Donald Trump is up to his eyeballs in Russians, not to mention his man crush on Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin. His 2016 presidential campaign overflowed with Moscow contacts. Now, the Democrats say Trump has some explaining to do.
The man in the Oval Office never turned over his taxes to the public. He promised that we would see them after his tax audit was completed. It must be the longest audit in the history of the country, because Trump never released them. Why?
It seems, Trump bought a 6.2 acre 61,744-square-foot Palm Beach mansion for a cool $41 million. Then, just four years later, he sold it to the Russian for $95 million. The president is quite a huckster, but no one is that good.
Wyden wrote, according to Newsweek:
‘It is imperative that Congress follow the money and conduct a thorough investigation into any potential money laundering or other illicit financial dealings between the president, his associates, and Russia.’
The senator is on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is also investigating possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. Wyden wrote that this included Mueller’s investigation into this unusual business deal between Trump and the Russian fertilized magnate, Dmitry Rybolovev.
The president spoke to a reporter in 2016:
‘What do I have to do with Russia? You know the closest I came to Russia, I bought a house a number of years ago in Palm Beach, Florida… for $40 million and I sold it to a Russian for $100 million including brokerage commissions.’
The senator noted that Trump Entertainment Resorts filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and American banks were not interested in financial his string of financial failures. Then, all of a sudden, he made the questionable windfall.
Trump claimed that the reason the property increased in value was that he had made renovations. Yet, the oligarch simply razed the estate and let the property stand fallow for years.
Thus far, the Treasury Department and Trump Organization have not commented on the senator’s request.
Wyden asked for the Treasury Department Suspicious Activity Reports on the questionable deal. It files these reports when the department officials think that there was money laundering involved in the sale. These reports also indicate who bought the estate from Rybolovev. The oligarch eventually divided up the estate into separate lots and sold them to offshore companies.
The oceanfront property sale was the “most expensive U.S. home sale” in history, up to that point, even though there was a glut of luxury homes on the market, according to the San Diego Tribune. The mansion was filled with mold, and there was no evidence that anyone ever hired an inspector to look at the mansion.
Reporters also discovered that the Russian billionaire’s personal jet just happened to end up in the same cities that Trump visited during his 2016 presidential campaign. Coincidence? The men claim that they have never met.
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