New Report Shows Trump Hotel Linked To Iranian Terror Organization (AddictingInfo.com link): Donald Trump likes to talk tough on terror. However, a new report links a Trump hotel to – you guessed it – a terror cell. Trump and his daughter-wife Ivanka built a hotel and tower in Azerbaijan in 2008 that was first a swanky high rise full of apartments, but in 2014 it became yet another Trump hotel. However, neither incarnation of the project ever opened for business.
Now, it seems that the whole thing – called the Trump International Hotel and Baku – is just a front for corruption tied to an oligarch by the name of Ziya Mammadov. Mammadov’s father also happens to be the transportation minister of Azerbaijan. The United States government believes that this man is guilty of money laundering for Iran’s military. He has never been brought up on any such charges, though.
The whole thing looks even shadier when one considers statements from a former official with Azerbaijan’s Ministry of Tourism. He says of the Trump property:
So, in other words, they have a dormant hotel in a lousy neighborhood for what legitimate purpose exactly? It also turns out that the aforementioned Ziya Mammadov, along with his brother Elton Mammadov are the ones who signed off on this sham property. It also helps to know that this whole family is corrupt to the core and basically make their money through government corruption. They also have suspicious ties to the Iran’s Revolutionary Guard. This is a terrorist cell that engages in things like trafficking drugs and sponsoring terrorist activities.
Of course, one of Trump’s equally shady lawyers, Alan Garten, has already brushed aside the claims, saying that all Trump did was lend his name to the building and has no real ties to this whole corrupt mess. The thing is, though, there is money going into Trump’s pockets via this deal – to a tune of at least $2.8 million, perhaps more. To that end, do not expect any sort of rebuke of this corruption and sponsoring of terrorism from the Trump Administration.
Clearly, Trump’s worldwide business interests will influence United States policy, when indeed it should not, ever. This is dangerous beyond anything we have ever seen before. He must be removed.
Mod: The entire report can be read here, at the New Yorker (link).
TheHill.com reported that Newsmax.com CEO Christopher Ruddy published an essay on Sunday attacking Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer (NY) and praising his boss’ performance through a week rocked by major revelations regarding Trump and his staff’s communications with agents of the Russian government during the 2016 campaign and White House transition.
“I’ve been watching Chuck Todd’s ‘Meet the Press’ as I write this. There is actually little talk about this unprecedented wire-tapping and even less worry over it,” wrote Ruddy.
On Sunday morning, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told “Meet the Press” emphatically that the wiretapping does not exist. It never happened, he said, “There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time as a candidate or against his campaign.”
Ruddy said, “I spoke with the President twice yesterday about the wiretap story. I haven’t seen him this p*ssed off in a long time. When I mentioned Obama ‘denials’ about the wiretaps, he shot back: ‘This will be investigated, it will all come out. I will be proven right.’”
At this juncture, it appears most likely that Pres. Trump got the idea that Obama wiretapped Trump Towers from right-wing news sites Breitbart.com and InfoWars, which both — along with conservative radio shouter Mark Levin — ran with the wiretap story on Thursday and Friday in spite of a lack of evidence supporting the charges.
On Sunday, FBI Director James Comey urged the Justice Department to speak out against the president’s calls for investigations into wiretaps he has yet to prove exist. The White House has given its top attorneys the job of producing evidence of the wiretaps and ordered Congress to investigate them, as well.
Mod: It looks like Trump has been caught pushing fake news again.