Flight records obtained by Bloomberg suggest that President Donald Trump wasn’t entirely truthful when he twice told then-FBI Director James Comey that he never spent the night in Moscow during the 2013 Miss Universe pageant.
In their analysis, reporters for Bloomberg Politics found that despite the president’s insistence that he never spent a night in Moscow during the time period in which he allegedly paid Russian prostitutes to urinate on a bed that Barack Obama once slept on, he does appear to have stayed two nights over the weekend of the pageant.
Per records Bloomberg purchased from data aviation company FlightAware, a plane likely carrying Trump left Asheville, North Carolina (where he’d been attending a birthday celebration for the late Rev. Billy Graham) on November 7, 2013.
The jet, which is owned by the president’s business partner Phil Ruffin, touched down in Moscow’s Vnukovo airport early the morning of Friday, November 8 — and did not take off until 3:58 AM local time on Sunday, November 10. It landed at Newark Liberty International Airport at 4:11 AM New York time on the 10th.
The report’s analysis also includes Trump’s social media posts from the pageant, which indicated that he attended a birthday party on Friday night, stayed at the Ritz Moscow and attended the pageant on Saturday, and went to an after-party for the event whose listed start time was 1 AM Sunday morning.