Of course, we know that Donald Trump tells lies multiple times every day. He knew lying to the FBI was a crime, but he did it anyway. Why would the president have lied to then FBI-director, James Comey, about spending the night in a Moscow hotel?
The president said that the report about him interacting with prostitutes the night of the 2013 Miss Universe pageant was false. He said that was his alibi that proved wrong the infamous dossier’s claim about him having the women urinate on the bed President Barack Obama slept upon.
Going back to Friday November 8, 2013 until Sunday morning, November 10. Trump’s own social media posts indicated that he did, indeed, spend the night in Moscow the very night before the televised event.
Bloomberg broke the news that it had obtained Trump’s flight records. The Donald’s posts and the flight records gave “to-the minute details, from wheels down to departure.” These records were proof of 45 hours and 43 minutes of Trump’s life in Russia, nearly five years ago.
Then-FBI director Comey went to the White House for dinner in late January 2017. He took copious notes following his meetings with Trump. In them, he wrote that the president said the Moscow trip was a quick turn-around. Bloomberg wrote:
‘Trump said the Moscow trip was so quick that his head never hit a pillow — even for one night. Trump fired Comey on May 9, 2017. He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel,” and then left for the event. Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night.’
The president could not let the issue go. According to Comey’s notes, in February 2017:
‘(Trump) explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn’t stayed overnight in Russia during the Miss Universe trip.’
Bloomberg pieced together the timeline of Trump’s trip to Moscow. It started in North Carolina with him attending a birthday party for evangelist Billy Graham, Thursday November 7, 2013. The real estate mogul’s own Cessna jet flight records showed that Trump returned to New York, but it seems that the big man was not aboard.
For some reason, the president-to-be flew to Moscow:
‘On a Bombardier Global 5000 private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas.’
Ruffin’s flight records for November 6 indicated that the jet flew from Las Vegas to Asheville. Then, at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday November 7, the jet flew on to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport. According to the pageant’s host, developer Aras Agalarov, it takes not quite an hour to drive from the airport to the Ritz-Carlton hotel where Trump stayed.
Trump showed up at a birthday party for Agalarov in a Facebook post taken at the restaurant Nobu on November 8. The restaurant is in Moscow.
On Saturday November 9, Trump appeared in Facebook posts at the Ritz. The president tweeted that he had been touring Moscow. The Miss Universe pageant was that night with an after-party scheduled to begin at 1:00 a.m. That would have been early morning on Sunday, November 10.
Ruffin’s jet took off from the Vnukovo airport at 3:58 a.m. Sunday, according to the flight records. It arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport, adjacent to New York City at 4:11 a.m. local time.
Trump tweeted in the evening:
‘I just got back from Russia-learned lots & lots. Moscow is a very interesting and amazing place!’
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