Sunday, February 21, 2016

Journalist Calls Out Donald Trump on Potential Mob Ties in Resurfaced Report

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, David Cay Johnston, has been covering 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump for “decades,” according to a recently resurfaced report, and now has enough evidence to pose a question to the billionaire mogul-turned-politician: How close is he to the Mob?

The Federalist reported last year:
Trump was building his eponymous empire of hotels, casinos, and high rises in the early 1980s in New York City and Atlantic City. In both places, the construction industry was firmly under the thumb of the mafia. And in both places there are literally concrete connections between La Cosa Nostra and Trump’s lavish projects. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston, who has covered Trump for decades, has written a very useful list of questions for Trump. Many focus on his ties to the mob. In addition in his 1992 book, “Trump, The Deals and the Downfall,” author Wayne Barrett lays out a slew of suspicious dealings and associations.
The rabbit hole goes deeper, as that same report laid out a list of names connected to Trump via business dealings in Atlantic city. Among them, Salvatore Testa: “a made man in the Philadelphia mafia and son of Philip “Chicken Man” Testa, who was briefly head of the Philly mob after Angelo Bruno’s 1980 killing.” In addition, “Nicademo “Little Nicky” Scarfo (who became boss after the elder Testa was blown up) and his nephew Phillip “crazy Phil” Leonetti,” both of whom “controlled two of the major construction and concrete companies in Atlantic City.”

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