REPORT: Anti-Trumpers scammed into buying forged documents


The Washington Free Beacon is reporting that Brett Kimberlin, a liberal activist working against Donald Trump, is said to have paid almost $10,000 for fake documents disguised as shady business dealings by Trump.

The New York Times, Washington Post, and Buzzfeed were all approached by Democratic operatives involved in the purchase of the forged documents, though all declined to publish the story.

As Buzzfeed learned, Kimberlin paid a notorious Italian forger $9,000 for the documents. The documents allege to show a $1.6 billion transfer from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s former company ExxonMobil to an account managed by a Chinese mining company. The money, as the documents show, was eventually transferred to the Trump Foundation. The made-up story alleges the money transfers align with Tillerson’s visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

However, upon examining the documents, Buzzfeed noticed they were “rife with spelling and grammatical errors,” unusual for a company worth $340 billion. Other mistakes included the misrepresentation of the Chinese mining company’s president as CEO, all while misspelling the man’s name. The accompanying bank statements also had spelling and contextual errors.

Kimberlin, the man who paid for the documents and ultimately spread the existence of the forged information, has a history of charges including drug trafficking, federal perjury and a significant role in the 1978 Speedway bombings in Indiana.

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