NPR Journalist Claims Ivanka And Trump Organization Are Linked To Iranian Militant Front Company

Always follow the money.

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If you thought that the rationale behind Donald Trump’s sudden decision to go after Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani back in January couldn’t get any murkier for the President, a new piece of reporting from Adam Davidson, a journalist for NPR and the New Yorker, covers what could very well be another reasoning entirely for the strike.

This is a little wonky, so you’ll have to bear with me, but a series of tweets from Davidson actually outline a link between Trump’s business and Qassem Soleimani. I’ll do my best to parse it for those whose job it isn’t to follow international business affairs.


As the leader of Quds Force, Soleimani wasn’t just responsible for military actions — intelligence operations were also in his purview, as well as counterintelligence and spycraft. After Trump reneged on the nuclear deal brokered by his predecessor Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the administration implemented a new round of sanctions on Iran. Sanctions meant that the country could not use open channel methods to do business of any kind, being barred from even selling their own oil, lest the purchasing country fall under the punitive eye of America and the United Nations.

But even before the new Trump sanctions, Iran had labored under sanctions put in place years ago that weren’t lifted until the deal between Obama and Rouhani was inked.

That meant in order to do anything, Iran had to set up “front” companies, like you see the mafia using pizza parlors in the movies.

In that last tweet, we should say heavy on the “well-known” part — these were the primary outlet for Iran’s illegal business dealings. I’m going to let you guess (for a minute) which “one American business” undertook relations with the Mammadovs.

Give up?

You know, the Trump Tower in Moscow that Michael Cohen is now in prison for lying about the duration of work on. The one they continued to try and secure — with help, we now know, from money launderers for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard — all the way up until just before Trump was the President.

In fact, it may surprise you to find out that all the dealings with the Mammadovs were confirmed long since: The Trump Organization agreed with this piece by Davidson detailing their extensive relations from 2017:

So what does all this mean? Speculatively, the background on the Trump Organization’s work with known money launderers connected directly to the Revolutionary Guard of Iran would be a pretty juicy piece of information for Qassem Soleimani to just hang on to, and might even be enough to consider having him eliminated as an exposure threat even after decades of American intelligence weighed the costs against the benefits of such an action and elected not to.

At the very least, however, and without speculation, it means that the Trump Organization was in bed years ago with the very people that Trump himself is decrying as evil today.

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