Stop Playing Coy With Russia Finance Claims

Target: Donald Trump, President of the United States

Goal: Either retract your dodgy finances statement, or prove you don’t have any significant financial ties to Russia.

President Trump’s lawyer just released what many say is yet another example of doublespeak. The statement confirms that for at least the past 10 years, Trump has received absolutely no income or taken on any debt or equity from Russian sources.

None, absolutely none.

Except, as the statement says, for “a few exceptions”.

That’s right, Trump just released a statement confirming he has no financial ties to Russia, except for some “exceptions.”

Some of these exceptions include a Russian billionaire paying Trump $95 million for a Florida estate, and $12.2 million in payments related to the 2013 Moscow Miss Universe.

Written by attorneys Sheri Dillon and William Nelson from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, the statement appears to both suggest and dismiss that Trump might have more financial ties to Russia.

As Paul Blumenthal and Ben Walsh over at the Huffington Post noted, “’With few exceptions’ is such an obvious out that it can barely even be called a loophole ― it simply and openly invalidates the denial that precedes it.”

Speaking to the New York Times, tax expert David Cay Johnston described Trump’s statement as “an artfully written letter, covering a limited time period.”

“Much of what we need to know about Trump and Russian money — and that includes money from Kazakhstan, Turkey and other places where Russian oligarchs operate — involves transactions prior to 10 years ago,” he said.

To many, this latest Trump statement is just another attempt by the president to avoid difficult questions surrounding his finances. If you’re frustrated with the president’s coyness, then sign our petition demanding he finally put his money where his mouth is, and prove he has no other financial ties to Russia.


Dear President Trump,

Your lawyers, Sheri Dillon and William Nelson from the law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, recently released a statement claiming you have had no financial ties to Russia for the past decade “with few exceptions.”

What does this mean?

Do you have financial ties to Russia, or not? How many exceptions are there? How significant are they?

This letter is a clear cut example of doublespeak – of making two contradictory statements at once. Put simply, it suggests you have no financial ties to Russia – except for the possible financial ties you might have to Russia.

It’s time to come clean with the American people. You’ve danced around this issue long enough, taking avoidance and sidestepping to the point of absurdity. This issue isn’t going away anytime soon, despite your efforts to downplay it. Indeed, there’s an easy way to end this entire controversy: just release your tax records, and clearly inform the public about all your financial ties to Russia. If your finances are as clean as you say they are, then these simple measures will end all the speculation in one fell swoop.

If you continue to refuse to do this, then you should retract your latest gobbledygook statement.

Stop playing coy, and just be frank with us.


[Your Name Here]

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