It turns out Donald Trump’s Truth Social site may be serving purposes more illicit than merely stroking the ego of a self-important ousted president, as the Justice Department is now investigating financial entanglements with Russia, focusing on possible money laundering.
Though with Trump, it’s safe to assume an ego trip is involved, it may be an error to view his endeavors as no deeper than ego.
While America was laughing at the former president for creating a special ‘safe space’ social media outlet where he could publish election lies without repercussions, a newly-revealed investigation indicates that the need for likes and shares is only the surface.
In fact, a whistleblower — former Trump Media executive Will Wilkerson — came forward in October 2022 to report his concerns about millions of dollars in funding from Russia.
These payments started nearly a year earlier, with $2 million coming in late 2021 (now, recall all the stories about the site floundering and broke, and Trump’s denials?) and another $8 million following in the beginning of the new year.
Investigators who were already looking into Trump Media Group expanded their probe to determine whether the support, which executives reportedly considered rejecting, but didn’t because the money was desperately needed, indicates money laundering or other illegal activity. From Forbes:
“The payments came from Paxum Bank, which is registered in Dominica, and ES Family Trust…partly owned by Anton Postolnikov, an apparent relation of Aleksandr Smirnov, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin who worked for Putin’s government until 2017 and now runs the Russian-controlled maritime company Rosmorport.”