Before possible improper ties to Russia and multiple allegations of sexual assault against women dominated the news cycle, one of the more popular Donald Trump news stories concerned his apparent mob ties. Former rival Ted Cruz openly speculated about the real estate mogul’s business practices in February, and numerous investigative reports discovered connections between Trump and known mobsters he’d previously denied knowing. Thanks to Yahoo! News reporter Michael Isikoff, however, concrete proof of Trump spending time in public with one of these figures exists, and we know where to find it — the archives of World Wrestling Entertainment.
The video, which was discovered by a confidential source and give to Isikoff, shows Trump standing next to known John Gotti associate Robert LiButti and his daughter, Edith Creamer. They were sitting front row at WrestleMania IV in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and according to a statement Creamer provided to Isikoff, she and her father “were [Trump’s] guests” at the event.
That Trump is sitting with LiButti and his daughter per his own invitation suggests that a statement his office gave Yahoo! News back in March was a lie. When Isikoff asked Trump whether or not he knew LiButti, he claimed he “knew many high rollers” and assumed “Mr. LiButti was one of them,” but said he “[didn’t] recognize the name.”
Just to make sure the two men pictured standing together in the video were actually Trump and LiButti, Isikoff reached out to New York Times reporter David Cay Johnston, who interviewed the latter “extensively” as a reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1990s. “That’s definitely Bob LiButti standing right next to Donald Trump,” said Johnston:
“It’s at an event that Bob described to me a quarter century ago when I spent an afternoon in his Saddle River home,” Johnston added. “The WrestleMania event is just one of many times that Trump was close to Bob, who was the biggest loser at Trump casinos and therefore Trump’s most important customer.”
When asked for comment on the video, Trump campaign spokesperson Hope Hicks explained: “This was obviously a massive event, which took place decades ago. Mr. Trump attended many similar events with thousands of people during this time period.”
Check out the full report from Yahoo! News below.
(Via Yahoo! News)