Given all the other scandals surrounding his campaign this year, it’s easy to forget there are major questions about Donald Trump’s ties to organized crime.
Yahoo News reporter Mike Isikoff has unearthed an old video of Trump standing next to Robert LiButti, a notorious high-rolling gambler who was banned from casinos in New Jersey in the early ’90s due to his ties to mob boss John Gotti.
The video was taken at a WrestleMania event in which Trump and LiButti were seated next to one another. What’s more, LiButti’s daughter tells Yahoo News that this seating was not just some freak coincidence.
“We were his guests,” she told Isikoff of Trump.
Why would Trump and LiButti go to a wrestling event together? One reason might be that Trump offered him tickets to events as a perk to keep him coming to his casinos, as reporter David Cay Johnston tells Isikoff that he was “the biggest loser at Trump casinos and therefore Trump’s most important customer.”
Trump earlier this year said that while it was possible LiButti used to visit his Atlantic City casinos, he didn’t recognize the man’s name and wouldn’t be able to identify him if he were standing close to him.
Watch the full Yahoo News report below.
Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’
On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.
"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."
The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.
Trump says he has "no problem" with North Korea testing missiles because they are just "short-range missiles" that are "very standard." pic.twitter.com/fdKtQ6yrBE
Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls
But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.
Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans
The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.
In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.