Which Russian Oligarch Did Ivanka and Kushner Vacation With In Croatia?

Ivanka Trump with Wendi Deng in Croatia (August 2016)

As a result of a freedom of information act (FOIA) lawsuit, CNN and Buzzfeed recently obtained a treasure trove of documents from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s TrumpRussia investigation that officially ended in March 2019. Among the bombshell revelations in this treasure trove of documents was the fact that in August 2016 when Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner vacationed in Croatia, they had company that has never been previously disclosed—a Russian Oligarch and his girlfriend.

Prior to the FOIA document release, media reports cited Rupert Murdoch’s ex wife Wendi Deng as the only other person who vacationed with Kushner and Ivanka in Croatia. Deng and Murdoch had divorced in 2013. At the time of the vacation in Croatia, Deng was rumored to be dating none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin who had divorced in 2014. There was never any mention of the Russian Oligarch and his girlfriend.

As you might expect, a mysterious Russian Oligarch and his girlfriend vacationing with Trump’s daughter Ivanka and her husband Kushner at the height of the 2016 presidential campaign has raised a whole host of questions chief among them, who the Oligarch is and why he vacationed with them? Remember Kushner was an integral part of the Trump’s 2016 campaign and was in charge of its “data operations” specifically as it related to social media messaging.

Adding to the intrigue is the fact that Steve Bannon who had just been appointed Trump campaign’s “Chief Executive” the same month (August 2016) Ivanka and Kushner went on vacation, found the meeting in Croatia between Kushner and the Oligarch so suspicious, that he reportedly planned to leverage it against Kushner. What did Bannon find so nefarious about the Croatian vacation that he thought he could leverage it against Kushner?

The documents also show that Bannon inquired about the Russian Oligarch from people he knew in U.S. intel circles and was informed that the Oligarch’s girlfriend was “questionable”. Who is this girlfriend and what about her did U.S. intel officials deem “questionable”? Did Mueller find out why she was “questionable”?

Wendi Deng was also rumored at that time to be dating Russia’s President Vladimir Putin after her divorce from Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch. August 2016 was a period when the Obama administration was very concerned about Vladimir Putin and his efforts to interfere with the U.S. election. Why was Kushner vacationing with Putin’s girlfriend Wendi and this Oligarch at a time when the U.S. government was very worried about Russian interference? Kushner was Trump campaign’s “digital/data operations” chief in charge of social media messaging—the very area of expertise the Obama administration feared Putin was exploting to interfere in our elections. Was Kushner coordinating his “data operations” with the Kremlin?

Fox News has since become so enmeshed with Trump’s political operation that people including Yours Truly have questioned whether it is even a legitimate news company. Was a deal struck between Fox News and the Trump campaign during this Croatia vacation given Wendi Deng’s prescence? Should Rupert Murdoch be questioned about this vacation?

Also did Mueller ever get to the bottom of why Ivanka and Kushner met with this Russian Oligarch and why his girlfriend was deemed “questionable”? We know Mueller’s investigators questioned Kushner in May 2018.

There is a lot of speculation out there that the Russian Oligarch in question is Dmitry Rybolovlev, who you’ll remember, bought aTrump mansion in Florida for $95 millon, more than double what Trump had originally paid for it ($41 million). These kinds of transactions–purchases of real assets by foreigners way above their prevailing market values–is cited by law enforcement officials as one of the tell tale signs of international money laundering. If Rybolovlev is indeed the Oligarch Kushner and Ivanka vacationed with in Croatia, then the number of questions that need to be answered increases exponentially.

Bottom line folks, the bombshell revelation that Ivanka and Kushner vacationed in Croatia with a mysterious Russian Oligarch at the height of the 2016 presidential election raises a whole host of questions that desperately beg for answers. The question that must be answered first is “Who is the Russian Oligarch? and secondly, “What about his girlfriend did U.S. intel deem ‘questionable'”? It is also important for the mainstream media to level with the public as to whether they deliberately left out the fact that the Russian Oligarch vacationed with Ivanka and Kushner and if so, why the decision was made.

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