Once again: Who is Felix Sater?
American hero? Russian-American Mobster? American Spy? Russian Intelligence Asset? Coming Soon to the Big Screen?
All the Above?
Felix Sater is now in LA and once again making headlines here, here and here. The BuzzFeed piece is the most in depth article of the three and appears to be part of an effort to rehabilitate and bolster Sater’s somewhat shady public image. Buzzfeed is of course the same publication which has played such a central role in the Russian collusion narrative by publishing the GPS/Steele Dossier. Why bolster Sater? Does Mueller’s newly publicized interest in the Trump Organization have anything to do with it?
For years the Felix Sater Saga has popped up in media stories, his connection to Donald Trump was supposed to make a Trump presidency impossible as far back as 2011, 2012. But a funny thing happened on Trump’s road to the White House, the Sater Saga not only didn’t prevent Trump from gaining the White House, but it may help to keep him in the White House and finally force the appointment of second Special Counsel who may end up having to investigate and indict some members of the first.
How? The Sater Saga has the potential to completely turn the Russian Collusion narrative on its head. If Buzzfeed has finally gotten a story in this mess essentially right, then Trump didn’t collude with Russian Intelligence and the Putin mafia state, Robert Mueller, the FBI, DOJ and the American Intelligence Community did and still are, whether they realize it or not.
You see no matter how much a hero Sater handlers in the US LE and IC make him out to be, and he may well have made significant contributions to US national security, there is no way, no possibility whatsoever that Felix Sater operated in Russia and moved within the circles he did without the knowledge and consent of FSB/SVR. In short, Russian Intelligence would have viewed him and used him as an intelligence asset.
The failure of US LE & IC to adequately screen, monitor and control their informants in recent years has become a huge problem. The idea that Mueller and Weissmann might in any way utilize or heavily rely on their CI Sater in their Special Counsel investigation of Trump is pure Clouseau.
An idea made even more Clouseauean by the almost certain fact that Trump realized Sater was likely working with/for the Feds and sought to leverage it in a predictably Trumpian way. In other words, Trump’s Russian business dealings wasn’t a case of early colluding with Russia or the Putin regime, Trump was colluding with a clueless Mueller’s FBI and elements of US IC to make a buck while helping the Feds, something Inspector Mueller will likely never grasp.