I’ve been blogging since the early days of the republican President Donald Trump’s administration, about his long held ties to Russia. In the beginning of the President Trumps burgeoning ties to Russia, the links were encouraged from the Russian side because of his connections in the US business world. Over time the president became more dependent on Russian monies to survive as US banks refused to lend him monies because of his history of filing bankruptcy claims.
That the president is a billionaire today is due to Russian monies. When Donald Trump threw his hat in the ring to become the next US president, Russia’s leader Vladimir Putin set up what could best be termed a “marriage of convenience” between the two leaders.
I will be purchasing the the newest book out on this subject, House of Trump, House of Putin” by Craig Unger. Below is a critical book review by USA Today.
Here’s the rest of the story…
On August 14, 2018, Ray Locker of USA Today penned the following report, “New book looks into ties between Donald Trump, Russia, but there’s more smoke than fire”
“In Craig Unger’s “House of Trump, House of Putin”(Dutton, 368 pp., ★★½ out of four), Russian names rush past the reader faster than the Cossack cavalry in Sergei Eisenstein’s “Battleship Potemkin,” starting with Vladimir Putin, Felix Sater and Semion Mogilevich. “
“Putin is, of course, the Russian president for whom President Donald Trump has a bizarre fixation. “
FELIX SATER (R)
“Sater is the developer whose Bayrock Group was part of several attempts by Trump to develop property in Moscow. Trump has said repeatedly that he barely knows Sater despite appearing in multiple photographs with him at events around the world. Mogilevich is the money launderer known as the “Brainy Don” of the Russian Mafia, for whom Sater ran errands.”
“All three Russians seem to float comfortably in a pool covered with the toxic algae of corruption, violence and murder. The list of Russians and Ukrainians jailed, murdered or dead through mysterious circumstances at the alleged direction of Putin is long indeed. Many of them, Unger writes, have funneled money into Trump’s properties, especially New York’s Trump Tower, through veiled transactions with laundered money.”
“Unger, a veteran journalist and author, takes the reader on a veritable tour of sleazy night clubs, restaurants and resorts frequented by Russian oligarchs and criminals in this book subtitled “The Untold Story of Donald Trump and the Russian Mafia.”
“Often, that tour leads to the doors of the White House and Trump Tower, and the implication is clear to even the most obtuse reader: Trump is in Putin’s pocket and those of the financiers who have grown immensely rich through their associations with the country’s putative dictator. “
“Then the trail often runs cold. At one point, Unger recalls a conversation with an anonymous source “who had direct experience with the Russian underworld” in which Unger asked if Mogilevich has blackmail-worthy evidence – kompromat – on Trump. “Does the Mafia know?”
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‘Of course they do,’ he told me. ‘Everyone talks about it, Seva (Mogilevich) and Mikhas (Sergei Mikhailov),'” another money launderer and gangster.
“But my source cautioned that he had not seen any kompromat first-hand, only that he had heard about it, and his allegations have not been corroborated,” Unger writes.”
“The standard of proof when writing about the president of the United States, even someone as polarizing as Trump, needs to be higher than that. As evidenced by his July news conference with Putin in Helsinki, Trump often acts as if he’s under Putin’s spell, but the proof so far has lagged behind the speculation.”
“Perhaps the greatest evidence is what we already know. The June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., campaign manager Paul Manafort and Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law, with a lawyer who reputedly had “dirt” on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, is fact.”
“Also during that Helsinki news conference Putin himself said he wanted Trump to win the 2016 presidential election. The entire U.S. intelligence community has verified that the Russians meddled in the election and worked on Trump’s behalf. “