During tonight’s broadcast of The Rachel Maddow Show, host Rachel Maddow did yet another deep-dive into Russian election interference and whether there’s any connection or collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign.
In this instance, she highlighted an upcoming report by Bloomberg News’ Tim O’Brien, who has written extensively on Trump’s finances in the past. In Maddow’s typical roundabout way of connecting the dots, the MSNBC anchor highlighted how a RICO lawsuit could open up yet another direction in which the Russia/Trump investigations may go.
Apparently, this all is related to a former business associate of Trump’s, Felix Sater, and Sater’s role in a Mafia-linked scheme. Lawyers are looking to unseal documents from a federal case involving Sater as they feel it will show the president committed fraud at the time.
Pointing to the combination of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) taking a hold off of one of Trump’s Treasury Department nominees and a RICO lawsuit proceeding against one of Sater’s companies, Maddow said that O’Brien has now been told that this could show a connection between Trump and Russia. (Wyden said he would only drop the hold if Trump-Russia docs were released.)
Reading from O’Brien’s report that will be out Wednesday morning, Maddow noted that the financing that Sater put together for Trump real estate projects were done in a certain way because “the investment firm was closer to Putin.”
“If Tim O’Brien’s reporting proves out,” Maddow said. “We’re left with the question — Why’d that happen? Why was money connected to Putin pouring into Trump projects? Why did they do that?”
Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.
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