Trump has long time connection to russian mob money.
► Trump's early connections to the Russian Mafia:
Trump was first compromised by the Russians in the 80s. In 1984, the Russian Mafia began to use Trump real estate to launder money. In 1987, the Soviet ambassador to the United Nations, Yuri Dubinin, arranged for Trump and his then-wife, Ivana, to enjoy an all-expense-paid trip to Moscow to consider possible business prospects. Only seven weeks after his trip, Trump ran full-page ads in the Boston Globe, the NYT and WaPO calling for, in effect, the dismantling of the postwar Western foreign policy alliance. The whole Trump/Russian connection started out as laundering money for the Russian mob through Trump's real estate, but evolved into something far bigger.
► Trump launders money for Russian mobsters:
In 1984, David Bogatin — a convicted Russian mobster and close ally of Semion Mogilevich, a major Russian mob boss — met with Trump in Trump Tower right after it opened. Bogatin bought five condos from Trump at that meeting. Those condos were later seized by the government, which claimed they were used to launder money for the Russian mob. (NY Times, Apr 30, 1992)
► Trump's attorney's connection to the Russian Mafia:
Felix Sater He grew up with Michael Cohen--Trump's former "fixer" attorney. Cohen's family owned El Caribe, which was a mob hangout for the Russian Mafia in Brooklyn. Cohen had ties to Ukrainian oligarchs through his in-laws and his brother's in-laws. Felix Sater's father had ties to the Russian mob. This goes back more than 30 years.
► Trump secures loans through Bayrock, Sater, and Arif - the Russian Mob:
Trump was $4 billion in debt after his Atlantic City casinos went bankrupt. No U.S. bank would touch him. Then foreign money began flowing in through Bayrock (mentioned above). Bayrock was run by two investors: Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan-born former Soviet official who drew on bottomless sources of money from the former Soviet republic; and Felix Sater, a Russian-born businessman who had pleaded guilty in the 1990s to a huge stock-fraud scheme involving the Russian mafia. Bayrock partnered with Trump in 2005 and poured money into the Trump organization under the legal guise of licensing his name and property management.
► Putin rose to power through the Russian mafia and they are deeply interconnected:
The Russia Mafia is part and parcel of Russian intelligence. Russia is a mafia state. That is not a metaphor. Putin is head of the Mafia. So the fact that they have been operating out of the home of the president of the United States is deeply disturbing.
► Giuliani's connections to the Russian Mafia:
Rudy Giuliani famously prosecuted the Italian mob while he was a federal prosecutor, yet the Russian mob was allowed to thrive. Now he's deeply entwined in the business of Trump and Russian oligarchs. Giuliani appointed Semyon Kislin to the NYC Economic Development Council in 1990, and the FBI described Kislin as having ties to the Russian mob. Of course, it made good political sense for Giuliani to get headlines for smashing the Italian mob.
► The GOP and the NRA have been compromised by Russian money:
A lot of Republicans in Washington are implicated. Boatloads of Russian money went to the GOP--often in legal ways. The NRA got as much as $70M from Russia, then funneled it to the GOP. The Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee lead by McConnell got millions from Leonard Blavatnik. In the 90s, the Russians began sending money to top GOP leaders, like Speaker of the House Tom Delay. Craig Unger's book alleges that most of the GOP leadership has been compromised by RU money.
► Trump's real estate assets are disproportionally backed by Russian investment:
At the Cityscape USA’s Bridging US and the Emerging Real Estate Markets Conference held in Manhattan, on September 9, 10, and 11, 2008, Donald Trump Jr. was frank about the tide of Russian money supporting the family business, saying "...And in terms of high-end product influx into the US, Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets."
► The Trump organization relies on Russian funding instead of American investment:
Eric Trump told golf reporter James Dodson in 2014 that the Trump Organization was able to expand during the financial crisis because “We don’t rely on American banks. We have all the funding we need out of Russia.”
► Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump’s Deutsche bank loans:
When no banking nor investment firms would loan the Trump organization money due his record of multiple defaults and bankruptcies, Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump's loans.
► Trump now gleefully takes cues from Putin:
Trump went against American intelligence on North Korean missiles. He told the FBI he didn't believe their intelligence because Putin told him otherwise. “I don't care, I believe Putin"
► Trump meets in secret with Putin without any aides nor intelligence agents:
Trump met in secret with Putin at the G20 summit in November 2018, without note takers. 19 days later, he announced a withdrawal from Syria, abandoning our Kurdish allies and relinquishing US bases in the region to the Russian Military.
► Trump refuses to enforce sanctions against Russia - sanctions passed with a bi-partisan majority in congress:
Trump refused to enforce sanctions legally codified into law - and in some cases reversed standing sanctions on Russian companies.
► Trump denounces the American Intelligence Community:
He has denounced his own intelligence agencies in a press conference with Putin on election meddling - and publicly endorsed Putin's version of events.
► Trump demanded Russia get invited back into G7:
He attempted to do so against the wishes of all our allies in the G7.
► Pushed the CIA to give American intelligence to the Kremlin.
He did this in light of evidence that Russia was re-arming the Taliban.
► Withdrew from the Open Skies treaty:
A treaty first proposed by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1955 and negotiated under the George H.W. Bush administration that enables surveillance of Russian military movements and build-ups.
► Trump allowed Russia to place bounties on the heads of American soldiers with zero repercussions:
Received intelligence in 2019 that Russia was paying bounties for dead American soldiers, and hasn't done anything about it
► Ivana's connection to the KGB:
Ivana's family was involved in setting up KGB affiliated spying & meetings with Trump