Feb 23, 2018, 12:53 PM ET

The controversial residents of Trump Tower


Trump Tower contains many stories—58 stories according to city records, or 68 stories according to Donald Trump who had the residential elevator buttons skip 10 floors to make the building seem bigger.

As special counsel Robert Mueller continues to investigate possible Russian connections to the Trump campaign, here's a look at some of the most controversial residents of Trump Tower over the years.

63rd floor -- Vadim Trincher’s former condo

Trincher was a leader of a Russian-American crime ring that operated an international gambling operation from Trump Tower. The ring laundered over $100 million, according to the U.S. attorney's office and FBI.

Prosecutors said Trincher coordinated with his neighbor a dozen floors below.

51st floor -- Hillel “Helly” Nahmad owned multiple condos on this floor

Nahmad acquired nearly an entire floor of the building over the course of a decade for an estimated $21 million, according to listings on StreetEasy.

PHOTO: Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal court in Washington, Dec. 1, 2017. Susan Walsh/AP Photo, FILE
Former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn leaves the federal court in Washington, Dec. 1, 2017.

Trincher, Nahmad and dozens of others pleaded guilty to charges connected to the gambling operation, while their alleged ringleader, Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, slipped away as a fugitive in Moscow where he attended Trump’s Miss Universe Competition just months after the FBI conducted a raid of Trincher's apartment in 2013.

49th floor –- former rental apartment of ex-FIFA official Chuck Blazer

Blazer rented an $18,000 per month apartment for himself and a second $6,000 per month apartment primarily for his cats. According to Blazer's former girlfriend Mary Lynn Blanks, Blazer also enjoyed attending Trump's Miss Universe competitions and let Trump film a commercial for Trump University in his apartment.

A decade later, Trump would settle lawsuits brought by students against the now-defunct Trump University for $25 million. He never admitted to wrongdoing.

Blazer went on to befriend Russian President Vladimir Putin and voted for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup before admitting in court to taking bribes and pleading guilty to tax evasion, money laundering, racketeering and wire fraud.

43rd floor –- condo of Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort

Manafort purchased his $3.6 million Trump Tower condo in 2006.

But federal investigators now allege that Manafort made millions working as an unregistered foreign agent for pro-Russian political leaders and charged him with conspiracy and money laundering last October. He has pleaded not guilty and has filed a lawsuit challenging the broad authority of Mueller.

PHOTO: White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East at the United Nations in New York, Feb. 20, 2018. Lucas Jackson/Reuters
White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends a Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East at the United Nations in New York, Feb. 20, 2018.

26th and 25th floors -- Trump campaign and presidential transition offices

It was here that Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Manafort agreed to take a meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in June 2016 after being promised potentially damaging information on Hillary Clinton, according to email records.

After the election, Michael Flynn and Kushner arranged a separate, private meeting with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak at Trump Tower that they said was to establish a “fresh start” in U.S.-Russian relations, according to a statement made by Kushner in July 2017.

Last December, Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his communications with Kislyak and is now cooperating with Mueller’s investigation while facing up to five years in prison. Kushner denies any wrongdoing.

When it comes to alleged Russian connections, Trump also denies any collusion.

“There is absolutely no collusion. I didn’t make a phone call to Russia. I have nothing to do with Russia,” Trump said last December.

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  • FarmFamily

    Scoundrels of a feather flock together.

  • Guest

    Will Hillary testify to the authenticity of the dossier
    that she purchased.and the libs in the FBI leaked??

    Trump bought nothing and leaked nothing.

  • MAGreenA

    Where has the porn star and the model Trump had the affairs with gone to? Has he paid them to be silent again? Trump is a crook and a conman and if his supporters haven't had enough evidence yet, they have their heads up their posteriors.

  • otm861

    Someone please tell me, in light of all the indictments, plea deals and everything else that is coming out, why are people still supporting Trump?

  • Lionel Stander

    Maybe convert the whole slum of Trump Tower into a Federal Prison? That would be efficient, underwrites the bail bond, one stop shopping.

  • ralphpetrillo

    Many conversations in all Apartments were taped. Lol!

  • jon rhodes

    It would seem that Paul Manafort is going to have a cell for many years to come. His only chance seems to be getting his sentence before Trump is run out of office so he can cough up enough money (Trump only sees Green, according to his miscreant son) for a pardon.

  • brickmette

    Aha! Maybe this explains why Donald Trump requested to pay his taxes in rubles.

  • Truth-B-Me

    Should anyone be surprised that Trump Tower is full of criminals, especially the very top floor!

  • owthathurts

    The White House is already praying for another school massacre.

  • Tstruck

    and people wonder why parts of Trump Tower were allegedly under surveillance?

  • I ❤ My Puppet

    He lies about the number floors in his building too. What a Pathological lying mental case these Dump lovers elected.

  • I ❤ My Puppet

    There are more Ruskies in Trump tower than the Russian Embassy!

  • Locomotive

    The trump crime tower.

  • Terry Stein

    And how can i get millions in dollars in loans from russian oligarchs and never have to pay them back? Who needs to win the lottery with those odds?

  • Terry Stein

    I wish I could just sell some property (6 acres) to Putin and suddenly get 90 million dollars in profit.

  • Terry Stein

    so many criminals linked to Putin in just one tower.

  • Terry Stein

    Did you see all those alt-right inbreds cheering trump yesterday? Hilarious...the republican party is effectively destroyed.

  • Terry Stein

    Lock him up, lock him up, lock him up!!!!!!

  • Joe 89

    Trump is awesome. Great speech at cpac yesterday. He's done many positive things and there's more to come!

  • Terry Stein

    wait...trump even lies about how many floors his tower has?? UNREAL!!!

  • Brian Keele

    Trump's silence on denouncing Russian meddling after Muller's indictments speaks volumes. Louder than any late night twitter rants blaming Hillary or Obama.

  • concernedvoter

    The whole GOP premise with Hillary and her perfectly legal email server was that it could have a few emails that were classified confidential and that they could be seen by individuals without the proper Clearance. So now they have this Proven Wife beater in the White house who they knew had no Top Secret Clearance viewing Top Secret Classified Material Daily. A person that could easily be black mailed or extorted by hostile Countries like Russia because of his Criminal Wife Beating history.
    And of Course they have no issue with that???? But Hillary, she should go to Jail?? LOL What Hypocrites.

  • concernedvoter

    So more of Mr. Steeles Dossier proves to have been right on the Money when it came to the Russians and what their Plan was for our Elections working with Trump. Mr. Steele Deserves a Medal from the USA for risking his life to warn us of this Traitor who was working with the Russians..

  • concernedvoter

    President Obama, the FBI and CIA all tried to give Donald the benefit of the doubt and warn him about the Russians but Trump wanted no part of any Russian anything because he didn't want to be on Record for having been warned. Still avoids daily intelligence Briefings and the ones he attends everyone is warned not to mention anything Russia??? LOL The guy is Guilty as Sin...

  • concernedvoter

    Obama kicked out 50 Russian Spies, imposed sanctions and took their
    Embassies.. looked Putin in the eye and warned him about meddling in our Elections.
    pretty bad ass considering Trump is still licking Putins boots...what has Trump done??