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Mayer writes: "Of all the allegations about Donald Trump contained in the ex-British spy Christopher Steele's infamous "dossier," the most notorious remains a secondhand report that Trump consorted with prostitutes in 2013 while staying in the Presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Moscow, and that, at his request, the prostitutes urinated on a bed in which President Barack Obama and his wife had previously slept."

A new book by Michael Isikoff and David Corn includes information about Donald Trump's visit to a night club that was later shuttered for its sexually explicit theatre shows. (photo: Alexander Aleshkin/Epsilon/Getty Images)
A new book by Michael Isikoff and David Corn includes information about Donald Trump's visit to a night club that was later shuttered for its sexually explicit theatre shows. (photo: Alexander Aleshkin/Epsilon/Getty Images)


A Trump Trip to Las Vegas Adds Intrigue to the Steele Dossier

By Jane Mayer, The New Yorker

14 March 18

 

f all the allegations about Donald Trump contained in the ex-British spy Christopher Steele’s infamous “dossier,” the most notorious remains a secondhand report that Trump consorted with prostitutes in 2013 while staying in the Presidential suite at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, in Moscow, and that, at his request, the prostitutes urinated on a bed in which President Barack Obama and his wife had previously slept.

Early last year, when this allegation became public, along with much of the rest of the dossier, Trump denounced it as “crap” compiled by “sick people.” Since then, the allegation has remained uncorroborated, a fact that has given ammunition to those who want to dismiss the entire dossier as a fabrication. When it first emerged in public, the hotel-room allegation’s credibility was so hotly debated, it split the legendary investigative-reporting team of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who won a joint Pulitzer Prize for their exposure of the Watergate scandal. Bernstein, who helped CNN break the news of the Steele dossier, last January, argued that it was “not fake news.” But Woodward dismissed it as “garbage,” a comment that won him a thank-you note from Trump.

In a new book being published on Tuesday, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” the co-authors Michael Isikoff and David Corn report an anecdote suggesting that so-called golden showers were a form of entertainment familiar to some in Trump’s circle, even if not necessarily to Trump himself. According to the authors, both of whom are veteran, Washington-based investigative reporters, in the early-morning hours of June 15, 2013, some five months before the alleged Moscow incident, Trump visited a Las Vegas night club called the Act that was infamous for its sexually explicit theatre shows. Among the skits regularly performed at the Act were two in which semi-nude women would simulate urination onstage. As Isikoff and Corn note, it is unclear whether these skits were performed on the night that Trump visited the club. But court records confirm that they were in the club’s regular repertoire.

The reason that court records exist at all is that the Act’s obscene entertainment was, at the time of Trump’s visit, the target of a joint undercover investigation by the Nevada Gaming Control Board and the club’s landlord, the Palazzo hotel and casino—which is owned by Sheldon Adelson, a major Republican Party donor. A few months after Trump visited the Act, a Nevada state judge issued an injunction against the club, shutting down its “lewd” and “offensive” performances. In the course of the legal wrangling, investigators submitted detailed descriptions of the the Act’s shows. These, according to court records, included “simulated masturbation, simulated use of narcotics, use of dildos, strap-on penises, simulated defecation, and simulated urination.” In one skit, titled “Hot for Teacher,” an actor in the role of a professor would write an obscene title for a lecture on a blackboard, after which female actors purporting to be college girls would disrobe and stand over the professor, appearing to urinate on him, before revealing a water bottle. In another skit, according to the court records, two women would drink from champagne flutes and snort a white powdery substance, after which they would undress, and one would simulate urinating on the other, who would catch the liquid in two wine glasses and then drink it.

Isikoff and Corn note that the Act closed after the judge ruled against it, and that they were unable to determine which skits were performed the night that Trump attended, or even whether Trump paid any attention to what was onstage. Instead, Isikoff and Corn write that Trump’s focus that night was apparently the cementing of a business relationship with one of his companions, Emin Agalarov, an Azerbaijani pop singer. Trump, the authors write, was wooing Agalarov’s wealthy and Kremlin-connected family in pursuit of potential Russian business deals. “Russian Roulette” quotes Rob Goldstone, a British publicist for the pop singer, who was also present at the Act that night, recalling Trump extolling his plans. Trump reportedly told Emin, “We’re going to have a great relationship.” Later that day, Trump announced that the Agalarov family would partner with him in presenting the 2013 Miss Universe competition in Moscow. It was during the Miss Universe competition, in November of 2013, according to the Steele dossier’s sources, that Trump allegedly engaged the prostitutes at the Ritz-Carlton. (The White House did not respond to a request for comment about the book’s allegations concerning Trump’s 2013 visit to the Las Vegas night club.)

A source close to Steele, who declined to be identified, described the overlap between the Act’s performances and the Ritz-Carlton allegation as “interesting.” He acknowledged that for Steele, whose life and work I recently investigated for The New Yorker, the details in the new book are likely to be “something of a two-edged sword.” As he put it, “There’s a risk that there was some conflation of the story,” meaning a blurring of what happened at the Act and what allegedly happened at the Moscow hotel. But at the same time, he noted, “It does suggest that there is some kind of track record here. This behavior was not unheard of in Trump’s circle. So in that sense, it adds to the credibility of the dossier.” (In “Russian Roulette,” Corn and Isikoff report that Steele would tell colleagues his confidence in the Ritz-Carlton story was “fifty-fifty.” He treated everything in the dossier as raw intelligence material—not proven fact.)

“Russian Roulette” also sheds more light on Steele’s sources—whose identities he has fiercely guarded. According to Isikoff and Corn, Steele’s sources include two figures whose expertise may be questionable. One source for the “golden showers” allegation, according to Isikoff and Corn, was Sergei Millian, a mysterious Belarusian-American businessman whose claims to have been an intimate of Trump and his circle have been disputed by those close to Trump. The authors assert that Millian was an “unwitting” source for Steele—that he spoke about Trump to an interlocutor without realizing that his statements were being conveyed to the former British spy. Millian, however, has subsequently appeared on Russian television to deny that he has ever had any damning information about the President. The Steele dossier, the authors write, “described Millian as a Trump intimate, but there was no public evidence he was close to the mogul.” (The Steele dossier, however, did cite several other sources for the Ritz-Carlton allegation, whom Corn and Isikoff don’t mention, including a “member of the staff at the hotel” and “a female staffer at the hotel when Trump stayed there.”) The other unconventional source, according to the authors, is an unnamed woman whom they describe as “the paramour of a Kremlin insider.” In other words, as they put it, some of the incendiary allegations against the President of the United States contained in the Steele dossier may have begun literally as “pillow talk.”


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+14 # Trumpistheswamp 2018-03-14 14:34
Those who are squeamish about hearing about the golden showers will not enjoy hearing about his adventures with chocolate mudslides.
 
 
-24 # LeDeux Art 2018-03-14 17:37
Bob Woodward is not a reporter, he is a intelligence operative.
Bob Woodward didn't report on watergate, he helped create watergate
Watergate.com
 
 
-14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-15 07:22
Wow -- you have it right. So few people understand this. The importance now is that we need to connect the JFK assassination, the Nixon force resignation, and now the effort to force Trump out of office as all coming from the exact same sources -- FBI, CIA, NSA and abetted by the major media. These agencies feel they have thee right to determine who is president and who is not.

Too bad so many Americans are just afraid to come to this conclusion.
 
 
-2 # Robbee 2018-03-15 16:13
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-15 07:02:
Now there are reports that Meuller is about to file an indictment of Russians and maybe even including Putin for the hacking of the DNC and Podesta emails.

I have a problem with reports that are kept secret so that outside/obective experts are not able to review them.

- and robbee has a problem with your so-called "reports that Meuller is about to file an indictment of Russians and maybe even including Putin" - specifically that we here on rsn are not able to review them!

what "reports that Meuller is about to file an indictment of Russians and maybe even including Putin"?

this is called bootstrapping? you assume what you set out to prove? that there are such reports?

robbee contends that putin is the only source of "reports that Meuller is about to file an indictment of Russians and maybe even including Putin"!

now, will putin please hurry-up and publish "reports that Meuller is about to file an indictment of Russians and maybe even including Putin" - so that you can link us to such reports? thanks, comrade!
 
 
+2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-16 07:39
robbee -- did you post this same comment on another thread. I gave you the citation. The story is all over the media. You could do a google search. Here's another article --

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2016-election/mueller-eyes-charges-against-russians-who-stole-spread-democrats-emails-n852291


The article says in the oblique media way that Meuller and his team are the source of the information.

"The sources say the possible new indictment — or more than one, if that's how Mueller's office decides to proceed — would delve into the details of, and the people behind, the Russian intelligence operation that used hackers to penetrate computer networks and steal emails of both the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. "


The only "sources" that would know what is inside a draft indictment are people working on the indictment itself. No one else could know this. These MUST be stragetic leaks by the Mueller team.


You can be sure that I always cite my sources if asked. That is the responsible thing to do All commentors should follow this rule. I also seriously doubt that Putin give a shit about Mueller, a little hatchetman inside the US Gestapo.
 
 
-3 # Robbee 2018-03-15 16:17
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-02-25 07:40:
I'd gladly take a little Russian meddling over FBI meddling.

- okay, we heard you every day already? you're “from russia with love" for putin - so? how much is the "little Russian meddling" you prefer? little goes a long way?

hundreds of trolls in troll farms in petersburg?

trolls publishing targeted ads on facebook?

putin's lockbox of evidence of dickhead's russian misadventures?

white supremacist governments in europe and america?

russian bankers attending nra conventions?

russian oligarchs laundering tens of millions into american election campaigns?

russians hacking and publishing dnc emails?

russians hacking state voting equipment, maybe flipping votes?

assassinating retired british spies? and their family?

please be precise, what do you want america to free putin to do?

draw a bright line or mark all items you endorse, thanks!

you talk and talk and what comes out is exactly what putin wants us to hear - "these are not the droids you are looking for!" - "The Russians did not add even a scintilla to the viciousness of American politics. They did not divide anyone. They did not sow any discord." the russians are pure as the driven snow! putin has nothing to do with troll farms! putin has no interest in electing dickhead! russia has no oligarchs! russians love america as they are told! yada yada

is there any boundary to your putin support? or are you not free to discuss it?
 
 
+17 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-03-14 18:39
How many dots do you have to connect before you see the picture? It's the Blind Men and the Elephant, I guess. The USA, a country without dignity, but we do have bombs.
 
 
+22 # angelfish 2018-03-14 20:31
HOW much longer are we to suffer this vindictive, hateful, vicious, ego-maniacal toddler in our White House? Unable to accept, even well-meant and/or constructive criticism, the Moron-iChief reacts like the mindless Boob that he, is by retaliating childisly with NO thought to the consequences of his behaviors! I am SICK to death of having this Leech in our White House! It's bad enough that he's filling his OWN pockedts and those of his equally incompetent Family members, he has extended his largesse to his Mega-RICH cronies who need NOTHING! IMPEACH him NOW and his entire Cabal of Boors, and Low Brow, semi-literate supporters! Rebel! Resist! RePudiate them ALL until Justice is served!
 
 
-9 # Robbee 2018-03-15 16:07
Quoting angelfish:
HOW much longer are we to suffer this vindictive, hateful, vicious, ego-maniacal toddler in our White House? Unable to accept, even well-meant and/or constructive criticism, the Moron-iChief reacts like the mindless Boob that he, is by retaliating childisly with NO thought to the consequences of his behaviors! I am SICK to death of having this Leech in our White House! It's bad enough that he's filling his OWN pockedts and those of his equally incompetent Family members, he has extended his largesse to his Mega-RICH cronies who need NOTHING! IMPEACH him NOW and his entire Cabal of Boors, and Low Brow, semi-literate supporters! Rebel! Resist! RePudiate them ALL until Justice is served!

- we had our last clear shot at escaping dickhead in nov. 2016 - AND WHIFFED!

“never hillary!” = “dickhead forever!”

don’t it always seem to go?
that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? - j. mitchell

“we have seen the enemy! and they are us! - pogo

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
 
 
+14 # Jim at Dr.Democracy on Facebook 2018-03-14 22:15
I really don't care about any of this AT ALL.

What does any of this matter relative to our massive investment in the Department of Offense? Or the destruction, death, refugees and terror that this investment shoves down the world's throat? Or the debt that working Americans are now paying and will be paying for the rest of their lives, cuz businesses can more easily escape the taxes that pay for the bombs and weapons that multiply their profits? Or the fact that we lag behind the entire developed world in health outcomes and we are dropping fast down the list in terms of educational success? Or that Americans murder more Americans every year than the number of Americans that have been killed in our international adventures over the past 20 years?

This salacious story, even if true, would be the least of the crimes our 'leaders' are committing.
 
 
-5 # nice2bgreat 2018-03-15 03:54
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So, Donald Trump went to a Las Vegas club.

At this club, illicit stage acts of debauchery were simulated; of which, simulated urination upon another -- a golden shower -- was one such act, sometimes included.

Whether or not this act was performed on the night Trump visited is unknown.

If the act was performed, it is unknown whether Trump was aware, in any way, that actors were performing a simulated golden shower.

Yet, it's asserted, that: that Donald Trump visited the club; that some of Trump's "inner circle" were also with Trump, and that they, too, may or may not have known about the golden shower simulation performances at the club; and since it was known by somebody that simulated golden showers were performed on occasion.

Therefore, these combined circumstances are meaningful indications of a greater likelihood that Donald Trump did, indeed, hire prostitutes to urinate on the bed, at the Ritz Carlton in Moscow, on which Barack and Michelle Obama had slept while they were in Moscow?

Wow. That is some deeply veteran investigative journalism.

Has anyone considered asking the Ritz Carlton staff whether the bedding from the suite in which Donald Trump had stayed contained residue from excessive urination?

For the money that Jane Mayer earned, and that Michael Isikoff and David Corn received for their "investigative" report, why not just ask the Moscow maids who change the bedding, and clear the air over this deeply disturbing mystery?
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-10 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-15 10:30
nice -- Oh come on. You are being so rational. You must be some kind of critical thinker or critical reader.

But seriously, you do very nice job of showing what total bullshit this article is. It is really disappointing to see Jane Mayer stoop to his kind of journalism. She has done some very excellent investigative reporting in the past. Isiskoff and Corn -- not so much.
 
 
-7 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-16 11:52
It says a lot about this discussion board that so many people are thumbing down a very carefully written critical reading of the article. Clearly that is not what is wanted. The stalwarts want their biases confirmed at every moment, just like children.
 
 
+1 # nice2bgreat 2018-03-16 21:33
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It s a combination of:

"None is so blind as he who refuses to see"; willfull blindness; ignorance; incuriousness; hypocrisy; cognitive dissonance; weak disposition; arrogance; pride; low standard for discussion and discourse; and zealotry.
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