It’s safe to say that most of us have never heard the name Semyon “Sam” Kislin, but it appears he could well wind up being a key witness as the House impeachment inquiry committee moves forward in the days ahead.
Kislin was born in Odessa, Russia, and has lived in the Brighton Beach area of New York for decades. He calls himself a businessman, but has long been suspected of having ties to the Russian mafia, according to The Daily Beast:
“One of the central figures in the Trump-Giuliani-Ukraine nexus is Sam Kislin, a businessman and philanthropist often identified with the Russian émigré community of Brighton Beach in Brooklyn—and with alleged mob connections.
“On Monday, the three House committees pursuing the impeachment inquiry sent a ‘request’ to Kislin for a potentially vast trove of documents and communications with Trump, Giuliani, and scores of Ukrainians.”
Not long after Kislin was contacted by the impeachment committees, Kislin’s attorney told CNN that his client was indeed “being cooperative” with House investigators, though he claimed that Kislin has no pertinent information to share. That’s lawyer talk for, My client doesn’t want to want to admit it, but he will be cooperating to avoid being prosecuted.
Kislin is a close associate of not only Giuliani, but also Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, the two Ukrainians who were arrested and charged last week by prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York. And Kislin has even bragged about his connections to Giuliani:
“He has introduced himself to Ukrainian journalists as ‘Giuliani’s ex-adviser’ and bragged of his donations to Giuliani’s mayoral campaigns in the 1990s. Kislin and Trump have been photographed together, and in the late 1990s Kislin reportedly played a small but crucial role helping Trump stave off financial disaster.”
Be sure and note that mention of helping Trump stave off financial disaster. It has long been suggested that Trump has connections to Russian organized crime. Reportedly, Trump and the Trump Organization laundered money for senior members of the Russian mafia. The fact that Kislin is connected to Giuliani and also claims to have helped Trump would certainly seem to suggest that the president does indeed have some sort of tie to an international crime syndicate.
Among the things Kislin did in the U.S. to make money was helping rich Russians make investments in real estate:
“In at least one instance, Kislin helped newly minted billionaires from the defunct USSR find useful places to put their money. Not in commodities but in luxury apartments.
“Real estate was a favorite safe haven for fugitive Russian monies since they could convert mountains of cash into opulent residential addresses with few reporting requirements.”
As we’ve long suspected, the line between Russia and Donald Trump is one of money and criminal acts. It’s more proof that Trump is compromised on multiple levels and a direct threat to the national security of the United States.