Published October 23, 2017 By Jacob Wohl
Robert Mueller’s complex financial entanglements include investments linked to George Soros and Russia. During Mueller’s tenure at the FBI, high profile cases of financial wrongdoing within hedge funds that he invested in were ignored by federal law enforcement.
An Offended America investigation has revealed that Robert Mueller’s holdings in a fund of funds expose him to Russian investments and to hedge funds tied to George Soros. Mueller’s exclusive hedge funds were not open to the general public, but rather wealthy private accredited investors. The minimum investment in several of the funds is $10 Million.
Mueller’s Russian Financial Interests
Mueller has been an investor in Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC for many years, according to his financial disclosures. That fund consists of holdings of other hedge funds in a structure commonly referred to as a “fund of funds”.
According to 2017 SEC Filings, one of the funds held by the Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund is the OCCO Eastern European Fund, run by Charlemagne Capital. The fund released a performance overview on August 31st that said in part:
“August was a relatively quiet month for markets and a strong one for the portfolio. The NAV gained 142 bps over the month. Russia was again the main driver with supportive contributions from other markets.”
Performance Review of the OCCO Eastern European Fund
The OCCO Eastern European Fund also stated in late August 2017 that “Our single largest position at ten percent total gross exposure is the 5% long position in Novatek paired with a cash neutral short position in Gazprom.” This means that the fund is betting against Russia’s state-owned natural gas company, Gazprom, while going long Gazprom’s main competitor Novatek, which is the largest non-state owned natural gas company in Russia.
According to Charlemagne Capital, the OCCO Eastern European Fund is based in the Cayman Islands and is has a net-long position in the Russian markets. This means that Robert Mueller gains financially if the Russian market does well. The OCCO Eastern European Fund also has long and short positions in Poland, Romania, and Kazakhstan. The fund’s prime brokers are Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.
Robert Mueller isn’t the only person investigating Russia with financial interests in Russia. California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, reported owning at least $16,000 of Russia-linked investments on his most recent financial disclosure.
Mueller’s investments in Russia could present a clear conflict of interest in how he carries out his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 President Election.
Mueller Benefited From Ponzi Schemes
Another hedge fund that Robert Mueller disclosed owning was Defenders Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund, LLC. This hedge fund wass run by William P. Sauer, who has been sued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for running two separate Ponzi Schemes. Sauer ultimately settled the lawsuits for $5 million.
This hedge fund did business under 4 different names during its 9 years of existence.
1. 2002‐2004: Ivy Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC
2. 2004‐2009: BNY Ivy Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC
3. 2009‐2010: Defenders Multi‐Strategy Hedge Fund LLC
4. 2010‐2011: Ivy Asset Management LLC
“Ivy Asset Management”, as it was known at the time, fed clients into Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi Scheme and eventually paid $200 million to settle complaints associated with alleged misconduct surrounding this investment. The FBI never investigated any of the people or entities associated with the Defenders Multistrategy hedge fund or other funds that Mueller has invested in.
The hedge fund at the center of these allegations of wrongdoing never faced investigations from the FBI, and produced profits for Robert Mueller, who headed up the FBI when the allegations were made, prompting the SEC began their investigation.
The US Department of Justice launched wide-ranging investigations into many of the “feeder funds” that put client money with Bernie Madoff. BNY Mellon’s Madoff feeder funds for which Robert Mueller had a financial interest remained completely untouched by the FBI and DOJ.
These facts spark suspicions that Mueller intentionally turned a blind eye to wrongdoing at the BNY Mellon fund, in order to protect his financial interest in the fund.
In 2013, Mueller was invested with a fund of funds called Mellon Optima. Mellon Optima invested a portion its funds in Karsch Capital a fund managed by Michael Karsh, who worked for Soros Fund Management before leaving the firm in 2000, according to Reuters. Stanley Druckenmiller, the trader who infamously broke the Bank of England, netting over $1 billion in a single day when he worked alongside George Soros, personally provided seed capital to Karsch Capital.
SEC Filing for Mellon Optima L/S Strategy Fund, LLC 2013
SEC Disclosures reveal that the fund of funds that Mueller holds, Mellon Optima, also invested in Highbridge Long/Short Equity Fund. Alec McAree, who is the Managing Director of Highbridge, previously worked as a Managing Director for Soros Fund Management according to a Highbridge press release.
Alex Soros, son of hedge fund billionaire and anti-Trump money-man George Soros, revealed his close relationship with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an Instagram post. Politico previously reported that Mueller has teamed up with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office. Sources told Politico that Schneiderman is currently working together with Mueller in an investigation regarding the financial dealings of President Trump and members of the 2016 Trump Campaign.
Many are questioning how Schneiderman could possibly carry out or assist with an impartial investigation in regards to President Trump, given his clear ties to George Soros and well-documented tendency towards partisanship.
In 2006 the Department of Energy, which oversees the United States’ nuclear technology, confiscated highly enriched uranium from a smuggling operation involving one Russian firm and several Georgian companies.
In August 2009, Wikileaks released a classified State Department cable which showed the details of this transfer of highly enriched uranium.
The Hill recently reported that as soon as Hillary Clinton became Obama’s Secretary of State, FBI counterintelligence agents observed Russian operatives successfully attempting to gain influence with Bill and Hillary Clinton’s inner circle. The activity that took place appeared to be criminal in nature, according to FBI counterintelligence agents familiar with the matter.
Russia requested a ten-gram sample of a batch of highly enriched uranium (HEU) seized in early 2006 in Georgia during a nuclear smuggling sting operation involving one Russian national and several Georgian co-conspirators. The seized uranium was transferred to U.S. custody and was being held at a secure Department of Energy facility. In response to the Russian request, the Georgian Government authorized the United States to share a sample of the material with the Russians for forensic analysis.
Wikileaks showed as early as 2009 that Hillary Clinton’s state department began facilitating the transport of samples of high enriched uranium to members of the Russia’s intelligence service, the FSB. The person tasked to transport the highly enriched uranium to the FSB was none other than Robert Mueller.
Wikileaks’ release of classified State Department wires showed in part:
“Director Mueller previously planned to deliver the sample in April (Ref A), but due to a scheduling conflict the trip was canceled. Embassy Moscow LegAtt informed the FSB prior to Mueller’s intended April delivery and received confirmation that the FSB would take custody of the sample after the Director’s plane landed. EST Moscow also informed Rosatom of the planned transfer and that the U.S. placed a high priority on completing this transfer (Ref B). Once the LegAtt told FSB counterparts the April trip had been canceled, Ambassador Beyrle informed Igor Neverov (Ref C), who said that he understood but was disappointed the trip was postponed. The September 21 visit provides again an opportunity to deliver the requested ten-gram sample from the seized HEU in order to obtain cooperation from the GOR on this nuclear smuggling case and to eventually establish a more productive mechanism of U.S.-Russian cooperation on nuclear forensics.”
Other dealings with Russia were mentioned in similar cables released by Wikileaks.
Mueller’s role in dealing with the Russian government in Uranium transfers, which have been investigated and may currently be under investigation by the FBI raises questions over his ability to serve as the Special Prosecutor tasked with investigating Russia.
Mueller’s involvement in transporting highly enriched uranium to Russia as head of the FBI, as well as his current investments in Russia and co-investments with anti-Trump financier George Soros raise serious doubts over whether he can conduct an impartial investigation. Like Jim Comey, Mueller is quickly losing the confidence of the public.
The loss of confidence in Mueller’s investigation seems to extend to within his ranks. Peter Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence investigator, resigned from Mueller’s team in mid-August and transferred to the FBI’s human resources department. This move into human resources has been described as unprecedented by several former and current FBI counterintelligence agents, including Asha Rangappa, who said “I have seen instances where if some issue comes up, the agent might be moved to another investigation or to the operations center, where you essentially field calls all day, but why he would be moved to HR is just bizarre.”
Mueller’s many conflicts of interest creating a serious crisis of credibility in his expansive investigation. One question remains: how can Mueller investigate Russia while having so many vested interests in Russia?
They’re gambling with lives, so they can blame the whole thing on Trump.
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HOLY CRAP !!!! Now we know why the people have no aid
I have NEVER seen the level of pure propaganda that we are seeing right now.
Traitorous media outlets will go to any lengths to paint President Trump as the most horrible person this country has ever seen.
This is SO coordinated !!
American media is SCUM!!!
I nominate that lying Mayor for a criminal charge of malfeasance in office, with a swift hanging to follow immediately.
The propaganda is theatrical at this point with the Mayor of San Juan wearing a “Help us we are dying” t-shirt as she claims Trump is ignoring Puerto Rico. Beyond pathetic.
Check it out ..
A frantic female police officer called into a New York radio station (La Mega) telling listeners that they have received aid from mainland U.S., however; the local governments are doing nothing to distribute the supplies.
Imagine hating Trump this much that you will allow your people to suffer in order to claim that the Trump administration isn’t helping. This is pure evil.
Partial transcript via Conservative Treehouse:
Radio Announcer: What is your name?
Police Caller: I cannot give my name because I work for Puerto Rico’s Police Department. I need to pass this information out because the stuff that is being brought from the U.S. is not being distributed.
They are not allowing the Puerto Rican people to receive the donations.
Radio Announcer: What part of Puerto Rico are you calling us from right now?
Police Caller: I am right now in Guaynabo.
Radio Announcer 2: Wow.
Radio Announcer 3: But what information do you have? What have you seen?
Police Caller: The Mayor, Carmen Yulin, is not allowing anyone to distribute… We need… what Puerto Ricans need is that the U.S. armed forces come in and distribute the aid. And that they stop the governor, Rosello, and the mayor, Yulin, on doing what they are doing… It’s an abuse, it looks like communism, in our own island (sobbing)… (sobbing continues, inaudible translation due to cries)…
Police Caller (cont.): People are helping us, but they are not accepting it, they are not accepting anymore help supposedly: “they have to wait for the license, that there are no buses.” …Let me tell you something Boricuas (Puerto Ricans) are dying of hunger (crying continues) … This is a bureaucracy, everything has to be protocol, the lines are stretched. …We can only give one box of water per person (sobbing continues). …The medics here, people are dying, the hospitals are in crisis.
Police Caller (cont.): I am embarrassed, as a Boricua to work for Puerto Rico’s police and see that we cannot do anything. There are dozens and thousands and thousands of food and when people ask we cannot give anything away because [Mayor] Carmen Yulin says that we cannot take anything out; because everything is a soap opera, everything is a show and there have to be cameras here and there. ….Because you know they are just looking for votes for the upcoming years.
As previously reported, the liberal media is pounding President Trump over the suffering in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.
The San Juan Mayor slammed President Trump for ignoring the suffering people of Puerto Rico.
She said this while standing in front of pallets of US aid from the mainland.
Now we know why the people have no aid.
The Teamsters Union drivers did not show up to work.
Only 20% of drivers arrived at the ports to distribute the relief supplies.
The San Juan Mayor has been invited to the FEMA Command Center SEVERAL TIMES — She has refused to show up!
Mayor Angel Perez of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico ripped San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz on Saturday after she attacked President Trump and accused him of doing nothing to help Puerto Rico after the island was devastated by Hurricane Maria.
Liberalism is a disease which eats their brains then empties their hearts.
It’s like they are possessed.
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Here Are the Most Amazing Things to Observe During a Solar Eclipse
By Joe Rao, Space.com Skywatching Columnist | August 20, 2017 07:00am ET
A total solar eclipse is such a spectacular sight that it can render even experienced observers and scientists spellbound. In the excitement, viewers often completely overlook secondary phenomena.
There is so much more to a total solar eclipse than the sky simply getting dark for a couple of minutes. For that brief interval of time, the world as you know it completely transforms.
If you’re planning on seeing the total solar eclipse on Monday (Aug. 21), here is a detailed, step-by-step guide to what you can expect to see. (Note that you probably won’t see everything mentioned here, but if you know what to look for, you’ll have a better chance of seeing it!) You can also visit Space.com for a live solar eclipse webcast, courtesy of NASA, beginning at 12 p.m. EDT (1600 GMT).
How Solar Eclipses Work: When the moon covers up the sun, skywatchers delight in the opportunity to see a rare spectacle.
If you’re inside the path of totality, the partial phases of the eclipse will last for over an hour both before and after totality. If you are using eclipse glasses or a welding filter at the moment that the partial eclipse begins, you won’t notice anything out of the ordinary, but just be patient and wait a few minutes. Soon, you will see a very small dent appear in the upper right-hand edge of the sun (or, if you are projecting the sun’s image, it will appear on the sun’s lower left edge). This will be the dark disk of the moon moving slowly in front of the sun.
At first glance, it will be just a small bite; then, you’ll see a little more, and a little more similar in movement to the minute hand of a watch. But because the sun is so bright, you might be a bit disappointed at first, since the sky doesn’t appear to be darkening at all.
But when the sun is more than half covered, you’ll notice that, ever so slightly, the world is indeed getting a little darker. At first, it will seem as if the sun is shining through a thin cloud, and yet the shadows that are being cast are as clear, dark and distinct as if it were bright and sunny.
By the time about 80 percent of the sun is covered, the sky illumination appears rather peculiar. Also, the shadows are becoming sharper as the sun — now reduced to a thick crescent shape — continues to get thinner and thinner.
As totality draws nearer and the sky grows still darker, you might even feel a little nervous, for here is a situation that neither you nor any of the people who might be around you have any control over. Only now can you begin to understand why eclipses both fascinated and terrified ancient people.
The final few minutes before totality are always filled with indescribable excitement.
As the unblocked part of the sun rapidly turns into a thinner and thinner crescent, the brightness of the sky fades, producing an effect quite different from the darkness that arrives at the end of a sunny day. The distant landscape is enveloped in a strange, dim, eerie, silvery light. As the sun’s crescent shrinks to a tiny sliver, the temperature may dip several degrees or more, and a cool wind may suddenly spring up.
People around you may be anxiously chattering as they too sense the differences in the surroundings. As they attend to their cameras and experience the changes taking place all around them, you may also become aware of birds chirping excitedly. Seabirds may fly toward the shore seeking their normal roosting places in anticipation of approaching nightfall. Other animals might slink home. Flowers close. Crickets and katydids chirp.
A few minutes before totality, you might also be fortunate enough to catch a fleeting glimpse of faint, flickering, shimmering waves of light and dark, scurrying rapidly across the ground or along the sides of buildings.
Called shadow bands, these mysterious stripes of light and shade are caused by the sun’s last rays being distorted by Earth’s turbulent atmosphere, the same kind of turbulence that causes the stars in our night sky to appear to twinkle.
The shadow of the moon seen from the International Space Station during a total solar eclipse. It’s possible for viewers on the ground to see the shadow approach and recede.
Those last few seconds before totality are also the time to look for the approach of the moon’s dark shadow by concentrating on the northwest part of the sky. It will be surging toward you at almost 30 miles (48 kilometers) per minute and may first appear low on the horizon as a looming area of deep gray, tinged with hues of red and orange. Any clouds that might be between you and the shadow will appear to darken dramatically as if some great storm were building off in the distance. The shadow will appear to widen as it gets closer, filling more and more of the western sky like some indistinct curtain of deep darkness, indicating that totality is nearly at hand.
By now the daylight — or what is left of it — will be very weak.
As the sun’s crescent narrows to just a thin line, it will suddenly break up into dots and points of light called “Baily’s beads.” This effect occurs as the mountains on the moon reach into the thin crescent sun and block parts of it from view while valleys permit the last remaining rays of sunlight to form glittering spots, or beads, at the edge of the moon’s black disk.
This effect lasts for only a few moments.
During those final few seconds before totality, it’s time to remove your eclipse glasses, for it is now safe for you to look directly at the sun!
A “diamond ring” is one of the features of a total solar eclipse that skywatchers should look for. This image was taken during an eclipse on Aug. 1, 2008. Credit:
Credit: NASA/The Exploratorium
As the final bead of sunlight is about to wink out, an explosion of light brightens the region around the darkened sun. A thin ring of light from the sun’s outer atmosphere — the corona — begins to encircle the darkened sun, with just a last bead of sunlight remaining.
That final bit of sunlight resembles the glow of a brilliant diamond, and together with your first view of the thin ring of the corona, this appears to create a magnificent “diamond ring” in the sky.
Meanwhile, you’ll likely hear oohs and aahs, gasps, shouts, and screams from people all
around you (you may even be shouting too!) as the moon completely covers the sun.
This is it!
Totality at last!
The whole surrounding landscape suddenly plunges into darkness, thy sky appearing very similar to the way it looks about a half hour after sunset or a half hour before sunrise. A few bright stars and planets pop into view. At this moment, you might ask yourself if this is really happening or if it is a dream. Of course, it is all real, but still hard to believe.
This is what people have traveled hundreds, even thousands of miles and waited many years to see.
Some are dumbfounded. Some pray. Some cry out. Some even find their faces awash with tears — of joy.
Cameras click. Video cameras hum. Tripods are quickly repositioned to get a better view. Interestingly, after the initial screaming and shouting subsides, most people quickly calm down and settle into a sort of quiet happiness. They scan the weird scene and try to enjoy as many of the fantastically strange sights as possible during the all-too-short period of total eclipse.
As totality begins, the crown of the eclipse — the beautiful corona — now appears in full view. Pearly white and as bright as a full moon, it stretches out from the darkened sun for millions of miles. The corona is the glowing upper atmosphere of the sun, and it is intensely hot. The temperature within it rises to more than a million degrees Fahrenheit, and it always surrounds the sun, but the sun’s normal overpowering brilliance always makes it invisible — except during a total eclipse.
The corona appears brightest closest to the sun, gradually becoming dimmer farther away from the sun. Its appearance depends on the level of solar activity, which refers to the rate of prominences (bands of hot material), flares and explosions emanating from the sun’s surface. Currently, we are at sunspot minimum, so predictions are that the corona will display long, equatorial streamers shooting out in one or two directions. Its outer edges may appear ragged or end in brush-like tips.
Composed of electrically charged material rushing outward from the sun at a few million miles per hour, the size and shape of the corona depends on the number of sunspots on the sun’s surface. These, in turn are triggered by the star’s ever-changing magnetic activity. During totality, eclipse watchers can view the corona safely without using any protective filters or viewing screens.
But just as you are recovering from getting your first good look at the corona, you may also notice what look like a few rubies hovering around the blackened disk of the sun. These are called solar prominences, tongues of hot hydrogen gas rising from the lowest layer of the sun’s atmosphere, called the chromosphere. They leap for tens of thousands of miles above the surface of the sun, far enough to be visible above and beyond the eclipsing moon as tiny flames of red or electric pink.
Again, it is the magnetism distributed over the sun’s surface that determines the size and shape of these prominences, along with just how many will be visible.
Sometimes only one, and at other times as many as five or six can be seen. You’ll get a very good view of them using binoculars or, better still, a telescope. As with the corona, during totality, you’ll see them directly without the use of filters or viewing screens, which you MUST use to observe the partial phases.
Stars and planets
Once you are able to tear yourself away from the sun, you can view other celestial objects. The most obvious will be the brilliant planet Venus, shining like a dazzling white jewel and positioned well to the right of the sun.
And at an even greater distance, to the sun’s left, will be Jupiter, though it will not shine quite as brightly. A few stars may be visible here and there, and if you have binoculars, you might notice a bluish one that will be plainly visible just to the left of the darkened sun. That will be Regulus, which is found in the constellation Leo and is one of the 21 brightest stars in the sky.
The combination of darkness and starlight at midday always helps to create a lasting memory of a total eclipse.
As for the overall sky illumination, it will be unlike any dusk or dawn you have ever experienced.
Overhead, the sky will appear a deep shade of blue, while a weird orange-yellow tint will form a bright border all around the horizon. That’s because far off on the horizon you are looking out beyond the edge of the dark shadow where the sun is still shining, but only as a thin crescent.
As the end of the total eclipse approaches, the northwest sky, which is the direction from which the shadow first approached, will be getting noticeably brighter.
The sun returns
And then suddenly, another explosion of light!
Another diamond ring forms; this time the diamond appears on the opposite side of the sun from where the first one appeared. This diamond penetrates the corona, as a sliver of sunlight suddenly appears.
And, as quickly as it first appeared, the corona vanishes!
Back on with your eclipse glasses! Cover your eyes!
The crescent sun grows, seemingly much faster than it had before the beginning of totality. Some people may clap in appreciation to mark the end of this spectacular sky show. Others might loudly congratulate their companions. Many are probably still taking photographs or shooting video as the sun emerges. Still others scan the rapidly brightening sky for one last look.
More than 99 percent of sun is still covered, and yet, compared to what it was like just moments ago, it seems like almost full daylight has returned. At that moment, you will be able to understand why it is so very important to get yourself into the path of totality, for even with this tiniest bit of the sun left uncovered, you would miss so much!
And curiously, although a narrow sliver of the sun now illuminates the sky, many who have just witnessed the total eclipse pay little or no attention to it. This happens even though only several minutes before, this narrow sliver of the sun was the source of great excitement and anticipation. And more than an hour of partial eclipse remains, as the moon now moves slowly off of the sun.
But most viewers are more than satisfied with the amazing sights they have just seen and begin to pack up their equipment. For all who made the effort to chase the eclipse and experience it, nature’s most exciting spectacle has run its course.
And the only things that most people can think of after such an exciting experience are, “When is the next one?” and, “When can I see this again?”
Editor’s note: Find out how the solar eclipse will look from your location — Space.com has teamed up with Simulation Curriculum to offer this awesome Eclipse Safari app to help you enjoy your eclipse experience. The free app is available for Apple and Android, and you can view it on the web. If you take an amazing photo of the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, let us know! Send photos and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and share your eclipse experience with us at email@example.com.
Joe Rao serves as an instructor and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium. He writes about astronomy for Natural History magazine, the Farmer’s Almanac and other publications, and he is also an on-camera meteorologist for Verizon Fios1 News, based in Rye Brook, New York.
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