Ivanka And Trump Jr Have Become Possible Targets For Mueller’s Probe Of Russian Money Laundering
More corruption emerges in the Trump family. According to a new Bloomberg report, Donald Trump’s two eldest children, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., have become possible targets of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian money laundering.
According to the report, written by Trump biographer Tim O’Brien, both Ivanka and Trump Jr. have ties to former Bayrock employee Felix Sater, a mob informant and felon who claims ties to Russian intelligence.
The report states that Bayrock partnered up with Trump and his two eldest children between 2002 and 2011 on multiple real estate transactions, including Trump’s troubled Soho hotel and condominium.
Sater and Bayrock’s employee, Jody Kriss, both conducted business with the Trump family on behalf of investor Tevfik Arif, a Kazakhstan native and former Soviet official living in Turkey who seeded the real estate company with a $10 million investment.
According to Kriss, who spoke with Bloomber, Sater was the one who had access to Trump, while he was the one who met more often with his children.
He also said that both Ivanka and Trump Jr. were involved in negotiations, but that Trump had the final say.
“Donald was always in charge,” Kriss told Bloomberg. “Donald had to agree to every term of every deal and had to sign off on everything. Nothing happened unless he said it was okay to do it. Even if Donald Jr., shook your hand on a deal, he came back downstairs to renegotiate if his father told him to.”
Kriss did abandoned Bayrock after growing concerned that the company was part of a money laundering operation.
Since then Kriss has sued Bayrock, claiming he cheated him out of millions of dollars while alleging him of money laundering and theft.
According to the report, Kriss attorneys spoke with a federal judge on Monday, asking them to unseal Sater’s fraud conviction and other criminal records, because they said the court documents could show possible criminal activity by the president.
“A fellow named Donald Trump is now president, and he had a business associate named [Sater],” attorney Richard Lerner said Monday in a Brooklyn courtroom. “The public needs to know the length of their relationship and the nature of the relationship and what kind of person [Sater] is,. By allowing this regime of secrecy to continue, it’s facilitating what may have been fraud by President Trump.”