It’s a question we’ve been asking ever since Donald Trump won the 2016 election and we later discovered the FBI had begun investigating the Trump-Russia connection since July of 2016: Why didn’t FBI Director James Comey tell us there was an active investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian operatives?
As it turns out, the answer should scare the living shit out of the illegitimate resident of the White House.
Partial Radio Silence
Based on a report published Thursday on Alternet, the reason James Comey announced the secondary review of the Clinton emails but remained quiet on any investigation of Trump is simple: He didn’t want to jeopardize a major case he was building. Comey and the FBI feared:
“[jeopardizing] a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Russian President Vladimir Putin — and to Trump.”
The Russian Mafia Connection
The FBI has been after the Russian mafia for years. The nexus of Russian mobsters, Putin, and Trump provided the perfect opportunity for law enforcement to target Russian gangsters involved in business involving the interests of the United States. The Russian mafia “is one of the Bureau’s top priorities,” and has been for decades.
Federal officials were so eager to protect their investigation that they even went to extraordinary lengths: To protect an FBI source who was a convicted criminal with deep ties to Russian organized crime, some agents even became part of his defense counsel and urged a federal judge to show “extreme leniency” toward the source when he appeared for sentencing.
Trump and Trump Tower
This is where Trump and Trump Tower enter the picture. And this is not something that just began with Trump’s run for the White House: “For more than three decades the FBI has had Trump Tower in its sights,” monitoring its occupants’ ties to organized crime networks, including the Russian mafia. One former Trump Organization adviser and resident of Trump Tower, Felix Sater, would appear to be the ideal candidate as the FBI’s source into the Russia-based crime ring.
Who Is Felix Sater?
Sater was born in Russia and was convicted in 1998 of being part of a massive stock fraud scheme which he and members of the Bonnao and Genovese families (Sicilian mafia “families”) were also part of. As a result, Sater became a spy for the CIA and helped locate a dozen Stinger missiles which were for sale on the black market. In exchange for buying the missiles and turning them over to law enforcement, Sater was spared any jail time.
After his brush with the law, Sater changed his name to Satter and became a senior adviser for Bayrock Group LLC, a real-estate development company based in New York. Through his work with Bayrock, Stater worked on the Trump SoHo, and was a senior adviser to Donald Trump and The Trump Organization as early as 2006.
Sater Gets A Pass
In 2009, Sater was sentenced in the stock and racketeering case, but merely paid a $25,000 fine. He was not forced make restitution to any the victims of his fraudulent stock scheme, which is “mandatory under federal law.” Clearly, Sater had an angel in the law enforcement community who wanted him to remain free and able to inform on behalf of the government.
When investors who lost money attempted to sue Sater, the judge in the case was told that to probe any further would threaten American national security. The judge later disclosed that the matter had made it to the top levels:
“Of a national law enforcement security agency. I should say agencies—plural.”
If indeed Donald Trump has ties to Russian organized crime as well as Vladimir Putin, he could well have exposed his entire family to danger. The Russian mafia is among the most brutal in the world, known for its exceptionally violent actions against enemies and the families of enemies.
Donald Trump could wind up being squeezed on three sides as this investigation continues: By federal law enforcement, by Russian government operatives, and by an organized crime network that has tentacles which reach all over the globe.