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CNN: Bannon Group Tried to Connect Trump to Organized Crime

Steve Bannon's efforts to sink the president's agenda go back to 2015, when his opposition research group tried to connect the then-candidate to the mob.

By NTK Staff | 01.08.2018 @6:00pm
CNN: Bannon Group Tried to Connect Trump to Organized Crime

The relationship between President Trump and his former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, may have deriorated even further on Monday with the revelation that a Bannon-led group attempted to sink Trump’s candidacy with allegations of mafia ties, according to CNN.

The Government Accountability Institute, which Bannon helped found in 2012, sent around a document listing Trump’s alleged mob ties to various media outlets in 2015:

The anti-Trump opposition research was the work of author Peter Schweizer for the Government Accountability Institute, which he cofounded with Bannon in 2012. It described years of alleged business connections between Trump companies and organized crime figures, allegations that have circulated among Trump detractors for years.

The news that Bannon attempted to connect Trump with mafia figures will only serve to further sever relations between the president and his former chief strategist. Trump blasted the once-influential staffer following Bannon’s role in Michael Wolff’s new anti-Trump book, “Fire and Fury.”

As for the allegations, similar accusations were made in a 2015 article in The Federalist, citing “Trump, The Deals and the Downfall,” a book by investigative journalist Wayne Barrett:

The Atlantic City story starts with Trump’s purchase of a bar, at twice its market value, from 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. Harrah’s casino, half owned by Trump, would be built on that land, and Trump would quickly buy out his partner, Harrah’s Entertainment, and rename the casino Trump Plaza.

Trump Plaza’s connection to the mob didn’t end with the land purchase from Testa. Nicademo “Little Nicky” Scarfo (who became boss after the elder Testa was blown up) and his nephew Phillip “crazy Phil” Leonetti controlled two of the major construction and concrete companies in Atlantic City. Both companies, Scarf, Inc. and Nat Nat, did work on the construction of Harrah’s, according the State of New Jersey Commission of Investigation’s 1986 report on organized crime. In addition, Scarfo, whose reign as head of the Philly mob was one of the bloodiest in history, controlled the bartenders union, which represented Trump’s workers in Atlantic City, according to George Anastasia’s book, “Blood and Honor.”

The charges seemed to gain little evidence throughout the 2016 campaign, with the story failing to generate any serious conversation surrounding Trump. However, the allegations could now come back to finish off the people who originally pushed them.

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