifting of ZTE sanctions certainly looks like a “personal favor” quid pro quo, this for that: “Ivanka Trump’s business received registration approval for three additional Chinese trademarks on June 7, 2018… On that same date, President Trump agreed to lift sanctions against the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, a controversial move that the U.S. Senate is currently challenging… On May 7, 2018, Ivanka Trump’s business received “registration” approval from the Chinese government for five trademark applications. An additional trademark also received “first trial” approval on May 6…” Read more here: https://www.citizensforethics.org/ivanka-trumps-business-wins-approval-for-more-china-trademarks/
Donald Trump, 13 May 2018: “President Xi of China, and I, are working together to give massive Chinese phone company, ZTE, a way to get back into business, fast. Too many jobs in China lost. Commerce Department has been instructed to get it done! 8:01 AM – 13 May 2018” https://archive.li/yVIPG
“China OKs trademarks for Ivanka Trump’s company on day she met with Xi” by Jill Disis, CNN April 19, 2017: 5:06 AM ET https://archive.li/nOIwg
There hasn’t been enough discussion of the Halkbank case, which involves an Iran sanctions evasion scheme, a Trump Tower Istanbul Tenant and Giuliani client:
William Barr’s Troubling Record: https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2019/01/16/trump-ag-pick-barrs-troubling-record-recommended-iran-contra-pardons-blocked-bcci-indictment-refused-to-appoint-special-counsel-for-iraqgate-shared-memo-on-obstruction-with-trump-lawyers/
“Justice Department Denies Discussing Trump’s ‘Personal Favors’ For Autocratic Leaders By VOA News
January 28, 2020 07:35 AM
The U.S. Justice Department is denying a New York Times report about former national security adviser John Bolton and Attorney General William Barr having concerns about President Donald Trump and perceptions he was granting personal favors to the leaders of China and Turkey. https://archive.li/rs8FZ
“There was no discussion of ‘personal favors’ or ‘undue influence’ on investigations, nor did Attorney General Barr state that the President’s conversations with foreign leaders was improper,” Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec tweeted Tuesday.
The Times based its story on descriptions of a manuscript of Bolton’s upcoming book from people familiar with the text.
Bolton said that in private conversations with Barr, the attorney general discussed comments Trump made to Chinese President Xi Jinping about ZTE, a Chinese telecom company found by the U.S. Commerce Department to be violating sanctions by sending goods to Iran and North Korea. Trump lifted those sanctions after a personal appeal from Xi, drawing anger from Congress.
According to the Times report, Bolton said he and Barr also discussed a conversation between Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about an investigation of Turkish bank Halkbank.
The Times said Bolton wrote that Barr was worried the exchanges made it seem as if Trump had undue influence over independent investigations.
The newspaper said the accounts described in Bolton’s manuscript underscore the “unease about Mr. Trump’s seeming embrace of authoritarian leaders” among experts, Trump opponents and among some senior cabinet officers responsible for the nation’s foreign policy and national security agendas.
Revelations about the contents of the Bolton book come as U.S. Senators consider calling Bolton as a witness in Trump’s impeachment trial. https://www.voanews.com/usa/us-politics/justice-department-denies-discussing-trumps-personal-favors-autocratic-leaders
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