NYT: Report Suggests Trump May Have Been Compromised By Russian Sex Workers
According to The New York Times, the final volume of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia report, released last month, suggested that President Donald Trump might have been compromised by Russian sex workers in 2013.
- “Over dozens of pages in the nearly 1,000-page document, the report said that a Marriott executive told committee investigators that after Mr. Trump traveled to Russia in 2013 for the Miss Universe pageant the executive overheard two colleagues who worked at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow discussing video footage that they said showed Mr. Trump with women in an elevator at the hotel,” the newspaper reported.
- The Times noted that similar accusations arose in the dossier compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, writing that the document “about Mr. Trump’s ties to Russia claimed that during Mr. Trump’s 2013 trip to Moscow there was video of him with prostitutes in his Ritz-Carlton hotel room.”
- Much of the information in the Steele dossier was unverified, The Times noted.
- Per the Senate report, the Ritz-Carlton is a “high counterintelligence risk environment” with “at least one permanent Russian intelligence officer on staff, government surveillance of guests’ rooms and the regular presence of a large number of prostitutes, likely with at least the tacit approval of Russian authorities.”
The Marriott executive told the committee that one of the colleagues he overheard discussing the footage from the Ritz-Carlton said the video showed Mr. Trump “with several women” in the elevator, whom the colleague “implied to be ‘hostesses.’”
The executive said that the colleagues were discussing how to deal with the recording. But as they went back and forth about the matter, they moved to a more private place where it was more difficult to hear the conversation.
- According to the Senate report, during an interview with the committee, the two colleagues said they did not remember seeing the recording. The committee wrote that it “was not able to resolve these discrepancies.”