It wasn’t nice fat checks stamped “Russian government payment to Donald Trump.” It was companies like this:
Hunting for partners with cash, he turned to a small upstart called the Bayrock Group, which would pull together massive real estate deals using the Trump name. Its chairman was a former Soviet official named Tevfik Arif, who made a small fortune running luxe hotels in Turkey. To run Bayrock’s operation, Arif hired Felix Satter, a Soviet-born, Brighton Beach–bred college dropout. Satter changed his name to Sater, likely to distance himself from the criminal activity that a name-check would easily turn up. …
Bayrock put together deals for mammoth Trump-named, Trump-managed projects—two in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a resort in Phoenix, the Trump SoHo in New York. Several of those projects broke ground, but they were a mere prelude. “Mr. Trump was particularly taken with Mr. Arif’s overseas connections,” the Times reported (after buyers of units in the Trump SoHo sued him for fraud).
The location Trump used for filming The Apprentice? Paid for by Bayrock.
So, the breaking news that Trump’s taxes show he hasn’t received Russian money?
1. It’s not his taxes.
2. It’s not news.
3. It shows that $100 million is just the start of Trump’s connection to Russian sources.