"We live in the era of the masses versus the mob: but people do not recognize the mob as the mob. In the twenty-first century, the mob both wears suits and files them. The mob is tasteful, and presidential, and - worst of all - legal."

- @SarahKendzior, Hiding In Plain Sight
Last April, a book arrived in the mail that would change the course of my COVID quarantine. I remember ordering it, but I can't remember why. Had I seen it mentioned on Twitter? Was I already listening to the Gaslit Nation podcast? I don't remember. The past year has been a blur.
The book answered questions I never thought to ask about Donald Trump and, to my shock and horror, the world we're living in today. Questions like "When did the Russia story really begin?" and "What the hell is a transnational organized crime syndicate?"
I learned that the man who trained Trump was the attorney for the Italian mob. That when Rudy Giuliani pushed the mob out of New York, the Russian mafia took over. That Clinton, Obama, Mueller, and even Kremlin agents warned this mafia had gone global, infiltrating governments.
I learned that Donald Trump is surrounded by people who have helped this crime syndicate infiltrate governments and worked for the most dangerous mafia boss in the world, who once sat at the top of the FBI's Most Wanted, and who may be the reason Vladimir Putin is in power today.
That's just a fraction of Sarah Kendzior's book, and the book - like any book - is only a fraction of the whole story. So, what did I do? I bought three extra copies for friends, added some other works to my reading list, and started this website. I needed more people to know.
Trump File documents the life and crimes of Donald J. Trump, his family, his administration, and his allies. I "file" these events by the date they happened, not the date they were reported. We need a timeline of events for journalists, investigators, and for history.
I could have limited this website to Trump's ties to organized crime, but those connections are only part of the story of how we got here and where we might be headed. For that reason, the site includes some historical events unrelated to Trump, too.
For the full story, we have to know how Donald Trump became Donald Trump, who around him - foreign and domestic - orchestrated the chaos that made him the Republican hero he is today, all of the damage he did as president, and why he was allowed to get away with it.
I hope this website helps answer those questions and more. I don't intend to write one cohesive story about Donald Trump, but I hope Trump File helps the next @SarahKendzior write the next Hiding In Plain Sight, which hit shelves one year ago today.
I hope you'll share what you learn here with the people in your life. As a country, we have to know the enemy. We've been powerless to a transnational organized crime syndicate masquerading as a government. There must be accountability. They can never be allowed to do this again.
The first sentence in Hiding In Plain Sight reads:

"The story of Donald Trump's rise to power is the story of a buried American history - buried because powerful people liked it that way."

We've got to unbury it. We can never stop digging.

P.S. The work I'm doing is not just reading books. It's having 30 tabs open to piece together details from one day. It's saving hundreds of links for later to come back to. It's hundreds of screenshots of info to look up later. I'll be doing this for years if I can afford to. ♥️

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