May 11, 2018

Seth Hettena talks Trump and Russian money on All In with Chris Hayes: “You don’t know whether they represent Russian mafia, Russian government, or both”


“What I show in my book is that Trump’s ties to Russia are so deep and so complex that you have people, and you don’t know who they are and who they represent, whether they represent Russian mafia, Russian government, or both.”

That was Seth Hettena, author of Trump / Russia: A Definitive History, talking last night with Chris Hayes on MSNBC’s All In about the intricate web that connects Trump and his circle to Russian money. Later, Hayes asked about the fact that Michael Cohen—Trump’s embattled personal attorney and the man behind Essential Consultants, LLC—was photographed at Trump’s inauguration with oligarch Victor Vekselberg, Russia’s fourth-richest person. Hettena pointed out:

“You open a lobbying shop, and phone doesn’t just ring. You open a lobbying shop and you build with pre-existing relationships, so the fact that Vekselberg, or people connected to Vekselberg, were [Cohen’s] clients suggests to me that these are relationships… that go back a long way.”

The clip, which also features Robert Maguire of the Center for Responsive Politics, is timely, troubling, and extremely worth watching, and you can watch it right here.





Trump / Russia is on sale now. Buy your copy here, or at your neighborhood independent bookstore.