The premise is simple and the documentation extensive: pricey Manhattan real estate was a great way to launder Russian mob money and no-questions-asked Donald Trump always made it particularly easy for Russian mobsters, with some of whom Donald Trump has partied, to buy and sell condos in his buildings.
Shortly after the Soviet Union collapsed, when a flood of mob money washed into Manhattan looking for investments to launder cash, the perfect outlet was a developer who accepted anonymous buyers. Trump was one of the very first developers to do so.
What, if anything, Trump did that was illegal remains to be seen. However, we can find comfort in the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the man in charge of the criminal investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign, has hired some of the top white collar and money laundering prosecutors in the country.
If there are Trump crimes to be found, there's a very good chance Mueller's team will locate them.