FBI Bugged Trump Tower While Probing Russian Gambling Ring

FBI Bugged Trump Tower While Probing Russian Gambling Ring

There’s truth to President Trump’s claim that there was wiretapping inside his Midtown skyscraper during the Obama administration — only Trump wasn’t the target, The New York Post reports.

The FBI listened in on phone conversations and monitored text messages between 2011 and 2013 while probing a gambling and money-laundering ring tied to the Russian mob that operated out of a 63rd-floor pad in Trump Tower, ABC News reported Tuesday.

The $5 million condo, unit 63A, is located just three floors below the president’s lavish, triplex penthouse.

“Everything was moving in and out of there,” said ex-FBI official Rich Frankel, who’s now an ABC consultant.

The ring was headed by the apartment’s then-owner, Vadim Trincher, whose son, Illya, ran a related was financed by art dealer Helly Nahmad.

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Nahmad — who’d bought up all the apartments on Trump Tower’s 51st floor — was sentenced to a year and day in prison after copping a plea to gambling charges for his role in the scheme, which catered to high-rollers and A-list celebs including movie star Leonardo DiCaprio and then-Yankee Alex Rodriguez.

According to court records, the feds tapped Vadim Trincher’s cellphone for around four months, and caught him “communicating directly” with Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, a reputed Russian mobster who’s charged with fixing figure skating at the 2002 Olympics.

While Trincher was under surveillance in 2012, he and his wife sued Trump Tower Condominium and a construction company over a water leak that led to the growth of mold in their guest room.

The suit — which sought more than $6 million over damage to custom wall panels, “very valuable furniture” and an “extremely rare silk rug” — was settled for an undisclosed amount less than a week later, court records show.

Property records show that Vadim Trincher — who’s finishing up a five-year sentence for racketeering conspiracy — transferred ownership of the apartment to his wife in 2014, but the feds slapped a $75,000 lien on it last year, to cover his unpaid fine.

This month, Trump ignited a firestorm of controversy with a series of tweets that claimed then-President Barack Obama “had my ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower” shortly before last year’s election.

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