Report: George Santos’ ties to Russian oligarch’s cousin strengthen

Deep ties exist between a cousin of a sanctioned Russian tycoon and disgraced Long Island Representative George Santos, whose mysterious campaign finance is being investigated by the House ethics committee and federal prosecutors.

According to a new revelation, Andrew Intrater, 60, paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to a corporation associated with the shady politician, while simultaneously making substantial contributions to Santos’ election campaigns.

The Washington Post reported on Monday that Intrater and his wife both contributed the maximum amount of $5,800 to Santos’ 2022 House campaign. Since 2020, the pair reportedly contributed tens of thousands of dollars to committees affiliated with the Republican, who admitted to The Post that he invented his personal and professional biography.

According to a new revelation, investor Andrew Intrater has extensive financial ties to New York Representative George Santos, who is being investigated for campaign financing irregularities.

USC Shoah Foundation Intrater is the cousin of Russian billionaire and businessman Viktor Vekselberg, who the United States has sanctioned because to the conflict in Ukraine.

Intrater is a citizen of the United States and the cousin of Russian billionaire energy investor Viktor Vekselberg, who was sanctioned by the United States in response to Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine. Authorities raided Vekselberg’s Manhattan and Hamptons properties throughout the summer, seized a $90 million boat, and froze his assets.

According to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Intrater invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in Harbor City Capital, the Florida investment business where Santos worked for almost a year and which is under investigation for allegedly operating a Ponzi scheme.

According to the Washington Post, Intrater’s investment firm Columbus Nova has tight ties to Vekselberg, whose conglomerate was the company’s top client as recently as 2018, when he was sanctioned by the Treasury Department.

During Robert Mueller’s investigation of suspected ties between the former president’s campaign and the Kremlin, Intrater’s 2016 and 2017 communications with former Trump lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen were reviewed, although the special counsel did not charge Intrater of wrongdoing.

Intrater and Cohen, who pleaded guilty to tax fraud and campaign finance law crimes in 2018, exchanged hundreds of texts and calls, and the financier’s company paid Cohen to flag commercial opportunities, according to papers studied by the outlet.

Santos, 34, reportedly stated that Columbus Nova was one of his “clients” during a Harbor City Zoom call in 2020, when the aspiring lawmaker was charged with locating New York investors.

Santos mentioned Columbus Nova while discussing investors in the 432 Park Avenue residential building.

On the Zoom call, Santos reportedly informed his coworkers, “You may recognize them.” They have been in the news on multiple occasions. They were deeply involved in the Russia investigation. Unjustified.”

He said, “However, they are a real estate company.” They are authentic.

It is unknown whether Intrater or his company invested in the Billionaires’ Row initiative. An SEC complaint against the corporation purportedly revealed that Harbor City did receive an undated $625,000 deposit from a Mississippi company that named Intrater as its only officer.

The SEC investigation, which accuses Santos’ old company of operating a “classic Ponzi scheme,” did not name the freshman congressman, whose alleged fraud is being investigated by New York, Washington, and Brazilian prosecutors.

The publication reports that Santos was told by a possible investor that his former firm had falsified bank paperwork.

Amidst a chorus of calls for his resignation, the congressman remained steadfast. James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, stated on Sunday that a fellow Republican would be ejected from Congress if found guilty of breaching campaign finance laws.

I disapprove of how he gained access to Congress. On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Comer (R-Kentucky) stated, “I haven’t even introduced myself to him because the lies he’s told are so despicable.” “However, neither I nor any other member of Congress has the authority to determine whether he could be expelled for lying.”


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