Annapolis firm raided by FBI has ties to Steve Bannon

When the FBI raided a Republican fundraising firm in Annapolis this week, just two days after Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, questions abounded as to whether the raid was in response to the firing. Those questions still lack a definitive answer, and the FBI is unlikely to comment on the matter any time soon. But it turns out the firm in question has ties to Donald Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon.

Palmer Report’s own internal research was able to connect the dots between Strategic Campaign Group, the firm whose offices were raided by the FBI this week, and former Donald Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone (link). But it turns out that’s not the only connection between the firm and Trump. Sarah Smith, an attorney, did her own digging and connected the dots between Strategic Campaign Group and a company called Cambridge Analytica, which was being run by Steve Bannon until he took over the Trump campaign (link). And there’s more.

Beth Brigham, a publicist, was able to connect the dots between Strategic Campaign Group and Donald Trump’s Taj Mahal casino (link), which just happens to be the same casino that the Senate Intelligence Committee has taken a keen interest in this week due to its 2015 bust by the Treasury Department for money laundering (link).

So the connections between the firm raided by the FBI and the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign have turned out to be quite prolific. None of this means that the firm was raided because of these ties; there is the theoretical possibility that it could be part of an unrelated investigation. But we’ve already debunked the claim made by the president of the firm that the raid was related to Republican politician Ken Cuccinelli (link). So now we wait to eventually find out just what the FBI was really up to with its raid. Help fund Palmer Report


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11 Comments

  1. John on May 13, 2017 at 3:51 am

    Cambridge Analytica. Isn’t there some Mercer link there?

    • George E Warriner on May 15, 2017 at 6:49 am

      Yes he owns it, and it is a very very scary company.

  2. johnruprecht on May 13, 2017 at 6:12 pm

    Bannon and Conway would be the link to Mercer, no?

  3. Donna on May 13, 2017 at 6:32 pm

    Your reports are on point. I’m starting to wonder if Trump’s “so-called” businesses are fronts for money laundering. If you study his history, once his dad died, he didn’t have anybody to dig him out of his “financial holes”; so he started scamming investors/vendors in the US (i.e. not paying loans back, not paying contractors/vendors, etc.) when it came to his real estate endeavors; & when he burned his business “bridges” within the US, he needed other funding mechanisms, i.e. branding/licensing his name. Perfect way for wealthy foreigners to launder their money through his business practices, i.e. real estate, etc. What a con.

  4. James Simcoe on May 13, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    I thought that sounded familiar!

  5. Claudia on May 13, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    Good deal! Get them all!

  6. Paul Sorrells on May 13, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    On AM Joy this morning, right-winger Evan Siegfried named dropped “Palmer Report,” calling the “Palmer Report” far-left-type conspiracy theorizing in referring to the Palmer Report’s catching wind of things earlier than many regarding Trump’s Russia connections and so much else that has panned out.

  7. Rose Meade on May 13, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    The graph that I have shows that Robert Mercer & Steve Bannon owns CamBridge Analytica. (Mercer owns 90% & Bannon 10%). Which in turn Steve Bannon owns 100% Aggregate IQ. These two companies have their fingers into Donald Trump, Nigel Farage, Russia, Aaron Banks, Leave EU, Thomas Borwick, ASI Data Science, Vets for Britain,Be Leave, Vote Leave, ( Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Iran & Moldova). It’s the “Brexit” !! This is how the campaign was linked.

  8. Eric on May 15, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Bill — your insight is remarkable. How do you do it?

    • Claudia on May 16, 2017 at 1:22 am

      He is a wizard!
      I imagine him typing so fast for us, the key board is set a blazed, and all the letters are missing! Thank God for him !

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