Saturday, July 15, 2017
Follow The Money - It's What Ties Trump To Russia
Much has been made of Russia's hacking to help Trump win the presidency. It is conjectured that this is why Trump is soft on Putin and Russia. But that is just part of the story. It is now known that tons of Russian money (including money from the Russian "mafia") has flowed into Trump's business interests (after American banks wouldn't loan him more because of his poor record of repayment of loans) -- and this Russian money is probably the only reason Trump's business empire has stayed afloat.
Here is just a small part of an excellent article on Trump and Russian money in The New Republic. It was written by Craig Unger.
Since Trump’s election as president, his ties to Russia have become the focus of intense scrutiny, most of which has centered on whether his inner circle colluded with Russia to subvert the U.S. election. A growing chorus in Congress is also asking pointed questions about how the president built his business empire. Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, has called for a deeper inquiry into “Russian investment in Trump’s businesses and properties.”
The very nature of Trump’s businesses—all of which are privately held, with few reporting requirements—makes it difficult to root out the truth about his financial deals. And the world of Russian oligarchs and organized crime, by design, is shadowy and labyrinthine. For the past three decades, state and federal investigators, as well as some of America’s best investigative journalists, have sifted through mountains of real estate records, tax filings, civil lawsuits, criminal cases, and FBI and Interpol reports, unearthing ties between Trump and Russian mobsters like Mogilevich. To date, no one has documented that Trump was even aware of any suspicious entanglements in his far-flung businesses, let alone that he was directly compromised by the Russian mafia or the corrupt oligarchs who are closely allied with the Kremlin. So far, when it comes to Trump’s ties to Russia, there is no smoking gun.