As the investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to Russia continues to gain steam, news outlets are reporting that special counsel Robert Mueller’s strategy has taken on a “follow the money” approach. A Dutch documentary released last month titled, “The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump” takes that approach a step further, and runs smack dab into the Russian mafia.
In examining Trump’s business partners, the filmmakers encounter the Russian mafia, including business and personal connections to oligarchs in Russia. The documentary takes a close look at Trump’s connections to the country, starting with his first trip to Russia in the 1980s.
The Zembla filmmakers interview some of Trump’s controversial friends, a former CIA agent, fraud investigators and attorneys, as well as U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, a Democrat representing Rhode Island.
In the film, Malcolm Nance, a former U.S. intelligence officer, discusses Trump’s tendency to shy away from negative assessments of Russians: “If you’re a gambling addict and you owe someone a lot of money, you will never insult your bookie,” Nance says.
The film attempts to answer questions about Trump’s Russian connections: What do these relationships say about Trump and why does he deny them? And how compromising are these dubious business relationships for Trump?” Watch the film and judge for yourself.
Watch the full documentary below:
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