Examining Trump's Batumi Deal


Audio / I tell the story of two Columbia Journalism grads who investigated Trump's business deal in Batumi, Georgia.



Manuela Andreoni and Inti Pacheco spent months digging into documents, news clips, and public records to figure out why Trump suddenly pulled out of his deal in Batumi, Georgia. Soon they told journalist Adam Davidson about their findings and convinced him to join the investigation. He went on to write “Trump’s Business of Corruption,” an article about the deal published in The New Yorker in August 2017.


This episode is the second in a three-part series that examines real estate and offshore financial activities connected with the post-Soviet region. In part one of the series Udensiva-Brenner spoke to Alexander Cooley about why luxury real estate deals are so susceptible to money laundering operations. Stay tuned for part three, where she interviews New Yorker staff writer Adam Davidson.


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