Trump has been saying that he didn’t stay overnight in Moscow in 2013, which was during the Miss Universe pageant. That’s important because it relates to the infamous reports of a “pee tape,” and/or other less than savory activities in which he may have engaged with Russian sex workers during that time. But, Bloomberg’s “Bloomberg Politics” publication has unearthed evidence that he was in Moscow overnight, and could have had just the sort of romp that he was reported to have had.
In Flight Records Illuminate Mystery of Trump’s Moscow Nights, Vernon Silver notes that Trump repeatedly told then FBI director James Comey he could not possibly have had illicit sexual relations with Russian “hookers” because he flew home the evening of the same day he arrived in Moscow. However, Silver says that Bloomberg has obtained flight records that show a very different story. Apparently, on 7 November, 2013, Trump traveled in his corporate jet to North Carolina for (ironically enough) “a birthday tribute to evangelist Billy Graham.”
Trump’s private jet then returned to New York, which is the basis of his claim that he couldn’t have been in Moscow that evening. However, says Silver, in fact he traveled to Moscow aboard a “Bombardier Global 5000 private jet owned by Phil Ruffin, his partner in the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Las Vegas.”
The Bombardier jet arrived in Russia on 8 November, where Trump apparently then went to a Ritz-Carlton hotel. He attended various functions relating to the Miss Universe pageant, including parties and gatherings. He then disappears from the record for the night.
The Bombardier plane, however, left the Russian airport at about four in the morning and returned to New York, seemingly with Trump aboard. But given the gap between when he was last seen in the evening and when he was next seen in the morning, it is entirely possible for Trump to have done pretty much everything of which he’s been accused of doing in that hotel bed.
In short, if you ever had doubts that Russian intelligence services might have “leverage” over Trump, you may officially retire them. It is all too possible, and very, very probable.