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>>>WELCOME BACK TO THE BRUFRT. PRESIDENT TRUMP HAS REPEATED BY DOWNPLAYED BUSINESS TIES TO RUSSIA BACKUP YOU A FASCINATING NEW PIECE OF JOURNALISM TRACKS THROE DECADE OF RUSSIAN MONEY CONNECTED TO TRUMP PROPERTIES. TRUMP’S RUSSIAN LAURND OF RUSSIAN MONEY READS THE HEADLINE IN WHETHER TRUMP KNEW IT OR NOT, RUSSIAN MOBSTERS USED TRUMP’S PROPERTIES NOT ONLY TO LAUNDER VEST SUMS OF MONEY FROM EXTORTION, DRUGS, GAMBLING AND RACK TIERING BUT AS A BASE OF OPERATIONS FIRST THEIR CRIMINAL ACTIVES. WITHOUT THE RUSSIAN MAFIA, IT WOULD BE FAIR TO SAY THAT DONALD TRUMP WOULD NOT BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND THE AUTHOR OF THIS PIECE, CRAIG YOUNGER. BEFORE I LET YOU SAY A WORD I HAVE ANOTHER PARAGRAPH TO READ THAT YOU WROTE. OVER THE PAST THREE DECADES AT LEAST 13 PEOPLE WITH KNOWN OR ALLEGED THINKS TO RUSSIAN MOBSTERS HAVE OWNED, LIVED IN AND EVEN RUN CRIMINAL TIES OUT OF TRUMP PROPERTIES. MANY USED HIS CASINOS TO LOUNDER MONEY AND SOME RAN A HIGH-STAKED GAMBLING RING OUT OF TRUMP TOWER. WEIGHTY CHARGES INDEED. THE BASIC QUESTION WHAT IS IT ABOUT TRUMP AND THE RUSSIANS, HOW DO YOU ANSWER?>>THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF GREAT REPORTING ON TRUMP AND THE RUSSIANS LATELY. BUT IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHEN HE WAS FIRST COMPROMISED BY THE RUSSIANS I GO BACK TO 1984. AT THAT TIME, A GUY WALKED INTO TRUMP TOWER. HE WAS A RUSSIAN EMIGREE AND HE BOUGHT NOT ONE APARTMENT, NOT TWO, BUT FIVE CONDOS IN TRUMP TOWERS. AND THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL LATER RULED THAT THAT WAS LAUNDERING MONEY. AND TRUMP TOWERS IN MANY WAYS HAD BEEN SET UP AS A PERFECT VEHICLE FOR MONEY LAUNDERING. IT WAS ONE OF TWO BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK CITY WHERE ANONYMOUS PEOPLE COULD USE SHELL COMPANIES TO BUY CONDOMINIUMS.>>IS THERE A SQUID VERSUS A PRO QUO. WITH TRUMP BEING ACCUSED OF BEING SO TRANSACTIONAL? IS THERE A LONG DEBT THIS REASON TO BEND OVER BACKWARDS TO SHOW RUSSIA AND PUTIN THE BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT. WHAT IS THE ACTION, EXTORTION, COMPROMISE THREAT YOU HAVE FOUND?>>IN THE EARLY DAYS IT WAS A MATTER OF MONEY LAUNDERING. AND TRUMP SOLD A LOT OF CONDOS AND DIDN’T ASK QUESTIONS. BUT THINGS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY AROUND 2002. AND AT THE TIME, TRUMP WAS STILL REELING FROM HIS MASSIVE EXPANSION IN ATLANTIC CITY. HE ENDED UP OWING $40 BILLION TO 70 BANKS. THAT’S NOT WHAT YOU WANT ON YOUR RESUME IF YOU ARE RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. AND IN 2002, A COMPANY CALLED BAY ROCK MOVED INTO TRUMP TOWER. IT’S A REAL ESTATE COMPANY AND IT TOO HAD TIES TO THE RUSSIAN MAFIA. AND THEY MADE DONALD TRUMP AN OFFER HE COULD NOT REFUSE. THEY WERE GOING TO PUT UP $1 BILLION IN FINANCING. TRUMP PUT UP ZERO AND YET HE GOT 18% OF THE PROFITS ON THEIR JOINT VENTURES.>>WAS HE AWARE OF THIS ALL THE WAY ALONG?ONG? SET ASIDE SOME TIME AND READ THE PIECE? WAS HE AN UNWITTING PARTICIPANT?>>I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH DONALD TRUMP’S MIND. BUT I THINK YOU CAN SEE THAT FROM THE WAY THE BUILDING WAS SET UP AND THE MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF, YOU KNOW, FINDING 13 PEOPLE, FRANKLY, I THINK THAT IS THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG AND THE REASON I THINK THAT IS THAT A HUGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WHO BUY THE CONDOS USE THESE SHELL COMPANIES SINCE THE ELECTION ABOUT 70% OF THE SALES IN TRUMP BRANDED CONDOS HAVE BEEN THROUGH SHELL COMPANIES. THERE’S NO WAY FOR REPORTERS TO PENETRATE THAT. A SPECIAL COUNSEL IS ANOTHER MATTER.>>ESPECIALLY ONE WHO HAS HIRED FIRST-RATE ATTORNEYS ESPECIALLY IN THIS AREA OF FINANCIAL CRIMES. AGAIN, AN EXHAUSTIVE PIECE.

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