As if there wasn’t already enough evidence linking President Donald Trump to Russia…
Now it seems that a new report links several wealthy Russians to seven different Trump towers in southern Florida. And despite Trump’s insistence that he has no ties to the country, his action prove otherwise.
‘This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.’
This Russian connection non-sense is merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton's losing campaign.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
‘Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!’
Russia talk is FAKE NEWS put out by the Dems, and played up by the media, in order to mask the big election defeat and the illegal leaks!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2017
According to a new report from Reuters, at least 63 Russians were found to have invested in seven of President Trump’s towers in the United States, totalling nearly $100 million worth of property.
And the buyers are anything but benign. A slew of public documents, interviews, and corporate records show several businessmen with political ties — such as the founder of a Russian investment bank and a former executive of a Moscow-based government construction firm — invested in the properties.
There are also several other questionable Russians who have bought into the properties. In fact, one seems to be good friends with the leader of a Russian motorcycle gang placed under sanctions by the U.S. government following Moscow’s seizure of Crimea.
But according to Alan Garten, the chief legal officer of the Trump Organization, the buzz surrounding Trump’s ties to Russian elites is largely misplaced:
‘I can say definitively that this is an overblown story that is media-created. I’ve been around this company and know the company’s dealings.’
After they were made aware of Reuters’ probe into Trump’s ties with Russian investors, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA.), a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, demanded the president release his tax returns so the American people are able to better understand his financial situation.
‘While the president has denied having invested in Russia, he has said little or nothing about Russian investment in his businesses and properties in the United States or elsewhere. This should concern all Americans and is yet another reason why his refusal to release his tax returns should be met with considerable skepticism and concern.’
Ties to the Russian government? Not a big deal. After all, this is Donald Trump’s America; if you have enough money, anything is possible… But at what risk?
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