Donald and Ivanka Trump’s phony Baku Azerbaijan hotel was front for Iranian money laundering

Shortly after taking office, Donald Trump abandoned a bizarre hotel project in Azerbaijan which never made any sense to begin with. It was built in an industrial part of town where a hotel wouldn’t be needed. The roads being built to the hotel didn’t even lead to it. And now it turns out the entire hotel project appears to have been little more than an excuse to illegally launder money coming from the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

The Trump International Hotel & Tower Baku project was spearheaded by Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, who repeatedly visited the property and posted photos of herself touring it, even though as best anyone can tell the hotel was never going to open or do any business. It appears in hindsight that Ivanka had merely been doing all of this in order to create the outward appearance that the hotel was a legitimate project.

But as it turns out, the hotel deal had been struck with Ziya Mammadov, the corrupt Transportation Minister of Azerbaijan, who has a history of arranging shady real estate projects as money laundering fronts. Mammadov and his family have deep financial connections to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, making it almost certain that the Trumps were knowingly and illegally doing business with Iran. It also seems likely that Trump shuttered the project upon taking office in the hope it wouldn’t be investigated.

Based on established precedent explained this evening on the Rachael Maddow show, the legal responsibility falls on U.S. citizens to be aware of which foreigners they’re doing business with. So even if Donald and Ivanka Trump try to claim ignorance in this instance, it wouldn’t legally get them off the hook. This new revelation comes from The New Yorker today. It may explain why Senator Sherrod Brown asked the U.S. Treasury late last week to investigate the legality of Trump’s foreign financial connections.


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8 Comments

  1. Doug on March 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    WE gotta investigate this tycoon and if he is guilty he needs to go to JAIL!

  2. Claudia Groh on March 6, 2017 at 7:49 pm

    Hotel Gitmo needs remodeling!!
    They could make it great again!

  3. J. Roberts on March 6, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    We really need to see his taxes. His whole family is corrupt.

  4. Mary Kim on March 7, 2017 at 6:13 am

    It’s like the whole MSM media establishment suddenly died on us since yesterday. There is an eerie quiet with regards to things we should be investigating. Palmer Report keeps hope alive!
    But everything else aside, why would Breitbart News (= Bannon) publish information about “Obama’s wiretapping” instead of bringing it directly to Donald Trump first? If they did do that, it’s highly weird and suggests Trump is being purposefully manipulated. The alternative is it was a stunt which included Trump from the get-go. Either way, it’s the loose thread in the story. No way is it normal that “news” like that would get published by a close media affiliate of the White House before the president is told.
    If it was done as a manipulation of Trump, was it Bannon’s revenge (for the dressing down on the tarmac), or just business as usual when it comes to manipulating Trump?

    • Grandma_Mickey on March 7, 2017 at 8:09 pm

      Trump/ Bannon may have provided the info for Vault7 to Assange and therefore Breitbart would have had the scoop. (wiretapping may actually be an android app?) That’s my theory.

  5. flexdoc on March 7, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Is there no end to the depths this man will go?

  6. Claudia on March 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Trump wiretapped his own businesses and building, so freaking paranoid!
    But since he can’t admit wrong, he blames others! And now Incase no one read it yet, his Trump university lawsuit settlements just disappeared! Each one will sue individual now! Judge approved the suit! Lawyer would of made most of money giving the one client just .50 on the dollar, so this person pulled out of settlement, judge approved!
    But back to wiretapping I M believing that employees or employee are coming out to confirm Trump did this himself. Breaking all laws so no better person to blame then Obama! He has a feddish, about Obama, former POTUS, Erks current POTUS.
    Now we know his kids are involved and several others.

    They all need to be arrested. Doesn’t matter to me if they are his kids or not they adults and they do know right from wrong!
    Send them all to Gitmo!

  7. Donna on May 15, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I say get them ALL out! Pence knows what Agent Orange is doing, but is doing noting to stop it. He needs to go too! He’s just sitting back waiting for the impeachment so he can just step in.

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