Mueller’s newest prosecutor provides focus on Trump’s syndicate ties

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has appointed as a 16th investigator on his team a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn who helped prosecute a number of gangsters who also invested in properties owned by Donald Trump.

Greg Andres served as the head of the criminal division of the US Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn and is known as an expert on organized crime syndicates. Mueller’s appointment is a further indication that Mueller’s investigation is focusing not on national security issues involving Russia but Trump’s long association with money laundering operations involving financial investments in his properties.

One problematic Trump-marqueed property, the Trump International Hotel and Condominium in Panama, may have laundered money from the Medellin drug cartel through both its development funding and purchases of its condominiums. Former Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli, a Trump friend, is currently in jail in Miami awaiting extradition to Panama to face criminal proceedings for corruption. The Trump administration is reticent to extradite Martinelli in the event he starts to “sing” about the Trump Panama complex to prosecutors.

Andres is married to U.S. Judge for the Southern District of New York Ronnie Abrams. Last year, Abrams ordered Trump and his billionaire convicted underage sex predator Jeffrey Epstein to appear before her court in December 2016 in a civil suit brought by Katie Johnson, who alleges that Trump and Epstein sexually assaulted her in 1994 when she was a 13-year old teen model. Johnson dropped the suit after she said she and her family were physically threatened. Recognizing the conflict-of interest in being married to Andres, Abrams recused herself from two emoluments lawsuits brought against Trump by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) and White Plains attorney William Weinstein.

Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.

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Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist and nationally-distributed columnist. He is the editor and publisher of the Wayne Madsen Report (subscription required).

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