The FBI has announced the arrest of twenty alleged mafia members in New York City. While nothing has been officially signaled about why these particular individuals were busted at this particular time, it’s worth pointing out that they do have indirect business ties to Donald Trump.
The FBI New York account on Twitter posted a link to the press release on the website for the Southern District of New York, which announced that the arrested individuals were from the Lucchese Family (link). The press release went on to state that the arrests included the entire leadership of the family. So this was clearly a takedown of Lucchese.
Back in 2016, after Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump of having mafia ties, leading fact checking site PolitiFact posted the following: “Trump World Tower, supported by the Quadrozzi Concrete Company, is also tangentially related to La Cosa Nostra. The head of the company, John Quadrozzi Sr., was tied to the Lucchese crime family and indicted for making illegal payoffs to the mob in 1992.” (link)
So were these busts part of the FBI’s effort to get to Donald Trump and his associates, as part of its confirmed ongoing investigation? Or is this simply a bust of an alleged mob family for reasons that have nothing to do with the fact that the family once did business with Donald Trump? There’s no way to know for now. But one way or the other, the indirect ties between the newly arrested mobsters and Trump do indeed exist.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report