Kleptocracy Daily: June 4, 2017

News

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has paid Trump International Hotel nearly $270,000 through its Washington, D.C. lobbying firm over the past several months, new foreign lobbying disclosure filings show.

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee said there was no proof so far of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign, as Congress prepares for a week that will include the testimony of former FBI Director James Comey.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, speaking on a prime-time U.S. TV program, has again denied that Moscow interfered in the presidential election last year and said that the Kremlin has no compromising material on President Donald Trump.

Malta is voting in snap general elections called against a backdrop of corruption allegations that have tarnished Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s government. See KI’s two articles on Malta’s controversial investor visa program here and here.

Features

China’s exiled tycoon who is now residing in New York has rocked Chinese politics for months by exposing the corrupt lifestyle of high-ranking Communist Party officials. Guo made the allegations ahead of the looming transition in the standing committee of the party’s politburo.

The EB-5 visa program: all that glitters is not gold.