Flight records obtained by Bloomberg shed new light on Trump's heavily scrutinized Moscow trip -- and they seem to contradict what he told James Comey

  • Flight records show that the plane President Donald Trump used to fly to Moscow in 2013 spent nearly 48 hours in the city.
  • Trump told former FBI Director James Comey, according to his memos, that he did not stay overnight in Moscow.
  • The trip in question was referenced in an infamous dossier about Trump's alleged ties to Russia. It alleged Trump of being present for a lewd sexual act involving prostitutes and urination in a hotel in Moscow.

Flight records obtained by Bloomberg shed new light on President Donald Trump's heavily scrutinized 2013 trip to Moscow for the Miss Universe pageant — and they seem to contradict what Trump told former FBI Director James Comey, according to his memos.

According to those memos, Trump told the then-FBI director that he never spent the night in Moscow during the trip. Last January, Comey wrote that Trump said he arrived the morning of the pageant and departed back for New York the same night. In February, Comey wrote that Trump told him "he hadn't stayed overnight in Russia" during the trip.

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"He said he had spoken to people who had been on the Miss Universe trip with him and they had reminded him that he didn't stay overnight in Russia for that," Comey wrote in one memo. "He said he arrived in the morning, did events, then showered and dressed for the pageant at the hotel (he didn't say the hotel name) and left for the pageant. Afterwards, he returned only to get his things because they departed for New York by plane that same night. He said he thought maybe he should ask me to investigate the whole thing to prove it was a lie."

It has been previously reported that Trump did spend at least one night in Moscow during his 2013 trip. But the flight records provide the most detail of the trip's timeline yet.

The timeline based on flight records shows that Trump spent multiple days in Moscow

The records, which Bloomberg purchased from FlightAware, an aviation data company, showed that the Bombardier Global 5000 private jet owned by billionaire Phil Ruffin, which Trump reportedly used to fly to Moscow, took off from Asheville, North Carolina, where Trump had attended a birthday celebration for the televangelist Billy Graham, at 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, November 7, 2013, bound for Russia.

It landed at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport at 6:15 a.m. Friday, November 8. That night, Trump attended a birthday party for the pageant's host, Aras Agalarov, a Russian-based developer. On Saturday, November 9, Bloomberg reported that Facebook posts showed Trump at Moscow's Ritz-Carlton Hotel, where it is alleged in former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele's dossier that Russian intelligence may have video footage of prostitutes performing a lewd sex act involving urination in the presence of the future president. 

Trump had insisted to Comey that he investigate the allegation of the so-called "pee tape," denying that there was any truth to it.  

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Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, poses with Miss Connecticut Erin Brady at a news conference after she was crowned Miss USA 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada June 16, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Donald J. Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, speaks with reporters at the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico shortly after his arrival on May 10, 2001. Trump is in Puerto Rico for the 50th Annual Miss Universe competition which will be held May 11, 2001 in the Ruben Rodriguez Coliseum in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. sd/ME
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Alessandra Mezquita, Miss Panama 2006, meets Donald J. Trump at a party hosted by fashion designer Tadashi Shoji in Pasadena, California July 8, 2006. Eighty-six contestants are competing for the Miss Universe crown on July 23, 2006. Picture taken July 8, 2006. REUTERS/Miss Universe L.P., LLP/Handout (UNITED STATES)
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Miss Universe 1996, Alicia Machado of Venezuela, (R) is greeted by businessman Donald Trump during a staged workout at a New York gym January 28. Machado is attempting to shed some of the excess weight she has gained since winning her title. Trump, who owns the Miss Universe pageant, sent Machado to a trainer to help with her exercise program. MISS UNIVERSE
U.S. businessman Donald Trump christens with champagne a new variety of rose that was named after him as the Trump Rose, in a ceremony sponsored by the Ecuadoran minister of trade, Ivone Baki, in Quito May 31, 2004. Trump is in Ecuador for the Miss Universe pageant, which will take place in Quito on June 1. REUTERS/Guillermo Granja GG
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NEW YORK, UNITED STATES: Miss Universe first runner-up Miss Panama Justine Pasek is crowned by pageant co-owner Donald Trump at a New York news conference 24 September 2002 to announce that the Miss Universe Organization has fired the woman wearing its crown. Oxana Fedorova, a 24-year-old Russian law student, was sacked four months after she won the pageant for allegedly being married and putting on weight. It is the first time in the pageant's 52 year history that the Miss Universe Organization has fired the woma wearing the crown. AFP PHOTO/Timothy A. Clary (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
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Later that day, Trump attended the Miss Universe pageant, which was followed by an after party that stretched into Sunday, November 10. The flight took off from Moscow then at 3:58 a.m. that morning, headed for Newark Liberty International Airport outside of New York City.

The White House and the Trump Organization did not immediately respond to requests for comment from Business Insider.

Trump has sought — both publicly at a press conference prior to taking office and privately to Comey — to dispel the allegation that such video evidence exists. But Comey's assertion that Trump told him he had not stayed in Moscow overnight contradicts previous reporting and the flight records.

The flight records, however, did not show who specifically was aboard the flight, Bloomberg noted.

In recent days, as Comey's tell-all book was released, Trump has blasted the former FBI director's integrity, labeling him a "proven leaker," a "liar," and "an untruthful slime ball." The president has additionally called Comey "shadey" [sic] and "the worst FBI director in history."

Over the weekend, Trump retweeted a post from the Daily Mail's US political editor, David Martosko, who wrote that he is "astonished at the lack of Republican messaging today" regarding how the memos "confirm Trump asked Comey to investigate and lay to rest the Russian hookers stuff, which is something you don't do if you're guilty."

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