General Counsel Robert Mueller is scrutinizing Donald Trump’s business dealings and getting closer to the president’s friends who have Russian connections.
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Journalists and lawyers have been trying for years to learn more about Russia-connected Trump business associate Felix Sater. However, a federal district judge has just ruled in favor of a government request that key documents not be made available to the public.
WhoWhatWhy is the place for context and analysis. For those wondering about all the recent mentions of Felix Sater — Trump’s business associate he’d like to forget knowing — here’s the full story. We published it back in March. And it’s as relevant as ever.
Acting FBI Director McCabe was deeply involved in investigating the Russian mob while Felix Sater was both cooperating with the FBI and working with Donald Trump. This unreported aspect of McCabe’s career gives him firsthand knowledge of potential ties between the president, his business, and organized crime — and highlights how much we do not know about this story.
Readers of our major article on Donald Trump, Russia, and the mob expressed plenty of interest in Trump’s associate Felix Sater, so here’s more on him and his early activities.
It’s possible Donald Trump might not have won — might not even have run for president — were it not for the action of a panel of judges years ago.
One of President Donald Trump’s associates had some good news yesterday. Felix Sater, the subject of a recent in-depth piece by WhoWhatWhy, had a tax fraud claim against him tossed out of court.Following a brief oral argument, Manhattan state court judge Justice Charles E. Ramos dismissed the $70-million tax fraud claim against Sater.Sater is in Read More
A couple months after our blockbuster investigation of Donald Trump’s shady Russia connections, the Dutch TV show Zembla aired a special on the topic. To stay up to date on Trump’s dubious associates, watch the documentary and re-read our exclusive.
Figuring out the exact nature of Russia’s influence over America’s president requires more disclosure than the US government has been willing to offer. It’s time to come clean.
Our exclusive on Donald Trump, Russia, the mob, and the FBI drew a lot of interest. Here are two more podcasts featuring our Editor-in-Chief, Russ Baker. Each offers a somewhat different exploration of the issues.
Russ Baker joins comedians Tim Dillon and Ray Crump to discuss WhoWhatWhy’s groundbreaking article on Trump, Russia, and the FBI.
Here is a primer on Donald Trump’s relationship with Felix Sater and others with connections to the mob. The perfect video to watch before or after reading the WhoWhatWhy exposé on the president’s Russia connections.
WhoWhatWhy’s investigation of how the FBI may not be in a position to reveal all it knows about Donald Trump’s Russia connections caused quite a splash. Find out why it matters and get a behind-the-scenes look in this interview with two of the story’s authors.
The FBI cannot tell us what we need to know about Trump’s contacts with Russia. Why? Because doing so would jeopardize a long-running, ultra-sensitive operation targeting mobsters tied to Putin — and to Trump. But the Feds’ stonewalling risks something far more dangerous: Failing to resolve a crisis of trust in America’s president. WhoWhatWhy provides the details of a two-month investigation in this 6,500-word exposé.
Michael Cohen has been in and out of the news, most lately pleading guilty to lying to Congress. Check out his mysterious backstory with the former USSR — which may explain why Trump originally hired him.
Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen has pleaded guilty to a number of federal charges, putting President Donald Trump in legal jeopardy. Here’s the strange history of how a relatively unknown lawyer with Russian and Ukrainian ties became intertwined with the Trump empire.
Michael Cohen may have just jeopardized Trump’s presidency. Long before the spotlight was on the president’s most troublesome ex-attorney, WhoWhatWhy was probing this curious character in the Russiagate saga.
Everyone’s buzzing about the huge payment Trump pal Michael Cohen took to get the Ukrainian president in with the American president. But there’s more of a Ukraine connection to Michael Cohen than the media is telling us.
With the FBI raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s office, everyone is scrambling for explanations. But as WhoWhatWhy reported last year, Michael Cohen’s background has long demanded close scrutiny. He came out of nowhere, backed by Russia-connected figures, and bought his way into Donald Trump’s heart. Here’s the full story as it appeared on September 18, 2017.
Michael Cohen, one of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers, claims that he paid porn star Stormy Daniels — who reportedly had an affair with Trump in 2006 — $130,000 out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election. But who is Michael Cohen? WhoWhatWhy found out some fascinating things about this Trump confidant. As with almost everything in this saga, there’s a Russian angle.