DeVos Company Has Just Been Linked To Shady Communications Between Trump Organization And Russian Bank: Report
A new report revealed on Monday that Cybersecurity experts discovered evidence that links Betsy DeVos and her family business to suspicious communications between the Trump Organization and a Russian bank from the summer of 2016.
The New Yorker reported on Monday that researchers were curious to find out if Russian hackers had also targetted Republicans after news broke out that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked. What they found surprised them.
Researchers found that between May and September of 2016, Alfa Bank computers were trying to reach the Trump organization more than 2,000 times.
“The timing of the communication was not random, and it wasn’t regular-periodic,” said one researcher, identified only as Paul. “It was a better match for human activity.”
What the report also found was that there was one other group who was reaching out to the Trump Organization’s domain with any frequency during that same period, Spectrum Health.
Spectrum Health is a company owned by Richard DeVos, Jr., husband of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who is chairman of the board.
The Trump Organization’s domain was set up to send mass-marketing emails, so when investigators saw that Spectrum Health was reaching out to a server that didn’t appear to be doing anything, they were left wondering why.
The Trump Organization domain — mail1.trump-email.com — stopped working Sept. 23, 2016, which was two days after it was reported by The New York Times that it had potential evidence of communications to BGR, a Washington lobbying firm that worked for Alfa Bank.