FBI Wiretapped Poker Player At Trump Tower
Condo Belonging To WPT Champ Was Bugged
Trump Tower was in fact bugged during Obama’s time in the White House, but it was for an FBI investigation of a high-stakes gambling ring and not for President Trump himself.
According to a report from the ABC News, the feds admit that from 2011 to 2013 they wiretapped a unit in the New York City property just three floors below Trump’s lavish penthouse.
The wiretapped $5 million condo belonged to Vadim Trincher, winner of the 2009 World Poker Tour Foxwoods Poker Classic main event. In 2014, Trincher was sentenced to five years in prison for the gambling ring that the government said had ties to the Russian mob.
Trincher pleaded guilty to participation in an illegal sports betting ring that catered to wealthy bettors in the U.S. and Europe. The government said the operation was worth tens of millions of dollars.
More than 30 people were charged in the case.
Other poker players charged for involvement in the far-reaching illegal enterprise included Justin Smith, Abe Mosseri, Bill Edler and Peter Feldman. Molly Bloom, who ran high-stakes underground poker games for Hollywood celebrities, was also a defendant. Bloom’s story was made into a movie from Oscar-winner Aaron Sorkin. The film could hit theaters this year.
Smith, Bloom and Mosseri pleaded guilty to their respective charges, while Edler and Feldman entered into deferred prosecution agreements.
This month, President Trump asserted over Twitter that Obama bugged Trump Tower in the weeks leading up to the election. The FBI said there’s no evidence of that. The Trump administration, by many accounts, has doubled and tripled down on the assertions.
Though, the former casino boss did say by wiretapping he means “surveillance.”
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