Trump's false claims to Comey about Moscow stay could aid Robert Mueller

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 24, 2018

Schiller said he kept an eye on Trump's hotel room for a while, then went to bed himself.

A Facebook post confirms that Trump attended a birthday party for Russian developer Aras Agalarov in Moscow on the evening of November 8, 2013.

The New York Times first reported past year that Trump traveled to Moscow on a plane owned by his friend Phil Ruffin, a casino magnate.

On the second occasion in February 2017, Trump "explained, as he did at our dinner, that he hadn't stayed overnight in Russian Federation during the Miss Universe trip", Comey wrote.

In fact, Trump arrived in Moscow, where he attended the Miss Universe pageant, which he owned at the time, on a Friday. Trump insisted again later in the Oval Office that he "hadn't stayed overnight in Russian Federation during the Miss Universe trip", Comey wrote.

Trump denied staying the night in Moscow a second time to Comey during a meeting at the White House last February.

After the event, Trump flew to Moscow on a private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas, the New York Times reported in January 2017.

Trump's November 2013 trip to Moscow has drawn intense scrutiny since it became associated with the claim from the dossier, which was compiled by British ex-spy Christopher Steele for intelligence gathering firm Fusion GPS and partially paid for by Democratic entities.

Neither the White House nor the Trump Organization responded to requests for comment from the Daily News.

Ruffin's spokeswoman Michelle Knoll confirmed to Politico that Trump used the aircraft for his trip.

But a Bloomberg report on Monday that scrutinized flight schedules and social media posts showed that Trump arrived in Moscow early Friday morning Russian Federation time - and didn't return to the Big Apple until very early Sunday morning NY time.

But the records show that the future president's journey to Moscow began in North Carolina, where he attended a birthday tribute to evangelist Billy Graham on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013.

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Trump's Miss Universe pageant has posed multiple problems for the president. The tweet said that the photo was taken at Crocus City Mall, part of a multi-use Moscow development owned by the Agalarovs that hosted the next day's pageant. That statement has already been contradicted by his bodyguard Keith schiller.

The ex-FBI director says Trump asked him several times if there was any way that the Federal Bureau of Investigation could officially denounce the dossier, since its claims of Russian hookers was upsetting First Lady Melania. While flight records show Trump's own Cessna jet headed back to NY that night from Asheville, North Carolina, Trump himself apparently wasn't aboard.

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