The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence has released the testimony of Glenn Simpson, the private investigator who was looking into Donald Trump’s financial relationships and investors. As many remember, Dmitry Rybolovlev has been linked to the President through a number of financial and social relationships.
From the transcripts released yesterday, we can see that Simpson was interested in the art, real estate, and society milieu were Rybolovlev, Trump and others connected:
Another one that I think surfaced in probably the early winter was the amazing number of people from the former Soviet Union who had purchased properties from Mr. Trump, including Dmitry Rybolovlev, who purchased a derelict estate at an extreme markup in Florida. And a number of other people bought Into his properties. […] The other one that I would subpoena is the related group, and they were the ones that were involved with the Trump Hollywood. And there was a lot of interesting transactions involving the Trump Hollywood. And that was — that’s a guy named Jorge Perez, who’s a major developer who was in the picture with Sergi Millian and Donald Trump that I was talking about previously.
And there is a very puzzling sequence of events that we spent a lot of time looking at […] there is a specific sequence of events that has intrigued us for a long time, where Cohen and lvanka and Jared and Trump, and I can’t remember whether Manafort’s in this mix too, are all in the Hamptons area in August, and Dmitry Rybolovlev’s plane is somewhere nearby, and flies to Nice. And then most of these guys sort of come off — fall off the radar and then, you know, I think it’s the 12th of August, Rybolovlev’s plane lands in Dubrovnik, and Jared and lvanka surface in Dubrovnik. And I don’t know how they got there or whether they got there on his plane.
The plane, you know, we have been told that Rybolovlev’s boat was also nearby. There were all these other yachts nearby and that, you know, there had been rumors of meetings between Trump people and Russians on yachts off Dubrovnik.’ And the Rybolovlev jet then flies to Budapest from Dubrovnik. And I can’t tell you whether it’s meaningful or not, but there are certainly things I was interested in and still find unanswered and intriguing. I guess the same would — again, I don’t know what Mr. Cohen has told you, but his public statements about his whereabouts I found unsatisfying.
The direct connection between Trump and Rybolovlev, a $95m Florida real estate deal, was initially dismissed by Simpson because of Rybolovlev’s well-publicized pattern of over-spending on real estate and art. Here’s what Simpson said in response to California Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s questions:Continue Reading