The investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia are being handled by the FBI. The state of New York, however, is concerned with Trump’s possible ties to the mob, which could involve RICO charges and may be indirectly related to the ongoing scandal involving Trump and Russia.
Trump’s ties to organized crime predate the Russia collusion scandal. The latest spate of problems began with Russians who wanted to get their money out of the country.
In the 1990s, the FBI considered David Bogatin one of the key members of a major Russian organized crime family. Bogatin owned five separate condos in Trump Tower—which Trump sold to him personally.
Vyacheslav Ivankov, another lieutenant in the same crime family, also resided for a time at Trump Tower, and reportedly had in his personal phone book the private telephone and fax numbers for the Trump Organization’s office in that building.
Much of the Russian organized crime money flowed through Cyprus, and one of its largest banks, the Bank of Cyprus. The bank’s chairman, Wilbur Ross, is now Trump’s secretary of commerce. During the confirmation process, Ross told senators that Trump had forbidden him to answer questions on the subject of Cyprus.
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