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Saturday, November 18, 2017
Russian oligarch docks yacht in Palm Beach ahead of Trump visit (The Hill)
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Russian oligarch docks yacht in Palm Beach ahead of Trump visit
A prominent Russian oligarch with ties to President Vladimir Putin has docked his 500-foot yacht in the Port of Palm Beach just days before President Trump makes his way to Mar-a-Lago.
Roman Abramovich docked his yacht, which is estimated to be worth between $400 and $500 million, at the port on Friday afternoon, and is expected to stay until Dec. 5, according to The Palm Beach Post.
Abramovich's arrival comes days before Trump is set to arrive at his Florida resort, dubbed the Winter White House, for the Thanksgiving holiday. There have not been reports or signs that the two are meeting.
Abramovich owns London’s Chelsea Football Club and is the largest shareholder of Russia's second largest steel company. He is reportedly close with the Russian president.
First daughter Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have met with Abramovich and his wife before.
Bloomberg reported that the Kushners disclosed his past meetings with Abramovich on his security clearance paperwork. The two have met multiple times at social events, and Ivanka Trump has been friends with Abramovich's wife for a decade.
A source told the publication that Kushner and Abramovich have never met individually with each other, or alone with their wives.
The news comes as multiple congressional panels and Special Counsel Robert Mueller continue to probe alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russian election meddling.
Kushner has been thrust back into the spotlight of the probe, with the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming that he did not hand over all of the relevant documents needed as part of the investigation.
Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairman and ranking member on the Judiciary Committee said in a letter this week that "other parties have produced September 2016 email communications to Mr. Kushner concerning WikiLeaks, which Kushner then forwarded to another campaign official.”