You know that law firm that wrote a letter declaring that Donald Trump has no significant business ties to Russia? Well, guess what?
In a letter released Friday, President Trump’s lawyers said a decade’s worth of his tax returns show that he doesn’t owe money to Russian lenders and that he has received no income from Russian sources, “with a few exceptions.”
Hmmm…What are these exceptions to the not-my-president’s lack of business ties to Russia, exactly?
- In 2008 Donald Trump sold a Florida estate to a Russian billionaire for $95 million, making a tidy profit of $54 Million.
- In 2013 he made $12.2 million from the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.
- Oh, and: “The lawyers also noted that Trump very likely has received undisclosed payments from Russians for hotel rooms, rounds of golf and Trump-licensed products, such as wine, ties and mattresses.
Actually, that sounds pretty significant. The letter written to reassure us that Donald Trump is not a money-grubbing traitor in cahoots with one of our long-time enemies is not very reassuring. It was written on March 8 by Sheri Dillon and William Nelson, tax partners at the Morgan Lewis law firm, and the White House finally released it on Friday.
But here’s the thing, CNN quickly discovered that Morgan Lewis received the very special award of “Russia Law Firm of the Year” in 2016. Is there anything connected to Donald Trump that doesn’t have extensive business ties to Russia. Their online press release proudly proclaims:
MOSCOW, May 2, 2016: Morgan Lewis has been recognized by Chambers & Partners’ 2016 Chambers Europe guide as Russia Law Firm of the Year. The prestigious honor was announced at the publication’s recent annual awards dinner in London, where firms from 24 countries were recognized.
During a press conference on Friday, Donald Trump even had an attorney from Russia’s 2016 Law Firm of the Year drop in to convince us he’s had no significant business ties with Russia for the past 10 years. Yet the firm has a large office in Moscow!
According to ABC News:
According to the firm’s website, its Moscow office includes more than 40 lawyers and staff who are “well known in the Russian market, and have a deep familiarity with the local legislation, practices, and key players.” The firm boasts of being “particularly adept” at advising clients on “sanction matters.”
ABC adds the Morgan Lewis has provided the Trump organization with their tax expertise since 2005, and the spokesman at the press conference assured us that Sherry Dillon has never set foot in Russia. By the omission, we can safely assume that William Nelson has spent time in Russia.
Morgan Lewis’ “Russia Law Firm of the Year” was first noted by NBC’s Peter Alexander.
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) January 11, 2017
These aren’t the first lawyers of Donald Trump’s who’ve turned out to have ties to Russia. Back in February, the family lawyer Michael Cohen attempted to help a Russian Mobster and pro-Russia separatist politician from the Ukraine broker a “peace deal” between Russia and the Ukraine so the US could lift sanctions on Russia. Cohen then hand-delivered the proposal to the White Houses’ now-disgraced former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. As we reported:
The envelope reportedly contained a proposal to lift sanctions against Russia, and settle the conflict in Ukraine on Russia’s terms, by leveraging evidence of corruption against Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko.
READ: Donald Trump’s lawyers claim he has no significant business ties to Russia, save for a few “exceptions.”
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