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‘Owned by the Russian mob’: Trump biographer explains how the president’s first ‘fixer’ Roy Cohn set him up with the mafia

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Though Donald Trump has consistently claimed that he has no business interests in Russia, the author of a new book alleging the president was tied to Russia mobsters laundering money in his properties put that claim to the test during an MSNBC interview Friday.

As writer Craig Unger told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the connection between Trump and the Russian mob was forged by the president’s old lawyer, the late Roy Cohn.

“[Cohn] was also a lawyer for the Italian mafia, for the Gambino and Genovese families, and in the 80’s they began partnering with the Russians,” Unger said.

With the fall of the Soviet Union, Russians began making so much money that “they needed to launder it,” the writer continued. In 1984, David Bogatin, a Russian national with ties to the mob, paid Trump $6 million in cash for five condos — the equivalent of about $15 million by modern standards.

“According to the state attorney general of New York,” Unger noted, “that was money laundering.”

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After clarifying to Matthews how and why the capital began flowing from the former USSR to the United States, the writer pointed out that “the best way to launder money is real estate.”

“There are almost no regulations in real estate,” Unger said, “in terms of [how] you can buy it anonymously, through shell companies, pay all-cash transactions — bam, when you sell it, it’s laundered.”

The writer noted that although he doesn’t have records for the alleged cash transactions between Trump and the Russian mob, those documents may soon come to light.

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I can’t penetrate all the shell companies, and this is one of the interesting things today with [former Trump Organization CFO] Allen Weisselberg flipping,” Unger said. “Obviously I don’t have subpoena power, but I think you’re going to find that those records are going to be opened by the prosecutors now.”

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Cop says Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez should be shot following Trump’s racist targeting of The Squad

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Following racist attacks on members of The Squad by President Donald Trump and his supporters, a police officer in Louisiana reportedly said that one of the congresswomen of color should be shot.

Trump has been lashing out at the four first-term congresswomen, who include Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI).

"A Gretna police officer posted a comment on his Facebook page this past week calling U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez a 'vile idiot' who 'needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve,'" NOLA reported Saturday.

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Internet piles on ABC reporter for lavishing praise on Trump for allowing press to ask questions

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ABC News reporter Kyra Phillips on Saturday heaped praise on President Donald Trump for his treatment of the press.

Despite the White House no longer holding daily press briefings, Phillips praised the "access" she receives from the administration.

"No matter what your politics are, I have to say that I appreciate the access ?Trump? gives us on a regular basis and the ability to ask any question," she said.

She tagged Stephanie Grisham in her tweet, who is Trump's latest press secretary. She also tagged her husband, John Roberts, who does not work in the White House, but works for Fox News.

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‘Trump wants to start a race war’: Ex-advisor alleges his campaign planned ‘Send her Back’ chants

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President Donald Trump is attempting to start a race war in America, a long-time advisor declared on MSNBC on Saturday evening.

Omarosa Manigault Newman was interviewed by Donny Deutsch on "Saturday Night Politics."

"You said could it happen here? It is happening here," Newman told Deutsch.

"As a woman of color watching him attack those four women, it made it very clear that Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our democracy," she said.

"And everyone has been kind of tiptoeing what this actually is. Donald Trump wants to start a race war in this country and it started at that rally — it started with the tweets," she said.

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