Thursday, January 18, 2018
The House Intelligence Committee on Thursday released the transcript of its seven-hour interview with Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of Fusion GPS, opposition research firm that helped assemble the controversial "Steele dossier."
MR. SCHIFF: And,in this case, what facts came to your attention that concerned you that the buying and selling of properties -the buying and selling of Trump properties might indicate money laundering?
MR. SIMPSON: There was --well, for one thing, there was various criminals were buying the properties. So there was a gangster--a Russian gangster living in Trump Tower.
MR. SCHIFF: Who was that?
MR. SIMPSON: His gangster name is Taiwanchik. I couldn't spell his actual name. But, you know, I mean, these are the kind of things that prompted us to hire Mr. Steele. We had a gangster named Taiwanchik living in Trump Tower who had been under I'm sorry, he was I think he was running a 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. And when Mr. Trump went to the Miss Universe pageant in 2013 Taiwanchik was there in the VIP section with Mr. Trump and lots of other Kremlin biggies. So that kind of thing raised questions with us. Generally speaking the patterns of activity that we thought might be suggestive of money laundering were you know fast turnover deals and deals where there seemed to have been efforts to disguise the identity of the buyer.
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