The FBI confirmed that it did, in fact, wiretap Trump Tower, but the target of its tap was not Donald Trump. From 2011 to 2013, the FBI, instead, was spying on a Russian crime organization operating on the 63rd floor of Trump Tower, reports Mirren Gidda—two years before Trump announced his presidential bid.
According to an ABC News report, the FBI had a warrant to monitor mafia members running an “international money-laundering, sports gambling and extortion ring.”
Vadim Trincher, one of the mafia ring’s most senior figures, “oversaw the laundering of tens of millions of dollars from the former Soviet Union through Cyprus and into the US among other criminal activities, Haaretz reported.
More than 30 people were indicted by a federal grand jury in April 2013 thanks to the FBI’s findings. One Russian mafia boss indicted was Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, who was arrested by Italian officials in 2002 over charges that he bribed judges during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics.
Seven months after the ndictment, Tokhtakhounov was seen in the VIP section of the Miss Universe competition in Moscow—along with its owner, Mr. Donald Trump.