~ T. Rump – Trump By Trump – 3-29-17
Donald Trump, His company and partners repeatedly turned to wealthy Russians and oligarchs from former Soviet republics who allegedly have connections with organized crime and money laundering.
They helped developed the Trump SoHo Hotel in New York, bought Trump condos in Florida and Manhattan,some have been and Russians indicted in a money-laundering scheme.
Trump’s Russian connections are of interest to an FBI investigation into possible collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russian operatives to interfere in last fall’s election.
Trump and companies have had business with Russians that go back decades, raising questions about whether Trump’s policies would be influenced by His business considerations.
When in 2013 Trump addressed investors in Moscow, he bragged about his access to Russia’s rich and powerful. “I have a great relationship with many Russians, and almost all of the oligarchs were in the room,”
Trump’s son, Donald Trump Jr., previously told Russian media while in Moscow that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross section of a lot of our assets”
A New York City real estate broker said she sold about 65 condos in Trump World at 845 U.N. Plaza in Manhattan to Russian investors, many of whom sought personal meetings with Trump for his business expertise. They became very friendly she said. Many of those meetings happened in Trump’s office at Trump Tower.
The Trump SoHo project “was largely financed by illegally obtained cash from Russia and Eastern European sources.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, allegedly engaged in a racketeering and money-laundering scheme to hide $3.5 billion in stolen funds used to buy U.S. real estate. Manafort resigned from the Trump campaign after Ukrainian investigators alleged that secret ledgers showed $12.8 million was put aside for Manafort by the party of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Manafort also allegedly worked for a Russian billionaire to advance Putin’s interests.
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