American Interest's James S. Henry exposes the American president's lengthy history of cozying up to affluent Russian thugs:
Fortunately, for those of us who are curious about Trump’s Russian connections, there is another readily accessible body of material that has so far received surprisingly little attention. This suggests that whatever the nature of President-elect Donald Trump’s relationship with President Putin, he has certainly managed to accumulate direct and indirect connections with a far-flung private Russian/FSU network of outright mobsters, oligarchs, fraudsters, and kleptocrats.
Any one of these connections might have occurred at random. But the overall pattern is a veritable Star Wars bar scene of unsavory characters, with Donald Trump seated right in the middle. The analytical challenge is to map this network—a task that most journalists and law enforcement agencies, focused on individual cases, have failed to do.
James Henry, an investigative economist and lawyer has brought the forensic skills of a top litigator to this analysis. It's a well documented piece, some 80 footnotes. It's not a particularly easy read but it is a complex story in which America's president is but one player.
Have a read.