The mysterious sale of $11 billion worth of shares in Russia’s state-run oil company Rosneft could have some connection to a personal friend of Donald Trump, though the evidence now appears murky, according to an investigative report published Sunday on The Huffington Post. The shares had allegedly been offered last year as a possible bribe to Trump in exchange for lifting economic sanctions on Russia, according to allegations in a controversial dossier prepared by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele.
UPDATE AND CLARIFICATION 2/14/17:The original version of this article, based on the above-referenced Huffington Post report, used the term “linked” to describe the possible relationship between Trump friend Steve Schwarzman’s businesses and the Rosneft sale. However, the author of that Huffington Post article now says that his story has been retracted temporarily until or if a more solid link can be established. This Inquisitr article has since been modified to reflect the uncertain nature of any connection to Schwarzman, but reporting presented below also relies on other, independent sources.
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