For the past month Palmer Report has been reporting on the curious travel habits of Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who has a habit of flying halfway around the world on his private jet in order to arrive in whichever city Donald Trump happens to be visiting at the time. Now that MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has picked up the story, Rybolovlev is finally denying parts of it. But he’s doing so through a spokesman who has inexplicable ties to Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
Rybolovlev’s private plane flew into the small town of Concord, North Carolina while Donald Trump just happened to be holding a campaign rally there. His spokesman is now acknowledging that this occurred, and there would be no point in denying it, as the flight plans for the plan can be tracked publicly via its M-KATE call sign. The spokesman is also refusing to deny that Rybolovlev was on the plane when it flew to Concord. But what stands out most is that Rybolovlev’s spokesman is Brian Cattell – a former writer for Steve Bannon’s Breitbart.
Why is Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev using someone from Breitbart as his official spokesman in issuing a public denial of his ties to Trump’s White House? Does he not realize the irony, or the new questions which it raises? How did Cattell of all people come to serve as Rybolovlev’s spokesman? Was Steve Bannon involved in connecting the two men? Was Donald Trump involved? McClatchy is reporting the bizarre quasi-denials from Cattell. Rybolovlev also massively overpaid Trump for a house in Florida a few years ago that neither of them ever lived in. Maddow also recently reported that Rybolovlev has financial connections to a Russian money laundering scheme run through Deutsche Bank and the Bank of Cyprus, the latter of which is also connected to Trump’s Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.
We’ve also tracked Dmitry Rybolovlev’s plane having flown ten thousand miles into South Florida while Donald Trump was visiting Mar-a-Lago earlier this year, further suggesting that their earlier Concord rendezvous wasn’t mere happenstance. And as we pointed out this week, Rybolovlev more recently flew across the continent to arrive at an island off the coast of Florida just as Trump was once again arriving in Mar-a-Lago, in a seeming attempt at disguising his true arrival point, after having previously used that same tactic by flying into Miami instead of West Palm Beach.
In addition we’ve matched up a two week period of Rybolovlev’s European travels last summer which closely aligns with key events and meetings alleged in the famous MI6 Trump-Russia dossier. Now that Rybolovlev is bizarrely using a Steve Bannon-connected spokesman to try to downplay the connections, that alone is a reason to keep digging further. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report