FBI arrests ten people in New York City with alleged ties to Donald Trump and Russian mafia

The FBI and NYPD Joint Organized Crime Task Force have arrested ten men in New York City today on charges of running a racketeering conspiracy as part of an organized crime effort. What’s notable is that these men and their crime family have alleged ties to the Russian mafia and to Donald Trump – raising the question of whether this move was made as part of the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Trump and Russia.

The ten men arrested today are associates of the Bonanno organized crime family (source: NBC New York). But a bit of digging by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump has revealed that a lawsuit alleges that same crime family is partnered with Russian businessman Felix Sater (link). Sater has a long history of financial ties to both Donald Trump and the Russian mafia, and in fact has done prison time for his Russian mafia ties (source: Esquire). So it’s not difficult to draw a straight line from today’s arrests to Trump and Russia. But what is the FBI suddenly up to?

If today’s ten FBI-NYPD arrests are indeed related to the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, as the connections suggest, it may be an instance of rounding up the lower level mafia associates in order to see which of them is willing to cut a deal by selling out their bosses. This could also be a sign that the FBI is further along in its Trump-Russia investigation than had been believed, having completed its phase of gathering information externally, in favor of a phase of actively prompting little fish to flip on bigger fish, presumably leading all the way up to Trump and his direct associates. Contribute to Palmer Report


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30 Comments

  1. Mike Atencio on March 28, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Holy shit. it’s getting real now.

  2. Anonymous on March 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    I can’t wait for Trump to go down. How much more can he get away with?

  3. James Miller on March 29, 2017 at 2:33 am

    FBI is saving their lives from an accident.

  4. Dave on March 29, 2017 at 3:16 am

    I’m more cynical than you, I think Comey is in the Trump camp after seeing him visiting the white house recently. If those russkys are deported we’ll know for sure.

    • Rubelo67 on May 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm

      Dave, I disagree. I think Comey is as ethical as they come. He was merely being a good citizen when he agreed to meet with trump. This guy doesn’t have a speck of malice when it comes to the rule of law. He will play a major role in bringing down the madMan!…

  5. David Auner on March 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Where is Roy Cohn when our Donald needs him?

  6. Ken on March 29, 2017 at 10:20 am

    Wow. Well. Like always Bill, you are ahead of the curve. Thanks again for your excellent investigative reporting. You don’t get enough credit.

  7. Bud Fields on March 29, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Depending on the actual relationship, both current and previous, between Trump and Sater, wouldn’t it just be a hoot if the US government were in a position to help Trump’s blackmail problem by prosecuting Sater, only to finally connect the dots that would undo the Trump Presidency?

    • Farnsworth Bludorn on May 14, 2017 at 4:12 pm

      If it’s a money-laundering RICO investigation, the tentacles will reach deep and far, with the US Treasury investigation team documenting the involvement of many, many, individuals and organizations. This is the END…not just Trump…but the GOP!!!

  8. Dennis Vecchiarello Sr on March 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Trump, His Family, His Cabinet, His Administration and Republicans are all involved in Russia overturning our 2016 election. They were illegally voted in. They must all be removed, NOW!

    • Perry Gene Burleson on May 12, 2017 at 8:47 pm

      Yes we are in a nixonian moment by a nationalistic dictator trying to create a new ruling class ! Rich and poor no middle ground ! He is tearing up the Doj FBI State department CIA and every branch and division in US government ! The AGs let go not replaced ! The Man doing all he can to slow or stop the fusion investigation ! His surogets and he him self admits it! Obstruction of justice intimidating witnesses all smell like Watergate! Smell bs hear the lies do the rep party have to step in it! Do they have to taste it and reap the w wind ? They need to grow big ones and Do THE RIGHT THING! Like Nixon the time is here to be thinking of impeachment! What do you have to loose ?

  9. April on March 29, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    THIS will be Trump’s downfall. His ties to Russia. It will be the basis for impeachment and he’s been lying about it the entire time.

    We’ll see his ties to Putin, loans from Russian banks in the 100s of millions, Russian business partners and (I’m guessing here)… hookers. After all, Putin says Russia has the best prostitutes in the world. How could Don pass on that?

  10. Dale kucksinger on March 29, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Keep digen theres more and trump thinks hes above the law or untuchable cause as his words im the potus cant tuch me !

  11. Glen Umbaugh on March 30, 2017 at 7:14 am

    Why is the Boris Epshteyn firing not being reported in mainstream media?

    • Bill Palmer on April 9, 2017 at 12:27 am

      That’s a question to ask the mainstream media, not us.

  12. flexdoc on March 30, 2017 at 8:11 am

    They are coming for you Donald

  13. mary rockett on March 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    I hope they are protecting her until she testifies

  14. Lorry on March 30, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    This news is great if its all true! All they need to do now is send Trump down the river in a trash bag! Problem solved!!

  15. Suzy Hager on March 31, 2017 at 1:58 am

    wow my roommate has said all along that Trump, Russia are Mafia big.

  16. William Donelson on March 31, 2017 at 5:34 am

    The GOP thanks Russia and the rogue FBI groups for assisting them to Absolute Power.

    But now, the GOP wants the Power only for itself, and must kick Russia (Trump and cronies) out to complete the coup d’etat.

    This is the nature of POWER.

  17. Maddie on April 16, 2017 at 7:52 am

    The Mafia connection began with Trump’s father. Construction in NY 40, 50, 60 years ago was controlled by the Mafia so it is quite likely his old man was in it deep deep deep coz that’s how he made millions to leave his narcissistic lying son, who clearly has inherited his father’s racism and other shenanigans. This recent bomb in Afghanistan was Trump’s swan song – going out with a bang, so to speak.

  18. Dr. Willie. B. Lacy sr on April 25, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    Be side all that trump is caught up in and that’s a Lott .and Every time he opens his mouth he lie he want tell the truth.and his little ugly woman looks like a witch being strung along. The whole family of them are fit to telling a lie

  19. Dr.willie.B.lacy.sr on April 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Thank u for your super reporting. U all are building a great repore with the public .

  20. Billy on April 28, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    Is this the reason why Trump hasn’ t returned to NY?

    • Bill Palmer on April 29, 2017 at 3:33 am

      It’s entirely possible. Trump is supposedly returning to NYC for the first time next week, so that trip will be worth watching.

  21. Eliyahu on May 2, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Putin’s Orange Poodle focuses almost entirely on two things: Money and power. The latter is actually subsumed by his lust for the former, and he sees power simply as a means of personal enrichment. Someone like him, with a huge ego and grandiose sense of entitlement, insists that everything is about himself and probably labors under the delusion that Russia and the various dictators he admires so much view him as the future supreme leader of the world. It makes him an easy tool for someone like Putin to manipulate and use.

  22. Regina Timmons on May 3, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Very Good Mr. Palmer !!

  23. Akua on May 9, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Mr. Trump is smart enough to know his days are numbered before he is impeached. He is merely buying time. He has an agenda that is related to greed and personal gain. He has no desire to be our president. He just needs a little more time to establish his financial empire. Even if it means selling the soul of America.

  24. Paul Bales on May 14, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Donald J Trump, presidency is over. He is in collusion with Russia and Putin , Russian mafia and Russian developers Money 💰 Laundering all over the world 🌎. Believe me.

  25. Jeff on May 15, 2017 at 12:16 am

    i just discovered The Palmer Report. Awesome! i could keep reading these articles all night,

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