The Former Chief of British Intelligence Just Revealed How Russia Gained Leverage Over Trump

The reason President Trump never says anything bad about Russia’s president and won’t release his tax returns just became apparent.

Richard Dearlove, who is the former chief of British intelligence agency MI-6, just dropped a bombshell about Donald Trump’s financial obligations to the head of Russia. According to the UK-based Prospect Magazine’s interview with Dearlove, Trump may be indebted to Russia, as he wasn’t able to borrow the money he needed to save his business empire after the housing bubble crashed and took the global economy with it.

“What lingers for Trump may be what deals—on what terms—he did after the financial crisis of 2008 to borrow Russian money when others in the west apparently would not lend to him.”

While Dearlove didn’t elaborate further on his claims, the spy chief wouldn’t be wrong in his claim that Trump would have a hard time borrowing money from American banks, as the real estate mogul has declared bankruptcy at least four times. And as the Financial Times reported, Trump has connections to Russian officials going back roughly 30 years. In one profile of one Russian connected to Trump, the Times remarked that coastal Miami had become known as “Little Moscow,” as Russians were buying up Trump-branded real estate en masse.

Throughout the 2000s, records show Russians were buying millions of dollars of Trump- branded real estate in the US, according to property records reviewed by the FT. The Trump Organisation said it did not believe Russians spent more money on Trump ventures than those from other regions. Russian real estate broker Ilya Reznik told the FT that Russian could be heard everywhere in the Trump properties on the Florida coast.

The Trump campaign’s alleged communications with Russian officials during the 2016 election remains under investigation by the FBI, along with the House and Senate Intelligence Committees. Former Trump foreign policy advisor Carter Page was also under FBI surveillance, as the agency had probable cause to obtain a FISA warrant, under the impression that he was acting as an agent of a foreign government.

 

Kevin Wallace is a journalist with five years’ experience in print and digital media, and covers politics, media, and culture for the Resistance Report. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.