Who Owns Trump? Documentary Filmmaker Unearths Interesting Find

Who Owns Trump? Documentary Filmmaker Unearths Interesting Find August 6, 2018

I’m trying hard to look to a post-Trump future. The next two years are going to be so difficult to get through.

And yes, I just predicted that Trump will not be reelected. At most, he clings to this one and only presidential term by his fingertips, before stepping down and letting his lackey, Mike Pence take the helm, or they’re both voted out.

I understand that Trump’s devoted followers don’t get that there’s another election in 2020 and he won’t be running against Hillary Clinton, this time.

Then again, there’s also the strong possibility that the heat of the ongoing Russia probe becomes much too hot to handle for Trump, as well as his family, and he is carted out in cuffs.

It could happen.

On Monday, CNN allowed documentary filmmaker, Jack Bryan, to discuss his new project about the 2016 election, as well as the interference by the Russian government.

The film is to be called “Active Measures,” and listening to Bryan, it appears that he is prepared to delve deeper than what we’ve been seeing in the headlines since November 2016.

Does the name Semion Mogilevich mean anything to any of you?

I don’t think I’ve heard it before, either, but according to Bryan, he’s an alleged Russian mob boss, described as a “money laundering kingpin.” He has ties to Donald Trump that the filmmaker will attempt to unravel for the viewers.

Bryan said the first indication that Trump got involved with Russian mobsters came in 1984, when he sold five Trump Tower condos to a Russian mobster named David Bogatin, who was later found to be part of a larger scheme that revolved around buying up properties as a way to launder money.

Stories of Trump’s involvement with the Russian mob have been around long before he threw his hat in the ring for the 2016 election. That much I remember. At the time the stories began to circulate, it seemed as if it was one of those issues that was of interest to New York and New Jersey authorities, but not necessarily to the nation, as a whole. I mean, he was just some goofy New York businessman.

In light of his current position, however, it would seem those he’s entangled himself with need a closer look.

According to Bryan, Trump’s involvement with the Russian mob wasn’t a one-and-done affair.

“Throughout the ’90s and early 2000s, he starts getting in debt, starts going through bankruptcies, and it seems that 2004 is really the year that Mogilevich and the Russian mob really make the move,” he said. “People associated with the Russian mafia start working within the Trump Organization, and it changes the dynamic of where the money is coming from.”

Of course, that statement begs the question: What does Bryan mean about the Russian mafia working within the Trump Organization?

CNN’s John Berman asks Bryan to expand on what he’s saying, and he mentions Felix Sater.

Sater is a name we’ve heard before. He’s a Russian-born businessman who lived in Trump Tower, and is somewhat connected to Donald Trump.

In 1998 Sater pleaded guilty to taking part in a mafia-related stock fraud scheme.

“Felix Sater tried to make deals with Donald Trump,” Berman said.

“He not only tried to, he did,” replied Bryan.

Bryan seems to be digging back into what some are calling “ancient history” in Trump’s associations, but is it, really?

While campaigning, Donald Trump promised, then broke his promise to reveal his tax returns.

Showing tax returns isn’t really a requirement, but it’s something done for clarity and full disclosure of who the voters are dealing with. Trump is the first nominee for a major political party to not release his tax returns in four decades (Gerald Ford declined to release his in 1976).

Trump has used a number of excuses for why he won’t release his tax returns: They’re too complicated for anyone to understand. He’s being audited.

None of these are valid reasons, and the IRS has stated that even if he were being audited, there’s no reason not to release his past tax returns.

The more likely reasons to consider are that A) the public will find he’s not nearly as wealthy as he wants the world to believe he is, which would kill the fantasy of Trump as a highly successful businessman and deal maker.

Also, B) they would show who he is indebted to, and exactly where his financing comes from.

That last point is the important one, because Trump is a man with a troubling past, and he’s now sitting in the Oval Office.


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  • Marla Hughes

    Excellent! As usual. Succinct and on point.

  • IllinoisPatriot

    I easy to believe that Trump is tied to the Russian mob when I consider:

    What is the likelihood that someone with the proven ignorance of economics that Trump has shown could be a self-made billionaire ?

    What is the likelihood that someone with the thin skin, emotional need for revenge, and proclivity to insult others that Trump has shown could enter and maintain business partnerships over time ?

    What is the likelihood that with no US banks (other than Deutche Bank – known money laundering entity for Russian Mobsters) willing to lend Trump money that he could continue to secure financing for his building projects ?

    What is the likelihood that Deutche Bank would (after their due diligence investigations) continue to loan money to such a bad credit risk as Trump (a person no other US bank will loan money to) ? (Having managed computer networks at a bank, I can vouch for a STRONG “follow-the-leader / do-what-others-do” mentality as well as a fear of regulators and government watchdogs that should prevent ANY money-lending institution from knowingly making bad loans that may never get repaid.)

    What is the likelihood that Trump could contact so many Russian-related individuals and “fixers” to work on his campaign on such short notice in 2016 and bring so many (Illegal) foreign donors to his campaign (Manafort, Carter, Stone, Lewandowski, etc – people whose associations and financial ties to Russia are now being exposed by Mueller indictments) ? Particularly if Trump were NOT already “in bed” with Russian mob members….

    What is the likelihood that Trump could organize the national “death-threat” campaign that he unleashed just before and during the convention in order to intimidate delegates and state RNC members to prevent any non-Trump delegate from being nominated or to recall those that had been. What is the likelihood that we’ve yet heard the extent of the death threats issued during that time period or that any of those threats will actually be followed up on ? Is is likely that Trump’s “team” may have further intimidated RNC members not to report or not to testify or to drop charges for fear of losing their party position ?

    What is the likelihood that Trump’s campaign – originally faltering and collapsing as most publicity stunts do – would suddenly get a HUGE influx of social-media and free broad-cast/network airtime as well as massive airtime on all talk-shows) just as the Trump campaign was about to collapse ? Is it reasonable to believe that this was do to Trump’s great unifying rhetoric, to Trump’s winning personality, his grasp of the issues or his vast experience (and proven success) in previous national campaigns ? Or is it more likely that some external entity started an on-line influence campaign on twitter & facebook coordinated with huge influx of magically-appearing 3rd-party money to pay for the above as well as threats and bribes (that we now know of) to Profit-Preachers, some web outfits (Breitbart comes to mind), and TV News executives (we know that Roger Ailes had been offered a position within the Trump administration just shortly before his death and that Bill Shine TOOK a position with the Trump administration – both former decision-makers at Fox News).

    Even though all the above COULD be coincidental, the likelihood of a coordinated program is too high for me to believe the above confluence of events was just accidental.

    As to just WHO the 3rd party that came to Trump’s “rescue” is remains unclear, but indicates are that the KGB was a player as was (likely) the Russian Mob so my guess is the Russian mob started the ball rolling and was then either joined or replaced by the KGB cyberwarfare and psy-ops units – the only entities that would have had the financial leverage to dictate decisions to Trump and the organization to organize and implement nation-wide public influence programs on the scale we have seen. As proof we have recent testimony of both Facebook and Twitter to the large number of Russian “advertisors” they gained during the 2016 election, to the known false news articles their “algorithms” marked as “trending” and to the money they accepted from Russian and Russia-connected sources. We also have Facebook and Twitter admitting to allowing the Russian meddling, allowing Russian entities to access Facebook profiles and their commitments to Congress (for what their word is worth) to crack down on Russian entities in the 2018 midterms – entities that have already geared back up to support Trump candidates.

  • earhartam

    Awesome article, Susan!

    I’m currently listening through “Russian Roulette” a second time. In the book, there are several references to Sater. In fact, according to the authors, Sater was a potential partner in a real estate deal and advisor to Trump during the campaign until Sater’s associations became public.

    I think that Trump’s true strength is the misdirect. These concerns were out there but Trump dominated the news cycles just as he does now and because the public has a short attention span the media has a short attention span so digging deeper into mob ties gets pushed out.

  • Polarbearpapa

    Trump’s life long path has not gone unnoticed…

    21 For the LORD sees clearly what a man does,

    examining every path he takes.

    22 An evil man is held captive by his own sins;

    they are ropes that catch and hold him.

    23 He will die for lack of self-control;

    he will be lost because of his great foolishness.

    Proverbs 5


    6 For the LORD watches over the path of the godly, but the path of the wicked leads to destruction.

    Psalms 1

  • Dffallis .

    The first I read about Simeon Moglevich was this piece. It’s a very in-depth piece about Russian money laundering and Trump Tower: https://newrepublic.com/article/143586/trumps-russian-laundromat-trump-tower-luxury-high-rises-dirty-money-international-crime-syndicate

  • Ellen Elmore

    Trump’s troubling past didn’t seem to make a difference in 2016. I hope you are right that it will make a difference in 2020. I don’t know how America survives another 4 years of the worst Republican president in history.