Flight records show Trump spent night in Russia, contradicting what he told Comey: report


President Trump spent the night in Moscow the night before the Miss Universe contest in November 2013, contradicting what he told former FBI Director James Comey.

Flight records of Trump’s trip to Russia obtained by Bloomberg confirm Trump’s overnight stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow.

{mosads}In the memos from Comey released last week, which the former FBI director kept during his time in office to document his interactions with the president, Comey writes that Trump twice told him that hadn’t stayed the night in Russia during the trip.

According to the flight records, a private jet owned by Trump’s business partner flew to Moscow Thursday night, arriving in Moscow early in the morning on Friday, Nov. 8. and left the city early Sunday morning. The flight records do not say who was onboard the flight.

“He said he had spoken to people who had been on the Miss Universe trip with him and they had reminded him that he didn’t stay overnight in Russia for that,” Comey said of a Jan. 28, 2017 dinner with Trump. 

“He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel (he didn’t say the hotel name) and left for the pageant. Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night.”

Miss Universe host Aras Agalarov said the plane touched down at Vnukovo airport, which is less than an hour away from the Ritz, early in the morning on Nov. 8, according to Bloomberg.

A local restaurant, Nobu Moscow, later posted a photo of Trump outside of the restaurant, before he attended Agalarov’s birthday party. 

Online posts showed Trump at the Ritz on Nov. 9, and he tweeted about touring the Russian capital.

Trump later attended the Miss Universe Pageant and an afterparty, which ran into Sunday, Nov. 10, according to Bloomberg. 

Records show his business partner’s jet departed Moscow at 3:58 a.m. and landed in Newark, N.J., at 4:11 a.m. on Sunday. 

Despite Trump’s reported denials to Comey, it was known that Trump stayed overnight due to social media posts.

In addition, Keith Schiller, Trump’s former bodyguard, reportedly testified to Congress that a Russian offered to “send five women” up to Trump’s hotel room. Schiller said he and Trump laughed off the offer. 

“We don’t do that type of stuff,” Schiller allegedly said last year.

— Updated at 4:07 p.m.

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