A USA Today review of court cases and legal documents concerning President Trump has allegedly determined that the Trump Organization had business ties to Russian criminals.
The review claims Trump’s company and associates relied heavily on wealthy Russians, and oligarchs of former Soviet republics with organized crime backgrounds, in business deals.
The report claims that an interview with a federal prosecutor revealed many of these Russian mobsters have been accused of money laundering.
Below is an excerpt from USA Today, listing several of the alleged ten criminal Russian associates linked to Trump and his billion-dollar company:
• A member of the firm that developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York is a twice-convicted felon who spent a year in prison for stabbing a man and later scouted for Trump investments in Russia.
• An investor in the SoHo project was accused by Belgian authorities in 2011 in a $55 million money-laundering scheme.
• Three owners of Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan were accused in federal indictments of belonging to a Russian-American organized crime group and working for a major international crime boss based in Russia.
• A former mayor from Kazakhstan was accused in a federal lawsuit filed in Los Angeles in 2014 of hiding millions of dollars looted from his city, some of which was spent on three Trump SoHo units.
• A Ukrainian owner of two Trump condos in Florida was indicted in a money-laundering scheme involving a former prime minister of Ukraine.
In 2013, Trump told Real Estate Weekly about his access to Russia’s rich and powerful, following a visit to Moscow to meet with investors and partners. “I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,” Trump stated.
However, this past February, Trump had a different tune. “I have no dealings with Russia,” he said. “I have no deals that could happen in Russia because we’ve stayed away. And I have no loans with Russia. I have no loans with Russia, at all.”
USA Today also claims that New York City real estate broker Dolly Lenz sold around 65 condos in Trump World at 845 U.N. Plaza in Manhattan to Russian investors. Most of these investors were personally in touch with Trump to gain insight on business practices at Trump Tower.
“I had contacts in Moscow looking to invest in the United States,” Lenz said. “They all wanted to meet Donald. They became very friendly.”
Despite USA Today’s claimed review, Trump has not officially been accused or charged of any wrongdoing or criminal negligence in connection to any of the individuals mentioned in the piece.
H/T: USA Today
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