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Did you watch the #Maddow Show hosted by @JoyAnnReid tonight?

You might've noticed a video clip of Donald Trump Jr. in Latvia discussing golf and Russia.

I broke the video story before #Election2016 after @funder @TheDemCoalition tipped me.

It's still growing.
Neither @funder or I understood the totality of the information in Don Jr.'s interview but what we saw was shocking!

I wrote until very late on a Friday night not unlike tonight to break the scoop. It became our first major #TrumpRussia #TrumpLeaks story…
Don Jr. told his Latvian interviewers that he an. The Trump Org were seeking to do a Russian golf course development.

That raised our eyebrows because Donald Trump was rigorously denying all business contact with the country and Putin ties on the campaign trail.

That Friday night changed EVERYTHING

I went went on to write 65 additional reports about #TrumpRussia in the next 5 months

Scott @funder wrote two editions of the #DworkinReport

Don Jr.'s interview in Riga, Latvia was Exhibit 6

We launched #TrumpLeaks…
And @funder kept digging while the #TrumpRussia story kept growing out of our original #TrumpLeaks and #DworkinReport material during the transition period.…
Then, @funder found corporate registrations in Cyprus with the Trump name. Not only is it a notorious Russian money laundering haven, #TrumpLeaks find Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was a major stakeholder in the Bank of Cyprus with Putin's associates.…
But it wasn't until early 2017 that @funder discovered and I reported extensively, a Don Jr. keynote speech at a Russian real estate conference. Our biggest #TrumpLeaks story yet arrived the week before Steele's dossier lit the #TrumpRussia story on fire…
It would be a few months before the lager ramifications of Don Jr.'s #TrumpRussia appealing gig came into focus.

Trump sold the most expensive house in America 38 days later to Rybovlev, the Russian fertilizer king.

But we would soon revisit Latvia....…
Ironically, we'd never have continued investigating Latvia if it not for a major tip from an entirely unexpected source

@funder wrote a #TrumpRussia quote tweet about Don Jr.'s speech in Riga to Baltic International Bank, fined 10/3/16

Both Don Jr. and Eric Trump tipped us off!
If not for Don Jr. and Eric Trump both blocking @funder, we might never have dug deeper

What we found was shocking. Baltic International Bank had merely created a Russian money laundering manual, and got caught, and fined DURING the campaign #TrumpRussia…
Then, Don Jr. blocked ME! I never tagged him or bothered him. @funder and I knew then we had to dig even further!

Baltic International had published new pictures of Don Jr.'s speech, depicting a private meeting with its founder. #TrumpRussia…
The #TrumpRussia story about Latvia went epic viral last June, leading Baltic International Bank to CONFIRM just about everything written in a weakly written denial.

My reports on the bank's money laundering are sourced from government records, @OCCRP and court decisions...
The bank's denial compelled me to examine their relationship with El Chapo, a Mexican Cartel kingpin won engaged in a public war of words with Trump in 2015 on (where else) Twitter.

@AUSTRAC had linked Baltic International Bank to El Chapo.…
It turns out that Don Jr. gave a paid speech to a bank involved in a major scam caught by American authorities too.

The Latvian bank also took in funds from the fraud against @Billbrowder that led to the Magnitsky Act:…

Whew! That's a lot of #TrumpRussia and #TrumpLeaks reporting, but wait! There's more...

So. @JoyAnnReid brought up the Trump Russian funded golf empire because Don Jr. spilled the beans on 2012, as I reported 10/15/2016, and she noted, a reporter asked Eric about their funding.
Eric Trump spilled the beans to a good reporter at the family's #TrumpRussia source of funds.

What's most notable about Trump's major move into the golf business is that it coincided with the disappearance of known markets for golf course loans....…
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