Report: Trump Rented Space to a Bank Linked to Iran’s Nuclear Program

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The U.S. Treasury Department declared in 1999 that Bank Melli was controlled by the Iranian government and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump reportedly continued to rent office space to the bank until 2003, but that's far from the worst part of this story.

According to the Center for Public Integrity, Bank Melli was used to obtain materials for Iran's nuclear program and fund possible terrorist attacks.

U.S. officials later alleged that Bank Melli had been used to obtain sensitive materials for Iran’s nuclear program. U.S. authorities also alleged that the bank had been used between 2002 and 2006 to funnel money to a unit of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard that has sponsored terrorist attacks — a period that overlapped with the time the bank rented office space from Trump.

If this election were a movie script, it would be deemed too unrealistic.

I don't consider myself an anti-Iranian hawk or anything even close to it, but the GOP certainly does. The Republican party did absolutely everything it could to obstruct the peace process and prevent the Obama administration from brokering a deal with Iran to shut down their nuclear weapons program. You may recall that congressional Republicans even signed a letter written by Senator Tom Cotton addressed directly to Iran leadership telling them not to trust the executive branch of our government. Trump himself also opposed the Iran deal.

You can add their anti-Iranian antagonism to the large, growing pile of issues they've sacrificed to support their dear leader Donald Trump.

"Family values" is dead. Limited government is dead. Neoconservative hawkery is dead. The Trump candidacy has killed them all through sheer hypocrisy.

  • muselet


    It’s that simple.


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Do we think Trump had personal knowledge of everyone he leased space to?

    Do we think Trump, at the time of leasing, knew everything the bank was up to?

    Does leasing space to a bank which “was used” (whatever that means) to get “sensitive materials” (whatever that means) make Trump complicit in… whatever it is we’re alleging here?

    I don’t get it.

    Again, I don’t want to come off as a Trump apologist (Bernie ’16 Hillary ’16.. wahoo!), but I just don’t get it. Why are we grasping at straws? It’s not like we’re short on good ammunition.

    • Aynwrong

      It’s about standards. If Clinton had any connection to an Iranian bank no matter tenuous, the Trump campaign and the GOP would be screaming bloody murder until November.

      • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

        And they’d be assholes and idiots for doing so. And you and I and Ashby would all be sitting here mocking them for grasping at straws and pandering in conspiracy theories and guilt-by-association.

        • Aynwrong

          Which is kind of my point. If Trump wants to scream that diplomacy with Iran is weakness and dangerous and virtual treason then why is he collecting rent checks from them?

    • JMAshby

      Well, this is the third time today you’ve made excuses for Trump’s clear pattern of dubious ties and behavior and hypocrisy.

      I don’t write about things just because they’re “good ammunition.” There’s usually more to it than that. In this case, I pointed out how the GOP has surrendered their positions on multiple issues (like this one) to support Donald Trump.

      You have chosen to ignore pertinent or relevant information and play concern-troll instead.

      If you don’t like what I have to say, I’m sure there’s a website out there somewhere with Takes that suit your very narrow definition of what’s good.