Cutting room floor

Remember That Russian Gambling Ring in Trump Tower? No, We Didn’t Either

January 18, 2018 6:21 pm

As Tierney was combing through the House Intelligence Committee’s transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, she flagged a surprising quote. Responding to a question from Adam Schiff about why Fusion GPS thought Trump might be involved in money-laundering operations, Simpson replied that “criminals were buying the properties.”

“These are the kind of things that prompted us to hire Mr. Steele,” Simpson continued. “We had a gangster named Taiwanchik living in Trump Tower […] his associates were living in Trump Tower, and he was running a high-stakes gambling ring out of Trump Tower, while he himself was a fugitive for having rigged the skating competition at the Salt Lake Olympics and a bunch of other sporting events engaged in rigging.”

Wait. What?

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