Kleptocracy Daily: June 15, 2017

The latest on KI’s website: Casey Michel speaks with Susan Hamill, a leading expert on LLCs, about how LLCs first originated, as well as why they’ve grown in such prominence for those looking to stash their wealth offshore.

News

Former Senator dives into the swamp with lobbying work for an alleged Macedonian front group.

Trump decision to fire Comey is now being examined to determine if it was part of a broader effort to alter the direction of the FBI’s probe into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 election and whether associates of Trump colluded with Moscow.

Features

Before Trump was nominated to be president, 4% of Trump Organization property sales went to secretive shell companies called LLCs. Now that figure is up to 70%.

Paul Manafort is at the center of an FBI investigation into ties between Trump’s team and the Russians, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing business with international figures and companies, partly by claiming continued access to Trump.

So, the Senate just passed a new Russian sanctions bill. What does that mean? The Atlantic Council breaks it down.