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As per #HouseofTrump, why it's possible Trump has been a Russian agent for more than 30 years. 1/After Trump married Ivana in '77, the Czech StB began spying on her family at a time when Czechs shared intel with the Soviet Union's KGB.@RepAdamSchiff @KenDilanianNBC @john_sipher
2/ In 1984, after Trump Tower was built, the Russian Mafia laundered money through Trump real estate for the first time. Genl Oleg Kalugin, former head of counterintelligence for KGB, told me that's how intel operations begin.
3/Unlike the Italian-American Mafia, the Russian Mafia is a state actor. Kalugin (below) told me "the Mafia is one of the branches of the Russian government." That means the Soviets probably knew Trump would launder money.
4/Even tho Gorbachev helped thaw East-West relations in mid-80s, the KGB was run by Genl Vladimir Kryuchkov who felt that more than anything the Soviets need US assets. Meanwhile, the Czechs had sent over a spy to monitor Trump.
5/ So in March 1986, the Soviets approached Trump for 1st time, with Ambassador Yuri Dubinin and dtr Natalia taking Trump to lunch, flattering him mercilessly, & telling him Moscow desperately needed a Trump Tower. Natalia:"My father's visit worked on him like honey on a bee."
6/In July 87, Trump flew to Moscow w Ivana--but the whole trip was subject to KGB surveillance. According to Kalugin, Trump would have had "many young ladies" at his disposal and the Russians may well have files.
7/On July 24, 1987, just after Trump's return to US, an article appeared saying that the Soviets hoped Trump would run for president. Up until this point, there was no evidence of which I'm aware that Trump had any political ambitions whatsoever
8/ In September 87, not long after his return, Trump, under the tutelage of Roger Stone, takes out full page ads in NYTimes, @washingtonpost, and Boston Globe promoting a foreign policy that could have been scripted in Moscow assailing the Western Alliance.
9/In October 87, Trump flew to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to give a luncheon address that was an obligatory rite of passage for presidential candidates--even tho Trump's first campaign was quite short lived.
10/ Files from the Czech StB that month made it clear that Trump intended to run for president in the future, probably in 1996. The report said that Trump was confident, but it also noted mysterious that he was being pressured to run--though it did not explain what that meant.
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