Two months ago it was reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Donald Trump’s finances, which may include his past business relationship with convicted Russian mafia figure Felix Sater. And now Sater is reportedly telling friends and family that he thinks he and Trump are both going to prison, suggesting that he may have already cut a leniency deal.
If Sater is to believed, it means that the Special Counsel’s investigation has taken a major turn into Trump’s long history of various financial crimes, and that it’s on the verge of becoming public. Bloomberg first postulated in June that Mueller’s investigation would target the business relationship Sater had with Trump and his children Ivanka and Donald Junior (link). But now The Spectator is reporting that Sater is indeed knee-deep in the investigation and that he doesn’t see a clean way out.
Here’s what The Spectator is now reporting about Felix Sater: “He has told family and friends he knows he and POTUS are going to prison” (link). It would be one thing for Sater to know of Trump’s guilt. But the only way he could know that Trump is going to prison is if he’s flipped on Trump, or he’s aware that someone else has flipped on Trump. And that makes for a timely reminder that Sater has already worked as a government informant in years past.
Or as Bloomberg put it in one devastating sentence about Sater: “Before linking up with the company and with Trump, he had worked as a mob informant for the U.S. government, fled to Moscow to avoid criminal charges while boasting of his KGB and Kremlin contacts there, and had gone to prison for slashing apart another man’s face with a broken cocktail glass” (link). So this is the kind of company Donald Trump keeps. And it sounds like someone has already sold him out.
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