Monday, May 8, 2017

A Hidden Hand in the Trump-Russia Drama Owns a Ramen Shop. No, Seriously.

By Tim Mak

One of the better-connected, more knowledgeable people on the ties between the Kremlin and Trump Tower—other than the investigators currently working full-time on the topic—is a ramen shop owner named Jeff Jetton.

Over the past few months, Jetton, who helped found the popular Washington, D.C. noodle restaurant Toki Underground, has inserted himself smack-dab into the investigation of possible Trump-Russia connections.

Feeling disillusioned after Trump’s inauguration, Jetton posted a story about Russia on his Facebook account. A friend commented that he had known a figure in the Trump orbit personally. Jetton started reaching out.

“If you’re good at piecing things together, why don’t you just do some of this shit yourself?” said Jetton, who spoke to The Daily Beast wearing an olive-drab Harley Davidson jacket with a #1 patch made out of an American flag on his right shoulder. “I just started reaching out to people. I’m not really a journalist, but I sort of used this social media, blogging environment that I belong to, to start talking to people conversationally.”

His disarming manner seemed to win people over. Jetton started texting Carter Page, an early Trump campaign foreign-policy adviser, and interviewed him about evolution for a pop-culture blog he’s affiliated with, Brightest Young Things. The interview gave an early hint of Page’s defense over allegations that he was a potential link between Team Trump and the Kremlin: that he’s the victim of a neo-Red Scare. 

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Source: The Daily Beast

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