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.
Betsy DeVos, Ben Carson send anti-trans signals to Trump’s evangelical base
While Trump grabs headlines, his Cabinet members quietly use transphobia to shore up white evangelical support
The white evangelical vote is almost certainly a lock for Donald Trump in 2020, but it appears the president is taking no chances of losing this critical voting block. One major part of that strategy appears to be quietly deploying his Cabinet members, especially those associated with the Christian right, to generate stories highlighting the Trump administration's overt bigotry toward trans people, and its eagerness to deprive trans Americans of basic rights.
Just this week, both Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson snagged coverage by making community visits that were ostensibly for noble purposes, but were clearly meant to signal to Christian right voters their hostility to trans rights.
Intelligence official directly contradicts Trump administration’s excuses for suppressing whistleblower
A top official in the intelligence community has disputed the factual basis for the Trump administration’s suppression of a whistleblower complaint believed to regard the potential misconduct of the president himself, a new letter released Thursday revealed.
The letter was made public by House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA). He is locked into a fierce and potentially explosive dispute with an array of forces within the administration to obtain the complaint, which was made through proper channels by an intelligence official last month to the community’s inspector general. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined that the complaint was “credible” and “urgent,” and subsequent reporting from the Washington Post found that it concerns a “promise” made by Trump in communication with a foreign leader.
Longtime GOP strategist explains why his party is getting crushed in the war of ideas
Republican strategist Stuart Stevens on Wednesday warned the GOP that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) might not be a pushover candidate against President Donald Trump in 2020.
Writing on Twitter, Stevens admitted that he had "no idea" if Warren would beat Trump next year, but he did say that "Trump and supporters are destroying [the] credibility of any center-right argument" thanks to Trump's "corrupt and unstable" governance.
When one of Stevens' followers said that Warren would not be able to fulfill her promises just by taxing the wealthy, he countered that this idea is still more popular than anything Republicans are championing.