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FBI Source in Mar-a-Lago Investigation Shot and Left for Dead at Canadian Resort

As you read this story, imagine it was Barack Obama at the center of this story and not Donald Trump. And imagine how every right-wing network and publication would be all over it. And rightfully so, because it is incredibly suspicious.

Police in Québec, Canada are investigating a shooting outside a hotel that injured ​​Valeriy Tarasenko, an entrepreneur with ties to a woman who posed as an heiress to the Rothschild fortune to infiltrate Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach.

Police were called on Friday about a shooting outside of a hotel in Estérel, Quebec. Radio-Canada reported that three people opened fire on three others in the parking lot, before quickly leaving in a black SUV.

Estérel mayor Frank Pappas said that after speaking with police and viewing surveillance video he believed the shooting, which left Tarasenko with serious but non-life-threatening injuries, was a targeted attack. Tarasenko wasn’t a guest at the hotel.

Tarasenko, who has business dealings in both Canada and Florida, has ties to Inna Yashchyshyn, the alleged fake heiress who reportedly infiltrated Trump’s Florida golf club and home.

From The Independent:

Yashchyshyn, who is also Ukrainian, allegedly conned her way into Donald Trump’s good graces, and mingled with Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, by pretending to be part of the Rothschild banking family, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette and Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project reported in August.

The woman was photographed with both men, and was spending time in Mar-a-Lago at the same time federal officials say Donald Trump was storing highly classified White House documents with poor security at the Florida compound.

Yashchyshyn photographed with Trump and Lindsey Graham

What makes the story all the more interesting though, is that Tarasenko was helping the FBI.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

“In the months before the shooting, Mr. Tarasenko met with the FBI and turned over a host of documents and photos tied to an investigation into Ms. Yashchyshyn, her trips to the former president’s estate, and businesses she formed – two with Mr. Tarasenko – over the past seven years, records and interviews show.”

So yeah, that’s not good. Man helps the FBI, and then the man ends up getting shot by three men who escape in a black SUV. And those files don’t necessarily pertain just to his “partner,” they could be files she scooped up in Mar-a-Lago itself. Speculating, this woman fits the perfect profile of a spy. She speaks Russian. She is a Ukrainian but some Ukrainians were more loyal to Russia than Ukraine. There are a lot of moving parts here and the Tarasenko’s injuries are grievous enough that he wasn’t shot as a message to him. They were trying to kill him (At least, that’s by far the most rational explanation.) This is just soooo… something is going on.

Tarasenko’s attorney in Florida is quoted in the article saying; “I can’t believe this is happening.” Not to make too much of it but the more natural angry retort is “I can’t believe this happened.” His phrasing, “is happening,” connotes that he knows this is something ongoing. Perhaps telling.

People on Twitter were rather suspicious as well:

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Nicole Hickman is a lifelong Democrat and political activist who first cut her teeth as a teenager volunteering for Mike Dukakis’ presidential campaign. She has worked and volunteered for John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, HFA (Hillary For America) and Organizing For Action. She’s passionate about liberal and progressive causes, and considers President Obama her most favorite president ever. She holds her Bachelor’s from Boston College and her Master’s from Columbia University, both in Economics. When not working as a writer, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her three college-aged children.