Trump biographer Craig Unger detailed Saturday morning the links between the president’s ties to the Russian mob and the silence of his former campaign manager Paul Manafort.
Unger, author of House of Trump, House of Putin, explained on MSNBC’s AM Joy that unlike the Italian mafia, Russia mobsters report to Vladimir Putin — essentially making them “state actors” for the Kremlin.
“I found 13 people who have had been in Trump Tower, associated with the Russian mafia,” the author explained, adding that the organized criminals “on and off for 35 years” used the president’s flagship Manhattan building “as a base of operations.”
When Donald Trump “overexpanded” in Atlantic City and went bankrupt to the tune of $4 billion, “Russian money played a huge, huge role” in his financial bounce-back.
Host Joy Reid asked Unger if he believed Manafort, whose ties to Russia through the pro-Kremlin Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych are well-documented, was afraid of the Russian mob — and the author said it was likely for two reasons.
Along with the often-speculated motive that Manafort is “playing for a pardon,” Unger noted that he might also fear for his safety.
“The Russian mafia is serious,” the author said. “People have been dying over this, there have been a lot of unexplained deaths. It wouldn’t surprise me if Manafort was afraid of that.”
Rick Wilson warns ‘Donald Trump is not a well man’ and is now ‘speaking in tongues’
President Donald Trump is mentally unwell, a top strategist explained on MSNBC on Thursday.
"A few 24 hours after a sustained presidential performance that even by Donald Trump’s standard qualified as unhinged and unnerving, the world is reeling and offering a collective judgment of omg and wtf. That is a concise summary of this morning’s headlines," anchor John Heilemann reported.
"To help you grasp the full scope of the presidential meltdown, we offer you this," he said, introducing a clip of Trump.
"This string of absurdities might seem mildly funny at times but to Trump’s own former aides, what they witnessed in recent days crossed the threshold from amusing to alarming," he explained.
Harvey Weinstein to face new indictment in #MeToo sexual assault trial
Fallen movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, who is awaiting trial on two sexual assault charges, will return to court next week to hear a new indictment against him, prosecutors said Thursday.
Weinstein, 67, will appear in a New York state court on Monday, said a spokesman for the Manhattan District Attorney, declining to comment on the details of the indictment.
He added, however, that it did not contain new charges and that the film producer's trial would start as scheduled on September 9.
The indictment is likely to allow another alleged victim of Weinstein to testify at the trial.
El Paso hospital forced to call out Trump’s lie that surgeons left the operating room to see him
President Donald Trump bragged that he got an overwhelming welcome from Ohio and Texas when he went to visit survivors of the mass shootings before his latest vacation. Now, however, El Paso's University Medical Center is being forced to dispute the president's account of events.
"Not only did they meet with me, they were pouring out of the room. The doctors were coming out of the operating rooms. There were hundreds and hundreds of people all over the floor. You couldn’t even walk on it. So, you know, there’s a lot to happen," Trump told reporters on the White House lawn Wednesday.