As Craig Unger’s new investigative report makes clear – Russian mob money financed Trump’s business for years.
We know Trump was cited numerous times for money-laundering in his Atlantic City casinos.
But this blockbuster article by Craig Unger in the New Republic confirms that Trump has been financed for years by Russian mobsters who have laundered money through his high-end real estate projects.
And when I say Russian mobsters I’m talking about the most powerful Russian mobsters in the world.
Unger makes clear that he can find no evidence that Trump was ever involved in criminal activity or knew exactly where the money pouring into his buildings was coming from.
He didn’t need to know or want to – if nothing else Trump has finely honed survival instincts.
But Unger also documents that criminals and oligarchs lived in and ran illegal activities out of Trump properties – including Trump Tower in Manhattan – for more than 30 years.
(ed:..funny story..!..helen clark also lived in trump tower – i wonder if she noticed any dodgy looking characters lurking about the place..?..)
They provided Trump with some of his most lucrative branding deals – the ones in which he was not required to make any personal investment.
The unending flow of Russian money Unger writes that ‘provided Trump with a crucial infusion of financing that helped rescue his empire from ruin – burnish his image and launch his career in television and politics’.It’s hard to believe that anyone with that kind of criminal exposure would think it was a good idea to run for president.But Trump had been in the public spotlight and had gotten away with it for years.Books were written about his ties to criminals and he’s been sued thousands of time for fraudulent business practices.In his experience this is just how the world works.(cont..)