In The Art of the Deal, Trump recounted the lunch meeting with Dubinin that led to the trip.
Beginning in the early 1980s, according to the FBI, the short, squat Ukrainian was the key money-laundering contact for the Solntsevskaya Bratva, or Brotherhood, one of the richest criminal syndicates in the world.
In 2015, the Taj Mahal was fined $10 million—the highest penalty ever levied by the feds against a casino—and admitted to having “willfully violated” anti-money-laundering regulations for years.
In 1998, Russia defaulted on $40 billion in debt, causing the ruble to plummet and Russian banks to close.
The co-author of the plan, according to the Times: Felix Sater.